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by Tim Harding
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 17384

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

David Howell on the chess24 commentary team today.
by Tim Harding
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE postpones Chess Olympiad to 2021
Replies: 5
Views: 310

FIDE postpones Chess Olympiad to 2021

Following the IOC's decision to postpone the Tokyo olympics, FIDE has fallen into line: https://fide.com/news/460 The Chess Olympiad will be held in August 2021 in the same venues (Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk). The problem for FIDE is the knock-on effect for the World Championship cycle which is not ...
by Tim Harding
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1299

Re: The English Opening.

Further to my post last night, a friend has pointed out that the term English Opening was already used in 1876, e.g., in the May number of the Westminster Papers in respect of a game Potter-MacDonnell. (I was working back from the 1882 edition of Cook's Synopsis which is the earliest mention I have ...
by Tim Harding
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 17384

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Ding rejected Q exchange at move 31 (must have thought the endgame bad) but now chess24's online Stockfish is saying he's dead lost. Time will tell.

Queens off in MVL's game. Wang may win this.
by Tim Harding
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 17384

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

After about two hours: Grischuk v Caruana: Archangelsk Spanish; Caruana accepts a pawn sac, keeps blitzing out his moves to move 22 at least. Time trouble likely for the Russian; position objectively equal maybe. Alekseenko v Giri: Italian Game with d3 and c3, developing slowly, about equal after 12...
by Tim Harding
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1299

Re: The English Opening.

The 1843 match between Staunton and Saint-Amant has six games where Staunton opened 1.c4. That might be the origin. This is the view of Modern Chess Openings 10th edition (1965): ..derives its name from its association with Howard Staunton who played it against St Amant in their match (1843) and ag...
by Tim Harding
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Senior opps 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 2021

Re: English Senior opps 2020

Thanks for the link; they forgot to update https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english ... pionships/ and posted a different page instead, a bit silly really?
I will update my website later today.
by Tim Harding
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Senior opps 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 2021

Re: English Senior opps 2020

I am assuming the English Seniors at the end of April is an absolute certainty to be cancelled. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51895873 This event is still not announced as cancelled: why not? https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/ The European Individual Senior Championships...
by Tim Harding
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Week in Chess
Replies: 15
Views: 1254

Re: The Week in Chess

Thanks John for letting us know TWIC seems to be down again? I get the following: Not Found The requested URL /suspended.page/disabled.cgi/www.markcrowther.com was not found on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the reques...
by Tim Harding
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Senior opps 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 2021

Re: English Senior opps 2020

I am assuming the English Seniors at the end of April is an absolute certainty to be cancelled. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51895873 I would also expect it to be cancelled though when I looked yesterday there were 10 entries for the 50+ and 18 for the 65+. The European Senior Individuals in Polan...
by Tim Harding
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 17384

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Pete Doggers preview First round is Tuesday, I think it is 1 pm UK time Actually the start (going by chess24) is 11am GMT I think, though I am not sure if the 5-hour difference remains throughout. Does Russia implement a clock change, and on the same date as western Europe? On chess24's countdown i...
by Tim Harding
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13794

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Even more drastic measures being taken in Norway. The Republic of Ireland health minister announced this afternoon that all pubs and bars will close from this evening until at least 29 March. Some will probably never reopen. If there isn't compliance, emergency legislation will be passed, I think. ...
by Tim Harding
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 13794

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

I am not sure what else we expected from a politician who, generally in life, is pro-risk ... Maybe Johnson and Cummings should recklessly go out and catch it, then we might be rid of them. Same goes for that Prof Vallance or whatever his name is who has fed them this dangerous "herd immunity" theo...
by Tim Harding
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45751

Re: Chess history trivia

I'm only throwing it in because I don't know the answer, but excluding simuls, who was the first amateur player or untitled player if you like, or someone unknown to beat the official world champion of the day? That is... a very difficult question to answer for a number of reasons. (For example, "u...
by Tim Harding
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 17384

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

The official website at https://fide.com/news/347 still lists Radjabov instead of MVL. This hardly inspires confidence.