This morning I have been watching Chess24 through ChessBase. The commentators Jan Gustafsson and Peter Leko are worrying the position between Meier and Carlsen. It’s down to seconds plus the bonus times after each move.
Carlsen looks totally relaxed though he’s been on the precipice of losing. Earlier they had been joined by Rustam Kasimzhdanov and the topics were jet lag, jogging in the morning with Fabiano in Miami and a myriad of other things. These guys are funny, cerebral and amazing. Colleagues.
Leko is extremely interesting to listen to. Gustafsson asks interesting questions. This game will probably make Daniel King’s recap of the ending position enough to make our heads spin. You might think that Meier, at some point had a win, but Carlsen hung in there like a Churchillian bulldog! Magnus even admitted to a “bluff” moment which goes hand in hand with a book I will soon be promoting, by Tukmakov: Bluff & Risk in Chess. A terrific book. If you didn’t get a copy when it came out (Many did) I would advise you to get it because of its ability to build amazing confidences.
What a game! The German entries, Bluebaum and Meier were not patzers no matter their final score. They were fighters foremost!
One has to admire Leko’s thinking capacity and his ability to remember the most interesting and “minute” details. If I had watched or listened to topics like this, years ago, who knows, I might not be typing this right now.Mastership here I come.
Admissions of frailties, mistakes, and such make chess so human.
Magnus even talks about “suicidal” moves, but, he doesn’t play them!
This game is a prime example of why there should be books on tournaments and matches. Books can hold your attention and allow one to go back and recheck our thinking. They can (if done right) show possibilities you hadn’t thought of, or, had thought of, but which wouldn’t work. Lev Alburt’s book on the Carlsen-Karjakin 2016 is a perfect example of this, which includes the very important notes by Vlad Kramnik.
The world champions and candidate challengers are impressive to the nth degree. I am already looking forward to any notes Leko may write, even with the use of the computer.
There are lots of draws, but I have not seen such fighting chess made so palpable as in the last two events I have seen Caruana play in. Everything matters. Carlsen doesn’t give up, he talks about “still having chances” even though half the tournament is over. I love this kind of thinking yet it allows for an escape clause if one needs one.
So, keep thinking about those two books I have highlighted. Both are in stock. I have 4 of the Bluff & Risk books and 6-7 of the 2016 match book. Don’t wait to impress your peers.