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by Tim Harding
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early Tony Miles game
Replies: 28
Views: 1174

Re: An early Tony Miles game

He is R.F.T Wood but they call him Frank (wonder if it is the same Frank Wood whose daughter, Margaret, married Jonathan Penrose. Just curious.) Doesn't it also say in the article that RFT is one of BH's children? Jonathan Penrose did marry a Margaret Wood. Her father, Frank Wood, was Hon. Secretar...
by Tim Harding
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12024

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

Was anything said about dates for the Isle of Man tournament in 2018? Or whether it would definitely happen next year?

With the Batumi olympiad scheduled for 23 Sept-7 Oct and the EU Club Cup in Rhodes 13-21 Oct, there seems to be the need for a serious date shift or a clash with the latter event?
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 21
Views: 1856

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

I'd be sorely tempted to give up and have them all play each other in round 1....... It's a rule used in evening league all play alls that teams from the same club have to meet first. The Irish leagues make teams from the same club meet first and surely that should be a rule in NCL too? True, it's ...
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 8
Views: 1249

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

The deadline for entering has been extended to 6 October. http://www.scaccomattissimo.eu/seniores2017/ There are now 166 entries for the 65+, slightly up on 2015 at the same venue but well down on last year. James Tarjan, conqueror of Kramnik, is sixth seed, There are currently 99 entries for the 50...
by Tim Harding
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya
Replies: 89
Views: 4131

Re: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya

John Reyes wrote:Go Team England!!!


I suppose you mean 3Cs since White Rose is only half English?
by Tim Harding
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12024

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

Pity the poor ** who plays Kramnik with Black on 1/3... On the upside he'"ll have an unlucky pairing story to tell for the rest of his life. SHE: Kramnik will have White against a Mongolian WGM: Enkhtuul, Altan-Ulzii (2327) Never heard of her I'm afraid. At least on board 50 the eyes of the wo...
by Tim Harding
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12024

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

Kramnik just resigned. Tarjan is about to be interviewed.

Apparently Jovanka won on time in a roughly equal position.
So she is on 2.5/3 level with Adams, Anand, Nakamura, Bok, Shirov, Short, Tari etc.

So far only Carlsen has 3.
by Tim Harding
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12024

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

US veteran GM Jim Tarjan (whom I played at Teesside in 1972!) looks like he's driving a nail into the coffin of Kramnik's Candidates hopes. Kramnik was a bit better with Black until he made a huge miscalculation at moves 30-31. LATER: Hou Yifan just lost - increasing her chances of a male opponent t...
by Tim Harding
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12024

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

You got it. Lol. Moving smoothly to 3/3. When the results were in I decided the colour mix would just miss it (although obviously right for the two players). But fate prevailed... ;) Harika pencilled in for round 4. Hou Yifan should have White for that one; good chance of a Grob? Then Jovanka in ro...
by Tim Harding
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12024

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

Barry Sandercock wrote:When I try to get the live commentary, I keep getting adverts and live Play Station. is there any way to get rid of these ?


Are you on chess24? That should work. Or try logging in to Twitch.
by Tim Harding
Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Web calendar of senior events
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: Web calendar of senior events

http://www.chessmail.com/xtras/Seniors.html Is the Dublin event in January 2018 open, or restricted to IRL players? The English, as opposed to British, Championship events seem to have been discontinued. I got confirmation that overseas enties are welcome. Anybody can enter though the titles are on...
by Tim Harding
Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 27552

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Aronian seems to have thrown away a stone cold win in B+N ending
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 27552

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

It's got to be a disadvantage to be always coming from behind, even if it is just psychological. I've googled some statistics and apparently the player serving first wins 55.4% of the time in the first set. That does sound convincing. I'm very surprised it's that high. How often does the person see...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 105
Views: 3807

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Who gets to nominate the wildcard? There is no German player eligible so far as I can see. SO it may be open for a French sponsor to come forward and nominate MVL if he doesn't get in by the FIDE GP. Also will the presence of Ding Liren in the final GP tournament affect the chances of the potential ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 27552

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

...Tennis... It is clearly unfair that one player always serves first, especially in the final set. Has there ever been any stats done on this? That is factually incorrect. The same player (who had first serve in set one) serves first in the next set only if the just-concluded set had an even numbe...

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