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by Matt Fletcher
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 18735

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Appreciate it’s not exactly the main story right now but a few people have asked me why I’ve still got Nepo as a warm favourite even though MVL beat him in their individual game so wins the first tiebreak. The main difference is that Nepo has 4 Whites to come where MVL has 4 Blacks - the model makes...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This A Record?
Replies: 20
Views: 1783

Re: Is This A Record?

I'm by no means a CQL expert, but I have managed to run a search using CQL and a decent-sized database, looking for sequences with a piece other than the king of length 10+ starting before move 10 Most of them are pretty dull multiple repetitions. Of the ones that aren't, here's the best I found: 11...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.
Replies: 17
Views: 1946

Re: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.

The topic title reminds me of the old gag, usually told at the expense of actuaries / accountants:

Q: How do you tell the difference between an introvert and an extrovert chess player?

A: The extrovert looks at your shoes when he’s talking to you.
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 231
Views: 20916

Re: End of an era

O.G. Urcan wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:54 am
Another page about Raymond Keene is in the list of "Biographies" at the website of The Mother & Child Foundation: http://www.themotherandchildfoundation. ... iographies
There’s another on Outside In Pathways:
http://outsideinpathways.org/our-board/
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 3rd Grand Prix Series KO 4 - 18 Nov 2019, Hamburg
Replies: 29
Views: 2226

Re: 3rd Grand Prix Series KO 4 - 18 Nov 2019, Hamburg

"Hamburg Grand Prix organisation recipe from @theworldchess: choose the most expensive and nice hotel and the most cheap and unsuitable playing venue. WorldChess making friends with their response ... (“Sorry you lost bro.”) And Nepo hitting back ... (“Fortunately, I’m not your bro, Mr. Golden Stan...
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 14687

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:11 pm
He was supposed to be Black, by my reading of the regulations.
Yes, my reading was that he accepts that the colour is correct - his issue seems to be that he asked as he wasn’t sure, but was given the wrong information.
by Matt Fletcher
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 14687

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Johan-Sebastian Christiansen thought he was playing White today but actually played Black as he’s taken Wojtaszek’s place in the draw. He managed to get a draw but he’s not impressed with the information he was given...

https://twitter.com/gmjschr/status/1172 ... 74977?s=21
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Most pieces on the h-file
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Most pieces on the h-file

Very bizarrely, I was looking for exactly this sort of position about 10 days ago, in the context of the game Swiercz-Jumabayev in the World Teams where they reached this position after Black's 40th. 5k2/2p2p2/5p1p/5P2/1P2RK2/1r3P1P/5P2/8 w - - 21 41 (see David Llada's picture ). The best one I foun...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 15767

Re: World Teams 2019

Tweet from Malcolm Pein suggests there are:

https://twitter.com/telegraphchess/stat ... 87168?s=21

McShane board 2 Gold
Howell board 3 Bronze
Jones board 4 Silver
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move
Replies: 17
Views: 2018

Re: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move

I don't have the position but I distinctly remember a game (though I may be slightly mis-remembering some of the exact details) that a county teammate of mine played in the British Championship (probably under 10 / 11). He'd been struggling after a dodgy opening, got back into it slightly in the mid...
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 3162

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

So Giri won 58,000 Euros in prize money, and is ranked number 4 in the world? It seems so - though perhaps he was a bad example as for whatever reason, he didn’t play all that many tournaments last year. There are people lower down the rating list (eg Nakamura) who won much more prize money, even o...
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 3162

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Out of interest, I had a quick go at trying to work out what Giri won (ie prize money alone) in 2018 based on his FIDE profile and a bit of Googling. He actually wasn’t hugely active so the number’s a bit lower than I expected - but still about double what WorldChess have. Shenzhen: €16,000 World Ra...
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 3162

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Hhmm...there's more to it than this. To take one example, by no means at random: Mickey Adams. He's listed way down at €9,300 earnings last year. I'm sure that's true if they say so. But that's just Mickey's prize money . As big a cost for any tournament, possibly a bigger cost in many cases, is co...
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 20672

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Let me test out a theory. There were said to be 118 voters and I'm not suggesting that this isn't the strict truth. But, just as a matter of interest, did anyone on this forum cast any one of those 118 votes or does anyone know anyone who did? It was a Twitter poll. I voted for GameChanger on the b...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 43704

Re: Batumi Olympiad

It's been pointed out on Twitter that board 35 sees IBCA take on ICCD - has that pairing come up many times before? I'm also genuinely interested to know how it works logistically as presumably announcing moves wouldn't work particularly well? From Facebook: Alex Holowczak 1 hr · An Olympiad first ...