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by Thomas Rendle
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 125
Views: 4921

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I'm not sure that's 100% foolproof as it's White that has to organise the exchange. I'll predict a draw anyway, but very happy to be shown otherwise!
by Thomas Rendle
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 125
Views: 4921

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

It's now a draw by the looks of things, but probably not an easy draw...
by Thomas Rendle
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 125
Views: 4921

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Think Luke's got it now (after 52.Qg5!) - which would make him outright leader! (Edit: Though not quite as over as it would've been after 53.Nc1, fingers crossed)
by Thomas Rendle
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 125
Views: 4921

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

On a happier note let's see in Luke can convert his excellent game - early days but he looks back in great form!
by Thomas Rendle
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 125
Views: 4921

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Seems pretty inappropriate language to me. I'm sure he'll be bitterly disappointed but still.
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12248

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Nice game from Luke, classy finish too.
by Thomas Rendle
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Strongest U13 in England ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1099

Re: Strongest U13 in England ?

Isn't he U12 (both in World and UK terms)?

Also he's down to play an IM norm event in Coulsdon in August: https://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20 ... I_Norm.htm
by Thomas Rendle
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13361

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

The story is here: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/gm-igors-rausis-allegedly-caught-cheating I've also been following for a while and players have been extremely skeptical of his results. As has been pointed out it's tough for even a GM to consistently beat these 2200/2300 players. Is there any ot...
by Thomas Rendle
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN YOUTH TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: EUROPEAN YOUTH TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:53 am
Thomas Rendle wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:21 am
4-0 wins are not that unusual in the first round of team events - but when was the last time you saw one that went against the seeding?! (U12 Boys)
Strictly, it's an Under 12 team not an Under 12 Boys team ... but that doesn't stop it being a fantastic result! :D
Thanks - very true!
by Thomas Rendle
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN YOUTH TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: EUROPEAN YOUTH TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

4-0 wins are not that unusual in the first round of team events - but when was the last time you saw one that went against the seeding?! (U12 Boys)
by Thomas Rendle
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13361

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

The story is here: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/gm-igo ... t-cheating

I've also been following for a while and players have been extremely skeptical of his results. As has been pointed out it's tough for even a GM to consistently beat these 2200/2300 players.
by Thomas Rendle
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 56
Views: 5989

Re: New National Blitz event

I don't have any objection to there being 1 qualifier on the Sunday. That's only one event where the organiser has to check noone played the day before. Explicitly say then that you're only to play in one qualifier and attempts to circumvent this will result in banning from next year's event as well...
by Thomas Rendle
Mon May 27, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 180
Views: 10360

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

Played a few games to re-activate my rating on chess24: #36 at 3035.
by Thomas Rendle
Wed May 15, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four
Replies: 23
Views: 1958

Re: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four

There can be lots of reasons to move I suppose (from a top 2 divisions' perspective), juniors are often rapidly improving and can be expected to be 'poached' by teams in a higher division who can offer more opportunities (or funding!?). Most players are loyal if they enjoy playing for a team and the...
by Thomas Rendle
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April
Replies: 37
Views: 2896

Re: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April

Giri in trouble vs Carlsen today. Tomorrow is Karjakin-Carlsen, I'd be surprised if that wasn't a fairly dull draw but maybe Sergey can show something.