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by Tim Harding
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2018-19
Replies: 12
Views: 1116

Re: Division Two 2018-19

If last weekend's results are anything to go by, with all the teams from Pool B winning in round 8, at least three of them will get promoted. Sussex Martlets carry no wins forward from Pool B so they might offer a glimmer of hope to Spirit of Atticus? I like to see veterans succeed so I hope they ma...
by Tim Harding
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 65
Views: 4970

Re: Division One 2018-19

In view of the announcement about visas for sporting students (discussed in the Tier 4 visa regulations thread under General Chat) I imagine that Hou Yifan would be ill advised to allow herself to be recruited by any 4NCL team, whatever the inducement? I'm not sure that I see why. What is the worst...
by Tim Harding
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 65
Views: 4970

Re: Division One 2018-19

a good guess. They had been hoping to play her regularly but must still be hoping for a one-off appearance. In view of the announcement about visas for sporting students (discussed in the Tier 4 visa regulations thread under General Chat) I imagine that Hou Yifan would be ill advised to allow herse...
by Tim Harding
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 94
Views: 4899

Re: Arbitration question

.. Tim. Why are you referring to the 2016 Arbiters' Manual? There is a 2018 one. The Arbiters' Manual is not Law. It is just suggestions. Naturally there are mistakes. I did check the 2018 edition prior to publication. Even so, I expect there are errors. I think I did not get to check the 2016 edit...
by Tim Harding
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 94
Views: 4899

Re: Arbitration question

Ah yes, I hadn't given that clause much thought, sorry. If the opponent is still thinking (though it's unlikely if Player A has been absent for a quarter of an hour) then you are right. The the thing would be to catch Player A on his return without disturbing B. Failing that, wait until B made his m...
by Tim Harding
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11354

Re: World Teams 2019

First observation, in response to the line in Justin's blog: And has a team match ever been reduced to single combat in this way before? Yes, I think it happens quite a lot in 4-board international team matches. As captain in two World Seniors Teams events I have seen quite a few matches reduced to ...
by Tim Harding
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 94
Views: 4899

Re: Arbitration question

Leaving the venue without the arbiter's permission does not have a defined penalty associated with it, so it's up to the arbiter which of the penalties they apply. I think I'd need to know why the player left the venue before I came to a conclusion as to whether the penalty was OK or too lenient. I...
by Tim Harding
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 177
Views: 15685

Re: Where did I go wrong?

Old-fashioned way: Alizadeh's move 7 f4 is premature according to notes to Game 55 in Fischer's " My Sixty Memorable Games" saying Black can choose between 7...b5, 7...d5 and your 7...Nxe4. Fischer himself used to play 7 Bb3 to rule out all those replies. The engine way: Stockfish10 prefers Black af...
by Tim Harding
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11354

Re: World Teams 2019

Board pairings, for round 9 which starts very early tomorrow, are now up at chess24. To clarify, Russia have won the Open (and China the women's tournament) with a round to spare with 14MP. India and England are on 11 MP and China on 10 MP (but China have 1 game point more). USA have 9MP and the sam...
by Tim Harding
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11354

Re: World Teams 2019

Adhiban looks like saving his ending in which case England may only get bronze if they can beat Sweden. (Malcolm Pein watching anxiously.)
But the good news is that India would have to beat Russia which seems unlikely.
Well done to Egypt for winning a match.
by Tim Harding
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11354

Re: World Teams 2019

Ding Liren v Adams
McShane v Yu Yangyi
Wei Yi v Howell
Jones v Bu Xiangzhi

Karjakin is back.
by Tim Harding
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 11
Views: 470

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Yes you do love correcting me, don't you? I wasn't at home to check the title page of his book.
by Tim Harding
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Academic theses on the subject of chess
Replies: 13
Views: 966

Re: Academic theses on the subject of chess

The link from John McKenna's post mentions: Tigran Vartani Petrosjan: Chess Logic. Skakhus-forlaget, 1968. Translated from the Russian into English by Carl Andersen. (See the catalogue entry at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.) I have copy 90 (of 250) of this. It is 39 pages and says it is the "personal...
by Tim Harding
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 11
Views: 470

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Thanks, Stewart. Harold Murray had a long debate with the German problemist Johannes Köhtz who wrote a long article on early chess for the Handbuch des Schachspiels , which Murray thought was wrong in many respects. A summary of this is to be found in a two-part article Murray wrote in BCM for 1913....
by Tim Harding
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11354

Re: World Teams 2019

Phew! McShane held so we win the match and are up to second place, India only drawing.