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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:29 pm
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:26 pm
I thought there was a need to be over 50% or did I just make that up?
There is a minimum requirement, but it is 35%.
Thanks. Maybe I was remembering 50% from somewhere else in the Handbook and Regulations.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Worth noting (taken from the Chessbase report on round 9) that: "Vincent Keymer, Jonas Buhl Bjerre and Raunak Sadhwani completed their third and final grandmaster norms" Impressive achiving that here - all three played GMs in all 9 rounds (and again in round 10). Keymer did it with 4/9 - how is that...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Can anyone point to a reminder of the tiebreak calculations (it was somewhere in this thread) and if there is anywhere calcuating this (e.g. is the Chess Results tiebreaks (TB1, TB2, TB3, TB4) the correct calculation or not)? I am never sure if the Chess Results tiebreaks are official ones or ones t...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

David Antón Guijarro right in the mix now with his demolition of Grischuk.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Carlsen drew. McShane looks unlikely to win. Jones being held by Clarke. I wonder how many of those playing in the Isle of Man have the stamina for an 11-round Swiss with only one rest day.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment
Replies: 6
Views: 766

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

Chris G is a faster reader than me. I was about to say the same thing. Let me quote from Tim's document: Immediately after the October 2018 AGM closed, Mike Truran assured me there and then at the Ibis Hotel in Birmingham that he wished to proceed quickly to the appointment of the Development Office...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I wonder whether Gawain and his opponent are aware that they have been following the game Short - Timman from the 1993 Candidates final for almost two hours. Interesting: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1124574 They followed that game up to move 13 (13...Na4) and then Gawain diverged w...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Luke has a good position at move 25. Caruana's 21st move was not the best.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

About historical comparisons of strength, how does this event compare to recent European Individual Championships and the Russian Championship Superfinals. The latter are closed round-robins (not an Open Swiss). And I thought the Aeroflot Opens were meant to be very strong. What criteria are used to...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: IOM FIDE Swiss
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Re: IOM FIDE Swiss

Just to be clear, Roger has started this thread as a grading debate. I thought he was referring to a subsidiary tournament running on the Isle of Man. Maybe Roger could list the players in this event who already have ECF gradings and those who don't. Assuming it is actually being graded for ECF grad...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Back to the chess in the Isle of Man... The Chessbase round two report tells me that Brandon Clarke got his place because his father is from the Isle of Man (which I did not know). What are the rules about who qualifies in various ways for this event? The miniature Safarli-Rodshtein is well worth pl...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle of Man International Major and Minor Tournaments
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: Chess.com Isle of Man International Major and Minor Tournaments

Thank you David. Good luck in your event (I thought you were arbiting, not playing!).
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Five players on 100%, not four. Carlsen playing Kasimdzhanov. Lots of GMs [well, OK, only ten], including Tal Baron and Gawain Jones and Keith Arkell, have started with 0/2, which must be a shock to the system for some. Worth repeating: of the 154 players: 133 GMs, 2 WGMs, 16 IMs. Three non-titled p...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Oh, 37...Rb5 in one of the lines does seem to save the day, as taking the g5 pawn with check wins the knight.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 228
Views: 10136

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Angus French wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:48 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:37 pm
After little more than half an hour, the top board game has reached move 28
Now at move 29 and I think Sarana has a draw if he wants it.
Looks winning for Sarana (who has White), maybe?