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by Thomas Rendle
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

Probably mostly to do with all the players being close to 2700 (rather than 2650) in the past. On live ratings Luke is England #5 at 2683 (World #57) and that's clearly a very healthy state of affairs.
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

Knowing Gawain he'll continue pushing while he feels he has chances to win - it's an opposite coloured bishop ending after all!
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

A win for David (whose opponent generously allowed mate) and Mickey in complete control at the time control. Attention turns to Grischuk's game although it's worth noting that Nepomniachtchi is still fighting somehow...
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

Andreikin in trouble so even that might not be enough. If India win then they should be congratulated, it won't take away from an impressive event for England (if they get over the line against Sweden of course)!
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

Cautiously optimistic as England are pressing on 1, 3 and 4 with Luke slightly worse on 2.
by Thomas Rendle
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

Rook activity is temporary, slightly better pawn structure is more important for the moment. There are definite chances to be better for Luke although a draw remains most likely. Board 1 is equal, and there are chances for it to end quickly in a repetition - but if it doesn't then all three results ...
by Thomas Rendle
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

Pretty much to plan so far. Luke has played very solidly with Black and Gawain is pushing on 4. Board 1 is down as equal but it looks an incredibly complex position to me. I wouldn't be surprised to see some mistakes over the coming few moves.
by Thomas Rendle
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

Humans also claiming the same - I mean look at the Black position! Then try to find moves that don't drop material...
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

It does sometimes happen that the players get forgotten about. I had to speak to an arbiter at the Euro Club Cup to stop him updating the score-sheet right next to a time-scramble in a way which was obviously distracting.
by Thomas Rendle
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

Round 2 very much in the balance. England currently 0.5-1.5 down but chances to win both Whites (McShane & Jones). Possibly the fact that games start fairly early is hurting interest?
by Thomas Rendle
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Caruana resigns in a winning position
Replies: 15
Views: 1235

Re: Caruana resigns in a winning position

They *can* be wrong just like any list I suppose but in my experience they're remarkably accurate and up-to-date. I don't really find them any less reliable than the official list anyway!
by Thomas Rendle
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

You're allowed to do this so long as you immediately catch up. You can't be more than two 'half-moves' behind.
by Thomas Rendle
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 5095

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

The whole argument (from OP) is a silly one anyway, honestly I assumed it had been meant as a joke. Chess is a meritocracy and the top players deserve everything they get. They're badly paid compared other top people in their field (industry, law etc.) not only top sports.
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 4168

Re: British Knock out December 2018

There is 3rd/4th in both events I believe so 2 more Classical games still for everyone. 2/2 would take Fabi to #1.
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 4168

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Yes.