21 Apr 2008

Perfection is boring

First day of chess in the other Windy City.

No errors of judgement, no slip-ups, no loss of concentration: simply perfect chess.
How boring is that!

The only weapon each of them used was giving their opponent the chance to go wrong. A chance that was never picked up.

The main characteristic in this Berlin Wall was Carlsen's use of Knight moves, centered round the d2-square. Possibly playing for time and trying to elicit an indiscretion from Black. But Black didn't fall for it.

The draw was a workmanlike beginning for Magnus to this 30.000 Euro tournament. I wonder if he is still interested in the prize money, or if he is now sufficiently well off to play for fun and prestige alone. I hope so.

Game boards later.

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