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by Tim Harding
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

Here is an update on the Irish International Open which starts in Dublin three months from today (round 1 at 6pm on Wed 17 April) and will be played over the Easter weekend, ending on Monday 22 April. There will be good opportunities to earn FIDE title norms. So far 9 GMs, four IMs, four FMs and one...
by Tim Harding
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"

From the above I believe may conclude provisionally that the quotation should be attributed to Hopwood not Steinitz. As for the (34) that was the late Kurt Landsberger's incompetent attempt to do citations. The number, like others in his text, just refers to the Deutsche Schachzeitung which is item ...
by Tim Harding
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 299

FIDE Senior Championships 2019

It's time to start a new thread for the four FIDE Senior Championships in 2019 (two global, two European). All four are announced in two age groups, 50+ and 65+ (based on a qualifying date 31 December 2019) so if your relevant birthday falls in 2019 it doesn't matter if you have actually reached it ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4355

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Brian Towers wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:11 pm
So, Dubov is the undefeated world rapid champion.
Dubov interview coming up.

Gawain Jones finished on a creditable 8.5
by Tim Harding
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4355

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

David Robertson wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:31 pm
Tim Harding wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:25 pm
Black resigned a theoretically drawn position
Black resigned a totally lost position. It may have been drawn a move earlier. But now, after B played 142..Ke6??? 143 Kb5 & 144 RxB wins
Are you sure? I copied the PGN from chess24 which ended after White's 142nd.
by Tim Harding
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4355

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Last round draw WITH SCORES: Mamedyarov (10) v Dubov (10.5) Nakamura (10) v Carlsen (10) Karjakin (9.5) v Artemiev (10) In the last game to finish in the penultimate round, Black resigned a theoretically drawn position: [Event "FIDE World Rapid Championship"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2018.12.28"]...
by Tim Harding
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4355

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Who is Alireza Firouzja ? And what is he smoking, ranked 169, to be lying 3= (and +135 Elo) with two rounds to go? He's a 2600+ rated standard player, and only 15 years old. If you look at his FIDE profile, you can see the direction his ratings are going, and quickly - he just hasn't played as much...
by Tim Harding
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 48th Rilton Cup, Stockholm.
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: 48th Rilton Cup, Stockholm.

3. It was cheaper than Hastings, even including the cost of the transport. I must say that one surprises me. In general, very little in Scandinavia is cheap. Rates quoted on the tournament website for B&B in the tournament hotel were: http://www.rilton.se/hotel.html The hotel is Scandic Continental...
by Tim Harding
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Bye regulations
Replies: 6
Views: 389

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: 15
Views: 1451

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: 6
Views: 773

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: 619

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: 5015

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: 5015

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: 5015

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...