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to follow up on my last post about the chess, one thing that really stands out for me is how many times both players, in the analysis of computer-assisted observers, have failed to make midgame or lategame moves that would have set them up for a near certain victory. i would not be surprised if it is the case that players who've reached this level are fairly risk-averse overall and all too willing to accept a draw rather than lose (and perhaps look foolish) and although i don't know this to be true it is quite possible those moves were unorthodox and risky. still, it says a lot to me that our greatest human players can fail to glimpse all of the possibilities once they've been substantially narrowed, even as they clearly see so many of them; that even they are quite fallible. i wonder how much of the admixture each contributes to these failings, between risk-averse play, failing of ability, and over-reliance on known lines of play causing unorthodox unprepared-for lines of play to be dismissed out of hand (out of mind...). have our best players perhaps become more 'robotic' than actual (with figurative license) robots?

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jones_casey
Nov. 20th, 2018 12:35 am (UTC)
last week, the world no 1 had offered a glib response to a reporter who asked if he had a favorite player from history: “probably myself like three or four years ago”.

the punch line brought the house down, yet carlsen’s suggestion that he is diminished player relative to the dizzying heights of his mid-decade peak informed it with a certain pathos and the champion revisited the theme in more sober tones amid sunday’s aftermath.

“i feel like i could possibly have gotten something today but i don’t really know how, i just knew that there were many possibilities,” he said. “i didn’t know what to go for. i don’t feel like i missed something huge. maybe on another day in another year, i could have found some way.”

caruana, the world no 2, didn’t take the bait when asked whether carlsen’s alleged loss of edge and inability to win from positions he might have converted years ago influenced or altered his approach to the most important match of his life.

“i mean, what can i say?” the 26-year-old challenger said. “if i get a chance then i’ll try to take it but I’m not thinking about (carlsen’s form) like that exactly. i had some kind of chance in the previous game and i did my best to make the most of it, but i’m also not going to go crazy or anything.”

he added: “after the first game, the games have been pretty tight. we haven’t really given many chances to one another, so it’s kind of natural that a lot of the games will end peacefully. things could have happened in (game 6) and the first game. there could have been decisive results, but none so far.”
nightspore
Nov. 21st, 2018 10:18 pm (UTC)
Fascinating

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