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by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 291
Views: 14865

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

All well and good you would think until you see the latest FIDE press statement today. Adding quotes to make it clearer: "Saudi Arabia CF to partner Russian CF in hosting the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2018 " "Given the strong relationship between the Kingdom Saudi Arabia and Russia, ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 291
Views: 14865

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Worthy of comment. Indeed, the whole future direction of FIDE deserves a new thread.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 26
Views: 3418

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

A partial transcript of what was said by Demis H (I think he visited the commentary team on 2 days?) on 8 December is here ('A Conversation with Demis Hassabis'): http://chessforallages.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-conversation-with-demis-hassabis.html Also, the Sadler analysis, forthcoming book and YouTu...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ignorance is Bliss
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: Ignorance is Bliss

For the record, the episode of Have I Got News For You (HIGNFY): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0btj9sy/have-i-got-news-for-you-series-56-episode-8 Chess 'coverage' is from 15:15 to 17:30 (roughly). They managed to spin it out for 2 minutes. Probably not worth getting too worked up, but stil...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1961

Re: British Knock out December 2018

The other four players not mentioned earlier in the thread are: Alan Merry, Ravi Haria, Jonathan Hawkins and John Nunn. Pairings are: Preliminary Round 1. Jonathan Hawkins v Jovanka Houska 2. John Nunn v Alan Merry 3. Matthew Turner v Ravi Haria 4. Simon Williams v Harriet Hunt Quarter Finals 1. Mic...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 638

Re: Celebrity identification

I'm going to hazard a guess it was Demis... :D
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 638

Re: Celebrity identification

Can you remember if the tradition of having guests to make the opening moves was done in the past, Roger? For the record, those making these ceremonial moves for this event (WCC 2018) were: Game 1: Woody Harrelson, US actor and playwright Game 2: Andrey A. Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro (sponsor) Game 3: J...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38675

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Has anyone suggested that if a match is drawn, that the players share the title? [Traditionally, this would be a big break, as the world title has never been shared, has it?] Would need slight tweaks around a rematch. Maybe the 'junior' co-holder would have to go through the process again to be the ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 638

Re: Celebrity identification

And the guy making the ceremonial opening move in game 3 is someone called Jon Gulbrandsen: http://schack.se/han-betalade-50-000-kr-for-att-gora-forsta-draget-i-ett-vm-parti/ He apparently was the winner of an auction and bid 50,000 Norwegian krone to make the first move. You would have thought that...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 638

Re: Celebrity identification

I think I have identified one of them: a representative of one of the sponsors appears to be making the opening move in round two: Andrey Guryev , or possibly Andrey Guryev Jr. (this is annoying!). Certainly an Andrey Guryev presented the trophy to Carlsen at the closing ceremony. Connected to PhosA...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 638

Celebrity identification

Well, they may not be celebrities, but can anyone identify the following? (1) Does anyone recognise the person making the opening move here in game 3? (scroll down or search for 'guest of honor'). Picture is also here . (2) Does anyone know who make the opening move ('ceremonial'/'guest of honour') ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38675

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Two quick questions:

(1) Does anyone recognise the person making the opening move here? (scroll down or search for 'guest of honor'). Picture is also here.

(2) Does anyone know who make the opening move ('ceremonial'/'guest of honour') for Game 2? Picture of the opening move is here.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38675

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Does this inability to win two of those two matches without the need for a tie-break impact his overall legacy and place in the historical chess pantheon in any way? In my mind it shows that chess has moved on significantly, and there are now a number of players capable of playing as well as the Wo...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38675

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

A question: Carlsen beat Anand in the classical phase in matches (twice). He 'only' drew with Karjakin and Caruana (and beat them on tie-breaks). Does this inability to win two of those [EDIT: four] matches without the need for a tie-break impact his overall legacy and place in the historical chess ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knights facing forwards.
Replies: 30
Views: 1859

Re: Knights facing forwards.

This is a good book https://www.redhotpawn.com/imgu/blog/1/b4u437199-1536164129.png but the diagrams... https://www.redhotpawn.com/imgu/blog/1/b4u437199-1536149070.png I cannot get use to those Knights. LOL, written in competition with another written by a team headed by one of this forum's favouri...