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by Matthew Peat
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 16513

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

I thought most tiebreaks are affected by having a good start to an event. Presumably they have anticipated this in choosing to adopt this 1st round pairing system. I guess the only fair tiebreak now would be rating performance. Judging from his games at the World Cup, Caruana probably had hoped for ...
by Matthew Peat
Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Quick sale of bundle of books/magazines/CBM
Replies: 1
Views: 1138

Quick sale of bundle of books/magazines/CBM

Moving to a new flat with virtually no storage space so looking to offload some items. A bargain £50 for quick sale. Will need to pick up from St Albans or add £15 for postage. PM me if interested. Must go before 2nd week of February. Comprises the following: Books 1.d4 Volume 1 - B Avrukh 1.d4 Volu...
by Matthew Peat
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LCC Open 2016 - U2050 players not welcome?
Replies: 11
Views: 1240

Re: LCC Open 2016 - U2050 players not welcome?

Title-norm tournaments don't particularly want U-2050 players, no, and certainly not to the extent of 30% of the field being U-2050. They aren't usually realistic norm-seekers themselves, and their low ratings make it harder for their opponents to achieve title norms. So why not restrict entry to t...
by Matthew Peat
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LCC Open 2016 - U2050 players not welcome?
Replies: 11
Views: 1240

LCC Open 2016 - U2050 players not welcome?

Spot the difference LCC Fide Open Entry Form 2015 Prize Fund (Guaranteed): 1st £5,000, 2nd £3,000, 3rd £2,000, 4th £1,000, 5th - 8th £500 each. Rating Prizes: 2201-2300 £250, £150, £100 2000-2200 £250, £150, £100 < 2000 £250, £150, £100. Unrated: £150, £100. Junior Prize: £250, £150, £100 Women’s Pr...
by Matthew Peat
Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Olympiad - Baku
Replies: 901
Views: 40679

Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

I'm at least hoping for Wei Yi - Short. Will be a very tough match but if China rest Wang Yue (who lost today) it will give us a bit more of a chance IMO. A top ten finish would be on if England only had 1 player out of form but both McShane and Howell look a bit out of sorts. Hope I'm proved wrong....
by Matthew Peat
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Olympiad - Baku
Replies: 901
Views: 40679

Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

The cameras for the live coverage just showed a shot over the playing hall.
It (very briefly) showed Gawain Jones getting up from the black side of the board.
by Matthew Peat
Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: England Olympiad teams announcement
Replies: 110
Views: 10745

Re: England Olympiad teams announcement

With the exception of Adams at board 1, board order seems irrelevant for the rest of the team. It is hard to think of 4 top players of any nationality whose form has been more inconsistent over the past few years. I was hoping that enough players would decline selection to give Jonathan Hawkins a mu...
by Matthew Peat
Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knockout Championship
Replies: 183
Views: 11575

Re: British Knockout Championship

Does the format change over the course of the event from quickplay to long play?

I note the quarter/semi finals each take place over a day whilst the 6 game final is scheduled over 6 days
by Matthew Peat
Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Team Championship 13-22 November 2015
Replies: 280
Views: 17666

Re: European Team Championship 13-22 November 2015

Excited to note England appear to have their strongest team out.

England and Russia seem to have opted out of having a non-playing GM captain. I seem to recall that Peter Wells normally fulfils this role for England. Anyone aware of the reason why he is not captain for this competition?
by Matthew Peat
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Use of Technology at the British Championships
Replies: 95
Views: 5904

Re: Use of Technology at the British Championships

I think the resource/time issue is a bit of a red herring. IMO It has been more of a rather disrespectful attitude to the on-line audience of the commentary. Most of the problems with the online broadcast have cropped up near the beginning of the sessions. Despite acknowledging these problems relati...
by Matthew Peat
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2015
Replies: 195
Views: 14572

Re: London Chess Classic 2015

At the Kings Place Rapidplay last week it was announced that Michael Adams had accepted his invitation to play in the Classic. It was also confirmed that there would be no Super Rapidplay Open this year presumably due to the increase in the number of players (and playing rounds). I have provisionall...
by Matthew Peat
Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Books for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 3724

Books for sale

As I am reducing the amount of competitive chess I am playing I thought it appropriate to reduce the amount of chess books I currently own, especially the ones that were heat of the moment purchases. There are 20 books, all in mint condition, which I would like to sell in one go so if anyone wants t...
by Matthew Peat
Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen - Anand 2014
Replies: 414
Views: 37079

Re: Carlsen - Anand 2014

Saw this excerpt from an interview with Anand''s wife on Chess.com. How do you feel about playing in Sochi? Do you share Carlsen team's worries about the many uncertainties? “Like we have said before, a world championship match in Russia always has a special place. In 2012 the RCF treated Anand with...
by Matthew Peat
Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 131
Views: 23143

London Chess Classic

I noticed the Schedule of the London Chess Classic has been published on the website. The main event this year will be a six player all-play-all classical event. I suspect the players will be Adams, McShane(?), Jones, Howell + 2 others not playing in either World Championships, World Mind Games (Bei...
by Matthew Peat
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 54909

Re: Olympiad

Not sure how much you can grind in the position that Adams has got.....Hope to be eating my words in a couple of hours.

I like the way that Howell has adopted the set-up that his opponent yesterday used against him