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by Tim Harding
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Round 5 this afternoon, last games before the first rest day. The Masters play in Hilversum with a later start time of 1300 GMT; the Challengers play in Wijk aan Zee starting 1230 GMT as usual. Line-up is: Jones (2) v Giri (3) Anand (3) v Wei Yi (2) Svidler (1.5) v Hou Yifan (0.5) Carlsen (2.5) v Kr...
by Tim Harding
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

At the start of today's Giri v. Carlsen battle Giri had moved 1.e4. Meanwhile Carlsen was "adjusting" his pieces. I didn't see what Carlsen touched immediately after 1.e4 but whatever it was shouldn't that have been his move (he was touch his non-pawns so I think he should have to move a knight) Th...
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:34 pm
Tim Harding wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:38 pm
7 Qg4 cxd4!?
Does Black have a move that isn't "!?" ( or worse, of course )?
Better ask a Winawer expert. Negi recommends lines based on (8) Bd3 which Magnus presumably prepared against. Clock times seem to indicate that Giri was taken by surprise.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

GMs are not petty enough to insist on touch-move until the game is actually under way.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Great play by Gawain yesterday; congratulations. Today's round 4 just began and Wei Yi-Jones is another 5 h3 King's Indian but after 5...0-0 the Chinese GM played 6 Nf3 instead of 6 Be3. Anish Giri had joked with interviewer that today would be his "striking day" to go for another win against Magnus...
by Tim Harding
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Round 3 just started.

Jones v Adhiban: French 3 Nd2 c5
Carlsen v Wei Yi: Catalan
Svidler v Giri: Spanish 3...Nf6 4 Nc3 Nd4
So v Karjakin: Queen's Gambit 4...Bb4
Anand v Caruana: Petroff
Mamedyarov v Matlakov: Semi-Slav
Kramnik v Hou Yifan: English, 2 Nc3 e6 3 e4
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

I noted Dennis Monokroussos said "Finally, Gawain Jones played a chicken line in the opening against Sergey Karjakin, with White offering a draw by repetition on move 12. Was this nervousness, fear, or a psychological trick? Karjakin declined the repetition, and Jones later obtained an edge, though...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Wins today for Giri (v Hou Yifan), Anand (v Matlakov), and Kramnik (v Wei Yi). Other four drawn.
Satisfactory start for Gawain to draw with Karjakin.

Tomorrow's pairings:
Caruana - Jones
Adhiban - Carlsen
Karjakin - Anand
Hou Yifan - Mamedyarov
Matlakov - So
Wei Yi - Svidler
Giri - Kramnik
by Tim Harding
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

And they're off! Gawain played the Italian against Karjakin, the old line with 5 d4 and 7 Bd2, effectively offering the well-known draw which was declined after one repetition. No novelty yet though Karjakin had a long think on move 14. Gawain has just played 15 (13) Ne4 instead of the standard 15 a...
by Tim Harding
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:41 pm
Merger done. :)
Very quick; thanks, Jack.
by Tim Harding
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior opportunities in 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 922

Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

We had a FIDE-rated Seniors tournament in Dublin last week - seven rounds in five days, with 90/30 time limit, single and double round days alternating. This less strenuous schedule attracted 38 players and was much enjoyed by all. Something similar is planned for Easter.
by Tim Harding
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: Tata Steel 2018

I started a new thread for this because the old one was nowhere near the top of the list when I was writing, then somebody else posted.

Can the moderator please merge so we don't have rival threads, thanks?
by Tim Harding
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Tata Steel 2018

Play in the 2018 Tata Steel starts tomorrow afternoon at Wijk aan Zee. The round 1 draw is up. Gawain Jones has White against Sergei Karjakin; I am sure all Forumites wish him all the best of luck and great games in this major event to celebrate his recent 30th birthday. Other first round games in t...
by Tim Harding
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish IM Norm Event
Replies: 14
Views: 1232

Re: Irish IM Norm Event

eg he could get a double GM norm at the olympiad What double GM norm? I am no expert but it seems to me on comparing the Handbook now current with the previous version (valid to mid-2017) that the relevant clause has been deleted. In the old version of the title regulations at https://www.fide.com/...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision
Replies: 31
Views: 1222

Re: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision

In an interview next day with the Chief Arbiter, he said they proposed to host a webinar [or some of other kind of online briefing] where the new rules would be clarified for the benefit of arbiters and players. I don't think it has yet been announced when this will be held (if it ever is). Under th...