World Cup: Canadians win in rd.1
Good day for Canadian Representatives
The World Cup is one of the strongest tournaments of the year, attracting 128 participants fighting it out for $1.6 million in prizes (the winner takes $120,000) as well as two qualification spots for the upcoming Candidates Tournament. The format is the usual knock-out system, each player playing two regular games (90 minutes plus 30 minutes to finish).
The tournament is held at a 5-star hotel ( Hotel) located some 6km from the city centre and 13 km from the airport, but just 9 minutes from the sea. For some strange reason, the finals will be moved to another hotel, I assume closer to the city centre.
How the Canadians won
I give the games below. I use the RPB plugin, so just click on any move and a pop-up diagram will appear which you can resize and drag to the side.
Following the tournament LIVE
(Chess Porn ?!)
Being such an important tournament, and one of the very few – maybe even the only – event where the up and coming talents can have a chance to play against the elite players of the world, there is much interest in seeing the games.
Then there is the choice of live commentary, which generally I am NOT interested in. I notice that Canadian grandmaster Eric Hansen’s ChessBrah is offering livestreaming of the tournament, something new for him I suspect. He is working with Seirawan, who is always a joy to watch in action. Then the local organizers have their own livestreaming, with english commentary by grandmaster Ivan Sokolov, also a very lively character to watch.
It is really a question of taste and how much time and interest you have to watch what is happening. I have written extensively on this blog about the drawbacks of pouring hours and hours of unedited video stream onto the internet. Both Hansen and Sokolov did something like 5 and a half hours of streaming each yesterday, and I notice that together they seem to have (at the time of writing this) an accumulated viewership of approximately 12,000 viewers. Worldwide. 24 hours after the round.
So clearly there is NOT much online interest in this kind of presentation. Unedited videos suck in general, and in chess this is especially true when the games are slow and the commentators don’t have an entertaining script to fall back on. However, for those who can wait until after the round is over, there is a large and excellent choice of edited video analysis and commentary. Danny King is always great. So is Ben Finegold. Amongst others, obviously. It is the edited work that catches the most viewership. Clearly. Otherwise, it is all just boring porn.