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by Richard Bates
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 7983

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

Roger de Coverly wrote:
JustinHorton wrote:Prize money


A prize giving was scheduled, presumably Simon didn't stay late to attend.


I think Simon was making a joke...
by Richard Bates
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017
Replies: 77
Views: 2764

Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Gazza didn't disgrace himself in the end, which is good, but equally it can be argued this event showed chess has moved on from even his era. I'm not sure you can draw many conclusions from an extremely rusty 54 yr old in a rapid event, let alone blitz. I'm not sure Kasparov was even particularly h...
by Richard Bates
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed
Replies: 326
Views: 13725

Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Do the players get any say over their personal "sponsors"? What if they already have personal sponsorship? Or have a personal objection to the sponsoring company? And who actually benefits from the sponsorship money?
by Richard Bates
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE
Replies: 19
Views: 1077

Re: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE

Because the London League would struggle to exist without a venue.

And what Stewart said ;)
by Richard Bates
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017
Replies: 102
Views: 3586

Re: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017

Polgar is the other big name player that jumps out from a rating list from 10 years ago. But still many players born before and after the early 80s have retired fully or partially. I think Nick's observation is standing up, if not necessarily his theory to explain it. I tried to create a theory of ...
by Richard Bates
Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 7983

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

Craig Hanley looks the big winner irrespective of the play-off result. 90% of prize money will be split among the tieing players, so Craig appears to collect £4275 as a main prize plus £2000 rating prize. The three top seeds can hardly complain, since their mutual games were all short draws. Er, no...
by Richard Bates
Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 7983

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

Looks like it might be a play-off between the top three seeds. Unless Zhou does something (Gormally made an unsound sacrifice and is currently losing) and Emms can overcome his time and board deficit (position is about equal, but I think David can win from here). Jones and McShane clearly decided t...
by Richard Bates
Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 7983

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

More than one way to skin a cat
by Richard Bates
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 98
Views: 11944

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

Dan was joint first at the Paracin Open Lots of other young English players in the tournament Looks like Marcus Harvey got an IM norm. Daniel appears to need less than two more rating points for his GM title. Paracin does not constitute a GM norm for Daniel because only one of his opponents was a G...
by Richard Bates
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 7983

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

Board 1 quick draw, board 2 Howell, board 3 Yang-fan, board 4 draw

Yang-fan to win the playoff having played nobody above 2441 in the main tournament. OK, being a bit mischievous there ... ;)
by Richard Bates
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 225
Views: 13861

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

I assume Craig Hanley has a decent chance of a GM norm and there are IM norm chances for a couple of players I think (GM norms)... Craig needs 1.5/2 dependent on getting a high rated opponent in the last round. David Eggleston 2/2 or 1.5/2 with high rated last round opponent Ameet Ghasi 2/2 with hi...
by Richard Bates
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 7983

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

Anyone who hasn't been catching the chess24/chessbase commentary - I strongly recommend it. Daniel seems an absolute natural, and he and Michal seem to gel very well together, feeding off each others ideas. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative - and not a computer in sight!
by Richard Bates
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 225
Views: 13861

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

Just, er, somewhat belatedly got around to reading these. They are, er, brave... 1) Am I interpreting correctly that if you didn't meet the title/rating requirement a month ago, then that route to qualification is already ruled out? Even, on a literal reading, for GMs/IMs? 2) What is the logic behin...
by Richard Bates
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British predictions for FUN people
Replies: 27
Views: 1440

Re: British predictions for FUN people

What odds some of the rating prizes get won by people actually losing rating points...?
by Richard Bates
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 7983

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

Looking at the round 2 pairings, it is hard to see any of the top 5 of 6 failing to win. Howell has a tricky pairing against the very experienced Pritchett. A bit further down, Hebden faces a tough banana skin against James Jackson. A bit early to predict, but I can't see past Howell, Jones, and Mc...

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