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« on: November 3, 2008, 02:43PM »
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But this does not only happens in chess, in tennis they also get a very high prizes , and what about golf players?

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« Reply #1 on: November 1, 2008, 11:30AM »
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Now that the World Chess Championship is over and the new king is crowned I want to tell my opinion about it:

This WCC was a nice meeting with some interesting games. It was an undeserved advantage for Germans that the two protagonists had to play at 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon, Central European Time, just in time for many employees to join the games after work.

It was, however, not a "championship of the century" at all in the sense like the Spassky-Fischer match was! If this were the case then woe to those who would really like to see again a thrilling contest where people stay up overnight for analysing because they can't think of anything else but the games.

The prize money was too high in my opinion, since they got 600,000 Euros each just for eleven games, that is more than 50,000 Euros for one game! When I compare this with my salary and think about how long I have to work to achieve such an amount then I know it was far too high.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2008, 12:00PM »
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Quote from: chubbyupchuck on October 24, 2008, 02:11PM   

Tom,

The reason I paid is because I had not realised you could watch it for free!  So thanks once again for another great pointer.  I'll catch up on the games I missed and give ChessVibes or PlayChess a whirl on Sunday.

As (yet another) aside, and if you will excuse my newbie naivety.  Last Saturday Yasser noted that the game was the first sell out at the auditorium.  Does anyone know why the games are laid out in a strict 2 days on 1 day off pattern, even if this means one day of the weekend is a rest day?  It would seem pretty obvious that the matches at the weekend are going to draw significantly larger crowds both at the venue and the on the internet.  Therefore, this pattern appears to be a bit of a shot in the foot both in terms of ticket revenue and publicity. 

For that matter why not start the mid week games in the early evening once people get home from work rather than mid afternoon?  If they can be playing tennis after midnight in Australia, and racing F1 around Singapore at similar hours surely a game of chess is possible.

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Chubby, I don't know why they play on two days with spare time on the third day. I've just looked up the  German Wikipedia under "Schachweltmeisterschaft 2008", but they don't mention this point there.

Referring to the playing time at 3:00 p.m. CET I can imagine this: Germans are well-known as the people of "poets and thinkers"( ), and since chess is a game where you have to think deeply, it fits to Germans almost perfectly to have the possibility to attend the games in the afternoon which is for many employees the time after work. That's why I guess that the organizers had so much regard for the people of thinkers that they placed the games at a time which is as most agreeable to Germans as possible. I'm afraid all other peoples have to stand back. Tja, such is life! 

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2008, 02:11PM »
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Tom,

The reason I paid is because I had not realised you could watch it for free!  So thanks once again for another great pointer.  I'll catch up on the games I missed and give ChessVibes or PlayChess a whirl on Sunday.

As (yet another) aside, and if you will excuse my newbie naivety.  Last Saturday Yasser noted that the game was the first sell out at the auditorium.  Does anyone know why the games are laid out in a strict 2 days on 1 day off pattern, even if this means one day of the weekend is a rest day?  It would seem pretty obvious that the matches at the weekend are going to draw significantly larger crowds both at the venue and the on the internet.  Therefore, this pattern appears to be a bit of a shot in the foot both in terms of ticket revenue and publicity. 

For that matter why not start the mid week games in the early evening once people get home from work rather than mid afternoon?  If they can be playing tennis after midnight in Australia, and racing F1 around Singapore at similar hours surely a game of chess is possible.

Cheers

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2008, 12:56PM »
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Quote from: chubbyupchuck on October 18, 2008, 11:50AM   

Tom,

Probably a bit off topic (always a good idea for your first post to a forum?), my apologies.  I just wanted to thank you for the pointer.  I took the opportunity of a quiet Saturday afternoon to try the live broadcast service offered by Foidos (http://www.foidoschess.tv/).

Barring one of the 3 cameras they use being slightly out of focus I found it to be very good.  The English language commentary was provided by Yasser Seirawan, who I found very insightful, if perhaps a little fast for my puny chess brain at times    He had a number of GM guests and I found listening to them discussing the positions and continuations fascinating.  There was also the opportunity to pose Yasser questions, and he took time to answer them.  They provide commentaries in other languages (I recall German, Spanish, Russian) although being a linguaphobe(?) I stuck to Yasser.

All in all I think the service represents good value for your 10 Euro investment and I would recommend it.


Hi Chubby, I agree, it is certainly interesting to listen to Yasser Seirawan.

But - why spend money if there are other possibilities to take part in the match more lively, for instance at www.chessvibes.com? There you can watch nice videos of all the games freely.

For example, look at the video of game 6. At the beginning Mr. Karpov does the first move and you can clearly see that this scene wasn't exercised before it really took place. Mr. Karpov wanted to do the move from the wrong side at first, with his back towards the photographers. They then told him to go to the other side, but there he was looking for the right spot for a few seconds until he got to stand to the left of Mr. Anand where he finally moved the d-pawn two squares ahead while smiling into the lenses. Watch the incredible flurry of camera flashes at the moment he picked up the pawn!
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2008, 11:50AM »
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Tom,

Probably a bit off topic (always a good idea for your first post to a forum?), my apologies.  I just wanted to thank you for the pointer.  I took the opportunity of a quiet Saturday afternoon to try the live broadcast service offered by Foidos (http://www.foidoschess.tv/).

Barring one of the 3 cameras they use being slightly out of focus I found it to be very good.  The English language commentary was provided by Yasser Seirawan, who I found very insightful, if perhaps a little fast for my puny chess brain at times    He had a number of GM guests and I found listening to them discussing the positions and continuations fascinating.  There was also the opportunity to pose Yasser questions, and he took time to answer them.  They provide commentaries in other languages (I recall German, Spanish, Russian) although being a linguaphobe(?) I stuck to Yasser.

All in all I think the service represents good value for your 10 Euro investment and I would recommend it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2008, 09:03AM »
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If you want to, you can follow the current World Chess Championship between Anand and Kramnik on one of these servers:

http://www.uep-chess.com/cms_german/

Sorry, they changed the link to the server-page yesterday. Now it's okay again.
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