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Re(2): Erik's Latest Partido

Wow, alq, you've made some really good posts lately.

I watched that entire partido last night while doing some 'work' on another monitor. Including replaying keys points as much as necessary to analyze what happened. Am about to post a response to jsolo on that subject. But your observations and questions are right on the money.

Working mentally on a detailed response for later.

For now, just a quick, crazy reference that touches on the problem indirectly.

If you typed the text "New York 1924" into a search engine, what do you think would be the top result? (Bearing in mind that New York is big city and a big state, and 1924 probably had a lot going on.)

The answer is one of the greatest chess tournaments in history, followed up by a book about it which is also one of the greatest, and written by a brilliant future world champion.

World class chess players tend to be very bright, and accordingly would not settle for a tournament with a half-assed, unfair format to determine who is the best.

Therefore the format was a round robin where each player played against every other. However, in chess, having the white pieces is a big advantage - kinda like post 2 vs post 5 - so to address that issue they used a DOUBLE round robin where each player faced each other twice, once with each color. Ultra-fair, and no complaints, other than maybe how long the tournament took because of that.

Now, contrast that the haphazard partido system. Big difference.

Right off the bat, you can read some of the comments here and wonder, "Has Erik had top level partido partners like Lopez, Irastorza, or Enbil, where due to a lack of stamina he lost with an embarrassing 2nd set meltdown?" Or "Can we find actual evidence that supports the idea that he is great at picking apart the lesser players but typically flounders against top level fronts?"

To do serious analysis, we have to see the exact match-ups, as you stated. And of course, WATCH the matches, and even more of course, ANALYZE them.

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