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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2139

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

Caruana did well in the blitz for someone who is supposed to be bad at rapid and blitz chess.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2139

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

Usually I am bit cautious in explaining sporting performance with pop psychology. But Magnus is so unstable after a loss I do believe he has a real problem to solve. Really? Has anyone looked at the statistics on his performances after a loss? Within the same tournament (i.e. not between the last r...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Is it copyright infringement?
Replies: 22
Views: 1278

Re: Is it copyright infringement?

Lack of copyright has filled a nation of very keen readers with multiple versions of foreign books – doing artistic as well as financial damage to writers "Iran’s messy, complicated, yet fascinating translation scene" :lol: :lol: "translation is a passion career, with little to no fi...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2139

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

Heh. I was teasing slightly there. Depends if you count them as separate events or a single event. It is a single event, but in two different formats of chess, so there are arguments both ways. For the GCT points and prize money, it is a single event.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2139

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

Is that Carlsen's first tournament win this year?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The case for scrapping "Player of the Year"
Replies: 14
Views: 1136

Re: The case for scrapping "Player of the Year"

You have to have sustained interest both from those giving the awards and those receiving them. What helps is things like: prestige, monetary awards, and publicity. If the ECF had something like an Annual Dinner to go with its AGM, and sponsorship, then the award might regain some of the status it o...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 Altibox Norway Chess June 5-17
Replies: 99
Views: 4704

Re: 2017 Altibox Norway Chess June 5-17

I don't think the 12-point gap can be bridged by a So victory and Carlsen loss in the last round, as Carlsen would only lose about 5-6 points in a loss to Anand. Interestingly, the So-Aronian clash may decide who takes number 2 spot on the next list, as it is only Russian and Chinese players towards...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 2592

Re: Semi-Final Draw

Neil Graham wrote:Where there are insufficient entries (ie less than eight) in a competition the ECF may invite extra entries. Surrey will be fined £100 for defaulting and in addition have to pay any expenses incurred by Lancashire.


Kent, not Surrey.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 Altibox Norway Chess June 5-17
Replies: 99
Views: 4704

Re: 2017 Altibox Norway Chess June 5-17

Looks like Magnus will lose and Kramnik may take second place on the live ratings. Carlsen will need to look elsewhere to win his first tournament of the year. Aronian winning as well.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5665

Re: General Election 2017

Wasn't the argument made that neither side was really able to come up with a sensible budget, because neither side knew what the effects of Brexit would be, and the various bills and payments relating to that? You could wave your hands and say that any Brexit bill could be paid for by "borrowin...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5665

Re: General Election 2017

Thing Labour needs to understand is: doing well is fine, but things don't stand still. We know it: outbook your opponent in one game, but go down the same line in the next, then don't be surprised to find your opponent better prepped They won't understand any of those things. In my opinion the Tori...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5665

Re: General Election 2017

I predict a labour government within 1 year. Nick also predicted a hung parliament (and more firmly and before I did - I hedged my bets by saying somewhere between a reduced majority and a hung parliament). My prediction is that there will be another election within the next 2 years (maybe prompted...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5665

Re: General Election 2017

Both the main parties have lots of marginal seats to defend and lots of marginal seats to target (not sure which party has a larger advantage in terms of genuinely safe seats). Very difficult to know where those marginal seats will end up. Predicting a hung parliament before the election just gone w...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5665

Re: General Election 2017

Don't know but the delay is apparently (according to the World at One) due to the fact the speech has to be written on goatskin parchment paper and would take time to dry. Really? That story seems to have credence. If it avoided a clash with Ascot, I suspect that HM would be happy to read her speec...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 2592

Re: Semi-Final Draw

LawrenceCooper wrote:I suspect the chances of a memorial being held if he was still with us were minimal though :shock:


Maybe the chess world should start to do testimonials, rather than memorials? (Or rather, do both, one would be planned, the other if events overtake or precede planning.)

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