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Short Draws in the World Cup

Hello everyone, and welcome to Hikaru Junction, the only chess blog on the internet that wakes up every evening with a big smile on its face. I recently responded to a question in the discussion thread for the last blog: 174075, which made me consider the way I evaluate short draws, especially in a knockout format. This blog, we’ll be looking at several of the very short draws from the World Cup.

As I mentioned in that thread, my criteria for determining whether a short draw is merely annoying, or detrimental to the tournament, include the reasoning for the draw. To identify some of the "best" and "worst" short draws in the World Cup, I’ve taken each draw under 20 moves and applied the following method:

If the higher-rated player is Black, and thus both players (rather than, in th...

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Three World Cup Brackets

Hello everyone, and welcome to Hikaru Junction, the only chess blog on the internet whose castles stand upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand.

Today, I’ll be previewing each matchup in the second round of the world cup for the first three sections of the bracket, some more in-depth, some less so. I’ll cover several more tomorrow, and try to finish the day afterwards. Let’s get started, as I’m writing this between the tiebreaks finishing and the next game starting one day later. A final note: I’ll be listing players in the following format: Player(seed, pre-tournament rating.)

Section One

Magnus Carlsen (1, 2822) vs Aleksey Dreev (64, 2648)
This appears to be an easy win for the World Champion given the large rating disparity between the two players. Dreev has previously com...

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RHP mentioned in a non-chess book.


A few weeks back we look at a cock-up regarding a chess stamp with the wrong picture.
Look at this set of four chess stamps from Sierra Leone. Who is that on the top left stamp
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Answer at the bottom of the page.
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Recently I had a reason to be going through this book.....
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Help from all RHP players needed!


This book published in 1964....
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...starts most of it’s chapters with a chess rule or saying.

I’ve selected a handful and the quest is to find out which book
Len Deighton used when he wrote the book. Can anyone help? ...

Blitz vs Standard Chess with Radars

Hello, and welcome to Hikaru Junction, the only chess blog on the internet whose author supports a team in the twelfth tier of English football. Today we’ll be examining the differences between blitz and regular chess using my new favorite analysis tool, the radar graph.

To accomplish that aim, I’ve done radars for three players from one tournament: the 2009 Tal Memorial, a round-robin also with nine rounds, similar to the Norway Blitz tournament. (Vladimir Kramnik (6/9,) Magnus Carlsen (5.5/9,) and Viswanathan Anand (5/9.))

Let’s now take a representative player from the Norway Chess blitz tournament. For a decent representative we want someone who had a good tournament, as we would expect the results to be generally better in longer chess than in blitz chess. However, we don’t w...

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Preliminary Chess Radars

Hello everyone,

welcome to Hikaru Junction, the only chess blog on the internet with an opinion on white chocolate. (1. disgusting, 2. not chocolate)

I've made a new chess visualization comparing players to each other in the same tournament. (Here, specifically, the Norway Chess blitz tournament this year.)

The categories measured:
Point % (from possible points...

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The Great Chess Stamp Scandal


Where to begin this one....Best I think to start of with the book.
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I’ll quickly cover old ground which I’m sure 99% of the planet know.

Fleming uses a chess game in the book It has been established it is this
game Reshevsky - Botvinnik Moscow 1955. I’ll give that game in full at the end. ...

A Chess Jacket and the Salvio Trap


Look at them, these are our chess elite...
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....and they have been made to wear dull unimaginative jackets.

My Auntie Ethel, the one who disguised herself as a man in WWII
so she could fly Lancaster Bombers, always said; “Never complain
about anything, just improve it. ” I have a new jacket design in mind....

Playing Chess With The Devil.


Good evening. Tonight I want to tell you an extraordinary story.

Never mind how it all started. Let’s just say I was in the wrong place at
the wrong time and ended up having to play the Devil at chess for my soul.

We got to this position with Black (the Devil) to play.. ...

And apparently....
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The Great Chess Mystery...


...or this piece could be called how to write a chess blog (Part I)

First of all grab an old copy of one of these...
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....BCM July 1979. (that is J. J. Löwenthal on the cover.)

Look in the ‘Quotes & Queries’ edited by D.J. Morgan...

Chess in Comic Books and Films


A keen hobby of mine is trying to guess the names of my Comic
Book Heroes or Villains just by looking at the costume they wear.

Usually I get it completely wrong . For instance when I first saw this guy.
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I thought ‘That must be ‘The Housewife Scary Man’. (spiders...get it?) ...

The Revenge of Chess Computers


A prophetic cartoon from CHESS 1946
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“I take a poor view of that ‘mediocre’ remark of yours, Mountbatten.”

The computer was replying to this:
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It appears computers, like elephants, do not forget and we can blam...

The 100 move Chess Maze and The Simpsons


If you have just come out of a 3 month drunken coma then news to
you will be that Magnus Carlsen has appeared on The Simpsons.

I’ll put a link to the chess bit at the bottom of this page.
Meanwhile here are a couple of scenes from the show.

The episode is called: 'The Cad And The Hat' Homer is playing his dad at chess...

Chess Mazes and the Red Pawn Demon


Have you done a Chess Maze yet?

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No? Then Good. I’ll give you the rules..

Only the White piece moves the Black pieces stay rooted on the
spot unless your piece goes to a square where it can be taken...

A Postcard From Capablanca


As you all know I am an avid collector of Postcards.
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Recently I paid £100 for a mixed bundle of 1914-18
postcards from E-Bay. Look what was amongst them.
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and written neatly on the back was...
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Yifan and Gunsberg and The Chess Machine


The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Tournament is over. Who won? Who cares?

Main stream media jumped all over this event because of five
moves played by Hou Yifan in her round 10 game v Babu Lalith .

Depending on what medium you are getting this information from.
TV or Newspaper, The hapless viewer or reader was not told wh...

Elementary Chess and Chess Predictions


Essential viewing in my house at the moment is:
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I was put on this a few weeks back by a work colleague when
I happened to mention 99% of TV is rubbish and worthless.
It is an opinion I still hold but Elementary is the missing 1%.

I have binged watched through all 4½ episodes and there ha...

Chess Fun With Rules of Thumb.


The answer to the obvious question is....
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...Yes. I bought this book because of the title.

I recently googled the book and discovered the title is
from a poem by Edward FitzGerald. 'Rubáiyát of Khayyám.' ...

A 1937 Blind Date with Boris Spassky


Next time you are on a blind date and you get that moment of awkward
silence, don’t tell her how nice she is, that will probably be a lie. Instead
you can confidently announce that Vanessa Redgrave (an actress) and
Boris Spassky were born on the exact same day. The 30th January 1937.

This is Vanessa in her 1971 role as Mary Queen of Scots.
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New Chess Visualization

Hello everyone–
This is a story all about how my blog got flipped–turned upside down: I have a post, with something I hope will be interesting (I’ve been working on it for a while.) Despite that, though, this will be a quick read as I have been quite busy. (I don’t know how greenpawn does it.)

I have been working to develop a visualization on how different chess players approach the game. To this end, here is an example demonstrating the different play styles of Karjakin and Carlsen.

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(I'm sorry. I've tried, and I can't make it bigger. I know, I know....

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Karjakin - Ivanchuk and Ernie


Happy New Year and the top tip for 2016 is at all times carry a spare
Knight of both colours with you. During the game if White then slip
a Black Knight amongst the captured pieces. Your opponent will look
at the captured pieces, then notice they are a piece down and resign.

Before. ...

2016 RHP Christmas Quiz


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And from me, here I am outside my Christmas Stall
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You get three balls to knock over the cans and if you do you win a
prize. The cans are of course nailed down so nobody wins nothing.
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To get the festivities going we kick off with a chess cartoon...

Chess Computers, Taimanov and T-Shirts


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It all started in Boston in 1967 The first time a computer beat
a human being (one of the fleshy ones) in a tournament game

MacHack IV - Ben Landy, Boston 1967.

We join the game just asMacHack is wrapping it up...

The World Chess Champion 2016. The Winner!


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And the winner scoring 3-1 in the Rapid (25 minutes) games
is Magnus Carlsen who retains his crown for another two years.

So much for the myth that one should avoid chess on your birthday.
Carlsen is 26 today, Karjakin turned 26 on the 12th of January...

Carlsen - Karjakin (Game 12) Exciting Stuff?


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You like that joke. I have another it is 30 moves long.

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Magnus Carlsen - Sergey Karjakin. 2016 World Championship Game 12
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. c3 d5 14. Bd3 g6 15. Na3 c6 16. Nc2 Ng7 17. Qd2 Bf5 18. Bxf5 Nxf5 19. Ne3 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 Qe7 21. Qxe7 Bxe7 22. Re1 Bf8 23. g4 f6 24. Kf1 Kf7 25. h3 Re8 26. Rxe8 Kxe8 27. Ke2 Kd7 28. Kd3 Ke6 29. a4 a6 30. f3 Be7 {Draw Agreed.}...

World Championship Game 11


There are two pieces of advice I want you all to take heed of.

Never take the QNP with the Queen and never walk past a second
hand shop. In the former you will end up regretting it and in the latter
you will never know what it is you are not regretting by not going in.

I walked into a 2nd hand shop the other day and look what I got...

Carlsen - Karjakin (Game 10) - Carlsen Wins


Hello again and first some pictures from our man in New York,
HikaruShindo who has been very snap happy sending us pictures.
A street billboard giving your directions to the match.
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The menu at the Fulton Market, but what is that on the table>
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It's a pile of Chess Magazines...

Karjakin - Carlsen (Game 9)


Hello Again and after all the drama of the previous round some
were predicting a quick draw here to give both players an extra
free day. Karjakin would be OK with that as it takes him a step
closer to the title and Carlsen wanting this game out of the way
so he can take on Karjakin with one of the two White’s he has left.

The players did not read the script and we were treated to another fighting draw...

Carlsen - Karjakin. (Game 8) We Have a Winner


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At last after 7 games we have a result and it’s not the one predicted.

Sergey Karjakin beat Magnus Carlsen with Black, no I shall re-write that bit.
Magnus lost with the White pieces in a game he seemed determined to lose. ...

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