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by AustinElliott
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12365

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

So that's Radjabov into the Candidates, an impressive comeback for him. I'd forgetten he was still quite so young. Given Ding seems quite likely to qualify for Yekaterinburg on rating, a win for Yu in the semi-final tie-break could likely mean two Chinese players in the Candidates. Though on current...
by AustinElliott
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38744

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Anyone with any norm chances we should know about going into the final round?
by AustinElliott
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 2991

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

The Irish Chess Union features an interesting biography of James Mason by Jim Hayes... <snip> ...All of which is extremely well researched and argued but I did have a stray thought. It struck me that the name 'John Byrne' might be playfully referred to as "infernally Milesian" since the name "Byrne...
by AustinElliott
Thu May 23, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 2663

Re: Two handed castling

I was recently sat next to a game where a player picked up King and Rook (simultaneously) two-handed intending to castle, upon which his opponent correctly said this was an illegal move... but then insisted this meant the attempted-castle-r had to make a non-castling King move. The opponent, looking...
by AustinElliott
Sat May 04, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: YCA
Topic: Exhausted Tie Breaks
Replies: 23
Views: 2318

Re: Exhausted Tie Breaks

There is, as older forum-ites may recall, a famous chess precedent for breaking a tie with a game of chance . Of course, the feeling that that was rather unsatisfactory may ultimately have helped give us the current multi-stage rapid playoffs... Which in their turn now give us the decisive rapid-gam...
by AustinElliott
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 1338

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

There's also Chorlton's Ron Doney who had the misfortune to try and teach me Probability in 1983/4 A name from my past - he taught me in the 1970s. And, 50 years or so ago, a member of Richmond & Twickenham Chess Club Ron was a maths Lecturer at Imperial College in the late 60s/early 70s before he ...
by AustinElliott
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 8680

Re: Hastings

Anyone think the Hastings tournament might benefit from switching to faster time limits? I was just reading Greg Shahade's blogpost on "Slow Chess Should Die A Fast Death" (which has probably been discussed here on here before). I guess it would mean a shorter tournament in terms of days, with poten...
by AustinElliott
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 4400

Re: Steve Berry

Those are two cracking tactical demolitions for a player with a 'natural positional style' (to quote Keith Arkell above). Though of course the two things aren't mutually exclusive. Both with the Black pieces too.
by AustinElliott
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?
Replies: 20
Views: 1830

Re: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?

My problem with today isn’t it was the 12th draw per se. It’s that the game just stopped. Some of the games have been really good. Yes, today's one was very weird - but then I thought: you see this in club/league chess all the time. A game gets complicated, the players are short of time and worried...
by AustinElliott
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 47140

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

So.... 23. Qb2 Qxb2 24. Bxb2 and the players knock off early? Or will Carlsen attempt to torture Caruana in the ending?
by AustinElliott
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 13238

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

One of the engine / Tablebase fiends on Chessbomb claimed that 65... Qe1 was the only move in Jones' game to preserve winning chances, which came in the R+3P v Q phase. I'm guessing the idea may be that, by threatening the b-pawn straight away, Black might win both K-side Ps before they can advance,...
by AustinElliott
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour Leuven
Replies: 31
Views: 2465

Re: Grand Chess Tour Leuven

Photo op with the players in front of the superb venue. Hmm. That looks like the town hall. Once went to a reception in there when I was at a scientific conference in Leuven a decade or so back. We got plied with an extensive and excellent selection of, er, local liquid produce . If the same hospit...
by AustinElliott
Fri May 11, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 1819

Re: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP

Sad news.. Though, as per Paul Cooksey's post, and as with others of the postwar greats who played on into their 80s like Smyslov & Korchnoi, there's some comfort in the thought that their enduring passion for the game kept them engaged til the very end. Interesting also to read Paul and Craig Pritc...
by AustinElliott
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!
Replies: 21
Views: 3480

Re: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:05 pm
I see he's playing in the fantastically strong IoM Masters
Given that's not until October, he'll presumably be a GM by then.
by AustinElliott
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: setting up a Social Chess club
Replies: 16
Views: 1631

Re: setting up a Social Chess club

Seems to me the definition of "social chess club" is some combination of "Meets in a bar or cafe" and "don't want the hassle of playing in a League". Recent experience at our South Manchester club, bearing out what someone said above, has been that we get more enquiries from people via Facebook than...