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by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 4676

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

With Howell and Carlsen drawing and Grandelius winning, their team (Valerenga Sjakklubb) will win their match. The top pairing was drawn. So Carlsen (and Howell's) team are leading the event with one round to go. Though another tough pairing probably (from one of Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova, Medny...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 4676

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Nick Burrows wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:08 pm
I think David will lose
Oh, yes, quite possibly (after 29...Qe7).

And Carlsen failed to find 40...Kh2 and went Kf2 instead.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 4676

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

An extra incentive to save it: "If Carlsen saves it, his team might win. Grandelius is winning,, the others drawing."

(38...Re1 is suboptimal from Ding, and Carlsen found 39.Nd3)
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 4676

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Not really wanting to intrude on his grief too much, but Svidler lost again yesterday (with White, again - and from a won position, again) It really is an awful run. Difficult to decide which loss is the worst one. :shock: [OK, the loss by Svidler to Bauer in round 5 was the worst one by far.] [Car...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 19
Views: 2388

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Interesting article here on AlphaZero and the upcoming World Chess Championship match (between Carlsen and Caruana): Miguel Illescas previews Carlsen vs. Caruana Illescas speculates on the impact access to AlphaZero may have on the match, focusing on Caruana being American, and Google being (mostly)...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 126
Views: 11070

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Interesting article here: Miguel Illescas previews Carlsen vs. Caruana Illescas speculates on the impact access to AlphaZero may have on the match, focusing on Caruana being American, and Google being (mostly) a US company. I thought I'd read somewhere that Carlsen had seen some of the AlphaZero gam...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2480
Views: 270532

Re: Media comments on chess

Probably worth noting that the BBC News headlines for most of the day will have been a picture of two chess pieces (pawns) in EU and UK flag colours on a chessboard, for the story ' Brexit: Cabinet meeting kicks off crucial 48 hours '. The article itself does not have the picture, so the only way to...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 4676

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Carlsen's game is an exciting double-edged battle, with both players now short of time.

(Ding Liren close to winning against Svidler.)
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 2984

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Oh, the ECF AGM is today! :shock:
Have not been paying attention...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 4676

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Richard Bates's game features in the Chessbase report on round 1: https://en.chessbase.com/post/euro-club-cup-2018-round-1 The fourth strongest squad in Greece is Mednyi Vsadnik from Saint Petersburg. Their 6:0 included nice wins by their two first boards, Nikita Vitiugov and Vladimir Fedoseev. Niki...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 4676

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Here is the win by International Director of the Welsh Chess Union (playing for White Knights Chess Club) Peter M. Bevan (1886) over IM Bogdan Podlesnik (2365). Peter Bevan (born 1952) has been rated as high as 2180 in July 1993, so not a complete surprise, but still impressive. Bogdan Podlesnik (bo...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 4676

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Khalifman- Speelman is the one that stands out for me for round 2. Other board pairings: Carlsen - Potkin Paravyan - Howell 3Cs have a slight edge on the top boards, and are outgraded on the bottom board. Interesting match-up for Wood Green. Grantham Sharks outgraded but have a fighting chance. Whi...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 4676

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

The following game from Round 1 certainly was jaw dropping: Bodnaruk, Anastasia (ssh) - Gunina, Valentina (pen) ½-½ European Women Club Cup 2018 round 01 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 a6 5. h5 h6 6. g4 Bd7 7. f4 c5 8. c3 e6 9. Nf3 Qb6 10. Kf2 Nc6 11. Kg3 O-O-O 12. Rh2 g6 13. hxg6 fxg6 14. Qd3 c...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30146

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Ummm... 8 posts up? (9 now). Indeed. And the original? Searching for the filename revealed that it came (not surprisingly) from Twitter. It was re-tweeted by the ECU (European Chess Union) from the Batumi Chess 2018 account, see here . That tweet gives a link to a high-resolution version, which I p...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30146

Re: Batumi Olympiad

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:25 pm

The video's here and they go to Kosteniuk's game at about 5:19, though I started watching later than that.
The threefold claim occurs at 5:29:50.