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by Leonard Barden
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sunway Sitges International 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 510

Re: Sunway Sitges International 2018

I notice that there is just one English player in this very strong open. He is 16-year-old Max French, of Millfield School, rated 2059,who made a fine start today by drawing as Black against 2398-rated Piotr Korobov of Ukraine. Congratulations to Max's teacher GM Matthew Turner (I hope that's right...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Sunway Sitges International 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 510

Re: Sunway Sitges International 2018

I reckon that Ivanchuk as a former world No2 may be the strongest victim of a pre-teen opponent in all chess history. I tried to think of a better precedent but could only come up with Morphy v Lowenthal 1850. There is also Alekhine v Pomar 1944 but that was only a draw. Impressive that in the same ...
by Leonard Barden
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sunway Sitges International 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 510

Re: Sunway Sitges International 2018

The final paragraphs of today's Guardian article discuss the chances of Dommaraju Gukesh, who won his opening round at Sitges today, breaking Karjakin's GM age record of 12 years 7 months. Gukesh, now 12 years 6 months, has a live raring of 2490 going into Sitges and needs his third and final norm f...
by Leonard Barden
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 457

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

Australian??? Go to the back of the geography class....
by Leonard Barden
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 1822

Re: English victories against reigning World Champions

Richard Bates wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:12 am
Mir Sultan Khan
Sultan Khan had 0-3 against Alekhine. His famous win against Capablanca at Hastings 1930-31 was against an ex-champion.
by Leonard Barden
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4700

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Fine performance by Ken Norman in the 65+, scoring 2.5/5 against IMs.
by Leonard Barden
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 1822

Re: English victories against World Champions

So, Victor did not qualify as an 'Englishman' Untrue. I played Victor Buerger in the zonal qualifier for the 1950 British Championship, where he scored 6/11 in the championship proper at Buxton. As can be seen from John Saunders's crosstable in Britbase, Buxton 1950 ranked alongside Plymouth 1957 a...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 875

Re: World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2018

Let's not forget, in the context of the ECF failing even to send a team to this very strong event, that 39 years ago the first (unofficial) under-16 Olympiad was played in Viborg, Denmark, where England, represented by Nigel Short, Julian Hodgson, Daniel King, Ian Wells and John Pitcher, won seven a...
by Leonard Barden
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 130
Views: 4654

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Lagno has just blundered in a level position and mate is imminent, so it looks like tiebreaks tomorrow.
by Leonard Barden
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4700

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Great performance today from Dinah Norman in the women's 65+, defeating the No6 seed from Georgia, a WGM rated 351 points higher. Dinah was under the cosh in the first part of the game but outplayed her opponent after the queens came off. Dinah's reward-a round 2 pairing with the No4 seed WGM Valent...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ian Wells memories
Replies: 7
Views: 796

Ian Wells memories

A long picture article just published on Chess.com, with memories of the 1970s and 1980s.

https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginfan/i ... nal-memory
by Leonard Barden
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5197

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

I do think it is to do with speed of improvement, which is much higher in Eastern Europe than it is in England. in countries like Armenia, where apparently there is less rated chess, ... they seem very successful in generating strong players at junior and adult level. Nor does it seem to be an issu...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38775

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Richard Bates wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:42 am
Thought i recognised 10...Rd8 ;)

https://www.365chess.com/view_game.php? ... 1',725,625
Seems the rook move didn't terrify you as much as it did Magnus!
by Leonard Barden
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Shenzen 3-14 November 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1316

Re: Shenzen 3-14 November 2018

Ding,100 not out, in difficulty against MVL's bouncers.
https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2018-sh ... Ding_Liren
by Leonard Barden
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 130
Views: 4654

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

There are only seven women in the Fide top 50 from outside Asia/E Europe. Paehtz and Krush were the only two of those in K-M, so what happened in round one hardly demonstrates anything new.