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by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 53
Views: 4185

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Rhys Cumming's TPR has crept over 2300, and he therefore qualifies for the British.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 53
Views: 4185

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

An IM norm is very definitely on the cards there. I'm guessing he probably needs 1½/2.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 53
Views: 4185

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:46 pm
"Thanks, apologies to Jack! Still seems strange to me that such an “easy” qualification route has been reintroduced!"

Yes - It might bring the "Swiss Gambit" back to life.
Unlikely. Dropping early points tends to make achieving high TPRs very difficult.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 97
Views: 7808

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Three qualifiers from route F at the London Classic:
Aaravamudhan Balaji, Martin Walker, Shreyas Royal
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 53
Views: 4185

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

2300+ TPRs after four games (and therefore British Championship qualifying places):

Aaravamudhan Balaji, Martin Walker, Shreyas Royal
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 97
Views: 7808

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Steven Jones has just qualified from the LCC Weekender.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 53
Views: 4185

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Mick Norris wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:47 am
Any reason why it was seed 5 v 23 on board 75?
The normal reason: entries we didn't know about when we did the draw.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Malta International Open
Replies: 14
Views: 1547

Re: Malta International Open

AustinElliott wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:13 pm
I believe 3Cs' Adam Ashton finished on 7/9 as well. Anyone know if that got him anywhere near an IM norm?
It didn't. His first five opponents were all untitled.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ** Arbiter request for this Saturday in London **
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Re: ** Arbiter request for this Saturday in London **

I'm not available, but I've posted your message on the arbiters' Facebook group I mod.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3106

Re: Shortest game

In the example quoted by Tim (strange how these disasters often befall White), White will have a pawn for the piece. Might I fancy my chances of playing on against a certain type of opponent? Possibly, as Black will still need to demonstrate a degree of accuracy to win. Two pawns, assuming his next...
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National stages 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: National stages 2020

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:02 pm
As for Finals day, If England reach the quarter finals, they either play Friday 3 July in St Petersburg, or Saturday 4 July in Rome, kick off 8 pm UK time I think
Not quite true; they could be in either of the other quarter-finals if they get through as a best third-placed team.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3106

Re: Shortest game

I had a game in the Cambridge college league once that went 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Ndb5 d6 6.Nd5 Qa5+ 7.Bd2 1-0, and one in the South Wales International that went 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4 e6 6.Nh3 c5 7.Ng5 1-0
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 97
Views: 7808

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Some more qualifiers under section F, this time from the Hull congress (thanks to this thread for alerting me):

John Richardson
Samuel Milson
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2303

Re: David Welch

RIP David. It was always a pleasure working with him.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3054
Views: 137488

Re: The English Language

You'll just confuse yourself if you try to think of what his "way" is. To "go out of one's way" is to make a special effort to do something, involving doing something you wouldn't otherwise do. (The phrase does have a more literal meaning which is probably its source: to make some journey by a norma...