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by Tim Harding
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EU Senior Individual Champs 2017 Barcelona, 11-21 Aug
Replies: 9
Views: 1095

Re: EU Senior Individual Champs 2017 Barcelona, 11-21 Aug

Round 1 today at 4pm local time (3pm BST). Airport strikes at Barcelona could have been a disincentive to prospective late entrants; I'm relieved I decided not to go. English players in the 50+ (field of 51) are: Neil Crickmore and Peter Gayson. Both will play Spaniards rated in the 1800-1900 range....
by Tim Harding
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 31
Views: 1282

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Friendly of the Georgians to give one of their four invitations to Radjabov, who certainly deserves it after his Geneva performance.
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

I had ignored this one, but I now see that games are not played at the crack of dawn and there is much mention of wine tasting. So far, so good. I know reports from last time there weren't great, can someone remind me of the reasons not to go? My own views on the region are poisoned by the 2006 Oly...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London?
Replies: 25
Views: 1509

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

Baku would of course be bad news for Aronian, even in the unlikely event of him qualifying. The previous Candidates was sponsored by an Armenian and he got the wild card, and I for one think he deserves to get it again. If it's Baku then presumably Mamedyarov would get it.
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EU Senior Team Ch 2017 Novi Sad
Replies: 31
Views: 1747

Re: EU Senior Team Ch 2017 Novi Sad

Does the ECF pay the entry and FIDE fees for England teams in senior events?
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

Nigel Povah in as ninth seed. He was mentioned in my previous post as one of the earliest entries. At this stage seeding numbers are not meaningful because entries remain open to 30 September and the final field could be double the size. Many regular entrants are not in yet. Sveshnikov may remain t...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

The list of entries has been updated this week. http://www.chess-results.com/tnr282187.aspx?lan=16&wi=821&turdet=YES So far there are 73 entries in the 65+ including five GMs: Sveshnikov, Jansa, Vogt, Okhotnik and Tarjan, but I would expect some more to enter (especially previous champions V...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EU Senior Team Ch 2017 Novi Sad
Replies: 31
Views: 1747

Re: EU Senior Team Ch 2017 Novi Sad

I'm not sure what point you are making here. The combined entry fee/FIDE fee for the World Seniors Individual this year and in the two previous years is 150 Euro, which is considerably higher than Reykjavik which has a high entry fee for amateurs (dependent on rating) but with a generous discount fo...
by Tim Harding
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EU Senior Team Ch 2017 Novi Sad
Replies: 31
Views: 1747

Re: EU Senior Team Ch 2017 Novi Sad

Sveshnikov's piece is quite interesting, and he is certainly right that Belgian IM Jan Rooze has been campaigning hard for FIDE seniors events to be run more for the benefit of the players and recognising the special needs of some 65+ players. But if Sveshnikov thinks that prize money for 65+ champi...
by Tim Harding
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 192
Views: 6757

Re: Why did he did so?

What's the reason for 11.b3 in: Presumably Jones thought it the best move. It threatens to play Bb2 controlling the a1 h8 diagonal. Can anyone suggest a better move? Stockfish8 reckons 11 b3 and 11 Bd2 are equal with 11 Nxc5 only marginally better. More to the point, probably, is that Gawain and Ni...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 370
Views: 22072

Re: Chess history trivia

Was it Julius DuMont? Julius du Mont, my predecessor as Guardian columnist and a gentle and cultured man who helped me greatly in my early years, was born in 1881 so was evidently not 'a teenager in 1907'. Guessing at the right answer, I suggest Percy Wenman who was born in 1891, thus fitting agewi...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Yorkshire Chess History Site
Replies: 17
Views: 1159

Re: Yorkshire Chess History Site

Thanks Gerard. I knew I had the answer somewhere in my files but that cutting is very useful.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 5
Views: 367

World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

So it's back to Acqui Terme for the 2017 Senior Individual Championships. After loud complaints about various aspects of the 2015 organisation, some improvements have been promised. We shall see. http://www.scaccomattissimo.eu/seniores2017/ Entries close 30 September. So far 39 entries in the 50+ in...
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 188
Views: 6279

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

I don't understand. Is "corruption and vote buying" not permitted in FIDE? It isn't permitted for those in opposition to the lifetime presidency. Maybe Donald Trump can be persuaded to give up the White House and run for FIDE President instead as it is much harder to impeach a FIDE dictat...
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 370
Views: 22072

Re: Chess history trivia

Which future chess writer was, in 1907 when a teenager, convicted of stealing two books from a shop but was let off with six months probation?
[The report doesn't say they were chess books, but it seems most likely!]

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