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by David Robertson
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2019-20 Season
Replies: 19
Views: 2834

Re: 2019-20 Season

Mick Norris wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:50 am
It would be possible to play Friday 8, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 I suppose
You suppose correctly. These are now the confirmed dates. Venues unaltered
by David Robertson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Caution Tournament-related comment

Mild-mannered, softly-spoken Anand hits out at Armageddon arrangements
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: European Schools Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1632

Re: European Schools Chess Championship 2019

Five coaches between twenty eight competitors does not strike me as an unreasonable ratio. That goes straight to the top of your five most ridiculous comments in this place The ratio of coaches to players is not, at this point, in question. It's the ratio of player performance to coach value-added ...
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: European Schools Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1632

Re: European Schools Chess Championship 2019

Your verdict?

Better still, some evidence of valued added from the five ECF coaches provided
by David Robertson
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Oh, yes!! Such joy. I could watch this forever :D :D :D

Aronian sees mate in 1. Waits for handshake, or even a cry of anguish. Instead we get...So. Rude
by David Robertson
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 67
Views: 3760

Re: Candidates 2019

Muzychuk A - Muzychuk M just started

Predictions? :D
by David Robertson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Nice tweet here from Olimpiu Urcan showing the frustration (and disgust?) on Grischuk's face at the nonsense required of them in the Aronian - Grischuk Armageddon . Who hasn't been there in a local QPF or similar, losing on time amid random moves and chaos. At elite level, it's going to ruin the game
by David Robertson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Grischuk - So - Drawn in under ten minutes. Just taking the p!ss. One of the worst games you'll ever see. Utter farce!
by David Robertson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Richard Bates wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:36 am
Best way for organisers to generate “exciting” tournaments is in player selection
Exactly so (though not, exactly, So)
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:17 pm
I suspect it may be more to do with the organisers and broadcasters
Please don't mollify my rants
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:30 pm
David Robertson wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:16 pm
It incentivises quick draws
Given the scoring system, that is one thing it certainly does not do.
Yes, it does. Chess is an exercise in risk-aversion
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Re: Sid Kirby

RIP Sid

I never knew you
Though perhaps I did
In any club on lower boards
In lower divisions. You were
Always there, doing your best
Which was never very good -
But still, it was your best.
And now you are at rest.
Grade 24C
RIP
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

It's not clear to me what the Armageddon game is there to do It incentivises quick draws, or risk-free 'suck-it-and-see' play by White in the certain knowledge that you get a second bite in the slap-up of the Armageddon. Just rubbish. Typical bureaucratic, arbiter-nexus, admin non-chess-player solu...
by David Robertson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:21 pm
Round 1 saw five draws and five armageddon games with white winning four of them.
My verdict (fwiw)?
Farce
by David Robertson
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2880
Views: 309041

Re: Media comments on chess

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:06 pm
Whatever these pieces are, £1m is still £1m.
And always check in your drawers, guys. You may find hidden treasures there