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by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 48
Views: 4438

Re: New National Blitz event

Sooner the better with the dates, I expect there will be some London/SE based players who need time to find other reasons to be in Birmingham or Bristol on the relevant weekends 8) :wink:
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 47
Views: 5508

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Let's hope so. As things stand, if I were a betting man I would be asking for the odds on David Eggleston.

On a more positive note, I now "recognise" the Major Open, after all these years - the qualifiers from that will really have earned their place in the championship next year.
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 18
Views: 1728

Re: Quit Stallin'

Hi James, People browsing and then hunting online for the book is probably the main culprit. I always try to get to a few things, mostly from the bargain box at the Edinburgh Congress. If I want a new book, which can be pretty expensive, I'd buy it in the flesh, I dislike shopping online. I cannot ...
by Jonathan Rogers
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

Just looking with amusement at SF first line in Gunina v Dzagnidze, recommnding 22 ...Rxe1 for Black, with probably a winning position because Black isn't quite getting mated.

Well, would you?!
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

Well, I expect that WAS the idea but one can take this sort of thing too far.

(Is it a common experience, incidentally, that when one slightly varies from one's usual style to take advantage of an opponent's apparent shortcomings, it hardly ever seems to work?)
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

Agreed.

I note Anna Muzychuk's opening v Tan today. Unambitious - but probably deliberately selected to take advantage of Tan's apparent technical weaknesses (she seems so much happier when "things are happening").
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

Actually I am probably agreeing that Ju Wenjun would still start as favourite, assuming also second half in China; but I am also saying good chance for Goryachkina, say 40-60.
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

With this momentum, she must have a good chance v Ju Wenjun as well. Ju Wenjun is different class to the out of form septet who have opposed Goryachkina in Kazan, and she should still be the favourite, assuming the match is played first half in Russia, second half and tie-breaks in China. The argum...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

Topalov went +6 at San Luis and then drew all the others.
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

I would expect Goryachkina to go to +6 and similarly retire, if she is permitted to do so. Probably I'm being dim, but I don't know what you mean. If she goes even further ahead, her opponents might start offering her short draws to save their energy for the other games, playing for second or third...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

I notice that no one ever told me how I should refer to the open/men/THE candidates - but anyway, i don't think anyone ever made +5 in the modern 2013-onwards version, albeit that Topalov made +6 in the same format at San Luis 2005. I would expect Goryachkina to go to +6 and similarly retire, if she...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Governance issues
Replies: 16
Views: 1135

Re: Governance issues

No need for Tim in particular to answer this one, but would I be right in forming the impression that there is both a regular turnover for junior director and often a number of volunteers such that the post is relatively often contested - more so than for the other directorships?
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

Incidentally Tan's defence of that ending looked pretty bad, and the game can be added to the list of those which could not be mistaken for an elite level game. Not that it was a trivial defence. Keith, give away your trade secrets for nothing - how should Black plan to defend from move 28 ? Presum...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

A point swing in the game between first and second with Goryachkina winning (now 5/6) to go 1.5 ahead of Dzagnidze & Lagno. Everyone else on -1. That swing seemed significant, perhaps a bit like the one between Kramnik and Caruana in round 4 of the last candidates. (What am I supposed to call the l...
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3958

Re: Candidates 2019

Incidentally Tan's defence of that ending looked pretty bad, and the game can be added to the list of those which could not be mistaken for an elite level game.

Not that it was a trivial defence. Keith, give away your trade secrets for nothing - how should Black plan to defend from move 28 ?