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    Ongoing Events: Bilbao, The Kings Tournament And The Russian Championship

    1. Bilbao. Michael Adams continues to lead, holding on in round 3 for a draw against Levon Aronian. In the other game, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tied up Shakhriyar Mamedyarov's forces, then won by liquidating into a rook and bishop ending where he would wind up two pawns ahead. Adams thus has 2/3 at the halfway point, while Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave have a point and a half.

    UPDATE: I was reminded in the comments that they are using the 3-1-0 scoring system, so the totals are Adams 5, Vachier-Lagrave 4, Aronian 3 and Mamedyarov 2.

    A note about yesterday's post, in which I noted that Adams' defeat of Vachier-Lagrave indicated that Adams was building on his success back in Dortmund. A couple of commentators seemed to object, noting that Vachier-Lagrave lost on time, and in a "dead drawn" position according to one of them. By way of reply, I'm surprised that my anodyne statement provoked a couple of people to object. At any rate, I would note that losing on time isn't like being hit on the head by a meteorite, a random occurrence that just "happens" to a person. Vachier-Lagrave didn't become a 2740+ player by losing games on time for no reason. Adams gave him enough problems of a sufficiently challenging sort that Vachier-Lagrave was unable to solve them within the allotted time.

    I'd add to that while the position was drawn it wasn't yet dead drawn in the sense of being a position that's a known technical draw or one where no accurate moves are required. White can still fiddle around a bit in the final position without allowing a perpetual check or returning the extra pawn. (I'm not claiming that the position is anything but a draw, just that one shouldn't look at all the 0.00s on the monitor and think it's like rook vs. rook or defending king and h-pawn vs. king on the queening square.) Anyway, even if it is dead drawn, see the previous point about losing on time.

    2. Kings Tournament. Fabiano Caruana drew with Ruslan Ponomariov, maintaining a share of first with a game in hand. He has 1.5/2, while Ponomariov and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu have 1.5/3. Nisipeanu defeated Wang Hao (.5/2) in the day's other game while Teimour Radjabov (1/2) had the bye.

    3. Russian Championship. Peter Svidler drew his second game of the tournament, and leads with 4/5. Nikita Vitiugov is still half a point back after drawing his game. He is tied with Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated tailender (but not at all bottom seed) Alexander Motylev with the black pieces. In the remaining four rounds Svidler seems to have the easiest schedule based on his opponents' places on the crosstable while Vitiugov has the hardest, forced to face the top four players (other than himself).

    The rating flip-flops on the live list continue, with Kramnik back in second, Aronian in third and Caruana in fourth. I think that if Caruana wins the Kings Tournament, hits 2800 and leapfrogs at least one of Aronian and Kramnik it will be very difficult for whoever organizes the Candidates to avoid giving him the wildcard. But it depends on when the organizer is named. If Nakamura (or maybe even Gelfand?!) wins Wijk aan Zee in January that player would be strongly in the mix. Or if London hosts the Candidates and Adams somehow manages to hold on and win Bilbao, he might get selected. Still, I think if Caruana hits 2800, it will be very difficult for an organizer of any country to reject him.

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    I think characterizing either commenter's statement as an "objection" is a little strong. They both just seemed to think that the information that it was a time loss was worth noting. I agree with all three of you that 1) it is worth noting and 2) it's still an accomplishment for Adams.

    The whole wild card system seems pretty silly to me. Giving one organization such power over the constitution of the candidates list doesn't seem right.

    October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDan Schmidt

    I think the Adams-Vachier-Lagrave game was indeed dead draw at the end. Only Vachier-Lagrave can tell why he got in that massive time trouble.

    The other topic is quite interesting: Who will go to the Candidates?

    [DM: Interesting, but unless one of the little-c candidates does something spectacular between now and the decision time it's probably useless to speculate on until we know who is hosting.]

    October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGerhard

    They use football scores in Bilbao,

    http://www.bilbaomastersfinal.com/en/masters-final/tournament-rules-2/

    After round 3, thus current standings are
    Adams 5, MVL 4, Aronian 3, Mamedyarov 2

    [DM: Ah right, I forgot about that. Thank you!]

    October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarkHelmet

    Within the ranking flip flops is worth noting that Gelfand is ahead of Anand

    October 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterguidok

    Regarding Adams - Vachier-Lagrave, I objected only mildly (also mentioning that Adams was a little better throughout the game, which may have been the reason for MVL's time trouble). In the final position, I don't see how white can continue without returning the extra pawn, but I might well miss something.
    It seems that Vachier-Lagrave was a fraction of a second late with his 40th move, so my point was rather the following rhetoric question: Does Adams' form (or anyone's verdict on it) depend on whether Vachier-Lagrave needed, say, 10 or 9 seconds for his final move before the time control?

    [DM: You mean "rhetorical question". Here's one back: why can't people just allow that Adams played well and put Vachier-Lagrave under pressure, whether or not he was slightly lucky with the win on time? There aren't any victories that come solely by virtue of what the winner does; we all need our opponents to make a mistake before we can win!]

    On the candidates event: Chessdom (but for the time being only Chessdom?) has this:
    http://www.chessdom.com/bulgarias-candidates-2014-bid-in-the-air-khanty-mansyisk-likely-venue/
    The deadline for bids was 5th October, two bids were received (Khanty-Mansiysk and Sofia) and discussed at the FIDE Congress in Tallinn. Unlike Khanty-Mansiysk, Sofia couldn't provide a bank guarantee (!?) and now got one more week for this. If they don't manage, the Khanty bid will be honored next Monday.

    [DM: Thank you, that's useful info.]

    Another story is when the successful bid has to announce its wildcard. I don't think (or I would consider it a bit strange) it's possible to wait until late January after Wijk aan Zee, giving that player very little time to prepare while six other players can start already now (the seventh one being the loser of Anand-Carlsen). I also don't think the decision should depend on details such as whether Caruana's (live) rating is 2799 or 2801.

    [DM: We're dealing with human beings, not robots, and seeing a four-digit rating starting with "28" makes it that much harder to ignore Caruana (or whoever) when it comes to picking that wildcard. If Caruana is 2799, he's "just" another 2700, albeit one that's higher-rated than some other pick, but if he's 2800 people will say "he's a 2800, for goodness' sake, one of only seven in history!"

    I agree that the wildcard system is silly, but might be a necessary evil to find an organizer/sponsor (who could also opt for the player finishing third in the GP standings, thereby choosing Caruana ...). And no one can really complain, as everyone had three chances to qualify(rating, GP Series and World Cup).

    October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

    With regards to the Candidates, I think you hit the nail on the head in your last comment, Dennis. It's clear that the wildcard is offered solely to encourage sponsors. There's no other reason for it. If London was sponsoring the tournament, I would not be surprised to see Adams, if it was the US then Nakamura, Israel then Gelfand, etc.

    [DM: Yes - though even aside from Thomas's comment the U.S. is unlikely to bid while Israel is both unlikely to bid and even less likely to have their bid accepted, unfortunately.]

    With Thomas' information, it appears that Bulgaria or Russia will be the host countries, which makes the choice more interesting. Kramnik and Topalov are already in, so do they go with a local choice or do they pick someone like Caruana if he breaks the 2800 mark? It will be interesting to watch and see.

    [DM: Remember the 2725+ requirement. That means that Bulgaria has no second home pick.]

    October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeal Bonrud

    Some more comments and extra information on the candidates bids: Dennis may know more than I do, but why was the U.S. "unlikely to bid"? At least here in Europe, there were speculations that St. Louis (Sinquefield) might be interested on behalf of Nakamura. Gelfand would rather have to rely on rich friends from other countries?

    The extra information I accidentally found doing research for an article on the Russian championship: According to http://www.chess-news.ru/node/13624 the Bulgarian bid is about twice higher than the Russian one. Khanty-Mansiysk offers 600,000 Euros "clean", Bulgaria 1.5 million Euros before taxes. Regarding the missing bank guarantee, the Google translation goes "FIDE has requested a letter of guarantee - his Bulgarian federation has promised to deliver to the nearest Monday. The situation is complicated by the fact that the country is now uneasy political situation in Sofia held daily protest rallies. According to Silvio Danailov, it's very difficult work."

    I say "Huh" - Bulgaria/Danailov had plenty of time already to get things settled? A one-week extension is already generous from FIDE?
    Danailov had mentioned Caruana, Nakamura, Mamedyarov (no longer needed), Radjabov (!? - support from Azerbaijan needed?) and Dominguez (Topalov's former second) as possible wildcards. The initial idea may have been to secure a spot for Topalov, the current idea rather to annoy Russia in general and Kramnik in particular? And Danailov already announced that he might sue FIDE (nothing new ...) if Khanty gets the candidates event without a proper bidding procedure.

    Further slight detail: the Bulgarian venue would apparently be Kozloduy, a small town in NW Bulgaria, rather than Sofia.

    October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

    You guys are forgetting an essential fact. If Bulgaria WINS, then they want to invite the weakest candidate for TOPALOV while the hardest for EVERYONE else. For the obvious reason, they don't want the strongest candidate because it just hurts THEIR man's potential to win.

    Regarding the Organizing committee's wildcard...

    The person has to be rated at least 2725 on the FIDE July 2013 Elo list. This limits the choice to the following 16 people:

    Caruana
    Grischuk
    Nakamura
    Gelfand
    Kamsky
    Dominguez Perez
    Ponomariov
    Wang Hao
    Svidler
    Adams
    Leko
    Morozevich
    Giri
    Vitiugov
    Ivanchuk
    Radjabov

    In regards to Russia, that is a fun question.... Grischuk, Vitiugov, Morozevich and Svidler have the Russian flag... while Gelfand still maintains great ties. I would wager than rather this silly "2800" rating mark as the reason someone is or is not invited... it may come down to I dunno... someone winning the Russian Championship 7 times while finishing joint 3rd in the last candidates tournament? (*Cough* Svidler *Cough*).

    [DM: I don't understand this last *Cough* paragraph *Cough*.]

    October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

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