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by Tim Harding
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8308

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Well, 1 f4 is an unusual Grinders’ Choice Reverse Dutch is pretty solid, if you're confident that Black won't try 1...e5. "Solid" and knights on a3/h4 don’t fit together that easily to my eyes. Magnus is playing GM Henrik Danielsen's "Polar Bear System" and they were following the main line of his ...
by Tim Harding
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8308

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Nakamura having his first think of the game at move 19 (Black in a Dragon against Adams).
by Tim Harding
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8308

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Maybe 6 minutes versus 4 (instead of the old 5) is too much advantage for White in Armageddon?
by Tim Harding
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8308

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

McShane wins the Armageddon anyway or he would have had a sleepless night.
by Tim Harding
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8308

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:32 pm
Both semi-finals tied at 2-2 albeit Luke may live to regret not converting the fourth game, the mate in 4 beginning with Qf6+ on move 43 the most clearcut.
What about the mate in 2 starting 42 Rf6+
by Tim Harding
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 42
Views: 3319

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

Report from the World Seniors with photos:

http://www.chessmail.com/seniors/Seniors.html

Also I have added more photographs and updated my calendar of future Senior events.
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Toothill (1938-2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 1181

Re: John Toothill (1938-2017)

Cumbria's strongest player for many years, several times county champion and also a correspondence player of some repute. ... RIP. I'm very sorry to hear that though I don't believe we ever met. John Toothill got the ICCF IM title in 1981. He was board 5 in the Great Britain team that won the 9th c...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior U20 Championship 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2758

Re: World Junior U20 Championship 2017

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:33 pm
Tim Harding wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:24 pm
A win for Tari should pretty much shut out the rivals.
Isn't he first equal with Alekseenko with two rounds to play?
True, and he is likely to have the colour advantage in the last round, but Tari won the head-to-head.
That probably means Alekseenko needs to score half a point more?
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed
Replies: 417
Views: 18353

Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Gelfand has been looking fragile in this event so I expect Radjabov to win.
I wish Boris would go back to working on his book series for Quality Chess; maybe he will after this.
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior U20 Championship 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2758

Re: World Junior U20 Championship 2017

Tari really going for it today. Both players (especially his opponent) are using plenty of time in the opening. Compare this line in the French Steinitz: 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 f4 c5 6 Nf3 Nc6 7 Be3 cxd4 8 Nxd4 Qb6 with the line they are playing: 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 Nf3 cxd4 5 N...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed
Replies: 417
Views: 18353

Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

MVL pawn down in opposite colour B ending. He'll probably hold it but then it's win or bust tomorrow.
Probably bust.
Radjabov looks like he might be getting back into contention, but Mamedyarov and Grischuk are probably feeling quite hopeful at present.
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior U20 Championship 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2758

Re: World Junior U20 Championship 2017

As I understand it from the rules and regs the winner of the Open/boys will get the GM title. Praggnanandhaa is on 3.5/4 with a staggering performance rating of 2770 with 5 rounds to go and if he wins he beats Karjakin's record as the youngest ever. Surely this would only be a first GM norm for Pra...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 19
Views: 2373

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

If you are reading this, Tim, from the World Seniors event, I am afraid that I have not had any success. My letter to Stephen Jackson has been returned as 'not at this address' and I have not had any reply to the email that I sent to the quoted address of Russell Sherwood. If you want to pursue thi...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed
Replies: 417
Views: 18353

Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

situation at 1650 GMT:
Aronian 1 Inarkiev 0
Giri draw as stated above.
Li Chao has drawn with Hammer
Harikrishna drew with Tomashevsky
Nakamura drew with Jakovenko
Svidler drew with Eljanov

A few minutes later Chessbomb has added Vallejo 0 Radjabov 1.
Two games still running.
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 42
Views: 3319

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

The live boards appear not to be working today for round 9; maybe the internet went down at the venue. It is a day off for the women today. Penultimate round for everyone tomorrow and the final round on Saturday starts half an hour earlier (1300 GMT). Actually it seems that yesterday the phone app ...