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by AustinElliott
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour Leuven
Replies: 31
Views: 1619

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: 1190

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: 15
Views: 1717

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: 1207

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...
by AustinElliott
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 22346

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

It's hard to see any outcome other than Caruana winning the tournament. Any other outcome would certainly depend on Grischuk holding on for a draw. Karjakin seems (typically for him) to have found an impregnable drawing set up even if Ding plays ..a3, so I guess that one is heading for 0.5-0.5. [ED...
by AustinElliott
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 22346

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Tim Harding wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:49 pm
Caruana's clock is a big worry, what time does he really have left?
Tempted to reply 'probably more than Grischuk'...!

ADDED: Chess24 now has all players having reached move 40 without anyone losing on time...
by AustinElliott
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 22346

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

The good-Knight v bad Bishop ending has duly arrived in Karjakin-Ding. An interesting point in Grischuk-Caruana is whether Caruana might try ...Nxb4 cbx4 Bxb4 leaving him a pawn phalanx. With Grischuk having to make twenty moves in almost no minutes it would be fun to watch... probably too much of a...
by AustinElliott
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 22346

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Karjakin has dropped a pawn. Wow. Wonder what he missed? Surely not Kxh3 g4+! ...? Certainly the sort of thing club players like me miss, but not a super-GM. Or are we putting it down to pressure? Karjakin always seems to have the strongest nerves of any of the top players. A further thought: if Ka...
by AustinElliott
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 22346

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I think it's pretty clear that Kramnik's best years are behind him I'm not at all sure I agree with this. Well he is nearly 43, and time waits for no-one in the end. No reason why he can't have lots of interesting chess left in him, though. There are players who have stuck around at the top well pa...
by AustinElliott
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 22346

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I recognise the Tarjan-Karpov denouement Geoff posted from John Littlewood's 'Chess Tactics' paperback. Karjakin's comment on Tarjan really just reflect how young many of the elite GMs are now. Meanwhile, all us 50+ types from the Fischer boom were cheering Tarjan on, though generally we cheer for A...
by AustinElliott
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 30713

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

any one wanting to make an outlandish prediction that all four QFs end today? Though if Ivanchuk wins... Aronian is running Into time pressure, and you wonder if he dislikes his position as he is taking time every move. E.g. Four minutes for 32. ..a6, which seems an obvious 'hold the position' move...
by AustinElliott
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Behind Bars
Replies: 24
Views: 3203

Re: Chess Behind Bars

John Healy was a vagrant Isn't that racial abuse nowadays? As the 1824 Vagrancy Act is still on the books in England, I would imagine a lawyer defending you from a libel action could argue that calling someone sleeping rough 'a vagrant' was a strictly factual description and thus carried no imputat...
by AustinElliott
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: WORLD AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS: KOS 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 3900

Re: WORLD AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS: KOS 2017

Wicklow news Well done Stephen. I remember Stephen bringing his mum down to Chorlton one night when she was visiting him. We were sorry to lose Stephen to Bury, but as he's living up Bury way now it makes more sense for him. Don't think we've seen him back at Chorlton yet in a Bury team - maybe nex...
by AustinElliott
Wed May 03, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 10343

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

The book "Chess and Manchester" (ed. Eric Nowell with many contributions by Alan Smith) is pretty authoritative and has quite a lot on the 1817 club. If you live in Manchester, then I am quite surprised you don't know this book. As it's a softback with a paper cover, 'Chess in Manchester' in its pr...
by AustinElliott
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Statistics in chess
Replies: 61
Views: 4825

Re: Statistics in chess

Sorry, more de-railing from the original topic, but: it was January 2013 when I got this email My name is Peter Backus and I am a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Manchester. I am currently working on a research project about how men and women compete with each other and we are using data ...