Kramnik's absence from the Russian Championship is comedy's gain
Jan produced his video on Saturday almost before the games
were over. Some technical delays later... here it is:
You can of course play through all the games Jan mentions with computer analysis on our site:
Note Karjakin actually lost the game by forgetting about his time and failing to make move 40 - not that it was likely to have made a lot of difference. When asked afterwards why he’d played 1.f4 Nepomniachtchi, a man who’d provided Magnus Carlsen with crucial help in Sochi, said he didn’t know what to play against Karjakin with White so he thought he'd play as Black instead!
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There’s just too much chess around to cover everything, but
we couldn’t end this report without evidence that Alexander Morozevich is still
a force to be reckoned with. The mercurial Russian finished off Boris Grachev
in dazzling style in the Russian Championship – one of those occasions when a
queen is definitely no match for a rook and bishop!
You can replay the full game here.
Elsewhere Arkadij Naiditsch and Viktor Bologan are competing to post the worst open tournament performance by a top-class player:
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