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by Leonard Barden
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 165
Views: 10593

Re: World Youth Championships

..... who I recall playing in my last over-the-board tournament at Hammersmith 1972. wasn't Barnstaple 1972 your last OTB tourney ? Your memory of your own events is probably better than mine so perhaps you weren't counting weekend events. I may have the year wrong, try Hammersmith 1973. My final r...
by Leonard Barden
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Women's World Championship Match 2020
Replies: 83
Views: 4329

Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:26 pm




Before 1985 though, you did have to go back to the 1950s for real last game shootouts.
Wasn't there some match between two blokes at Baguio 1978?
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 165
Views: 10593

Re: World Youth Championships

Natasha: "a direct contact from Chess24 would inform the FIDE officials (me)" Nick (on Tim's blog): I like to think that if any such FIDE official were to exist, I would know about them. Natasha: Trust me, if I were to inform you on my identity you would know at least a little on me. But it’s like I...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 143
Views: 5914

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

van Foreest - Firouzja Ludicrous, simply ludicrous! 100 years of carefully honed Najdorf theory, ignored. 500 years of basic chess principles, ignored. 6. Bd2 the other day was bad enough. But 6 Rg1 is an outrage. As for 11 Kd1, words fail me. What are we Naj players to do now? The TN, though not s...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 165
Views: 10593

Re: World Youth Championships

Natasha writes again, on Tim's blog: I am sorry for my insults, it’s just that very few people seem to keep some sort of an agenda against the child simply because he plays well. I’m telling you truthfully, he is innocent, without a doubt. If he were to be cheating then his account on Chess24 would ...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 165
Views: 10593

Re: World Youth Championships

Next Monday evening, 20 January, the Dorset League Division 1 has the fixture Ringwood v Highcliffe A. This is another edition of the match between these same two teams which took place on Monday 9 December when, less than 36 hours after his 1/10 1057 performance at the London Classic blitz, Declan ...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: PRO Chess League
Replies: 71
Views: 8531

Re: PRO Chess League

Results from last night including a couple of super GM scalps for Marcus: Who else did he beat Dominguez or Liem? Liem, also with black. The just published Chess.com report on the match says the Lions' fourth board, Marcus Harvey, managed to beat both So and Dominguez en route to a 2.5/4 score. Who...
by Leonard Barden
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3196
Views: 351275

Re: Media comments on chess

I did find one game on the database for a Q Setién played in a Barcelona simul in 2002: All quite respectable. Defending the "mock-Spanish" can be difficult. The above game is already linked to in this afternoon's Guardian article, with further comments: A record of a different kind was created thi...
by Leonard Barden
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 143
Views: 5914

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Perfectly timed for Leonard's Guardian column. I predict he will also refer to the first forthcoming standard play encounter with Carlsen * and mention the recent blitz ruckus, along with widespread speculation that Firouzja might be the player who dethrones the Norwegian. Do I win £10 ? * Naturall...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Women's World Championship Match 2020
Replies: 83
Views: 4329

Re: Women's World Championship Match 2020

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:06 pm
105 move draw today

Having previously had draws of 97 & 85 moves, it certainly is a tough match
Seems like Goryachkina as the younger player has chosen a deliberate sitzfleisch policy. In at least two of the three marathons she was the one grinding on in a dead position.
by Leonard Barden
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: If Magnus Carlsen....
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: If Magnus Carlsen....

Eleven world champions already played at Hastings without the need for any gimmicks.
by Leonard Barden
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 214
Views: 15726

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

This case seems like a 2020 version of Claude Bloodgood of the US or Zaw Win Lay of Myanmar. A solution was found for the former when he reached No2 in the USCF ratings with only Kamsky ahead of him, and for the latter when it was calculated that Zaw Win Lay's rating was on course to overtake Kaspar...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2714

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

Although the UK is represented there on the other side of the desk: Alex Holowczak is on the arbiting team. Good for Alex! Seems his brave decision to transfer Shirov and Yu Yangyi may have been a positive career move. I chose the word brave because of a long ago memory from Lloyds Bank 1991, when ...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2714

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

After 12 of the 21 rounds Carlsen leads with 10/12 (draws with Naka and 15-year-old Abdusattorov, loss to Andreikin) and meets his nearest rival Matlkakov (9.5/12) in round 13. Nepo, Dubov and Naka have 9/12, then six players on 8.5. Firouzja has 8/12, after starting with 5/6 then seeming to tire in...