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by Mick Norris
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

That is useful. ALthough I think qualification ok for Wang Hao if Caruana beats Naka, rather than all draws. Agreed; a Carlsen win wouldn't matter for the same reason It still feels like Wang Hao is the player with the biggest decision to make. Long experience of seeing top players go safety first ...
by Mick Norris
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Not surprisingly, I agree with David about the order of the 8 in contention for 1st place (although if Justin is correct, I'm basing it on incomplete data)

The prize money is shared in the event of a tie, so I assume Caruana would be happy with a draw today (which is a 1:30 pm start by the way)
by Mick Norris
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

A draw wins Caruana the tournament unless Wang Hao wins
by Mick Norris
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
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Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I think that leaves the tiebreak order as:

Wang Hao
Alekseenko
Aronian
Nakamura
Vitiugov
Howell

This means that Howell & Vitiugov both have to win as black or they are out of contention; Naka, Aronian & Alekseenko have to win as white; Wang Hao may qualify with a draw, but will do so with a win?
by Mick Norris
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Naka v Caruana
Aronian v Carlsen
Alekseenko v Vitiugov
Wang Hao v Howell

Pairings
by Mick Norris
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

7.5 - Caruana 7 - Carlsen, Aronian, Nakamura, Wang Hao, Vitiugov, Howell & Alekseenko I think both Carlsen & Vitiugov have to have black in the final round? Caruana has played Carlsen, Aronian & Wang Hao Carlsen has also played Wang Hao & Alekseenko Wang Hao has played Caruana, Carlsen, Vitiugov, Ar...
by Mick Norris
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

At the moment we have 7 - Aronian, Nakamura, Wang Hao, Vitiugov, Howell Carlsen and Alekseenko look likely to join them, Caruana looks likely to lead with 7.5 If David wins, then wins for Caruana & Carlsen wouldn't matter; however he'll have black and it will be a big ask whoever he plays I'd love t...
by Mick Norris
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 1 December 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 55

Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 1 December 2019

You are welcome to enter by email to this event and pay on arrival. Please send your entry to gmccacongress@yahoo.co.uk 38th BOLTON RAPIDPLAY A one day Chess Congress organised by Bolton Chess Club DATE: SUNDAY 1st DECEMBER 2019 VENUE: Ukrainian Social Club, 99 Castle Street, BOLTON, BL2 1JP Prize f...
by Mick Norris
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
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Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

5. 8. 2. Tie-breaks If the top two (2) or more players score the same points, the tie is to be decided by the following criteria, in order of priority: a) Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1 (AROC 1)* b) Buchholz Cut 1; c) Buchholz; d) Direct encounter between the players in tie; e) Drawing of lots. ...
by Mick Norris
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Grischuk and Howell will presumably both be in time trouble so they should have a good idea of how the other games are going

8 points might qualify if Caruana wins the tournament
by Mick Norris
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Is there a route where So wins both remaining games and Carlsen and Caruana do too?

Unlikely I think he is out of it
by Mick Norris
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:37 pm
Still 30 pieces left on Keith's board. I expect that Alex H has noticed.
In Keith we trust
by Mick Norris
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

David Antón Guijarro right in the mix now with his demolition of Grischuk. He's certainly going for it today against Aronian 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. O-O a5 7. Re1 O-O 8. h3 h6 9. Nbd2 Be6 10. Bb5 Qb8 11. Nf1 Qa7 12. d4 exd4 13. Bxc6 dxc3 14. Ba4 Bxf2+ 15. Kh2 Bxe1 16. Q...
by Mick Norris
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 233
Views: 10207

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:43 pm
David Antón Guijarro right in the mix now with his demolition of Grischuk.
Will be interesting to see how he goes tomorrow; presumably black v Aronian?
by Mick Norris
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Women's League
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: 4NCL Women's League

Well done to everyone involved here. A modest beginning - teams are not that strong yet. But 56 women took part: that's a step in the right direction. Familiar names at the top after four rounds - Wood Green (8) and Guildford (6) Onwards, upwards from Weekend 1 It looks like everyone enjoyed it fro...