Sunday 11 July 2021

A pretty vicious burn

 Garry Kasparov had a pretty rough time of it at the Croatia Rapid and Blitz, scoring a disastrous 0.5/9. The obvious explanation is simply lack of practice, and this seemed to contribute to both poor opening play, and a shortage of time when he did get some decent positions. The other possible reason (connected to opening choices) is that theory has moved on over the last 20 years, some positions that Kasparov thought were playable may no longer be so.

When I mentioned the result to my daughter she replied "That's the same score that I got in my most recent chess tournament!" (She stopped playing around the age of 8)

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