Skilling Open

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Re: Skilling Open

Post by NickFaulks » Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:37 pm

Have to feel sorry for Firouzja. He won more games than anyone else but still found himself in the bottom half on tiebreak.
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Re: Skilling Open

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:57 am

TWIC Day 4 and Day 5
The result of all the action was that Magnus Carlsen will face Ian Nepomniachtchi and Hikaru Nakamura will face Wesley So in the semifinals
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Re: Skilling Open

Post by Paul Cooksey » Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:38 am

Excellent semi-finals this evening. The new format working well in this first event.

I feel a bit disloyal watching the Leko/ Sachdev commentary instead of Jovi/ David, but I find Leko excellent. I wasn't really a fan of his during his playing career, the combination of his cautious playing style and famous work ethic made me imagine a very dour personality. I misjudged him, it seems the work ethic was born out of a boundless love of chess.

I am a bit sceptical of the ongoing attempts to create an accessible live commentary format. I suspect it is less enjoyable for chess players, and that the general public are not watching anyway. You might persuade them to watch highlights, but all evening seems unlikely. Still, we have both for this event, great.

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Re: Skilling Open

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:54 pm

TWIC Day 6 report
The final day of the semifinals take place on Saturday 28th November starting at 5pm GMT
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Re: Skilling Open

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:16 am

Final Carlsen v So today and tomorrow
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Re: Skilling Open

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:23 am

Twic reports Day 7 and Day 8
All to play for in tomorrow's (30th Nov) second set, and if that's also tied a blitz and Armageddon tie-break
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Re: Skilling Open

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:30 pm

Today is of course Carlsen's 30th birthday - will it be a happy one?
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Re: Skilling Open

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:49 pm

No

TWIC day 9 report
Wesley So only took the lead in the final of the Skilling Open against Magnus Carlsen for the first time in the first game of the blitz tie-break and in spite of giving up an exchange in the second game So managed to hold on for the draw he needed and take the $30,000 first prize. So was slow to get involved in these online events but he's clearly fully engaged now.
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