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by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2378
Views: 259128

Re: Media comments on chess

I wonder if we can work anything out, by retrograde analysis, about which White pawn under-promoted? Presumably the promotion pawn is the one partially visible by the model's right elbow (at far left).... :wink: There is also a white pawn at lower right where only the 'head' is visible. With the ot...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 133
Views: 7260

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

An excellent interview with Karpov here:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/interview ... arpov-2018

Well worth reading in full anyway, but it also has a couple of questions relating to the current FIDE elections. Only covering Dvorkovich and Kirsan (nothing on Karpov's views on Makro or Short).
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2378
Views: 259128

Re: Media comments on chess

And both White rooks are en prise! (Or Black's queenside rook is en prise if it is White to move).
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 6628

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

Chessbase report here:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/senior-te ... usa-russia

Written by one of the USA team (Alex Yermonlinsky) who says:

"The English played very well, and they could have won it, but there's no doubt in my mind our team was the class of the field."
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 133
Views: 7260

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

TimWall wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:24 pm
Maybe I am being a little alarmist, but on the other hand I think FIDE’s status as a legitimate body for world chess is at some risk if the Kremlin is pulling the strings after October 3.
Was the Kremlin not pulling the strings before, or is there more of a push for 'soft power' now?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 133
Views: 7260

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

At this point, I think it’s fair to say that Malcolm’s campaign is virtually the last chance to save FIDE. Working for radical reform has to be better than a schism: Just look what happened when Nigel and Garry K went their own way in 1993 - that paved the way for Kirsan and his rotten system to ta...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 6628

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

Plaskett is completely lost, isn't he? Emms should be aiming for a draw but seems to still be trying to win. (That was a bit harsh. Looks like Emms will draw and England 1 will get either second or third depending on the SB tie-break - if that is the tie-break after match points and game points). ED...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 6628

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

Hebden has drawn. USA have won their match and are currently in clear first place. Clearly England 1 are not going to win now. We do need one more draw (probably from Emms) to hopefully keep us in second place. Plaskett in a horribly passive rook endgame.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 6628

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:17 am
I think the Americans will win their match without too much trouble so it will come down to what we can score from our three.
Not very much, it seems. All three are worse. Emms and Hebden might now be losing. Don't think I can watch much more. (Well, and I have to go out as well.) :(
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 6628

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

Board 2 in the USA match has finished in a draw. Lasker looking less likely to win 4-0 at the moment. The USA match could end 2-2 if they see England 1 are losing by the narrowest margin, as 2-2 would also be enough for them in that scenario (they would finish at least half a game point ahead of Eng...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 6628

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

It does look like 2-2 at best in the England match at the moment, though a long way to go. The USA only have an advantage on bottom board in their match, but that would be enough for them. EDIT: If Lasker win 4-0 in their match (seems likely) then I think England 1 need to score 1.5 game points to b...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 6628

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

Good luck to the team!
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Pula Open (Croatia) 2018
Replies: 37
Views: 2243

Re: Pula Open (Croatia) 2018

Justin Tan won, and according to Ian Rogers, becomes Australia's 8th GM Do you have a link to anything online by Ian Rogers on this? [EDIT: was it on Twitter? https://twitter.com/GMIanRogers/status/1017739883123625985] I found Shaun Press's post: https://chessexpress.blogspot.com/2018/07/im-justin-...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 6628

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

Plaskett appears to have bamboozled his opponent with a nice little swindle! (18...Ne4 etc.) Nerves are a funny thing when faced with the prospect of downing a GM! His opponent found Rxd6 but twice missed (or rejected) Rxe6. Strange game. Plaskett will probably win this now. EDIT: And his opponent h...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 6628

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

Nine rounds, isn't it? So a win in round 8 would guarantee a medal, and if the USA can beat (or draw) with Lasker, then England 1 would be leading going into the final round. Surely England 1 will play Germany 1 in the final round?