What watch could have distracted Magnus Carlsen??

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What watch could have distracted Magnus Carlsen??

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Invicta maybe?
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I’d guess it was a chronograph with a Valjoux movement. He must have seen it wobble and was convinced it was vibrating…….

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Haha!
Chess is bonkers and fascinating to me. He didn’t just say ‘I got a bit distracted’, he said ‘I lost my ability to concentrate’… Presumably he was left with only human powers after he saw the watch…
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It was clearly a piece of watch pawn.
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You would think he was too professional to make such a rook-ie mistake.
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The other guy was obviously wearing a safe queen…
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…. Or a King Seiko
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… Don’t know, I’d need to check mate :thumbup:
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Probably one of those plasticky Blancpain’s. Sounds like he was having trouble fathoming out his next move.

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He might have simply been board.
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Was it a k-night match?
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I'm just watching a Gotham Chess.(Levy Rosman), the world's biggest chess you tuber, over 4m subscribers, about this game.

Here's a link

https://youtu.be/GHU7YZYl8pM?si=eKPG-n7nO3bENjdD

I didn't realise but apparently all watches are banned for chess players and Magnus complained, but it was a normal watch, not a smart watch, and therefore legal, maybe. However Magnus lost which is a pretty rare event, and it brought up considerations of cheating again. I think because Carlsen lost to a seriously less strong player, although also a GM.

It's like djokovic losing to the world #200
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JAFO wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 6:25 pm I didn't realise but apparently all watches are banned for chess players and Magnus complained, but it was a normal watch, not a smart watch, and therefore legal, maybe.
I read a brilliant book about the match between Kasparov and Nigel short - can’t remember the year. But the level of psychological warfare was soooo intense! Kasparov took to turning his blistering stare onto Short’s wife in the audience as a new and twisted way of getting under Short’s skin. The language that Short used to describe Kasparov with his team was brutal - militaristic, savage really really ugly. If watches are maybe, sort of, mostly ok but not really then the organisers must have left the possibility of watch warfare open just for the fun of it? Otherwise it should be easy to ban all watches I would have thought?
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Re: What watch could have distracted Magnus Carlsen??

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Raymond Keene (one of the first British GMs) wrote a very interesting book about the Karpov v Korchnoi world championship match in 1978. The psychology was at least as interesting as the chess.

First to win 6. Karpov led 5-2, Korchnoi fought back to 5-5 only for Karpov to win 6-5

The Russians didn't want to lose at chess. Karpov was their poster boy.

In 1984-85, Karpov played Kasparov for the world championship.
. Karpov took an early 4-0 lead, with a number of draws. There was then a string of draws, and then Karpov one another, so 5-0. Another run of draws but Karpov was weakening psychologically, and Kasparov won 3 games, and Karpov looked beaten.. At that point the match was abandoned. It was rematched later in 1985 as a best of 24 games, but Kasparov won 13-11.

Kasparov, Carlsen and Fischer are regarded as probably the 3 best players ever.
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