Whats It Gonna Take For Somebody To Win A Chess Game

Game 6 begins Friday at 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time — that’s 10 a.m. Eastern. I’ll be covering it here and on Twitter.

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Given the way the championship’s scheduling works, Carlsen will play with the white pieces — and its first-move advantage — for the next two games. It will prove a critical gauntlet for Caruana’s title hopes. Here’s a visualization of how things have gone, and we’ll keep the chart below updated throughout the match. This is a rare move in this position at the game’s highest levels, and it’s an aggressive one — one often reserved for speed-chess games, rather than the lengthy, classically timed games of a world championship. Carlsen had faced this move with the black pieces only once before, according to ChessBase — in a 2005 game against the Dutch grandmaster Daniël Stellwagen, when Carlsen was just 14. (That game ended in a draw.) Given Carlsen’s prodigious memory for positions, it would be no surprise if he remembered that game well. And he claimed not to be troubled.“To be honest, I was pretty happy about the opening,” Carlsen said after the game.Lichess’s analysis tool calls that sixth move the “Sicilian Defence: Nyezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack, Gurgenidze Variation.” Gurgenidze was the Georgian grandmaster Bukhuti Gurgenidze, and “one of the most original and striking players of the Soviet era,” wrote ChessBase upon his death in 2008. The early part of Thursday’s game was striking, too. Grandmasters called it the sharpest opening they’d seen in world championship history.Generically, this sort of move, a pawn to b4, is called a wing gambit, and it can be ventured in a few different openings. White sacrifices a pawn to potentially gain an advantage in the center of the board and in the mobilization of his pieces — the claiming of territory and the arming of his troops. Indeed, it was perhaps the first time in the match that the player with the white pieces had been able to sustain anything one might be able to call an attacking advantage.Yet Carlsen was able to parry the threats. He appeared calm throughout the game, occasionally throwing one arm over the back of his chair, ever so suave in his gray suit.By Caruana’s 19th move, he was perhaps regretting that his brief advantage had fizzled. And indeed it had. He spent nearly 32 minutes on that move, head often in both of his hands, pondering the board. Carlsen and Caruana agreed to a draw after 34 moves and just over 3 hours, in the position below. The match now sits level, 2.5-2.5. 87654321abcdefgh Game 5 of the World Chess Championship began under a cloud. Not a literal cloud, though there were those in London, too. Rather it was the lingering hubbub of a published and deleted video. Since that video was released, a prominent chess writer resigned and, oddly, the event’s organizing body announced that it had hired a security firm that was ready to sweep for illicit electronic devices and deploy polygraphs on the players if necessary. Was the latter related to the video? To some other bit of intrigue yet to fully emerge? Or just because chess’s governing body is, how do you say, filled with plenty of intrigue of its own?I have no answers for you. But I do have some chess to relay. To catch you up if you’re just joining us: Magnus Carlsen of Norway is seeking his fourth world title. His challenger Fabiano Caruana of the U.S. is trying to become the first American world champion since Bobby Fischer in 1972. The pair began the day’s game tied 2-2 in the best-of-12 title match.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws 0.5 and losses 0. It didn’t end much differently.The two grandmasters started Thursday’s game with the Rossolimo variation of the Sicilian Defence — the third time they’ve opened with that sequence of moves in the match’s five encounters. But then came a lightning bolt that briefly illuminated the match. It was known as “6. b4!?”Caruana’s sixth move — his white pawn to b4 — electrified the encounter. This is what the board looked like after it struck. read more

Instate matchup brings out best in sibling rivalry

It’s a sibling’s dream come true: little brother getting the opportunity to beat up big brother. The Posey sibling rivalry was in full force during Ohio State’s 43-7 win over its “little brother” school, Ohio University. “It’s always been our dream and now it’s kind of our reality,” DeVier Posey said. The Buckeyes took home the win, and wide receiver DeVier took home bragging rights from big brother Julian, a Bobcat cornerback. Julian might have two years on his little brother, but on Saturday, that’s all he had. DeVier remembered the last time the two teams faced off against one another in 2008, when Julian promised a beat down. The Buckeyes edged their way to a 26-14 victory that day. Saturday’s game wasn’t as close. Early in the game on his first catch, DeVier offered Julian a stiff arm to the face mask and a little bit of trash talk. “I just told him, ‘you better get in the weight room,’” DeVier said. In the first quarter, Julian escaped for a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown before a penalty called it back. “I was happy for him. At first I was like, ‘Oh man, I’m not gonna hear the end of this,’” DeVier said. “It’s hard to stop a guy with the last name Posey,” Julian said. The brothers caught up with one another after the game. “He says he got robbed on that kickoff return but you know he’s going to think that the rest of his life,” DeVier said. Growing up, Julian wasn’t always the bully. The loss of their father in 1999 made the two extremely close. Julian took the big brother role seriously and served as a role model, DeVier said. They are best friends and don’t go a day without talking, but this week DeVier said they hadn’t spoken since Wednesday. There wasn’t much trash talk on the field. DeVier had a different strategy to rattle his brother. “I was trying to steal all of his accessories,” DeVier said. “I think there was one time I stole his towel.” More than 40 family members donned T-shirts that boasted “Posey Bowl II” in support of both teams. Proud mother Julie Posey had a colorful jersey, split scarlet and gray on one side and green on the other. “I am really, really glad it’s over and I’m ready to party with my babies now,” Julie said. “It was a good time and kind of crazy to go against him, but it really wasn’t as emotional as I thought,” DeVier said. Looking down the road, DeVier knows what he’s going to tell his family. “The first thing I’m going to say is like, ‘Dang do you remember that score? We like whooped ya’ll man,’ and it’s just gonna silence all talk after that,” DeVier said. Julian’s prepared to hear it. “Man, I gotta live with this the rest of my life,” Julian said. At the end of the day, who got the best of whom? “I mean, you saw the scoreboard,” DeVier said. read more

Ohio States Deshaun Thomas Aaron Craft Shannon Scott earn Big Ten honors

Three Ohio State men’s basketball players were honored by the Big Ten for their play throughout the regular season Monday. OSU junior forward Deshaun Thomas garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and coaches while his teammate, junior guard Aaron Craft, was named a first-team all-conference selection by the media and a second-team pick by the coaches. Additionally, Craft and sophomore guard Shannon Scott were named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team. Outside of the Buckeyes, here’s who earned what in the conference: Player of the Year: Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke Coach of the Year: Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan Defensive Player of the Year: Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo Sixth Man of the Year: Indiana junior forward Will Sheehey Freshman of the Year: Michigan State guard Gary Harris OSU (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten), which finished No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll of the regular season, is set to play in the Big Ten tournament which starts Thursday. The No. 2-seeded Buckeyes are slated to play the winner of a first-round matchup between Purdue and Nebraska Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. read more

Buckeye Joey Bosa named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year

While he’s still waiting to hear about two national awards, Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa picked up a pair of Big Ten honors Monday night.Bosa was named the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year on Monday, while he is already a finalist for both the Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik award. He was also named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has totaled 46 tackles in 12 games this season, while he is in the top five in the nation with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. His sack and tackles for loss numbers put him atop the Big Ten standings. Bosa has also forced four fumbles this season.He needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14 in a season.Bosa’s sack of Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg sealed the Buckeyes’ 31-24 win against the Nittany Lions in double overtime earlier this season.He’s the seventh Buckeye to be named the conference’s defensive lineman of the year. John Simon was the most recent OSU player to win that award in 2012.Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Saturday to play in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Brazil call up Uniteds Pereira

first_imgManchester United’s Andreas Pereira has received a call-up to the Brazil squad for the first time.Manchester United’s academy star Pereira started the first game of the season against Leicester in last week’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City.Sky Sports now reports that he and new signing Fred have been called up to the Brazil national team.For the upcoming friendlies against the United States and El Salvador in the US next month, Brazil head coach Tite has named a 24-man squad.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.The 57-year-old omitted players like Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Danilo, Ederson, Marcelo, Miranda, Paulinho, Cassio, Geromel and Taison.Tite stated wants to give new young players opportunities to impress ahead of next year’s Copa America in Brazil.Squad: Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Neto (Valencia), Hugo (Flamengo) Defenders: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Dede (Cruzeiro), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fagner (Corinthians), Felipe (Porto), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) Midfielders: Andreas Pereira (Manchester United), Fred (Manchester United), Arthur (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Lucas Paqueta (Flamengo), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Everton (Gremio), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedro (Fluminense), Willian (Chelsea)last_img read more

Hazard hopes his Celtic mentality can rub off on Partick Thistle

first_imgPartick Thistle stopper Conor Hazard says he hopes to bring the calmness and composure he learnt at Celtic to his new team while admitting that he has a little bit of a ‘mental’ sideHazard made his Thistle debut in the draw with Dundee United at Tannadice last weekend and he hopes that the winning mentality he brought with him from Celtic will rub off on his teammates.“Everyone has that wee mental side to them, and if you’re a goalie you’re going to have that, aren’t you?” Hazard told National Scot.“It’s just when to use it and when not to use it.“I think, though, you have to be very calm and collected. At Celtic, you’re trained to be calm and collected in every situation.“It will be the same for me here and I’ll try to have an influence on the back four. Hopefully, everyone’s calm and collected on the ball, can take it in any scenario. I’ll certainly be available every time.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“No matter what situation you’re in you have to be very composed. Obviously at a big club like Celtic you have to be composed on the ball at all costs.“The club competes in the Champions League, Europa League and has won a Double Treble.“The atmosphere I can take off everybody is that everyone can take the ball in any situation and they never get fazed. Hopefully, here we can do the same.“My job’s just to keep the ball out of the back of the net. For as long as I’m here I’ll look to get as many clean sheets as possible.“I’ll also look to bring some of the Celtic atmospheres to the club — be a good, nice lad.”last_img read more

Knopp Anticipates Challenging Upcoming Session

first_imgIf LeBon wins, Republicans will hold 21 seats in the state’s lower chamber — the minimum needed for a majority. If Dodge wins, the chamber will be split 20-20. Knopp is beginning is second term in the House of Representatives after running unopposed in the November 6 general election. Rep. Knopp: “So, I think it’s going to be challenging session especially with the new administration. The House is still very fragile, very fragile body in the House. I honestly don’t think the Republicans can organize and function without some sort of coalition, I think it’s essential.” Republican candidate Bart LeBon and Democratic candidate Kathryn Dodge each claimed 2,161 votes in the race for House District 1. An election that could determine control of the Alaska House of Representatives is tied, according to pre-recount figures released by the state’s elections division.last_img read more