World Chess Championship 2018



  • Just kicked off this morning NZT. Not sure if it's the right place on a sports forum, but hey 🙂

    https://worldchess.com/event/london



  • I dont know either, but it doesnt feel right to leave this with no responses...

    😉

    As an aside, good but nerdy article published today about the AI Google developed that is the clear dominant force in chess. Uses less computational power apparently, and learns to think "like a human ".



  • Is the Norwegian guy still top dog?



  • 12 games - one point for a win, half a point for a draw.

    Winner needs six and half points to take the title.

    Game one was drawn after Fabiano Caruana (white) played his 115th move but only after Magnus Carlsen (black) erred on his 40th move in a superior position.

    Prize fund is one million pounds with the winner taking home 600,000 pounds.

    Carlsen is not only defending his title, but is also the current number one on the ranking list with a rating of 2835 points. Caruana is currently number two with 2832 points.

    In 2014 Carlsen had the highest ever rating in chess history of 2882, going past Garry Kasparov's 2851 in 1999.



  • My 8 year old has joined the chess club at school.

    ....and he beat me.

    I'm equally proud ( of him ) and ashamed ( of myself )



  • Game 2 was a draw. This time Carlsen was white and Caruana Black. Only 49 moves this time.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_2018



  • I played in the English School Championship when I was 14. I remember playing a 9 year old (when most people were 17-18 and being completely psyched out that he must a child prodigy (he was). He played chess while holding a teddy bear he was attached to. He beat me, but I played bad chess. The teddy bear freaked me out.



  • @frank said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    He played chess while holing a teddy bear he was attached to. He beat me, but I played bad chess. The teddy bear freaked me out.

    All in the past, Frank.

    Sounds like you are well over it now.

    Oh yes.

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    "Now tell me about your mother, Frank."



  • @mn5 said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    My 8 year old has joined the chess club at school.

    ....and he beat me.

    I'm equally proud ( of him ) and ashamed ( of myself )

    I only ever beat my father at chess once. I was about 12. After I beat him he refused to ever play me again. To be fair to him, I was quite a good player in those days.



  • @damo said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @mn5 said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    My 8 year old has joined the chess club at school.

    ....and he beat me.

    I'm equally proud ( of him ) and ashamed ( of myself )

    I only ever beat my father at chess once. I was about 12. After I beat him he refused to ever play me again. To be fair to him, I was quite a good player in those days.

    I downloaded one of those chess apps on my phone and annoyingly the levels progress from piss easy to impossible in one step so I pretty much gave up. The computer wasted me easily every time.

    It is a great game though, the length and breadth of the moves that the top guys have is just staggering.



  • @mn5 said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @damo said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @mn5 said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    My 8 year old has joined the chess club at school.

    ....and he beat me.

    I'm equally proud ( of him ) and ashamed ( of myself )

    I only ever beat my father at chess once. I was about 12. After I beat him he refused to ever play me again. To be fair to him, I was quite a good player in those days.

    I downloaded one of those chess apps on my phone and annoyingly the levels progress from piss easy to impossible in one step so I pretty much gave up. The computer wasted me easily every time.

    It is a great game though, the length and breadth of the moves that the top guys have is just staggering.

    Playing other people is much better than playing a computer. It is hard for a computer to play like a realistic beginner.

    There are tonnes of live player chess games online that you could play if you desired.



  • @damo said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @mn5 said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @damo said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @mn5 said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    My 8 year old has joined the chess club at school.

    ....and he beat me.

    I'm equally proud ( of him ) and ashamed ( of myself )

    I only ever beat my father at chess once. I was about 12. After I beat him he refused to ever play me again. To be fair to him, I was quite a good player in those days.

    I downloaded one of those chess apps on my phone and annoyingly the levels progress from piss easy to impossible in one step so I pretty much gave up. The computer wasted me easily every time.

    It is a great game though, the length and breadth of the moves that the top guys have is just staggering.

    Playing other people is much better than playing a computer. It is hard for a computer to play like a realistic beginner.

    There are tonnes of live player chess games online that you could play if you desired.

    Yeah wouldn't mind getting back into it ( if only to beat my son haahaha )



  • @mn5 said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @damo said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @mn5 said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @damo said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    @mn5 said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    My 8 year old has joined the chess club at school.

    ....and he beat me.

    I'm equally proud ( of him ) and ashamed ( of myself )

    I only ever beat my father at chess once. I was about 12. After I beat him he refused to ever play me again. To be fair to him, I was quite a good player in those days.

    I downloaded one of those chess apps on my phone and annoyingly the levels progress from piss easy to impossible in one step so I pretty much gave up. The computer wasted me easily every time.

    It is a great game though, the length and breadth of the moves that the top guys have is just staggering.

    Playing other people is much better than playing a computer. It is hard for a computer to play like a realistic beginner.

    There are tonnes of live player chess games online that you could play if you desired.

    Yeah wouldn't mind getting back into it ( if only to beat my son haahaha )

    Started playing a bit with my boy recently, but it's hard work after a day at work.

    This guy (John Bartholemew) has some really good tips and introductions fo rpeople. Well worth a watch.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6hOVYvNn79Sl1Fc1vx2mYA



  • No mention of Woody Harrelson?



  • @bovidae said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    No mention of Woody Harrelson?

    First bowling....now chess.....is there any sport he hasn't mastered ?



  • Woody Harrelson, the good, old raw food vegan yoga practicing Southern boy, whose estranged father was a hit-man.



  • @frank said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    Woody Harrelson, the good, old raw food vegan yoga practicing Southern boy, whose estranged father was a hit-man.

    I'm betting that's not the first 'joke' Woody's had that just goes CLAAANG!!!!

    disclaimer: I do the same thing from time to time



  • @frank said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    I played in the English School Championship when I was 14. I remember playing a 9 year old (when most people were 17-18 and being completely psyched out that he must a child prodigy (he was). He played chess while holing a teddy bear he was attached to. He beat me, but I played bad chess. The teddy bear freaked me out.

    This may be the best post of the year! It really is brilliant.

    It rivals one of @mariner4life posts on something which I forget now. But I do remember laughing loudly.



  • So I googled the teddy bear guy. Turns out he is now indeed a chess wizard.

    Adam Hunt. Now has a rating of "International Master" FIDE rating 2401.
    He was born in 1980, so was 9 at the time I played him.

    His gingerness is quite striking.

    https://www.google.co.nz/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=882&ei=jOjoW52tL4rM8wX5lpjYCQ&q=adam+hunt+chess&oq=adam+hunt+chess&gs_l=img.3..0i30k1j0i24k1l2.1069.3614.0.3776.16.12.0.4.4.0.83.604.11.11.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..1.15.619.0..0.0.OCCv591scfk



  • @frank said in World Chess Championship 2018:

    So I googled the teddy bear guy. Turns out he is now indeed a chess wizard.

    Adam Hunt. Now has a rating of "International Master" FIDE rating 2401.
    He was born in 1980, so was 9 at the time I played him.

    His gingerness is quite striking.

    https://www.google.co.nz/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=882&ei=jOjoW52tL4rM8wX5lpjYCQ&q=adam+hunt+chess&oq=adam+hunt+chess&gs_l=img.3..0i30k1j0i24k1l2.1069.3614.0.3776.16.12.0.4.4.0.83.604.11.11.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..1.15.619.0..0.0.OCCv591scfk

    Good work Frank, this story is the Chess equivalent of being fended/trampled/stepped/smashed by ( insert famous Rugby player name here ) at college 🙂