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by Thomas Rendle
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Strongest U13 in England ?
Replies: 14
Views: 874

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: 11154

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: 770

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: 770

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: 11154

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: 54
Views: 5394

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: 9501

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: 1743

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: 2705

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: 2317

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: 14161

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: 14161

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: 14161

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: 14161

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: 14161

Re: World Teams 2019

Cautiously optimistic as England are pressing on 1, 3 and 4 with Luke slightly worse on 2.