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by Tim Harding
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

While I don't wish to make a big point about this, can anyone explain why in addition to the separate 50+ and 65+ British Championships, there are (rather good) prizes for competition among 50+ players who prefer to enter the 'main' Championships yet no prizes for 65+ players who do the same? They ...
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Just home after a hard weekend's arbiting. I couldn't see any of the games from the last rounds but took a peek at the standings. http://tournamentservice.com/standings.aspx?TID=EuropeanSeniorChessChampionshi2018-NorgesSjakkforbund Peter Gayson has won bronze in the 50+ championship; congratulations...
by Tim Harding
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Ashby saved his game, well done! He remains on 50 percent. Tony Stebbings has Black tomorrow against Vorotnikov, a difficult pairing. If he can get a result there he will be well placed for a medal push in the last two rounds. I should have said yesterday that the WGM he beat is the current Womens 6...
by Tim Harding
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 2583

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Heh. Good spot. I am sure there are other such connections as well, especially if you look at Ireland, Scotland and Wales (and the Channel Islands and so on) and some of the weaker Anglophone countries. A more obscure example is John Dempsey who transferred in 2015 from SCO to the ISV (the US Virgi...
by Tim Harding
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

I have updated my Seniors pages now and included a summary of what happened, referring to the Forum discussion.

http://www.chessmail.com/seniors/Seniors-news.html
by Tim Harding
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Tony Stebbings held a good draw against top seed and leader GM Ogaard today. So he is in a big group half point behind. Anthony Ashby (v Furman) didn't see (or didn't take) my advice to go 1 c4 and played instead 1 e4 and 2 c3 against the Sicilian. Furman has great results with Black in that line, a...
by Tim Harding
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 2583

Re: Batumi Olympiad

The teams are out . USA are the top seeds in the Open section which is the first time since the break up of the Soviet Union and clearly are heavy favourites to defend their title. Carlsen not playing but Anand back after a break of over 10 years. England are 8th seeds , Ireland 65th Scotland 68th ...
by Tim Harding
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:10 pm
Boris Furman - any relation?
No, I did ask him that during our post-mortem and he said he wasn't related to Semyon Furman.
I've played Boris twice (0.5/2) and he has a bit of English; he came to Hastings one recent year, I think.
by Tim Harding
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Quite a good day for the English in round 5. In the 50+ Peter Gayson and Gary Clark both won, but there was an upset as top seed GM Agdestein lost with White. Tomorrow's round 6 sees Conny Holst (who beat Agdestein) play the only other person on 4.5/5. Then it's Agdestein (4) v Gayson (4); there is ...
by Tim Harding
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championships 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2140

Re: Irish Championships 2018

Ten boards live today at http://view.livechesscloud.com/07aba672-4b30-4ce7-96eb-07f7ce92c47a They are using DGT's own software so you click into the blue title bar to get a drop-down menu for selecting the game you want. Something has gone wrong with board 4 so avoid that for now; maybe it will be f...
by Tim Harding
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5197

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

Any chance his father can get a job in Ireland, as I am sure the ICU would be happy to have Shreyas's registration transferred to Ireland?

With the added benefit that eventually the family could qualify as EU citizens.
by Tim Harding
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Losing on time when there is an increment
Replies: 11
Views: 719

Re: Losing on time when there is an increment

Another reason why the move counter normally is not used is that it gives an indication to the players that they have made the time control. That's correct but not relevant as with 30 second increments, the players should know anyway as they are required to keep score. In theory yes. At the World S...
by Tim Harding
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Losing on time when there is an increment
Replies: 11
Views: 719

Re: Losing on time when there is an increment

In fact, I would have got an extra 30 minutes, had I reached move 40. It's interesting that the extra time was added as soon as you reach move 40, unlike English tournaments. Another reason why the move counter normally is not used is that it gives an indication to the players that they have made t...
by Tim Harding
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Round 4 tomorrow at 2.15pm BST. In the 50+ England's Gary Clark will play the sole leader GM Simen Agdestein. Peter Gayson, also in the chasing group, plays an FM. Both have White and their games should be live. In the 65+ Tony Stebbings, also joint second with 2.5/3, will have Black against FM Aske...
by Tim Harding
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championships 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2140

Re: Irish Championships 2018

Thanks for the link and updates Tim No problem. Anyone who's interested will probably find more active comment on the chess section at boards.ie, especially now they are confident that there will be ten live boards tomorrow. There was a late upset tonight when Tom O'Gorman, who had been pressing fo...