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by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Ian Rogers wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:03 pm
This claim is simply not true ....
Thanks for the correction. I was obviously too quick to think the worst of Agon. But they do make it so very easy to do so
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The shambles continues.

Professional photographer David Llada - his The Thinkers is superb - prevented from taking pictures on stage at the start of today’s game .... whilst amateurs were allowed to snap away with their mobile phones

https://twitter.com/davidllada/status/1 ... 81025?s=21
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Rex Sinquefield was unexpectedly rude about Anna Rudolph's commentary . I'm sure she will take the view that he's just an old fool who doesn't know any better, but I wonder whether Jen will be bold enough to say something in support of her fellow commentator. I think that she tried to do that diplo...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "What are the best places on the web for comprehensible commentary?"
Replies: 6
Views: 517

Re: "What are the best places on the web for comprehensible commentary?"

1. Simon Williams' youtube videos are great at explaining what is going on (about 20 or 25 minutes for each game). (Watch after the game is over.) 2. Chess24 live commentary with Svidler/ Grischuk/ Sopiko is very good on analysis and also entertaining, but probably you need some chess knowledge bey...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

small print on the ticket itself does not wash Agreed but it’s clear that on many tickets there wasn’t even any small print. If people went along and had a good time that’s great. That doesn’t excuse deliberately withholding the information ticket didn’t equal access to playing hall or commentary r...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

You are aware of the vast number of people that attend the events at Olympia. Now try and imagine the same number of people going into a building a tenth of the size with no A/C and you should get a rough idea of what its like. The Classic has proved that there’s a big potential live audience for c...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Paid £70 for a ticket for Game 2 to replace someone who couldn't go. At the ticket office got issued with a blue wrist band and a little ticket to say I could go into the main theatre for 30 minutes (from 3.50pm - 4.20pm). I had an exchange with Ian Rogers on Twitter about the limited access to the...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I have a vague recollection of Dvorkovich saying, during his election campaign, something to the effect that next month's AGON-organised World Championship match was a given but there would be a review after that Nigel Short has just tweeted his opinion Well it’s an opinion. Nothing directly said a...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It will be interesting to see what Dvorkovich and Nigel Short do or say tomorrow about what Agon are trying to pull here. Indeed. Let’s see. Short is a frequent tweeter. He could already have said something if he’d wanted. Not necessarily a full reply of course. But he could have let his feelings b...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18926

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:06 am
Joy! Dylan Loeb McClain is putting 600 million about.
A professional bullsitter and blowhard bullshits and blows hard.

A regrettable but not an entirely unexpected development
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9775

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

Oops. That’s unfortunate.

So he was playing on auto pilot intending to castle but had mixed up the move order?

The draw offer was a bit optimistic unless there was some other circumstance not yet mentioned.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9775

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

In the U2100 section yesterday the clear leader Sunil Weeramantry lost in just 5 moves! With his knight en prise he picked up his king, then offered his 15 year old opponent a draw! "A draw?!?! - no i don't" Are the moves available? I’m a bit behind on this thread so have only just seen the ... Qh4...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 244
Views: 12023

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Perhaps the answer then is for Rex Sinquefield to get his wallet out and set up a rival to FIDE. Why not Karpov? It wasn’t that long ago that people were banging on about him being a billionaire. He can’t have spent it all already. How many stamps can one man buy? Not that I think either scenario i...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 9207

Re: 2019 British

Re accommodation is it not normal to expect free WiFi in bedrooms nowadays?... At Torquay it's one of the first things I'll check before booking. When I was in Torquay a few years back the hotel said it had wifi. When I arrived they told me there was no password but that they were having problems w...
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 9207

Re: 2019 British

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:07 am
Torquay again then.
Wasn’t Torquay the venue for The Great ‘Can I Take My Own Sandwiches’ Debacle?