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by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11986

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:45 pm
Back in the chess, four draws on the top four boards would be a bit boring, but looks possible.
Wang Hao seems to have decided right away to settle for a draw.
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11986

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Is this Carlsen's last classical chess of 2019? Unlikely. Although he is not listed on the Norway team for the European Team Championship, that could change. More likely, he will be one of the four in the Grand Chess Tour Finals in London in December. He is top of the standings at present with two ...
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Status of Stalemate ?
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Status of Stalemate ?

In another place I posed the following question : Quiz question : Some light relief for a dreary October weekend : Who was responsible for introducing into English chess the notion that stalemate was a type of draw ? To name an individual responsible for English chess adopting the rule that stalema...
by Tim Harding
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11986

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

7.5 - Caruana 7 - Carlsen, Aronian, Nakamura, Wang Hao, Vitiugov, Howell & Alekseenko I think both Carlsen & Vitiugov have to have black in the final round? Caruana has played Carlsen, Aronian & Wang Hao Carlsen has also played Wang Hao & Alekseenko Wang Hao has played Caruana, Carlsen, Vitiugov, A...
by Tim Harding
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11986

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Commentators pointing out that Wang Hao has the best tiebreak (highest average of opponents' ratings). I think he's likely to get Nakamura in the last round, though it depends on other results (especially assuming Anton loses which isn't yet certain). If so, Nakamura would need to beat him with Black.
by Tim Harding
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2377

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

The statements on the Iranian Chess Federation website imply heavily that Gholani withdrew from the tournament in protest of being paired against the Israeli, rather than merely defaulting the game in protest. So what was the doctor's note about? The equivalent statement about Tabatabaei only comme...
by Tim Harding
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:00 pm
Is there a reason why the pairings do not look quite normal?
Agreed; the colours for the higher rated player seem wrong on boards 15 and 18: David Sedgwick one of the beneficiaries!
by Tim Harding
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11986

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I think Carlsen playing Matlakov in round 10 is where he can tie Ding's record, and a possible encounter with Nakamura in round 11 might be tasty! Well, given the champ's past record in their encounters that all points to one thing. Yes, a "shock" win for Naka :) Cannot happen, I think. Unless Hika...
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2377

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

In Round 4 it looks like we have an Iranian player failing to turn up to play an Israeli (Zlatin-Gholami, board 22). Gholami is now shown as "not paired" for the rest of the event. As explained in another thread about FIDE boycotts, Gholami presented a medical certificate to avoid playing the Israe...
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11986

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

A win for Naka tomorrow and a draw on Monday should clinch it even if Caruana wins the tournament. Or am I missing something? Two wins for Anton might be a problem for him (however unlikely that is). That doesn't actually contradict what I wrote because if Anton and Hikaru win in round 10 they will...
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11986

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Vitiugov-Wang Hao was another instructive ending misplayed in time trouble. Under great pressure in the middle game Vitiugov defended very well but after the queens came off into a double R ending his 56 Kg2 and 57 Rxb5 look like mistakes. It came down to two pawns versus one with Black having a ram...
by Tim Harding
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Website
Replies: 26
Views: 2163

Re: FIDE Website

If "all eight players were known", how could they choose a wildcard given the size of the tournament is eight players? Possibly the wildcard is a reserve in case somebody drops out. I think eight was just a misprint for seven. The wildcard plays in the event, is not a reserve. if Wikipedia is right...
by Tim Harding
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11986

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! An instructive ending certainly; it seems that after Luke missed 61 Rg3 it was probably a draw, as GM Ramirez told the commentators, though I haven't...
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11986

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

It feels a bit unfortunate that the lowest rated player gets a full point bye in round 2. That's how the FIDE pairing rules are written. When someone is consistently the lowest rated in successive tournaments, or is at the end of the alphabet if unrated, they see more than a fair share of byes. The...
by Tim Harding
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: European Senior Team Championships 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2954

Re: European Senior Team Championships 2019

From the two matches against Russia "we" scored 1.5 points, not bad considering the ratings. Andrew Ledger drew with GM Gleizerov on top board in the 50+. John Quinn has had a truly remarkable performance on top board for the 65+. With one round to go he has 5/7 for an Rp of 2386, the second best on...