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by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6404

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Nakamura's board seems to have frozen. He played 13...Qg6 ages ago.
LATER: it's working again and Wang Hao spent nearly 40 minutes on his reply.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6404

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Gupta won with a brilliancy against Ivanchuk; interview coming up at 1535 GMT.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6404

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Aronian blitzed to a perpetual against Oparin.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6404

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Everyone on the top five boards is still a potential winner of the tournament, with MVL and Aronian probably hoping to get a shot at Nakamura in the last two rounds.

The race for the £15,000 top woman's prize is led by Ju Wenjun and Kateryna Lagno on 5 points, with chasers on 4.5.
by Tim Harding
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 11979

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

I think looking towards the Candidates, Vlad's form may be recovering from 2017, but he'll have to play better to stand a chance; he seems to find a way not to convert good positions, and my impression was that he was tiring by the 13th round Much as I would like Kramnik to win, I think the form su...
by Tim Harding
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 11979

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Mick Norris wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:44 pm
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:42 pm
In the last round, you mean? He did ride his luck somewhat there.......
Chess Mind analysis
Kramnik was also in some trouble against Adhiban though a draw seemed likely; then the Indian self-destructed.
by Tim Harding
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6404

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Big reversal in David Howell's favour this evening. Just after the time control, when it looked like he would struggle to survive against Saric, he had some surprising resources. Saric fell headlong into a trap so now Howell & Nakamura (who drew) share the lead on 6/7. Both will be downfloated tomor...
by Tim Harding
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6404

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble They're only made of clay... On the half-point bye issue, both Gibraltar (when I played in 2016) and Reykjavik (last year), requesting one just required notification to the chief arbiter by the end of the previous round (Reykjavik had a little f...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6404

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Was .... Nb4 possible instead of Nd4 at one point? Anyone with an engine? I think engines will show ...Nd4 was a strong move, forcing White to move his Q. Missed opportunity with ...Nxc2 perhaps but maybe it will turn out to be not so clear. Anyway David got the draw; well done!! I agree with Lawre...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 11979

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Anish ground down in what had looked like an equal ending in round 1. And Carlsen is the winner after draw in second 5-min game
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 11979

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

What's the time format for the play-off?
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6404

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

David missed 15...Nxc2 (or more likely saw it but didn't have time to work it out) so now Nakamura is bailing out to an ending where White's B pair could be annoying, or maybe there will be a draw from mutual fear of time trouble blunders. 15...Nxc2 16 Kxc2 exf3 gives Black probably decisive compens...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6404

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Livened up now after 13 Qb5 Bd7 with Stockfish liking Black. Nakamura has a soft spot on c2. Huge time scramble about 30 minutes from now? To clash with the playoff at Wijk aan Zee unfortunately.
David has 12 min+ left while Hikaru is spending a lot of time on move 14 and is below 20 minutes.
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 11979

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Chess24 say playoff starts 5.15pm GMT. I would like to see Giri win but don't expect him to do so.
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 11979

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Chess24 say the playoff will start 15 minutes after the last game ends. This could take an hour or more because Matlakov-Jones is still in progress and so are two games in the Challengers. Vidit has probably won that with 9/13. Korobov (8/12) is worse against Gordievsky having R,N,3P v 2R+2P while A...