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|Aug-07-10|| ||Kinghunt: If Eljanov wins against Ganguly tomorrow (the pairings for the final round haven't been announced yet, but that looks almost certain to me), he'll be #6 on the live list.|
|Aug-08-10|| ||twinlark: |
Eljanov won a lively game against Surya Sekhar Ganguly to win the tourney with 8.5/10, even though he missed a chance to strut his stuff with his patent exchange sac!
Black (Ganguly) has just played 26...Nb5:
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There was a great knockout punch here with 27. Rxb5, and goodnight.
If he takes with the Rook, then 28. Nxc7 cleans up, while if he takes with the pawn, 28. a6 cuts Black to pieces: 28...Rb6 (28...Bd7 29. Ne5) 29. Nxb6 cxb6 30. Nb8 (30. a7 also wins but this win is cuter):
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As it was, he played 27. Nd4 which also wins easily enough.
Great tourney by Eljanov, and congratulations to the young Ukrainian GM.
|Aug-08-10|| ||Don Cossacks: Winner of Politiken Cup 2010!|
|Aug-08-10|| ||Kinghunt: Congratulations to Eljanov for his tournament win and for his new live rating of #6 in the world!|
|Aug-15-10|| ||Tabanus: Politiken Cup (Denmark) 31 July - 8 August 2010, final crosstable:|
|Nov-12-10|| ||Whitehat1963: He's getting his butt kicked now with the big boys. Perhaps like Jakovenko, he's proving he can't hang with the likes of Carlsen, Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, and Aronian. That, to me, seems like the consistently best five for the last three years or so. Ivanchuk sneaks in every now and then, but he's not quite consistent enough. But Eljanov seems just blatantly unworthy of the top-flight competition.|
|Nov-14-10|| ||ycbaywtb: not much commentary on Pavel lately, guess that's what happens when you're losing 5 of 8|
|Dec-10-10|| ||nummerzwei: <The analyses of some opening variation, not only by leading players, but also by ordinary amateurs [...] extend deep into the endgame, by-passing the middlegame.>|
Pavel Eljanov (NiC, 7/2010)
It's intiguing to speculate what rating an 'ordinary amateur' has according to Eljanov. I think something like 2450.
|Feb-13-12|| ||Penguincw: STANDINGS
Aeroflot 2012, After Rd.7
M. Bartel 5.5/7 (+4 =3 -0)
Eljanov 5.5/7 (+4 =3 -0)
H. Melkumyan 5/7 (+5 =0 -2)
V.Iordachescu 5/7 (+3 =4 -0)
A. Korobov 5/7 (+4 =2 -1)
Pretty close. A win boasted him to the top, with Bartel, who he will have advantage against him tomorrow.
|Feb-14-12|| ||Penguincw: Eljanov in a 3 way tie for first, with 4 half a point back and like 11 one full point behind. Tomorrow, he plays an important game with the black pieces against Anderikin, while the other co-leaders, Korobov and Bartel, play the white and black pieces in that order. :)|
|Jul-11-12|| ||wordfunph: "Well, I never like to make quick draws. When I sign a score sheet with only twenty moves noted, I have a feeling of incompleteness and guilt, not only in front of the audience, but in myself. It's not a good feeling so I try to fight until the end and usually only take draws in empty positions."|
- GM Pavel Eljanov
|Feb-27-13|| ||geniokov: <Fiona Macleod: <breakbad: I hope tournament organizers think twice about inviting a person who draws in three moves. Shameful!>
tournament organizers would not think twice inviting a player who does this amazing feat of drawing a game in 3 moves and then after the game emerges as the champion of the tournament (or co-champion).>
|Feb-27-13|| ||geniokov: <Fiona Macleod: for if a player can afford to relax like that on the last round and still be champ then that means he performed EXTREMELY WELL during the rounds previous to that--the stuff of dreams for tournament organizers>
|Feb-27-13|| ||Fiona Macleod: I am glad Eljanov earned more money than So because he has a family to feed. God is wise and good.|
|Feb-27-13|| ||geniokov: Don´t wash your hands!<FionaMacleod> Show your balls about what you´ve said!|
|Feb-27-13|| ||geniokov: <FSR: Somehow I'm thinking that most chess players don't have trucks that they shovel bales of money into. Like Susan Polgar, I'm mystified as to why people who get free entertainment watching the games of chess professionals have the right to criticize them for sometimes taking quick draws in order to ensure that they make money.>
|Feb-27-13|| ||geniokov: <FSR: <perfidious> Amen to that. If they'd played a 15-move draw in, say, an Exchange Slav, or played the "Recidivist Variation," Opening Explorer, apparently <that> would have been OK, but a 3-move draw is unconscionable.>
|Feb-27-13|| ||geniokov: <FSR> He is a USCF Chessmaster and contributed some numerous articles!...GREAT! I just want to introduce him to you Sir!|
|Feb-28-13|| ||FSR: I think people would have had fewer objections to the three-move draw if the game had gone 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Be2! That line is a well-known draw. http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp... There's no point wasting your time playing it out.|
|Feb-28-13|| ||perfidious: So much for Fischer's statement 'The King's Gambit is busted. It loses by force.'|
|Feb-28-13|| ||geniokov: <FSR and perfidious> Is there something to explain?|
|Feb-28-13|| ||geniokov: <FamilyTree: A complete shame. The organizer invests money to keep supporting chess, even in these hard times... for this?> LOL!|
|Feb-28-13|| ||FSR: <geniokov> Bobby Fischer wrote a famous article, "A Bust to the King's Gambit," in which he claimed, "In my opinion the King's Gambit is busted. It loses by force." http://www.academicchess.org/images... It was published in the first issue (Summer 1961) of the <American Chess Quarterly>, edited by Larry Melvyn Evans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americ...|
Doubtless to Evans' surprise, Fischer proceeded to play the King's Gambit against him, winning crushingly, en route to a historic 11-0 win in the US Championship 1963/64 (1963). Fischer vs Larry Evans, 1963 That was Fischer's first win ever against Evans; their three prior games had been drawn. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Fischer also played the King's Gambit twice at the Vincovci 1968 tournament, winning both of those games. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... Fischer in his tournament games as White played the Bishop's Gambit (3.Bc4) rather than the King's Knight's Gambit (3.Nf3). (However, his claim that the King's Gambit is "busted" and "loses by force" had not been limited to 3.Nf3. The conclusion of Fischer's article was, "Of course White can always play differently, in which case he merely loses differently. (Thank you, Weaver Adams!)") http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King's...
The ChessBase article, later revealed to be an April Fool's Day joke, claimed that Rybka (Computer) had proven that the main lines of the King's Gambit were a forced loss for White, but that 3.Be2 (the Lesser Bishop's Gambit) was a draw. http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...
|Apr-19-13|| ||Conrad93: <I think people would have had fewer objections to the three-move draw if the game had gone 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Be2! That line is a well-known draw. http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp... There's no point wasting your time playing it out.>|
Dear God! People still believe that sham article?
It was an April Fool's joke.
|May-10-13|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday GM Eljanov!|
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