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by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1615

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Why? Worried about earthquakes? No, previous Italian events. Greek seaside resorts are hard to beat. Well I don't entirely disagree (not a great fan of the Italian organising team), but I have been to all the Senior World Championships since the 50+/65+ arrangements started in 2014 (two in Italy, o...
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1615

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:42 pm
Tim Harding wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:15 pm
As somebody has noted in another thread about FIDE, the 2020 event has been awarded to Assisi
Shame, better avoided I suspect.
Why? Worried about earthquakes?
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1615

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

It seems extraordinary that the organisers are saying that the balance of entrants' hotel costs cannot be paid by credit card. Are they doing the normal organiser's trick of buying the hotel rooms at wholesale cost and passing them on to the participants at retail? That might explain why they canno...
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1615

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

I have updated the following seniors news page on my website: http://www.chessmail.com/seniors/Seniors-news.html There have been a few new entries since I last posted. If anyone reading this has also entered please let me know (or post here) if you have received the same payment request that I did. ...
by Tim Harding
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

After a promising start by the Irish mens team they had successive defeats near the end of the tournament cumulating in a 4-0 whitewash by the much lower rated Tunisian team, no one has heard from any of the team members since ... (rumours are circulating that they have had their passports confisca...
by Tim Harding
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 1263

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

"Valid claim" is not defined, I would have said that to be valid, you must stop the clock with one flag down and the other standing. If it's a digital clock running on increment, it will usually have frozen in that state anyway. Otherwise the both flags down = draw comes into effect. The one that c...
by Tim Harding
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 1263

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

FIDE rules state - 6.8 A flag is considered to have fallen when the arbiter observes the fact or when either player has made a valid claim to that effect. No distinction between analogue or digital clocks, or whether the player has the move or not. So if both flags have fallen then presumably the f...
by Tim Harding
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 1263

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

I am thinking of the situation where digital clocks are used, and there is sufficient mating material for both sides. Your flag falls but your opponent doesn't notice, and the arbiter isn't close enough to notice either. The game continues. Shortly your opponent's flag falls too. Now here's the poi...
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 27
Views: 1225

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

From Round 9 of the 2018 Olympiad. Daniel Cabral (Bermuda) - Djibril Diallo (Diallo) Here. White to play. r3k1nr/pp3ppp/4p3/1q1pP3/1b6/1QN1B3/PP3PPP/R3K2R w KQkq - 0 14 White played 14.0-0 which was recorded as being played and both players appear to have been unaware this was illegal. After 14.0-0...
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I see what you mean about Kosteniuk's body language. There is some case to be made for admiring how Ju held it together to avoid moving her king to squares where Kosteniuk could have made a threefold repetition the following move. I think this happened twice. Can anyone say how many times the same ...
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I'm marginally surprised it isn't a feature of the DGT boards (or rather the software that transmits the moves to the world) that they flag up repetitions, thus enabling arbiters to give an instant decision. I think it's easy to find out from the computer they're attached to. I'm guessing there mig...
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

No, you get two goes, at least according to the commentary at the time Yes that is what they said, but I see nothing to that effect in the FIDE Arbiters Manual. If the commentators were right, it may have been a special regulation for the Olympiad. An incorrect claim is not an illegal move (otherwi...
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Board 1 Rk. Name Rtg Team Rp Games Pts. % RtgAvg 1 GM Ju, Wenjun 2561 China 2661 9 7,0 77,8 2441 2 GM Hoang, Thanh Trang 2423 Hungary 2636 10 8,5 85,0 2340 3 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2509 Georgia 1 2600 10 7,5 75,0 2401 4 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2555 Ukraine 2568 10 7,0 70,0 2417 5 IM Houska, Jovanka 2402 Engl...
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Ukraine would have won gold, no? I don't know. The commentators thought Russia or China were going to win while the game was on. Ukraine and Russia would have been level on 18 MP had Kosteniuk drawn or Girya won (as she should have done). (Sorry I originally typed this posting incorrectly. Re-read ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Official results are up now. OPEN: 1 China 2. USA 3. Russia 4. Poland 5. England David Howell 4th best player on board 3. 82. Ireland 94. Scotland 100. Wales WOMEN: 1. China 2. Ukraine 3. Georgia-1. 29. England 73. Scotland. 75. Wales 83. Ireland Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant scored an amazing 10.5/11 for...