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by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38698

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

In terms of opening, I think your guess is as good as mine. For what it is worth I'd guess that when Caruana has White we'll see more of the same. With Carlsen as White he'll want to get a level position and just play a game so maybe some pretty insipid stuff starting with d4.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38698

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The betting odds suggested that Carlsen had a 2 in 3 chance of winning at the start. Having reached this stage that now appears to have improved to a 3 in 4 chance. That seems wrong to me. I think it was 50/50 at the start and still is. Would Carlsen have been able to neutralise b4 in the Rossolimo ...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38698

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

For the alternative perspective, I went to a local chess club this week and five members had been down to the match - they said it was brilliant. Each to their own I guess
by Matthew Turner
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1994

Re: British Knock out December 2018

There are twelve competitors in total. I do not know who they are.
by Matthew Turner
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38698

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Surely, Magnus is playing the best player that he has played in a World Championship match and finding it the most difficult. Why is that a surprise? I thought it was a 50/50 match at the start and nothing seems to have changed.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38698

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It is simpler than that. Gambling companies pay to produce poker programmes
by Matthew Turner
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38698

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I would be very surprised to see 12 draws. We are seeing more courageous opening choices from Caruana as White and tiredness, both mental and physical are sure to play a part. If we see a tiebreak then I think it will be because both players have won a game.
by Matthew Turner
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 56
Views: 4032

Re: 4NCL International Congress

Congrats to my good friends Simon williams and Matt Turner on securing the 2 qualifying places to the British KO Champs in London, shortly - worth a minimum of £2,500 A player has now told me that we haven’t in fact qualified for the knockout but a pre-lim round with less prize money. Might be true...
by Matthew Turner
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5192

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

Somewhat ominously the two lead news articles on the website https://www.wccc2018.com/ are one that is only available in 'European Spanish' and a bus timetable with no comment.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 130
Views: 4649

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

I think the point is this - chessplayers seem to think that the World Champion should be the best player in the World. It is not clear to me (or presumeably Alex) why this should be the case. In darts or snooker the World Championship is just another (albeit a particularly important) tournament.
by Matthew Turner
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5192

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

Do we know if there will be play today?
by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 56
Views: 4032

Re: 4NCL International Congress

It depends how you judge it. It is a pretty solid performance to win three games and draw six, but had there been a different result on board 11 in the last round, I would have gone home with £167 and a few less rating points. Statistically, I am sure that I have had quite a few better performances,...
by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2624
Views: 281454

Re: Media comments on chess

An article of interest to budding entrepreneurs
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by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5192

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

This strikes me as very odd. Surely at these sort of tournaments everyone is staying on site so things ought to be pretty bad to force a postponement. I just hope everyone is safe.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 56
Views: 4032

Re: 4NCL International Congress

This was an amazing tournament with some fantastic chess, unbelievable blunders and tremendous tension. I think the 4NCL deserve a great deal of credit for getting it on and organising it. It is a little bit sad that it has really piqued the interest once we have a player graded in the 70’s to talk ...