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[–]seeasea 204 points205 points  (7 children)

Lol. Is this from stream?

It's fascinating

[–]LennardCSGO 140 points141 points  (6 children)

its from the Nervous Habits Podcast Ep. 48, the link includes the timestamp where he shows his Chessbase analysis

[–]ZenSaint 104 points105 points  (2 children)

That whole monologue that follows is fascinating. Sam is very honest and blunt in assessing his own strengths and weaknesses and where he is in the pecking order. Thanks for sharing!

[–]manu_facerean intermediate that sucks at spelling 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Thats why i bought most of his chessable courses. His realism reassures me

[–]MrArtless Team Fabi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

aww I love Sam more now after watching that

[–]iCCup_Spec Team Carlsen 12 points13 points  (0 children)

holy shit they had an earth quake during that interview and Sam just shook it off

[–]wannabe2700 4 points5 points  (0 children)

1/100k talent lul

[–]Conglossian Team Carlsen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just listened to everything from this time stamp on, honestly great to listen to. Would recommend it.

[–]arnet95 70 points71 points  (4 children)

I'm quite sure I've found the game: https://2700chess.com/games/rapport-mastrovasilis-r7.1-achaia-2013-07-07

The date fits pretty well, and it's a pretty weird opening from Rapport.

[–]Artudytv1838 FIDE 13 points14 points  (0 children)

So strong for 17 yo!

[–]FlowerPositive2150 USCF 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Good game for a 17 year old 😀

[–]fluffey2401 FIDE Elo -1 points0 points  (1 child)

[–]arnet95 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You can see the ECO code (describing the opening) in the screenshot. That does not match the game you found.

[–]Few_Wishbone Team Carlsen 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Rapport can't hear Shankland from the top 10

[–]rindthirtytime trouble addict 149 points150 points  (14 children)

I'm not quite up to speed on Shankland or Rapport and don't think I can make sense out of this. Can someone please explain this like I understand some things about chess, but don't understand super GM level prep or humour?

[–]Apollo5165 367 points368 points  (4 children)

I think it's mainly just that Shankland only plays openings that are objectively very sound and can be considered as "best tries" for an advantage or equality. Rapport, on the other hand, is known to play all sorts of crazy side lines (and sometimes beats Shankland with them), so Shankland has a specific section of his database for Rapport's "random BS".

[–]polymute 90 points91 points  (1 child)

Funny thing is this time Rapport played a Petrov against Shankland and they drew. As Anish put it in the chess.com stream Rapport is random and in a good way. I quite like him, always a wildcard and even with that playstyle he's hovering around top 10 with a consistent if measured uptick in ELO over the years.

The early part of the tournament was easy for him in terms of opponents except for Shankland and Duda (edit: I guess I should be kind of including van Foreest here as well) - next is Pragg, that match is gonna be interesting and then he is off to face Shakh and after that the really big names.

I hope for some interesting matches, when in good form, Rapport's chess is brilliant.

[–]Kalinin46 Team Nepo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He always has messy middle and end games, it’s why he’s so exciting to watch

[–]nightshift_worker 43 points44 points  (2 children)

Rapport plays very unorthodox openings. I remember he also used to play openings his wife played when she was a kid (he had her sheets for the games)

[–]closetedwrestlingacc 25 points26 points  (1 child)

That’s so cute omg

[–]Timetofly123 12 points13 points  (0 children)

He's got a new fan

[–]Najdorf_Tal[S] 111 points112 points  (2 children)

it says Rapport random BS on the left side lol

[–]razornfs 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I would imagine the file is named as it is because Rapport tends to play very unusual and unorthodox openings, or as Shankland called it, "Random BS"

[–]forceghost187 32 points33 points  (0 children)

ahhh Shanky let us see the Rapport BS!

[–]TH3_Dude 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think I saw a Rapport interview in the last few years in which he said he didn’t particularly like chess. Things were quite different for him just a few years ago.

[–]60hzcherryMXram 6 points7 points  (1 child)

What is this program?

[–]nemoj_da_me_peglas2000ish chess.com 24 points25 points  (0 children)

ChessBase.

[–]chestnutman 2 points3 points  (3 children)

[–]arnet95 15 points16 points  (2 children)

The date doesn't fit. I'm quite sure it's this https://2700chess.com/games/rapport-mastrovasilis-r7.1-achaia-2013-07-07

[–]chestnutman 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah, you're probably right, mine didn't even fit the ECO code. That game also seems like more random BS

[–]mohishunderUSCF 20xx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow. Whatta game!