The 2016 World Championship

World Championship match play seems to have fallen on hard times.  At least in the good old USA, specifically New York City.  I missed both games one and two.  The third I got to witness from move one.  The Rochester Chess Center had the game on the wall for easy following of play.  I was missing.  I was home.  I tuned in to the internet where I got an evening of sheer joy and entertainment–no thanks to the amateurish coverage.  Oh, what a strange opening for Carlsen to choose.  Let me see if I can recall the opening moves. 1.d4 Nf6  2. Bg5. They called it the Trompowsky Opening.  And some guy on Tweeters comically called it the Trumpsky after Donald J. Trump.  No one mentioned the idea of 2. Bg5 was to get the bishop outside the pawn wall which developed after 3. e3.  The same would be true for 2. Bf4. It would have been nice and educational to tell the viewers this feature of the opening.

Both players played sound and powerhouse positional chess with Carlsen having a big space/my square count advantage given White.  Everyone kept appraising what the computer had to say which was kind of boring, let alone the weird comments voiced by the tweeter group.  Pieces kept moving about on the demo-board with comments that the whole game looked drawish.  Well, I thought different as I usually do.  Carlsen vs. Karjakin had some really brilliant strategies for what I call power chess which often develops out of positional considerations rather than all-out attacks.  Suddenly the draw long predicted turned into a hot bed of brilliant play by both players.  In the end, Carlsen managed to win a piece but nearly lost to brilliant defense at the hands of Karjakin.  Of course the computer told the reviewers that the game was a draw.  But what  a fighting powerful exchange of brilliant concepts exhibited by both players.  It was a well deserved finish of splitting the point once again. Yep.  The computer predicted a draw.  The commentators agreed.  But the two in this royal battle did not.  They proved themselves worthy of being called great fighters and true champions of chess!–Don (Kindredspirit).

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