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by Thomas Rendle
Wed May 15, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four
Replies: 23
Views: 1223

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: 2315

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.
by Thomas Rendle
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 2017

Re: US Championship 2019

Nakamura punting the Leningrad Dutch Combining the queen side play of a Panno/Yugoslav Kings Indian with f5 thrown in is an idea seen in British amateur tournaments. I don't think it's ever been that highly regarded. 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. d5 Na5 9...
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12522

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: 325
Views: 12522

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: 325
Views: 12522

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: 325
Views: 12522

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: 325
Views: 12522

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: 325
Views: 12522

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: 325
Views: 12522

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: 325
Views: 12522

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: 325
Views: 12522

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: 325
Views: 12522

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: 1370

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: 1694

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.