Danny gets to grips with the Candidates!
One of the reasons I found the Candidates interesting to follow is some of the extreme comments it throws up by those commentating on websites and so on. Clearly such an important event throws up some real passions.
A comment that caused me some amusement in particular was one I found on ChessBase written by the user name Nostalgic1972:
“This seems really ridiculous. These young engine-stricken lads are only good at memorizing opening lines generated by computers, in the hope that their opponents may fall prey to it. if it happens, that’s it; if not, from the middle game on they begin to make mistakes until one realizes it and possibly takes advantage (if they could). Caruana, Giri, Karjakin and the like are so computer-assisted that they cannot even win it when they happen to arrive at winning positions time after time. their mid and endgame knowledge is not extensive.”
This comment is obviously over the top, but there is some truth in it. In general these players he is mentioning are very dependant on engines and are the front-runners of “the computer generation”. But they can’t suggest that they can’t play when left to their own devices, is rather over the top. In fact Giri came in for a lot of stick, because he drew so many games. This wasn’t for want of trying though, as he came very close indeed to beating Caruana in round nine:
Another game that caught my attention in round nine was the clash between Anand and Aronian.
Danny Gormally is a talented English Grandmaster. He lives in the bustling market town of Alnwick, somewhere near Scotland.
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