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by Thomas Rendle
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 15835

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

It seems sensible for leagues/events to encourage players who are ill to self-isolate/not turn up by relaxing rules on defaults (ie not enforcing penalty points for leagues) and refunding players who pull out of tournaments due to sickness. Obviously you could have players abusing this and claiming ...
by Thomas Rendle
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22760

Re: World Youth Championships

Black can resign for many reasons. One win is 32.Rb8+ Rf8 33.Rxf8+ Kxf8 34.Qh8+ and taking on h7, but you're right that 32.Qb8+ is stronger: if Rf8 then 33.Qc7 wins and if 32...Kg7 then 33.Be5+ Kg6 34.Qg8+
by Thomas Rendle
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22760

Re: World Youth Championships

Matt, you said earlier "I think when the Allan Pleasants game arrives it will be fairly eye opening." and " His win over Allan Pleasants was an engine-like destruction apparently." To me, that looks like a good attacking game, but nothing particularly spectacular (Allan playing 23...Bxe5 looks like...
by Thomas Rendle
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5455

Re: British Knock out 2019

He seems to be giving a good account of himself so far at least. I wonder if moving very fast vs everyone means he's less likely to get nervous? He must be full of confidence from yesterday.
by Thomas Rendle
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4441

Re: Shortest game

I played in a thematic tournament at Hastings Chess Club back in about 2000. The first round was From's Gambit and the pre-decided moves were: 1.f4 e5 2.dxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5. Before the games started there was some joking around that there were at least a couple of options to avoid, but one ...
by Thomas Rendle
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 10642

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

It really does. Very solid from Mickey, and Gawain seems to have spotted a trick, negating some of the technicalities of the endgame!
by Thomas Rendle
Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 10642

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Looks like an impressive team performance vs Sweden. It's just a shame the time-scrambles/games in general are less fun to watch with the delay.
by Thomas Rendle
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 15194

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: 298
Views: 15194

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: 298
Views: 15194

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: 298
Views: 15194

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: 298
Views: 15194

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: 14419

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: 1464

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: 214
Views: 17239

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...