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by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 284
Views: 11858

Re: Worrying times

Sweden has just banned gatherings of more than 50 people.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 17376

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Gormally has suggested the perhaps less disruptive solution of giving Radjabov an automatic place in the 2022 event.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: July 2020 grades

It seems clear, but it may not actually be right: there may be games in club championships or whatever going on (i.e. individual arrangements to play graded games).
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 17376

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

After round 7 would probably be the ideal time, at which point everybody's played him once.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 17376

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Fun transpo note: the French Exchange started life as a Petroff.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 17376

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

[Event "Candidates"] [Site "Moscow"] [Date "2020.03.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "0-1"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e6 6. g3 Qb6 7. Ndb5 Ne5 8. Bf4 Nfg4 9. e3 a6 10. h3 axb5 11. hxg4 Nxc4 12. Rc1 d5 13. b3 Bb4 14. bxc4 Ra3 15. Be...
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45749

Re: Chess history trivia

I'm only throwing it in because I don't know the answer, but excluding simuls, who was the first amateur player or untitled player if you like, or someone unknown to beat the official world champion of the day? That is... a very difficult question to answer for a number of reasons. (For example, "u...
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 3573

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

I suppose the question should be asked: in such circumstances, would FIDE award seven-round title norms?
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 16313

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

If they cancel the next weekend, then presumably the May weekend would become rounds 7-9, to deal with that very problem. You'd still have to figure out when to put rounds 10-11 in.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 2020 Varsity Match, Oxford vs Cambridge
Replies: 11
Views: 872

Re: 2020 Varsity Match, Oxford vs Cambridge

Fair point, Matthew. As a (visiting) University lecturer, I certainly recognise the advantages of attracting foreign students and academics - and wait with much concern for the impact of Brexit to unwind. I was not saying it was good or bad - we could also note: 8 players (50%) in the match from th...
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 264
Views: 25148

Re: Why did he did so?

Fundamentally, black is exploiting the strong position of his rooks on the seventh rank and the advanced passed pawn to force mate/the win of a rook/promotion. Are there specific lines you want to look at?
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1299

Re: The English Opening.

The 1843 match between Staunton and Saint-Amant has six games where Staunton opened 1.c4. That might be the origin.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2019-20
Replies: 6
Views: 827

Re: Division Two 2019-20

Well, we're through and will carry forward 5 points. ADs and Sussex Martlets will join us, as will one of White Rose 2 and North East England, who play each other on matchday 7.

The other pool is less clear, with Kings Head the only confirmed qualifier for the promotion pool.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 11601

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Warwickshire Open, route F

Stracimir Kostov (2348 TPR after four games)
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5552

Re: British Knock out 2019

And Turner played in 2018, which means 2019 was the only British Knockout without a Scottish participant.