Tidbits from St.Petersburg
Quick 1-Minute Summary
He can’t win them all! Carlsen’s first words, when the 3-day championship came to an end, mask his obvious disappointment.
Losing two times on day-1, Carlsen made super-human efforts to crawl back to within striking range on the final day, but he was not able to defeat Nakamura in the final round and had to settle for a respectable 5th position.
For his efforts, Carlsen made about $40k.
Final Classification (Top 30)
One man’s floor is another man’s ceiling…
The 22-year old Russian grandmaster knows only too well how unfair the chess world can be. Opportunities have little to do with merit.
The truth is that virtually all elite tournaments are ‘private’ tournaments, and wildcard invitations are scarce. Organizers decide not just who plays, but who does not play. Ever.
That is one of the reasons why the elite tournaments seem like clones of each other…there is an ‘in crowd’ that plays every week, week in and week out, and then there is the rest that are lucky to play once every few months, but who are broke or make no money at all and often have to live with their parents.
Dubov is one of the biggest talents amongst the up and coming players, but being Russian might now be seen as an obstacle to his rise in international chess, given the current political background.
Without opportunities to compete with the best players in the world, Dubov’s progress will suffer. Possibly (probably) this will prevent him from being everything that he is capable of being.
But today was a good day. Dubov takes home about $60k. Pretty good for a few days work…
The Silence of the Lambs…
You probably heard several weeks ago about the latest ‘addition’ to the US National Team: the Cuban grandmaster Leinier Dominguez (rated 2739).
It is rumoured that this was planned for some time, and unfortunately will potentially have a very negative impact on US-born Sam Shankland’s efforts to break into the top. Sam is rated 2724.
You see, the invitations that would have gone to Shankland will now go to the Cuban.
This is an excellent example of how chess players are helpless to protect their turf when faced with ambitious organizers and chess politicians, driven on with their own agendas.
In today’s chess world, the organizers are the ‘Grandmasters’ and the players are the ‘pawns’…and FIDE tries its best to pretend it is not happening.
Quotations taken from Tarjei J. Svensen’s twitter. LINK