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by Alexander Hardwick
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Starter for ten
Replies: 2
Views: 761

Re: Starter for ten

Fans of University Challenge might appreciate the chess-playing representation on this year's series: FM Ryan Rhys Griffiths captaining Wolfson, Cambridge against St John's, Oxford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43nMAIbaNGo And, somewhat less exaltedly, yours truly captaining Magdalen, Oxford agai...
by Alexander Hardwick
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 42263

Re: Batumi Olympiad

It has gone pear-shaped on board two as well (for McShane). Can we be quite so sure? McShane has sacrificed his queen for 2 pieces and some pressure; the computer is always going to dislike such sacrifices, and we haven't really had enough moves since then to judge whether or not it's working out i...
by Alexander Hardwick
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 42263

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Bo. 25 England (ENG) Rtg - 69 Scotland (SCO) Rtg

15.1 IM Houska, Jovanka 2402 - GM Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 2345
15.2 IM Ciuksyte, Dagne 2308 - Roy, Ali 1923
15.3 WFM Head, Louise 2161 - Giulian, Rosemary A 1924
15.4 WIM Maroroa, Sue 2112 - Espinosa Cancino, Monica 1655
by Alexander Hardwick
Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 28769

Re: British Championship 2018

Meanwhile, on sub-2050-watch, Daniel Young has just tenderised another IM to move onto 4.5/8.

EDIT: impressive levels of cross-posting there
by Alexander Hardwick
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 28769

Re: British Championship 2018

Now that there are only 2 rounds to go, is it possible to find out which players have chances of a norm?
by Alexander Hardwick
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 28769

Re: British Championship 2018

A seismic error just played by White in Muir-Young.
by Alexander Hardwick
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2898

Re: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018

Chris Wardle wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:47 am
What insane troll logic is that? [...]
Chris Wardle wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:04 pm
[...] you would be a patronising troll if you argued that [...]
It's worth pointing out that there is a distinction between "trolling" and "arguing for views which are contrary to those you hold".
by Alexander Hardwick
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Northumbria Masters
Replies: 57
Views: 5207

Re: Northumbria Masters

With 1 (and a bit) round to go, does anyone know if any norms are possible?
by Alexander Hardwick
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish IM Norm Event
Replies: 14
Views: 1910

Re: Irish IM Norm Event

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:59 pm
Jessel needs 1/1 for an IM norm.
Although, given that he appears to have accumulated 4 IM norms already, he might not mind too much.
by Alexander Hardwick
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish IM Norm Event
Replies: 14
Views: 1910

Re: Irish IM Norm Event

With the final two rounds to go, are there any norms still possible? In the GM section, Sam Collins leads on 5.5/7, although he has a tough final day against 2 of the GMs; there might also be some IM norms sneaking under the radar in the GM section. The IM section looks rather less promising for nor...
by Alexander Hardwick
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Chess.com
Replies: 3
Views: 1397

Re: Chess.com

Hello! Oddly enough, I had exactly the same situation about a month ago. I had 8 players and needed to sort them into two 4-board teams for a competition. A few of the players had chess.com ratings, which they gave. From personal experience, I've always found that the standard on chess.com (relative...
by Alexander Hardwick
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 11543

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Glancing briefly over at the FIDE Open side of things, does anybody know which players may be on track for a norm?
by Alexander Hardwick
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 3302

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

RA Barton - KJ Thurlow, Islington 1976 (5) went 1.d4 Nf6, 2.g4 Nxg4, 0-1 in 51. Possibly not unique. A club mate also suggested this or perhaps it was 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g4. Unless you can persuade players of such stuff to enter events where games are preserved for posterity, such novelties will...
by Alexander Hardwick
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 191
Views: 21799

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

the CCF website wrote:
UPDATE 7.54pm - McPhillips (white) to move with Ke6, Nf1. Fernandez Ke4, Pf2, Pf5.
by Alexander Hardwick
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 191
Views: 21799

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

I note that Carl appears to have his 3 IM norms already - 2 on the FIDE database, plus the recent Tralee Classic result.