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by Tim Harding
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Website
Replies: 25
Views: 1666

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: 149
Views: 6572

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: 149
Views: 6572

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: 2910

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...
by Tim Harding
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Yes it is round 4 tiebreaks and Ding is already winning the first game after 15...Ne5?? 16 Bxf6.

The point was that if 16...Bxf6 17 f4 Bxe2 18 fxe5 Bxf1 19 exf6 Rxe1 20 Qh6 and mates.
by Tim Harding
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

becoming clear that Ding will live after all He has been far from his best so far, and a shadow of the player he was at the last World Cup - still someone will have to find a way to beat him. I would not expect him to go out by drawing with White in an Armageddon! Ding said in an interview early on...
by Tim Harding
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: European Senior Team Championships 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2910

Re: European Senior Team Championships 2019

This event is just beginning (2pm BST Wednesday 18 September). In the 50+ England 1 v Spain; England 2 (team with three women) a bye unfortunately. In the 65+ England v Ireland. These matches are live on chess24 and presumably elsewhere. Team compositions, pairings etc at http://chess-results.com/tn...
by Tim Harding
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1600

Re: British Champions in Prison

I was looking at the Wikipedia page for William Winter and was struck by the comment, "Winter has the distinction of being the only British Champion to have served time in prison (for his political activities)." I can think of others who should have been imprisoned, but is he really the only one? I...
by Tim Harding
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1064

Re: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019

Substantial increase in entries since my last posting. 65+ now 172 entries, boosted by 27 from the host country. In previous years since the age-group split in Seniors, host entries have been poor (except when the Czechs ran it in 2016). Most of the usual big names (Vaisser, Balashov, Jansa) are now...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Great save by Luke, with his lone N v his opponent's 2 Bishops. He used the same method I employed at Hastings v GM Lagarde a few years ago - viz you put the N on g2, g7, b2 or b7 and when he turfs you out of one of those you head for another: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-fide-world-cup/2-1...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Great save by Luke, with his lone N v his opponent's 2 Bishops. He used the same method I employed at Hastings v GM Lagarde a few years ago - viz you put the N on g2, g7, b2 or b7 and when he turfs you out of one of those you head for another: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-fide-world-cup/2-1...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

I had a go at a tournament bracket, which I think explains it a bit more easily. It's obviously a fake tournament with fake names. If you get the seeds in the right place, it's not so difficult conceptually, but hard to put it all into English. http://bracketcloud.com/tournament/150851 Yes that doe...
by Tim Harding
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 57
Views: 3871

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

With Gelfand among the qualifiers by rating and the two young Iranians invited or qualified, it's an issue that could resurface in the Isle of Man tournament for a Candidates place. It could happen sooner than that, in the World Cup third round. Gelfand is quite a good bet to reach the third round,...
by Tim Harding
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 194
Views: 15159

Re: Arbitration question

Clocks are stopped during play if there's a Fire Alarm and players have to leave the playing area. It would be highly unusual for clocks to be stopped for a toilet break although long, long ago, matches would sometimes be suspended for a refreshment break. Or at 6pm for prayers in the Dubai open. H...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1064

Re: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019

Lists updated now.
Open 65+ 114 players now
Open 50+ 75 players so far
Women 50+ 12 players; Women 65+ 5 players.