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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 44th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 20
Views: 1184

Re: 44th Guernsey International Chess Festival

Havenaar-Hillarp Persson was a somewhat unusual opening :? 1. Nc3 a6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 d4 4. Ne4 f5 5. Ng5 e5 6. h4 h6 7. N5f3 e4 8. Ne5 Qf6 9. f4 Nd7 10. Nxd7 Bxd7 11. c3 c5 12. Qc2 Qg6 13. Rh3 Bc6 14. b4 Nf6 15. Bb2 Rd8 16. bxc5 d3 17. exd3 Rxd3 18. Ne2 Bxc5 19. O-O-O O-O 20. Bf1 Rfd8 21. Nd4 Bxd4 ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 26
Views: 1097

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

b) The other 2 games, he decided to keep his "good bishop", he was totally outplayed in both. I rather get the idea is that a recent interpretation for Black is that you exchange dark square bishops by .. Nh5 rather than .. Ne4. Also that you can flick in ... h6 as well. If you employ that plan, th...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 44th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 20
Views: 1184

Re: 44th Guernsey International Chess Festival

Live games should work. It appears that Korneev has threaded his way through the opening complexities and can now grind to victory with his extra pawn. Sedgwick-Korneev 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4 7. Nc3 Nxe4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. d5 Bf6 10. Re1 Ne7 11. Rxe4 d6 12. Bg5 ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2486
Views: 271399

Re: Media comments on chess

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:56 am
Today's Sunday Times has a large article on Fabiano Caruana
This is the link, an piece by Dominic Lawson.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fabi ... -k7k66275q

If you are registered with their site, the link may work.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 71
Views: 3774

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

I do not suggest that this is a simple task. I've long thought it was an obvious and straightforward hack. You just introduce into the pairings the "controller's friend" who always has the lowest ranking. Having being paired, the controller's friend finds an urgent appointment with lunch and defaul...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 71
Views: 3774

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

it's an absurdity that, because the lowest-rated player is given a 1st round full-point bye, he now gets paired in the top half of the draw for the next several rounds, effectively wrecking his tournament Those in FIDE who discuss these things have found some jargon. The key words are "pairing allo...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 1289

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

Brian Towers wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:40 pm
I was referring to the rules.
I'm unconvinced that all arbiters are aware that DGT 2010 clocks always count. For local league play, it's common enough to set aside some of the FIDE stuff when it isn't appropriate.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 26
Views: 1097

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:39 pm
By Keith Arkell, who is a specialist in the Exchange variation.
Doesn't Keith also challenge conventional wisdom about the desirability of queen side pawn majorities?
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Karpov v Korchnoi 1978
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Karpov v Korchnoi 1978

chessbase has a "reprint" of an article which first appeared in "Chess". https://en.chessbase.com/post/closing-gambit-new-feature-documentary It's about the film by Alan Byron "Closing Gambit". One piece of new history might be this. Just before what turned out be the crucial last game of the World ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 1289

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

I'm not quite sure how this would work. Provided the game has been scored to at least as far as the last pawn move or piece exchange , you know at what move count the relevant endgame started. A subsequent claim (by a player) can be validated by asking the clock to display its count. I'm primarily ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8723

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

So if FIDE aren't enforcing the sanction in the regulations, and in any case FIDE's own competitions aren't complying with the regulations that pending the publication of minutes we think have been passed, why should the rest of us? The "easy" form of cheating is the same as it has always been, nam...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8723

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

In practice, there's probably quite a wide gulf between "things that could technically stop an organization's games being rated" and "things that actually would stop an organization's games being rated". It's filtered by the national federation's IRO (International Ratings Officer) is it not? I can...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

It seems extraordinary that the organisers are saying that the balance of entrants' hotel costs cannot be paid by credit card. Are they doing the normal organiser's trick of buying the hotel rooms at wholesale cost and passing them on to the participants at retail? That might explain why they canno...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8723

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:47 pm
Sorry, not sure what you're getting at here
My guess was a reference to someone you've blogged about who had Surrey and BCF connections.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 71
Views: 3774

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:12 pm
The existence of this campaign is unknown to me.

Someone has abducted your blog then.