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by Richard Bates
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5772

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

John Moore wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:51 pm
Disappointing outcome for him then but I still don't understand why anyone who has any endgame knowledge would play f5.
Is it not already drawn at that point? If one is looking for candidates for mysterious decisions the 89th move would be very far down on my list!
by Richard Bates
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5772

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

http://pairings.fide.com/images/stories/downloads/2018_minutes.pdf That's a good find. Hard copies of many reports were rationed, so delegates are still waiting to see the reports which they will be minuted as having approved. When playing a few years ago at the EuroClub the way the bye was treated...
by Richard Bates
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5772

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Tough start for Richard Bates and his teammates Whatever the discussions in Batumi about how to handle odd numbers in Swiss systems, they are still giving the bye to the lowest ranked team, in this case one of the Irish teams. Of the British teams, only Wood Green in the top half, just. I'd have th...
by Richard Bates
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Prix 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 471

Re: Grand Prix 2019

Sky News maybe (on a one off basis). Sky Sports I think unlikely.
by Richard Bates
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5772

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

There appear to be five English based teams Wood Green, Blackthorne Russia, 3Cs, Grantham Sharks & White Rose. Have the eligibility rules been weakened? There is or was a rule which said you had to finish in the top half of the national team competition, which in the case of England was interpreted...
by Richard Bates
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30708

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Ah, I get what you mean now. I'll leave you to do a relative comparison over the last 30+ years. :mrgreen: Data from Olimpbase . In Olympiads at least, the period from 2004 to 2014 was dire in terms of finishing positions. Which begs the question of what changed, what is going right and what can be...
by Richard Bates
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30708

Re: Batumi Olympiad

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by Richard Bates
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30708

Re: Batumi Olympiad

What’s wrong with just using game points?
by Richard Bates
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 223
Views: 8416

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Nigel : "This morning I was appointed FIDE Vice President. My former deputy, @lukaszturlej joins me on the Presidential Board." So tearing up the AGON contract will no doubt be Nigel's first order of business. What direct power does a FIDE Vice-president have, and wouldn’t that put the World Champi...
by Richard Bates
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 223
Views: 8416

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Nigel : "This morning I was appointed FIDE Vice President. My former deputy, @lukaszturlej joins me on the Presidential Board." So tearing up the AGON contract will no doubt be Nigel's first order of business. What direct power does a FIDE Vice-president have, and wouldn’t that put the World Champi...
by Richard Bates
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 223
Views: 8416

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

I haven’t posted on this thread before, but I suspect that I hold the views of most of the people in British Chess, perhaps world chess. We’d like to see Malcolm Pein as the President of FIDE - he is simply the best candidate. That wasn’t on offer, the choice was between a powerful state backed can...
by Richard Bates
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30708

Re: Batumi Olympiad

So Poland V China & Armenia V USA finish draws. England beat Russia. Then all that remains is for LUKE MCSHANE to DESTROY Poland for Golden GLORY!!!!111!!! So about that David Howell quote cheekily suggesting that maybe England will win Gold to prove that Nigel has been holding the team back all th...
by Richard Bates
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30708

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Jovamka rested then Somewhat strange decision? (assuming no external circumstances) She's played 7 rounds straight, so given the opposition, this may have seemed the last chance to give her a break 7 rounds including a rest day. She won't even have played the most games after today. When her absenc...
by Richard Bates
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30708

Re: Batumi Olympiad

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:04 am
Jovamka rested then
Somewhat strange decision? (assuming no external circumstances)
by Richard Bates
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30708

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Will it be England-Norway? Bottom vs top floats? What a great opportunity if so. Team pairings - Open Round 9 on 2018/10/03 at 15:00 No. SNo Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team SNo 1 11 POL Poland 22½ 14 : 15 23 United States of America USA 1 2 4 AZE Azerbaijan 22½ 13 : 13 21 China CHN ...