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    Post  George1 Thu Aug 12, 2021 10:01 pm

    Carl Lewis failed three doping tests during 1988 US Olympic Trials. He admitted it back in 2003 already.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2003/apr/24/athletics.duncanmackay

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    The admission is a further embarrassment for the United States Olympic Committee, which had initially denied claims that 114 positive tests between 1988 and 2000 were covered up. It will add weight to calls by leading anti-doping officials and top athletes for an independent inquiry into the US's record on drug issues.

    So IOC should have already banned USA under its rules...

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    Post  Mir Fri Aug 13, 2021 9:17 am

    The 1988 Summer Games was also the last for the Soviets where they obliterated the competition with 52 Gold Medals. East Germany came second with the US in third place. Even in the 1992 Summer Games the Unified Team (ex-USSR) thrashed the US - so something had to be done to stop the embarrassment for the West Laughing

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    Post  GarryB Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:58 am

    A British sprinter who was part of their team that won a silver in the batton races has tested positive for a banned substance used for muscle or bone wasting diseases... would be unusually for an olympic athlete to be prescribed such medication normally...

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    Post  Hole Fri Aug 13, 2021 12:09 pm

    Unless he participates in the paralympics. Laughing
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    Post  PapaDragon Fri Aug 13, 2021 2:05 pm

    Mir wrote:The 1988 Summer Games was also the last for the Soviets where they obliterated the competition with 52 Gold Medals. East Germany came second with the US in third place. Even in the 1992 Summer Games the Unified Team (ex-USSR) thrashed the US - so something had to be done to stop the embarrassment for the West Laughing

    I wouldn't count East Germany, they really were going for Space Marine levels of steroid use lol1
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    Post  Mir Fri Aug 13, 2021 3:09 pm

    PapaDragon wrote:
    Mir wrote:The 1988 Summer Games was also the last for the Soviets where they obliterated the competition with 52 Gold Medals. East Germany came second with the US in third place. Even in the 1992 Summer Games the Unified Team (ex-USSR) thrashed the US - so something had to be done to stop the embarrassment for the West Laughing    

    I wouldn't count East Germany, they really were going for Space Marine levels of steroid use lol1

    No doubt about that! Laughing

    Makes me wonder about the British though? During the late 80's and early 90's they were 12th and 13th on the medals list and now they ended in 4th place. Rolling Eyes

    Probably some medical brake through I would think? drunken

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    Post  George1 Fri Aug 13, 2021 3:25 pm

    Russia eyes organization of 2036 Summer Olympic Games — Lavrov

    Several cities have already submitted their bids, the Russian foreign minister pointed out

    SAMBEK VILLAGE /Rostov Region/, August 13. /TASS/. Russia is eyeing the possibility of organizing the 2036 Summer Olympic Games and several cities have already prepared bids, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

    The foreign minister held a meeting with Olympic champions and medalists in the Sambek village, in Russia’s southern Rostov Region, on Friday.

    Asked whether a proposal to host the Olympics in 2036 was on the agenda, Lavrov said that it is "being considered at the moment."

    "The bids are being prepared," he said. "We have several cities - St. Petersburg for sure, and I believe Kazan as well."

    The Russian foreign minister also advised officials of the Rostov Region against dragging out with the bid if they wanted to host the Olympics in their region.

    "Several cities have already submitted their bids, so don’t drag out your time," Lavrov said.

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    Post  andalusia Sat Aug 14, 2021 9:19 pm

    To be fair, it was pretty much always stated that the "World's Fastest Man" was the winner of the 100m.  After Johnson ran the 200m in strong record time, the United Stated media began asking whether that should be the case since since Michael Johnson's /100m time was fsater than Bailey's 100m time.  So, suddenly the "rules" were changed to promote the US athlete as the "fastest".  Among almost all of Track and Field's fans and members, the 100m winner was still considered the fastest man.

    The whole concept of this was so stupid.  Johnson being "the fastest man in the world" was suggested by American Bob Costas.  He took Johnson's 200 metre time and divided it by 2, and said "this is better than Bailey's 100 metre".  Well duh.  Johnson's 2nd 100 metres of his 200 metre time would have involved a running head-start.  Furthermore, I am 100% sure Michael Johnson had done a 100 metre sprint at some point during his life.  If he was a legitimate contender for the 100 metre sprint, then the US Olympic Committee would have put him in the 100 metre competition for the 1996 Olympics.  You don't hold-back your best runner and the supposed fastest sprinter alive in the Olympics showcase event.  If Johnson was faster than Bailey, then he would have been in the 100 metre sprint at the 1996 Olympics.


    It was the perfect storm for stupid US media hype. The Olympics were in Atlanta, you had a great American athlete & a great Canadian athlete, so they tried to make it another Ben Johnson/Carl Lewis rivalry. Then you had NBC broadcasting the Olympics, who Bob Costas worked for. So, like a true idiot journalist, he decided to stir the pot & it took off.

    Then it comes down to this...why did he not run 100m which is the most coveted race?  He was not good enough of a sprinter to win or even qualify for america.  Johnson was a unique runner coz most do 100and 200 together.  Nonetheless American media made him bigger than he should have been because Olympics was held in Atlanta and there were no American challenger for 100m at the time that came close to Bailey.


    Own the lose graciously and congratulate your opponent. But that’s not the yankee way

    Johnson claimed he pulled a hammy.  At 0:36 you can see Johnson squatting.  Anyone who has ever pulled a hamstring knows that one doesn't squat - the first thing you do is take all weight off the leg, then you let is hang, and then if you have the will to do it you try to slowly stretch it out.  The last thing you would want to allow to happen is to have it compress in a squat.  Total BS.


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    Post  andalusia Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:27 am

    I found this on yahoo, what is the truth about the gold medal won by the gymnast from Israel:


    This comment from the article:

    "The Russian Olympic Committee protested the decision because Ashram dropped her ribbon at the end of her routine, which Averina also did when she won gold at the 2018 world championships."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/olympics-2021-russia-claims-america-rigged-tokyo-games-030832427-125032693.html
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    Post  Mir Tue Aug 17, 2021 8:08 am

    andalusia wrote:I found this on yahoo, what is the truth about the gold medal won by the gymnast from Israel:


    This comment from the article:

    "The Russian Olympic Committee protested the decision because Ashram dropped her ribbon at the end of her routine, which Averina also did when she won gold at the 2018 world championships."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/olympics-2021-russia-claims-america-rigged-tokyo-games-030832427-125032693.html

    It's simple - they cheated the Russian girl from winning the gold medal period.

    There was a very long delay before the judges declared the final scores (colluding) and awarded the win to the Israeli girl - EVEN though she dropped the baton during her routine! On the other hand the Russian girl's performance was flawless - as usual.

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    Post  George1 Tue Aug 17, 2021 12:41 pm

    andalusia wrote:I found this on yahoo, what is the truth about the gold medal won by the gymnast from Israel:


    This comment from the article:

    "The Russian Olympic Committee protested the decision because Ashram dropped her ribbon at the end of her routine, which Averina also did when she won gold at the 2018 world championships."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/olympics-2021-russia-claims-america-rigged-tokyo-games-030832427-125032693.html

    even so, they correct a mistake with another mistake? and can you compare an olympic gold with a world championship one?
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    Post  Kiko Fri Aug 27, 2021 1:27 pm

    US declares "war without borders" on Russian sport, by Victoria Nikiforova for RIA NOVOSTI. 27/08/2021.

    Did you think that by successfully performing at the Tokyo Olympics and passing the most severe doping control, Russian athletes have solved all their problems? Unfortunately no. It seems that the problems for our sport are just beginning.

    American congressmen have rolled out a new bill, compared with which even the surreal "Rodchenkov Act" looks like flowers. The "Golden Act", a creation of the Helsinki Commission of the US Congress , proposes to equate doping violations with serious criminal offenses - money laundering and racketeering.

    If the law is passed, the whole world will be the sphere of its application. The US intelligence services will look for "organizers of doping schemes" at any international sports competition in which at least one American athlete takes part, sponsored by at least one American company or broadcasted by at least one American television company.

    The anti-money laundering and racketeering (RICO) package of laws was passed in the United States in 1970 to combat the mafia. He assumes that the suspects in these crimes can be tapped, monitored, and used wiretapping materials in court. RICO was used to land the godfathers of New York and the corrupt cops of Los Angeles and Key West on the bunks . Many of them are still spinning their "huge deadlines".

    The "Golden Act" - like the "Rodchenkov Act" - is completely extraterritorial. He assumes that American intelligence services will hunt for citizens of other countries around the world. Track them, wiretap, request arrest and extradition to the United States, block bank accounts. And also to carry out some mysterious "special operations". I don’t even want to suggest what the American partners mean.

    Nobody hides who exactly this law is directed against. "For authoritarian countries like Russia , doping remains an asymmetric weapon with which it breaks the law," said Joe Wilson, co-author of the Golden Act, a member of the Helsinki Commission.

    Congressman Steve Cohen , co-chairman of the Helsinki Commission, explained that the need for the bill was proved by complaints from American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics . "Our athletes suspect that doping continues to be used," Cohen said.
    This is a clear reference to the whining of the American swimmer Ryan Murphy , from whom our Evgeny Rylov snatched gold at a distance of 200 meters on his back. “Well, I don’t know if everything was 100 percent clean here,” the loser said in Tokyo. Then his colleague on the national team, Lily King, began to speak on the same topic. "There (at the Olympics. - Ed.) There are a lot of people who shouldn't be here, " she said.

    The absurdity of the situation is simply off scale. Both WADA and the IOC have repeatedly confirmed that no prohibited substances were found in the Russian winners. They just fought and won honestly. But the defeated Americans cannot come to terms with this, and now they are calling for the help of their security officials, it is good that the army is not yet.

    Why not just issue Olympic medals at the State Department - exclusively to American citizens, of course? Or drive an aircraft carrier with full escort to the coastal border of the country - the organizer of some championship? To keep an eye on him to see if the American athletes are being offended. Like - someone who won there on the sixth track? Russian? Exactly? Nope ... You better count.

    The fact that absolutely all high-profile doping scandals of recent times are associated with American athletes gives a special intensity to the madness. Runner Sha'Karrie Richardson just got suspended for marijuana. Gymnast Simone Biles was unable to perform at the Olympics because she was not given a ride to Ritalin. Three years ago, the legendary swimmer, multiple Olympic champion and world champion Ryan Lochte was disqualified for doping . Do you remember the famous cyclist Lance Armstrong , who spent his entire career on corticosteroids?

    These are only the loudest scandals. But at the same time, the world community does not know at all what is going on, for example, in professional sports in the United States. These are the world famous National Basketball, Baseball, Hockey Leagues. Thousands of famous athletes, trillions of dollars in business, iconic competitions. And the American anti-doping committee USADA does not control all this blooming complexity from the word at all.

    Each league has its own organization, which seems to monitor the use of doping, but the money is spinning there so that no one catches anyone on illegal substances. More dear to yourself. In 2012, WADA CEO David Howman publicly criticized the NBA (National Basketball Association) for "gaps" in doping control . He even suggested that the legendary basketball players be tested for growth hormone. But they all majestically ignored the idea.

    If we talk about state support for doping, then the problems of American athletes in the United States are well known at the very top. These are systemic processes, they are only aggravated from generation to generation, crippling tens of thousands of children and young people. And no, this is not the speculation of Russian propaganda. Let's hear the President of the United States.

    "American athletes at all levels - professionals, amateurs, and those who represent university sports <...> - all of them cannot resist the temptation to use steroids or other prohibited substances <...> The pressure is especially great at the highest level, there, where you need to stake out a place in the national team <...> because you come to the locker room and see an opponent who gained 20 pounds (nine kilograms - Ed.) of muscle mass over the summer, and you think: hey, wait a minute, I have to do that too otherwise he will get my spot on the national team <...> This is a huge problem ... "

    This is a quote from a speech by Joe Biden - in 2008, he was a US Senator from Delaware, and like this, he spoke temperamentally in front of his colleagues, urging them to ratify the International Convention against Doping.

    As you can see, the American authorities are fully aware of what is happening in American sports. However, for some reason they want to catch violators of anti-doping laws in Russia. Kafka is resting.

    https://ria.ru/20210827/sport-1747378328.html
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    Post  Mir Fri Aug 27, 2021 5:12 pm

    This comes as no surprise at all, but I do think it is high time that the rest of the sane world demands independent and mandatory drug tests on the US and British athletes. I'm sure they would fight voraciously against any such notion.

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    Post  GarryB Sat Aug 28, 2021 6:46 am

    Perhaps China should adopt a similar law directed at any country who has such laws... how many American athletes or coaches want to be extradited to China to face justice if there is a suspicion they are doing or peddling drugs respectively...

    Does this mean Lance Armstrong is going to jail?

    On the surface it sound like a good idea... drug cheats should be caught and punished... but even before it starts I suspect it will be used by the US to get a few Russian gymnasts in their teams perhaps to boost their performance, and they wont go after ally countries the same way they will go after rival countries.

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    Post  Kiko Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:23 pm

    Russia may bid to host 2036 Summer Olympic Games, says President Putin

    The Russian president also stressed that "it is too early to discuss this issue and everything will have to undergo a thorough evaluation".

    VLADIVOSTOK, September 3. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country has the right to submit bids to host the Olympic Games, even on the territory of Russia’s Far East, but it is still early to speak about it as a number of conditions must be observed.

    "Regrettably, there have been ever fewer contenders in the world for hosting the Olympics," Putin said at Friday’s plenary meeting of the Far Eastern Economic Forum.

    "We have long supported the [Olympic movement], and I hope that the principles of Olympism will not be distorted and that politics won’t be involved," Putin said.

    "If it happens the way I am describing now, we are not excluding the possibility of Russia hosting the Olympic Games," he continued.

    "The Far East and Vladivostok are one of the likely venues," he said, when asked about the possibility of Russia hosting the 2036 Olympics in the port city on the Pacific coast.

    The Russian president also stressed that "it is too early to discuss this issue and everything will have to undergo a thorough evaluation."

    Speaking on the sidelines of the 6th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) on September 2, Mayor Konstantin Shestakov of Vladivostok said that Russia’s Far Eastern port city was planning on submitting a bid to host the 2036 Summer Olympic Games.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said last month that Russia eyed the possibility of organizing the 2036 Summer Olympic Games and several cities have already prepared bids. Russia’s top diplomat said at that time that the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg and the city of Kazan have already submitted their bids to host the Olympics in 2036.

    The Russian capital of Moscow hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1980 and the country’s southern resort city of Sochi hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014.

    The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s capital of Tokyo were held this year between July 23 and August 8. In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan for one year due to the spread of COVID-19.

    Following the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Paris will host the Summer Games in 2024, while Los Angeles will have the Games in 2028. At the 138th IOC (the International Olympic Committee) Session in Tokyo last month, Australia’s Brisbane was selected to host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games.

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    Post  Hole Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:10 pm

    The next 3 Olympic Games will be held in western bloc countries. Great. pale
    By the way... they´re all bankrupt. They will pay with more debt! thumbsup

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    Post  Kiko Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:42 am

    Daniil Medvedev wins Novak Djokovic in US Open final, 12/09/2021.

    Daniil Medvedev, the current number 2 in the ATP rankings, won in the final of the US Open against number 1, Serbian Novak Djokovic, in three sets: 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

    Throughout the match, which lasted just over two hours, the Russian tennis player was superior to Djokovic, who was physically and emotionally tired. It is the first Grand Slam tournament for Daniil Medvedev, who was already in the final of the US Open in 2019, where he succumbed in a fast-paced game against Manacorí Rafael Nadal. In 2020 Medvedev only reached the semifinal.

    But the final of the 2021 edition has been equally interesting, as it was the first time in which the two best tennis players in the world came to face each other in the final of this tournament. In addition, it could have been the twenty-first Grand Slam for Djokovic, who currently equals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the total number of tournaments of this caliber won.

    However, the 34-year-old Serbian failed to make history on the night of September 12 in New York by becoming the tennis player with the highest number of Grand Slam titles in history. At the same time, he did make history by equaling Swiss leyeda Roger Federer in the number of Grand Slam tournament finals he played in.

    On his way to the final the Russian tennis player showed a practically perfect game, losing only one set in six matches. Four of these matches ended in less than two hours, which is very little for five-set matches. Thus, Medvedev spent a total of 11 hours and 51 minutes, compared to 17 hours and 26 minutes of Nole.

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    Post  Kiko Sat Oct 02, 2021 8:32 pm

    Russian chess queens beat India to win World Women’s Team Championship

    A quintet of Russian female chess stars claimed the World Women’s Team Championship title as they beat India in Saturday’s final in Spain.

    Competing under the banner of the Chess Federation of Russian (CFR) in the tournament in the Catalan town of Sitges, Russia ran out winners 2.5-1.5 in the first game and 3-1 in the second.

    The CFR team was represented by stars Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno, Alina Kashlinskaya, and Polina Shuvalova.

    Russia had previously romped through the pool stage of the competition before seeing off the FIDE Americas team in the quarterfinal and then Ukraine in the semifinal.

    India had reached the final by overcoming Kazakhstan and Georgia in the knockout stages but came up against an insurmountable challenge in the form of Russia’s formidable stars.

    The Indian players were still hailed for a first-ever women's medal at this level.

    Others to take part in the tournament were Azerbaijan, Armenia, Germany, Spain, Poland, and France.

    The triumph is the second time Russia’s women have been crowned world team champions, after their victory on home soil in Khanty-Mansisk in 2017.

    This year’s victory also makes up for the heartache of losing to China in the final in 2019.

    China – who have won the title a record four times – were not among the contenders in Spain this time round.

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    Post  Kiko Mon Nov 15, 2021 2:54 pm

    Spartak wished Nepomniachtchi good luck in the championship match with Carlsen, 15/11/2021.

    MOSCOW, November 15 - RIA Novosti. The footballers of the Moscow “Spartak” appealed to the Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi and wished him luck in the match for the title of world chess champion.

    Alexander Sobolev, Nail Umyarov, Ruslan Litvinov and Artem Rebrov, who earlier announced the retirement of a player, made their speeches from the red-and-white camp. The video message was posted on the Twitter account of the Russian Chess Federation.

    The match for the chess crown will be held in Dubai from November 24 to December 16. Nepomniachtchi's rival will be the current Norwegian title holder Magnus Carlsen, who has held the title of world champion in classical chess since 2013.

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    Post  GarryB Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:54 am

    Hole wrote:The next 3 Olympic Games will be held in western bloc countries. Great. pale
    By the way... they´re all bankrupt. They will pay with more debt! thumbsup

    The critical thing is that if they run those games under lockdown or partially filled stadiums then they are going to massively lose money, because the costs of putting the games will be increased with all the normal bullshit plus all the extra bullshit to keep everyone safe, but not being able to recover costs by selling tickets to the events means they are going to cost much more than usual just to run.

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    Post  Kiko Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:42 pm

    Nepomniachtchi's superiority in classics and Carlsen's power in rapid and blitz: what you need to know about the match for the chess crown.

    On November 26, Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi will play the first game of the match for the title of world chess champion. The Norwegian has consistently prevailed over all his rivals in decisive confrontations and has held the title for eight years. However, in Dubai, he will come face to face with a grandmaster, who is inferior in terms of head-to-head statistics with classical time control. At the same time, the current crown holder is superior to the Russian in rapid chess.

    Only a few days are left until the main chess event of the last three years - the match for the title of world champion. Current crown holder Magnus Carlsen will be challenged by Candidates' Tournament winner Ian Nepomniachtchi. On November 26, the first classic game between a Norwegian and a Russian will take place in Dubai, and the dispute between the two best players on the planet will end on December 14 or 15.

    According to the regulations, the applicant was supposed to challenge the title last year, but the match was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This circumstance allowed Carlsen to extend his hegemony on the chess throne to eight years. Only in April 2021 was his opponent identified , and for the first time in five years the Russian chess player Nepomniachtchi became him.

    This championship match will differ from several previous ones in format. It is planned to hold not 12 classical games, but 14. This is due to the fact that last time Carlsen and the American Fabiano Caruana, who challenged him, drew all the fights. In order to increase the chances that fans will still see successful games, it was decided to lengthen the match until a tie-break winner is revealed.

    At the same time, all games must still fit into a three-week interval, so chess players will have to play according to a not quite usual schedule: they will have to play three times at the board for three days in a row, and only after that they will receive a day of rest. The day off will also be announced before the final classical game, and after it a tie-break will be played immediately.

    Nepomniachtchi is famous for being the best in the first half of the tournaments. In Dubai, eight games will be held in the first ten days at once. During this time, the Russian chess player will be able to seize the advantage before Carlsen plays and smells the blood. But if this plan does not work, Nepomniachtchi will be left without a day to prepare for a tie-break, in which the Norwegian will just be the undisputed favorite - he has already twice become the world champion based on the results of games in rapid chess.

    Their regulations have remained unchanged. In the event of a draw based on the results of classical games (120 minutes - for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes - for the next 20 moves, and another 15 minutes for the remaining + additional 30 seconds for each move), the chess players will play four rapid games (25 minutes + 10 seconds for move), and then, if necessary, up to five two-match blitz games will be organized (5 minutes + 3 seconds per move). If in this case the players do not identify the strongest, the only game of Armageddon will be played (5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black + an additional second, starting from move 61).

    Carlsen is rightly considered the favorite and the main contender for the bulk of the prize pool, which will amount to $ 2 million. First, he is noticeably ahead of Nepomniachtchi in the Elo rating - 2855 points against 2782 for the Russian. Secondly, the Norwegian has been holding the title of world champion for a long time not only in classical chess, but also in rapid and blitz. If in 14 games Ian will not be able to seize the advantage, then Magnus will hardly have to worry about the outcome of the entire match.

    However, it should not be ruled out that a tie-break will not be needed this time. Nepomniachtchi is one of those rare chess players who have a positive balance of meetings with Carlsen in the classics. In total, they played 13 matches in this format, and the Russian celebrated victory four times with eight draws and one defeat. True, most of the productive meetings took place when both players were still very young and were just beginning their sports path.

    For the first time, Nepomniachtchi beat Carlsen in 2002 at the European U12 Championship. The following year, the Russian again took over the world championship. In 2011, two years before Carlsen's first coronation, Nepomniachtchi beat him with black pieces, and six years later he repeated his success. The Norwegian took revenge only in 2019. Since then, they have played three more classic games - and all ended in a draw. As for rapid chess, Carlsen's advantage is undeniable - 22 wins against ten defeats.

    One of those who helped Nepomniachtchi prepare for the match for the world title was Sergei Karjakin, who himself fought the Norwegian in 2016 and even took the lead. In his opinion, Carlsen is inferior to the Russian in psychological preparation and can give weakness due to more serious pressure.

    “We held several training camps. I share my experience, advice, play a lot of training games. After all, I have already fought Magnus and practically beat him in New York. So I definitely have a story to tell. I think the most important thing is not to be afraid of an opponent. Do not be afraid that something will go wrong. Better to let him be afraid. Magnus has a lot to lose. He has a bunch of sponsorship deals. If he loses and loses the title of world champion, it will hit his image hard. Carlsen will try hard not to lose. We need to psychologically pressure this moment, "Karjakin said in an interview with Sport-Express.

    At the same time, the ex-challenger believes that the new format of the match will still give some advantage to Karslen, who will have extra room for maneuver.

    “The increase in the number of games is in favor of the reigning world champion. The longer the distance, the psychologically easier it will be for Magnus. When you know that there are still many games ahead, then in one of them you can take a risk. Even if something goes wrong, you still have a chance to win back. For Yan, the main thing is to pass this distance without sharp drops. And I am almost sure that the opponent will give chances to win. It cannot be otherwise in 14 games. The main thing is to realize this chance, to use your chances to score, as they say in football," added Karjakin.

    https://russian.rt.com/sport/article/931358-karlsen-nepomnyaschiy-prevyu
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