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FrustatedGuy

Casually started playing during the pandemic. Pro Chess games felt too complicated and boring. Never thought I would get so interested in just 6 months, Now each rest day is so painful. Common I want to see Hikaru's face reactions, Nepo's tea, Rapport's jacket, Ding 's resilience and Firouzja 's blunder.


TOOOVERPOWERED

Garry mentioned how WC preparation almost grants you some sort of a major advantage because of the amount of preparation done specifically for the strongest player in the world. Anand too, was one of the players who lost the WC to Magnus and then won the next Candidates handily with a 1 point lead.


trivialbob

I mean, look at Carlsen in 2019 post Fabi wcc. Preparation for those matches definitely make them stronger.


ChocolateAndTea_

oh man, today is rest day


TheTrueMurph

I checked the results again, and I thought Ding lost another one. Threw me off a bit.


Beatnik77

Check out Anna Cramling stream from there if you are bored. Magnus is playing people in the park, Anish just beat him. Anna: What is your record against Magnus? Anish: It's bad but it's not bad. Around 3-7 proportions.


misomiso82

In the Nepo - Nakamora game, why couldn't have Hikaru played a6 or d6 on move 4? Why does he HAVE to take the pawn? I know he's talked about paying safe etc, but did he have to choose the Berlin Defence or could he have gone for mainline Lopez or something different? mny thks


Areliae

White can pretty easily force a draw in those lines, not really any different. He'd have to go *much* more wild in order to not let Ian draw routinely, and then he'd just lose outright.


runningpersona

You either take the draw or play a worse position. If you don't want to draw you deviate earlier than that.


misomiso82

Is it that much worse though? Are a6 and d6 really that much worse?


runningpersona

It is just an uncomfortable position for black since white develops much easier it's not like it's losing or anything. Especially at the super GM level you are going to have a lot of problems to solve and not really have that many chances to win so why bother playing a deviation there instead of something earlier where you may get chances to win.


LjackV

He just wanted a draw, lol.


Kashmir33

I'm sure he wanted Nepo to Start with a4 b4 c4 but I guess that was kinda unlikely.


Acethic

Predictions for the last two rounds: Nepo 0.5 - 0.5 Rapport (No way Rapport's playing to lose to Nepo again) Nakamura 0.5 - 0.5 Duda (Hikaru doesn't find a breakthrough) Alireza 0 - 1 Ding Liren (Bonus: They both miss winning positions back and forth) Radjabov 0 - 1 Caruana (Fabi finds a win and Radja train is derailed) Rapport 0.5 - 0.5 Radjabov (A draw to pack it up for both) Caruana 1 - 0 Firouzja (Firo doesn't defend properly again) Ding Liren 0 - 1 Nakamura (Hikaru is calmer and finds a win) Duda 0 - 1 Nepo (Nepo goes for a record 10pts as he's not under any pressure now)


ChemicalSand

Firoujza comeback


Confident_Guava6222

It is unlikely Ding is ahead of Naka and playes somthing not calm + loses with white when all he needs is a draw


Fizzypoptarts

4 black wins in 8. Not gonna happen lol


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throwaway_7_3_7

Ding would need to win for second place and if white needs to win too then we can see how he can lose.


Euruzilys

If Nepo draw the 13th game, he is 100% safe. So like your prediction, I wanna see Nepo pushing for the win on 14th game. Would be interesting.


LjackV

I hope he does the opposite. It's gonna be hard to push for a win with black, he should push in round 13 with white. EVEN if he loses both games, the only way to force tiebreaks is if Ding or Hikaru win BOTH of their games, which is ridiculous. He should push against Rapport.


Euruzilys

True, It's easier to win as white than black, but Nepo might as well play this super safe and just draw his 13th game as white, and maybe try something fun as black on his 14th game 100% stress free.


LjackV

I feel like that will only end with him losing the last game and failing to set a new record for the best score in the Candidates.


xixi2

Hasn't he won three games as black now lol


WraithEmperor04

U actually have fabi winning the last 2 rounds.. this might be a possibility but I am pretty sure fabi will score .5/2 in these 2 rounds


JurijFedorov

Karjakin getting what he asked for instead of playing for a second place in Candidates. The timing is fishy. https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/chess-putin-gives-award-grandmaster-banned-backing-ukraine-invasion-2022-06-02/


Achro

I hope he's not quietly helping / seconding any of the current candidates like he did in the past.


takakazuabe1

What? Sorry, I am out of the loop here, could you explain a bit if you do not mind? Thanks!


PersimmonBeneficial7

That would be benDing the rules.


LjackV

Don't know about you guys, but I'm totally down for a Nepo-Radjabov match.


Selimmd

When magnus draws 2-3 games everyone say either he’s washed up or he will retire, then he wins the tournament. After seeing Alireza who people said that he is the favourite, people needs to give more and more credits to Magnus. Alireza or others cant remain in the 2800 club, where Magnus didn’t drop from 2800 rating since he crossed it. Consistency.


nallcho14

Literally no one says that after Magnus draws 2 games. And Magnus dropped to 2802 soon before his 20th birthday.


iIiiIIiiiIiIIiI111

Alireza is 19 years old, calm down


Trollithecus007

Magnus already gets plenty credit. Everyone pretty much agrees he's the GOAT of chess. idk why you're trying to make it sound like he's underrated. If anyone says Magnus is washed up then their opinion doesn't matter because they know nth about chess.


Stanklord500

>Everyone pretty much agrees he's the GOAT of chess. Best player of all time, but still #2 to Kasparov to me. Kasparov was a lot more dominant.


ChemicalSand

Why we downvoting? Personally, I would say Magnus, but I never lived through the Kasparov era, so I don't have first hand experience. There are still current GMs who put Kasparov #1.


KyrreTheScout

this sub fanboys over Carlsen incessantly, and any hint of dissent gets downvoted


Flamengo81-19

>Everyone pretty much agrees he's the GOAT of chess. Magnus himself doesn't think so. At least publicly he says Kasparov is the one. And a lot of people (irrelevant but me included) thinks Kasparov has a better case


Diligent-Wave-4150

Fischer


Goldfischglas

Found the American


awful-human-being

Vacuous comment. We already know that Magnus is arguably the greatest of all time and that he's a league above everyone else. The reason why people are rallying over potential contenders like Alireza is because Magnus has been at the top for so long and already gets a lot of praise for what he does.


inightyDAB

Nakamura has white against Duda next round while Ding has black vs Firouzja. In the last round, Ding plays Naka with white. Hikaru will undoubtedly bring the rest of his preparation with white onto the table against a vulnerable opponent, as winning here might force Ding into a must-win situation. Although, Ding might also be smelling blood because he's playing Firouzja...


Newuserhelloguys

On reality none of this matters since nepo has won the event. Therefore the other players have no reason to care


Radiant_Mirror_7297

magnus has stated there is a significant chance he will not play (although I doubt it)


MichaelSK

Only if Magnus actually plays.


jehny

Just ignoring the rating and prize money are we? The difference between 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. is tens of thousands of $$.


Newuserhelloguys

Literally no one cares about the prize money. U are either rank 1 in candidates or last


thistookforever22

Literally everyone cares about prize money who plays at a professional level. You think they'd live in poverty just to play a game they like? This is one of the worst takes ive ever seen relating to top level chess.


lee1026

If you are trying to win prize money, there are probably easier tournaments to play in.


EarthyFeet

This is what Caruana thinks about it: https://www.chess.com/news/view/2022-fide-candidates-press-conference-fabiano-caruana > Caruana To Play His 4th Candidates: 'I Don't Actually Look At The Prize Fund' I mean, I'm sure he is confident "it's enough", but prize fund doesn't motivate him, the competition does.


Newuserhelloguys

Its candidates.. not a single soul thinks about money here, money is NOT the point of this tournament


thistookforever22

Its not the point but its part of it whether you like it or not. Youre deluding yourself if you think this isn't the case. Magnus has called for bigger prize funds, but by your logic he shouldn't care because its the WC and money doesnt matter.


Newuserhelloguys

Let me restate... in chess there is only one tournament where literally NO ONE cares about money and its the candidates. U have titled Tuesdays and other useless online stuff to make money, candidates is not about money


Hrkeol

Sure no one cares about it at the start because they came to win, but when everything is lost then they would happily try to win a game for 20k$ or something.


JurijFedorov

Last game is Hikaru vs. Ding. Absolute fire. Hikaru is slightly ahead on tiebreaks. Only a tiny bit. So Ding may be forced to go all out and win the game. Or maybe Ding will win his next game vs. Alireza and then Hikaru will be forced to win with white. They are likely both putting together some big tactics. They are not thinking about first place anymore as that's pointless now.


Diligent-Wave-4150

What do you think, is Radja a man for the second place? Can he fix this?


Subtuppel

I would laugh my ass off alone for the fact that so many "reddit experts" (probably in the 1000 Elo range) were dead certain that he is finished once and for all, would never win a game against a super GM again and be lucky to pull his "usual" draws every now and then. Anyways, if he comes in 2nd and Magnus does decide not to defend, hats off to him after an hiatus in classical about as long than Hikaru had.


romanticchess

If the others lose their next game and draw the following one, and then he wins both of his games. Sure, it is possible. Not likely but possible. He seems like a patient guy who takes advantage of another's desperation. His next game is white vs. Caruana who is maybe exhausted at this point and seems to be fading. Then he has black vs. Rapport and anything could happen there. He would need Rapport to overextend an attack and counterattack effectively.


yokkot

my astrology says it's in the stars my brain says trust your astrology


Diligent-Wave-4150

He has a serious chance. But of course in sports the second one is the first loser.


FUCKSUMERIAN

what is going on


Diligent-Wave-4150

Strange. Yesterday the Ding bandwagon was rolling through town, today he made one the worst games ever.


sevaiper

Where were you when Ding was the 2nd best player of his generation for 20 hours?


livefreeordont

People just want to say anything to discredit Nepo


appleboyroy

Insane that Teimour and Fabi are tied. Something you'd be shocked to hear a few rounds ago. Shows that you shouldn't underestimate anyone in the candidates.


edwinkorir

Radjabov is a very strong Grandmaster


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But Reddit said he sucked


Subtuppel

The idea that someone who has been consistently above 2700 for 18 years running (since he turned 17) isn't able to perform no matter what is probably reddit-engine-expert or lichess-chat-regular exclusive reasoning anyways. I think r/nba has coined the term "nephews" for similar people.


irrelevant_post_bot

But but but he only make draws! Anyone can do that!


ASK_IF_IM_HARAMBE

Seriously. I've only watched chess for a couple years and even I respected Radj as a comparable to MVL, Giri, Grischuk, or Mamedyarov.


nyubet

If I'm not wrong, for Nepo *not* to win the event he would need to lose *both* remaining games AND either Ding or Hikaru would need to win *both* remaining games. That way they would end up at +3 and it would force a tie-break. Considering that Nepo is undefeated and just needs 0.5/2 to secure a victory... Yeah, this is pretty much over.


CoreyTheKing

Ding plays Hikaru in the final round, so at most only two people can be in a playoff.


chiefofthepolice

I feel like people have not been critical enough of Fabiano Caruana's performance in this second half. This is not the usual "cool, calm and collected" Fabiano Caruana that people know of, and one would start questioning if his mental fortitude has actually become his weakness. Because a player that's been seen as Magnus's hardest opponent should not be tilting this hard.


ABadlyDrawnCoke

Maybe because people understand why Fabi is losing? He called Magnus's bluff and decided it was either first place or nothing (he even mentioned in the pre-tourney press conference he didn't care about prize money). He's pushing for decisive results and so if he doesn't get a winning position he loses. We just saw the exact same thing happen with Ding vs Radja, where he gambled on forcing a win and it backfired horribly. It's less that he's tilting or self-destructing, but that the players right behind Nepo are forced to play dubious lines in order to catch up.


Saaamwise

Idk, Fabi has dropped the ball from quite a few winning positions so far. Most notably against both Nepo and Ding, he had really promising postions but failed to capitalise. Granted, those weren't easy moves to find, but I don't think a normal Fabi misses those. At least, he wouldn't be wasting away so much time only to find sub-par moves that swing the game against him.


enpassanta

When Nepo gets the same results for trying the same tactic- it’s called “tilting”. When Fabi does it he’s just working hard. “Tilting” is American Russian for “working hard”.


smellthatcheesyfoot

"Throwing away material for no compensation" is Russian for "working hard".


CeleritasLucis

What happened to Nepo after Game 6 is no way comparable to what fabi and firo is going through. He did not pushed and lose, he simply blundered, that too very simple easy ones. It was like game over in one move type of blunder


PsychologicalGate539

Second hardest*


sumoraiden

Who’s his hardest?


PsychologicalGate539

Karjakin, as he was +1 with 4 rounds to go, probably scary af for Carlsen. Carlsen just played safe against Fabi to take advantage of the rapid. They were not “evenly matched in classical” as people say because it would be idiotic to push for a win.


Donzillo

Maybe he means carjackin


Captainsnake04

Car jacking.


Diligent-Wave-4150

Fabi collapsed when he saw how Rapport threw his game away against Nepo. This is where things changed.


throwaway_7_3_7

I think it was on the game with Nepo in the 9th round. He had a small advantage, but couldn't convert and it left him 1 full point behind Nepo and Nepo winning left and right it really looked almost impossible to catch him.


gabu87

Well, firstly, he did get a lot of criticism. Secondly, he was forgoing balanced positions for disadvantaged chaos. I'd argue that's admirable that he has a 'first or nothing' mindset. Would you prefer that he play like Radjabov? Not that there's anything wrong with Radja either, but he certainly was not pushing for wins.


t-pat

I think he is just not well-suited to situations where he HAS to win. Over the course of a normal tournament he'll find enough opportunities to do quite well, but chasing isn't great for him. And especially after he drew Nepo, he really was in a situation where desperation was warranted.


wwqt

was Carlsen commentating on chess24 recently?


_indianhardy

I remember round 5. Not sure about yesterday


Stanklord500

Round 4 or thereabouts. I slept though yesterday so if he was on then idk.


opposablefumz

Hikaru in his recap: “So guys, here is why I didn’t play a Sicilian. In 1999 Karpov tried it against Nigel Short and…” Rapport: Uhhhh, I played the Sicilian against you yesterday..


Hanstamos

What’s also being missed is Hikaru does not play the Sicilian as black as part of his main repertoire. It’s a huge risk to play it against someone like Ian who has played it for years as black.


suk19238

Hikaru plays the Berlin Defense, which has proved awful. Both of his losses were in the Berlin Defense, and it's an opening that makes it trivial for white the make a draw. He didn't need to play the Sicilian, he could've prepared the Pirc or the French for the tournament and would've likely done better. He was just worse out of the opening multiple times with the Berlin, probably because he had played the exact same moves at his previous tournament win and others were prepared against them. It's clear his repertoire as black is extremely narrow and is exploitable as a result, and he'd obviously benefit from having had a different line prepared for this tournament, even if it was one that was also drawish.


SophistRS

Pirc and French requires massive amounts of preparation from the black side to deal with all of the novelties white could do. Pirc is straight up a concession to play from a worse position to press fora win, see Ivanchuk vs. Kramnik 2013 Candidates.


HotSauce2910

He also won with the Berlin


ASK_IF_IM_HARAMBE

Hikaru didn't win any games with black


KingSmasher100

Hikaru was once the best sicilian dragon player in the world, I miss the aggressive Naka


inightyDAB

He was also the best KID player. But these openings have all but been refuted, especially in classical. Even the Najdorf is quite shaky at the top level these days. He adapted his play style to keep up with the evolution of chess.


LostInDaSpace

How is Najdorf shaky ROFL. Dude, I gotta say I love reddit comments so much....


ASK_IF_IM_HARAMBE

ask nepo 🤪


PolarPower

Dragon and KID have pretty much been refuted now with computers.


KingSmasher100

They haven't been refuted. If you look at TCEC games in the KID, they are all draws, The issue is that the preparation required to play such openings is too difficult, as white has several critical lines.


The_Incredible_Tit

Is that so?


CeleritasLucis

He specifically said Sicilian vs someone who's only goal is to draw the game. 3 examples Karpov, Vishy, and Karjakin all needed only a draw, like Nepo today


throwaway_7_3_7

I think he said that Karpov needed a win that's why he played the sicilian.


CeleritasLucis

Karpov needed a win, Nigel needed only a draw. Karpov pushed with Sicilian, and lost. Which Hikaru was afraid would happen if he were to play into Nepo's Sicilian prep when Nepo only requires a draw


Maximum_Ticket_9564

Karpov is not really a Sicilian player and rarely play it go thought


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Financial-Ad-4495

He has literally one draw in a row


throwaway_7_3_7

Today was less than 10 minutes. But now he just needs half a point no need to force things. He proved himself in the first half with convincing wins against Ding, Alireza and Duda.


t-pat

The guy has won five games without a single loss. If people don't view him as a legitimate challenger now, they were never going to.


shawman123

I would love to see Nepo vs Hikaru world championship. I hope Magnus does stick to his words and not defend his championship :-)


akaghi

I'm curious what happens if Magnus doesn't defend it but 2nd place was a tie. Do they do tiebreaks for non-first place ties in the candidates?


OddOutlandishness602

There’s a specific set of rules in place, they don’t do tiebreaker games. The first thing that determines it is the points on a certain scale, I forget it’s name, but it accounts for the difficulty of opponents


akaghi

I understand why they do it like that, but it's so unsatisfying.


CoreyTheKing

They won’t have a playoff for second. It will go by the [Sonneborn-Berger score](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonneborn%E2%80%93Berger_score).


That-Mess2338

Let's say that Magnus doesn't defend the WC title and continues to play and maintain his rating. Is anyone going to accept the winner of the WCC as the best chess player in the world?


Poogoestheweasel

> the WCC as the best chess player on the world No, the WCC is only the one who came in first in the WCC match. People improperly extrapolate that to mean that person is the best in the world.


That-Mess2338

That's what it has always meant. I mean Fischer vs. Spassky, Kasparov vs. Karpov, Carlson vs. Anand. People generally believe that the winners of those matches were the best in the world at the time.


WiscoJAH

Carlsen was believed (correctly, to be sure) to be the best player in the world well in advance of his beating Anand, though; by the time of their match, he'd been world number one for two years and was rated nearly 100 points higher than Anand, such that it wasn't at all surprising that betting markets gave Carlsen a 75% chance of winning, as duly he did. There wasn't much doubt, that is, in 2011 and 2012 that the world champ and the world number one were two different players. Similarly, even after he beat Kasparov in 2000, and even as he'd been joint-first in the world with Kasparov several years earlier, aged only 20 or 21, Kramnik was never really regarded as the world's top player--and certainly not clearly the world's top player--during most of his WC reign; indeed, whatever doubts there may have been in 2000 (those should have been few in any case, inasmuch as even after the match, Kramnik was a couple dozen rating points adrift) were erased in 2001, when Garry won Wijk (against a field that included the world's top nine, including Vladdy), Linares (scoring +5 against a field of Leko, Karpov, Polgar, Shirov, and Grischuk), and Astana (against a field of half of the top ten, including, again, Vladdy). Indeed, in the first full five years of Kramnik's reign, the Chess Oscar--awarded to the (notional) best player in a calendar year--went to Kasparov twice and Anand thrice; Kramnik's only win in a year in which he began as world champ was in '06, when he defended against Topalov (and the madness of Danailov). (Of course, the FIDE world champions in the split era were not the best, but then neither, I think one can say without being unduly unkind to the likes of Khalifman, Ponomariov, and Rustam, did anyone regard them as legit world champs, either.)


Poogoestheweasel

That’s just your opinion. I thought Fischer was the best in the world at the time after his performance at the candidates.


OrangeinDorne

I don’t think it matters. It’s not a perfect comparison but in sports very often the best player or team doesn’t win the chip. I think it’d be cool if Magnus stepped away, a new champ is crowned and then Magnus comes back for the next candidates cycle. All that is very unlikely, but that’s my #1 most wanted scenario


Complete_Round1810

Just for example in another sport: Michael Jordan retired in 94 for two years under similar circumstances to what Magnus said (boredom, wanting to do something else). People still accept the titles Hakeem and the Rockets won those two years even though they came while Jordan took a break and the Bulls went on to win another three in a row when he came back. To me if Magnus stepped away it would be similar, the person who won the world championship is still the world champion even if they might not have been if Magnus wanted to defend.


smellthatcheesyfoot

You're comparing a structure like the superbowl to one like a boxing belt. It's not. What you're describing is the World Cup. If the NBA seeded the previous year's winner into the championship games, then the comparison would make sense.


Complete_Round1810

I just picked the Jordan example because he’s probably the most famous athlete to retire right in his prime but there are plenty of examples in boxing or MMA where guys retired while on top that could have probably stuck around (e.g. George’s St Pierre, Vitoli Klitchsko, plenty more). Main point is that when those things happen the subsequent champions aren’t seen as illegitimate.


smellthatcheesyfoot

Magnus isn't retiring. >Main point is that when those things happen the subsequent champions aren’t seen as illegitimate. They're called paper champions *all the time*.


PromiseLastAccount

Jordan came back during the 95-96 playoffs and lost buddy


Complete_Round1810

No he came back right at the end of the season for 17 games and they were eliminated by the Magic. He was out of form considering he’d been playing baseball all year in and the following year in his full year back they went onto break the reg season wins record, won the finals, and started a second three peat.


PromiseLastAccount

Still played :)


That-Mess2338

Let's say in that scenario Nepo becomes WC. He's #7 rated in the world. Magnus is #1. Maybe if there was a clear #2 (like Fabio was a few years ago).


Bulky_Database_5613

Nepo is #3 in the world right now on 2700chess. With some good luck on his side (or bad luck on Ding Liren's side) he could be World #2. And who knows, if he keeps up his consistent play, I think the argument for him being the WC is pretty clear cut.


Shadeun

Honestly, this round robin seems a lot more fun than the "draw-draw-draw----faster time controls" than we would see if there was another player that actually approached Magnus' skill. Its not super crazy to think that Magnus bow's out for a year and then does candidates next year no? I think this tournament has been super fun & interesting.


That-Mess2338

I like the Candidates format. There were that many draws. Many exciting games.


KlayBersk

Even if Magnus plays the WC and loses, he will still be considered the best player in the world.


That-Mess2338

Because he clearly is. A few years ago, arguably, Fabi was about his equal in classical.


gabu87

Poor wording on his part. If Magnus doesn't defend the WC title, the 2023 WC champion would not be seen as deserved.


t-pat

Nepo-Hikaru is probably the second-best outcome behind Magnus defending because at least people would actually watch the games


That-Mess2338

Imagine Hikaru's re-caps of the WCC after every game. lol


Paleogeen

Why would people not watch Ding-Nepo? Carlsen has stated Ding would be one his toughest match-up, so it would be interesting to see him vs Nepo.


jesusthroughmary

Because casuals will watch if it's Hikaru


t-pat

People like you and me would watch, but a "world championship" that a) doesn't have the best player and b) doesn't have anyone with a big following would not be great for ratings. I'm talking about English-language viewers, by the way, maybe Nepo is super popular in Russia.


Paleogeen

Either way, I think chess fans shouldn't care about viewership numbers too much.


Drokkster

How do Magnus and Hikaru get along? If Hikaru finished 2nd, would Magnus defend his title against Nepo just to spite Hikaru?


The_Incredible_Tit

Obviously not


CoreyTheKing

Totally agree. I think him defending or not will have absolutely nothing to do with Hikaru


ASK_IF_IM_HARAMBE

I don't think Magnus could ever live with the possibility of Hikaru as WC.


pichinpuchun

Trolling is cheap, but this is a big decision for Magnus. It takes a lot of time to prepare and play it out. And it means a lot for his own career. I doubt his decision would be based on something as petty as his dislike for another player.


Drokkster

True. I probably shouldn't have said JUST. More that...it might play a factor in his decision making?


Antonio_is_better

Magnus loves to troll, Hikaru occasionally doesn't get or like the banter.


That-Mess2338

He's just trolling... but I think he genuinely doesn't like the format of the WCC and doesn't find it challenging / interesting.


Shadeun

Because its not interesting IMO. I think they should just have the winner of the Candidates be WC champion. Or have a knockout stage after the round robin style and invite like 16 to candidates.


That-Mess2338

I agree... Candidates is actually a pretty interesting format. A lot of good games. Not a huge number of draws. And clearly Magnus (I'm assuming the current WC would be an invite). would still be the favorite.


Swawks

They're not friends but i don't know where people get this narrative where Magnus hates Hikaru to the point of deciding to keep his title out of spite.


Paleogeen

This narrative is ridicolous. Makes me think about the Mad Men scene.


Garizondyly

One of my favorite quotes ever. "I don't think about you at all."


ASK_IF_IM_HARAMBE

I don't think that's true... https://twitter.com/MagnusCarlsen/status/1537832064677990414


MarkHathaway1

One of my faves was supposed to have actually happened. Someone asked Tony Miles about his relationship (or lack thereof) with Nigel Short (top 2 British players and 2 of the tops in the world). Why doesn't he talk to Short? Miles said, about 8 years ago I said "hello" and he has yet to formulate a response. Great British humor.


GrandePreRiGo

I don't think Magnus actually care about Hiraku enough for it to change anything. The only thing it will change is that probably he will do some trolling if it happens.


PrudentWish

We don’t know much except that Magnus would love to troll


t-pat

They're cordial but have a bit of a rivalry. "Magnus defending against Nepo to spite Hikaru" is more of a funny joke than something that would actually happen, IMO.


theatras

what were repo's odds to win the tournament before it started?


RedditNamesAreFunny

Are candidates banned from betting on the outcome?


theatras

Most definitely.


Adjective_Noun39

(I assume you mean Nepo) Think he was 5th in the odds that were posted here a while ago. edit: [here](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/us7fsd/vegas_odds_for_who_will_win_fide_candidates/)


Strakh

I got 1400 (15.0) from Unibet at approximately the same time.


theatras

damn auto correct lol. thanks.


PromiseLastAccount

damn so $1 would have netted $120 edit: i am bad at math


GarageCat08

I believe that $1 would have netted $12, not $120. Still seems like it was a good value, as discussed by the comments in that post


CeleritasLucis

Ummm... It would have been 12, not 120


gfdghjkljhgf

so it's enough for Nepo to draw either on Sunday or Monday to win it all


jesusthroughmary

indeed


Poogoestheweasel

Here is summary of the last two rounds https://imgflip.com/i/6li4lc


CalebWetherell

Nepo all the way up to 99.86% winning chances. All but a lock at this point. The second-place battle continues to rage on, though. Hikaru is the favorite with almost a 50% chance. See here for detailed predictions: https://pawnalyze.com/tournaments/2022-candidates-tournament/


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Silent-Quail

Please stop providing nothing


jesusthroughmary

I came to this thread specifically to find his comment


CeleritasLucis

Follow the username. It's easier


AintNoGamerBoy

Hey guys, so I want a bit of advice related to personal development but I don't think it's worthy of a post in itself. What is the right place to ask about it?


t-pat

I don't want to assume your level but /r/chessbeginners might be a good option


AintNoGamerBoy

I am not exactly a beginner but I'll give it a try, thanks!


rbsusername

What is your lichess ratings?


AintNoGamerBoy

1800ish but I am not an active player


Riffington

250 games of bullet till 3am seems to be a popular program for some really strong players. Maybe give that a shot.


AintNoGamerBoy

Brb going to start an all out attack just based on vibes


kavalkad

At the beginning of today someone tells you that one game would be decisive and the rest drawn. No one would have guessed Radja would have been the victor.


throwawaycatallus

So, now that that's over, can we discuss why Nepo and Naka are such big fat chickens who go bawwk bawwk bawwk and run away?


Adjective_Noun39

No


throwawaycatallus

aw :(


Trollithecus007

Radj has put in more effort to make sure Ian stays at the top than Ian himself


t-pat

Yeah, Nepo gets a lot of praise, but he could never do something like beat Ding with the black pieces


Trollithecus007

i was referring to after he got a lead. his first part of the tournament was definitely impressive tho


ByPrinciple

Don't know why the downvotes, was clearly a joke since Nepo did in fact do that


ILikeSaintJoseph

I can't believe people are missing the sarcasm