Daniel King: "Time to look at a chess game"

by Johannes Fischer
9/22/2014 – Rain or shine, during the Chess Olympiad GM Daniel King entertained ChessBase viewers with daily reviews of the round and quickchats. After Tromsø he took a break but now "autumn has arrived and it feels like the right time to look at a chess game." Good for us: In his PowerPlay Chess Show King presents fine efforts from Fabiano Caruana and Vishy Anand.

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In September Fabiano Caruana shook and delighted the chess world. In the FIDE rating list of September 1st he had a rating of 2801, at that time his best ever, and had just joined the exclusive club of players with a 2800+ rating. Three weeks later all this is history. In a bit more than 20 days Caruana gained 42.5 elo-points and with a live rating of 2843.5 he is now number two in the world and narrowed the gap to World Champion Magnus Carlsen to just 19 points.

Live Rating List, Last updated 20 September, 17:38 GMT

  Name Rating  +/- Rapid Blitz Age  
1   Carlsen 2862.8 -7.2 2855.0 2948.0 23
2 1 Caruana 2843.5 +42.5 2858.0 2695.0 22
3 3 Topalov 2799.5 +15.5 2772.0 2641.0 39
4 2 Aronian 2797.6 -6.4 2813.0 2850.0 31
5 1 Grischuk 2796.6 +7.6 2828.0 2724.4 30
6 1 Anand 2791.8 +6.8 2809.0 2811.0 44
7 4 Giri 2768.1 +10.1 2674.0 2757.0 20
8   Karjakin 2767.3 -9.7 2806.0 2701.0 24
9 2 Nakamura 2764.3 -17.7 2800.0 2906.0 26
10 2 Mamedyarov 2763.7 +7.7 2739.0 2824.0 29
11 1 Kramnik 2760.0 0.0 2773.0 2757.0 39
12 4 Adams 2757.6 +5.6 2764.0 2715.0 42
13 4 Vachier-Lagr 2757.2 -10.8 2728.0 2776.0 23
14   So 2755.0 0.0 2635.4 2726.0 20
15 2 Dominguez 2750.9 -4.1 2763.0 2728.0 30
16 1 Gelfand 2748.0 0.0 2719.0 2719.0 46
17 1 Jakovenko 2747.0 0.0 2726.0 2630.0 31
18 2 Wojtaszek 2742.3 +6.3 2684.0 2743.0 27
19   Vitiugov 2738.1 -3.9 2700.8 2711.2 27
20 2 Svidler 2731.9 -0.1 2799.0 2751.8 38
21   Leko 2730.5 -3.5 2773.0 2682.0 35
22 7 Ding, Liren 2729.5 -24.5 2708.0 2688.0 21
23 5 Harikrishna 2727.0 +2.0 2701.0 2728.0 28
24 9 Radjabov 2726.2 +9.2 2776.0 2715.0 27
25 2 Ivanchuk 2726.0 0.0 2811.0 2720.0 45
26 3 Morozevich 2724.1 -6.9 2790.8 2810.6 37
27 4 Andreikin 2722.0 0.0 2773.0 2716.0 24
28 7 Rapport 2720.2 +7.2 2724.0 2668.0 18
29 3 Eljanov 2719.4 -6.6 2714.0 2680.0 31
30 5 Bacrot 2718.8 -10.2 2731.0 2739.0 31
31 1 Navara 2717.5 -4.5 2633.0 2705.0 29
32 8 Nepomniachtchi 2713.5 +3.5 2801.0 2880.0 24
33 4 Fressinet 2713.4 +1.4 2713.0 2699.0 32
34 4 Vallejo 2711.0 -1.0 2689.0 2629.0 32
35 3 Ponomariov 2711.0 -6.0 2738.0 2758.0 30
36 3 Li, Chao 2711.0 0.0 2620.0 2651.0 25
37 1 Wang, Yue 2710.5 -2.5 2765.0 2682.0 27
38 4 Naiditsch 2710.2 -4.8 2698.0 2616.0 28
39 10 Bu, Xiangzhi 2710.1 -11.9 2661.0 2634.0 28
40 2 Kryvoruchko 2709.9 +1.9 2687.0 2610.0 27
41 17 Wang, Hao 2709.9 -20.1 2719.0 2693.0 25
42 1 Jobava 2708.0 0.0 2727.0 2640.0 30
43   Kasimdzhanov 2706.0 0.0 2645.0 2641.0 34
44   Le, Quang Liem 2706.0 0.0 2771.2 2828.0 23
45 1 Tomashevsky 2701.0 0.0 2748.0 2725.0 27

Source: Live Chess Ratings, 2700chess.com

In the first PowerPlay video after his break Daniel King looks at two games of Fabiano Caruana: The first is Caruana's counterattacking brilliancy against Nikola Djukic from the Olympiad, the second is Caruana's demolition of Veselin Topalov in the sixth round of the Sinquefield Cup.

Then King turns his sight to Vishy Anand's fine performance in the Masters in Bilbao. He shows how Anand managed to win a won but complicated position against Ruslan Ponomariov through precise calculation and practical decisions.

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Johannes was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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xwind xwind 9/23/2014 02:30
I'm thrilled with and admire Fabiano's talent. He shows solid potential with consistency. From where I can see it he only needs to maintain his stamina to maintain concentration in elite competition.
Big Alex Big Alex 9/22/2014 07:48
Very entertaining!!
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