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by Tim Harding
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Bye regulations
Replies: 6
Views: 253

Re: Bye regulations

If you request a HPB in Rounds 3 (e.g.) and 9, then you score 0.5 for the Round 3 bye and 0 for the Round 9 bye. If you request a HPB in Rounds 8 and 9, both score 0. (I.e. you're considered to be withdrawn.) Any Round 9 bye request scores 0, whether it is the first bye or the second bye. A "half p...
by Tim Harding
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sunway Sitges International 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Sunway Sitges International 2018

Round 1 this afternoon saw 2nd seed Vasil Ivanchuk crushed in under an hour by a 12-year-old Indian: [Event "5th Sunway Sitges International"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2018.12.14"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Sreeshwan Maralakshikari"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A67"] [WhiteElo "2...
by Tim Harding
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Benoni defence
Replies: 5
Views: 608

Re: Benoni defence

Hi. What's the difference between old and modern/new Benoni? Modern Benoni 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 Old Benoni 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e5 It's whether the e pawn goes one square or two. I suggest (but this is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject): 1 d4 c5 Old Benoni, sometimes called Sc...
by Tim Harding
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: All Roads lead to Rhodes
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Re: All Roads lead to Rhodes

David Gilbert wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:15 pm
The map suggests the two hotels are adjacent.
Sign of a rapprochement between ACO and the new FIDE regime, perhaps? Or just an accident?

The FIDE senior events were moved from different Greek venues and dates only quite late last month.
by Tim Harding
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4700

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

My report is now available at http://www.chessmail.com/seniors/Bled2018-report.html It includes comments on the crucial Vaisser-Jansa game which I was watching live and checked with a tablebase afterwards. Jansa actually went astray at one point but Vaisser returned the favour. He was visibly annoye...
by Tim Harding
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4700

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Dinah Norman's performance was indeed excellent, especially the way she defeated the defending champion,WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili, in round 1 from a position where she was a pawn down. Dinah says she may play the Open next time. Her husband Ken, Ivan, Terry, Ian and some others can also be very please...
by Tim Harding
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4700

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Keith unfortunately lost today. Also In the 50+ Jonathan and Ketevan Grant were paired and had a quick draw. Craig Pritchett is doing very well in the 65+. He just drew and has 7/10 but the leaders are setting a breakneck pace. Balashov and Jansa both have 8.5/10 so we shall have a new champion, one...
by Tim Harding
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 1822

Re: English victories against World Champions

Are you suggesting that Gunsberg has not beaten a World Champion after 1908? Yes. Gunsberg hardly beat anyone after 1908 as he had been pretty much retired (except from journalism) for years. Obtaining naturalisation meant he was eligible for the British Championship and hehad a small come-back, pl...
by Tim Harding
Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38774

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It's probably good for arbiters to keep playing occasionally, though: "look at life from both sides now..."
by Tim Harding
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38774

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:06 pm
[ I am really struggling to understand why Caruana played 27 ... Kf8.
Surely Caruana just thought (and proved) that it was the simplest and quickest route to the half point.

He spent 13 minutes deciding to do it; most of his remaining moves took a minute or less.
by Tim Harding
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4700

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Round 1 pairings are up now. The usual top half v bottom half. OPEN 65+: http://chess-results.com/tnr361548.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1&turdet=YES&flag=30 Others can be reached from that link. I wasn't at the technical meeting so I don't know the situation about live boards. Brian Hewson plays GM Jansa in...
by Tim Harding
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4700

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Players are now gathering in beautiful Bled. Registration continues for a couple of hours tomorrow (Sunday) morning so we won't know until around mid-day whether all entrants have arrived and what the first round draws will be. First round at 3pm local time tomorrow (1400 GMT) but the final round (r...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38774

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:23 pm
A proper opening at last :D
A proper endgame at last!
by Tim Harding
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 130
Views: 4653

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

At last. My post above was written before the final game.
by Tim Harding
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 130
Views: 4653

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Still no draws!