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by Leonard Barden
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2018

I didn't say that, and Abdusattorov (world U18) and Esipenko (world U16) are indeed major talents.

But the percentage of potential elite GMs is much higher at Isle of Man, it's just across the water, and ECF/YCC has sent no juniors there at all.
by Leonard Barden
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2018

I'm sceptical whether the ECF and the Youth Trust even considered it.
by Leonard Barden
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2018

The only English junior ranked in the top 40 in their event is Koby Kalavannan (No 24 in U16), and he was checkmated by a 1998 opponent in round 1. It looks like a hard learning experience for most. One has to question whether it would not have been better to give priority to sending a group to the ...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2737

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

Kramnik, So, Anand and Wang Hao were all worse against lower-rated Indians, but the elite are fighting back in the third hour of play.
by Leonard Barden
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2737

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

BIG BIG upset looming on board 6 where the machine says Vishy is losing to his 12-year-old IM compatriot Raunak Sadhwani (born December 2005) who is a total unknown compared with prodigy GMs Nihai Sarin and Pragg yet came out prepared to the hilt against the legend's 4...g6 Spanish. I have to say it...
by Leonard Barden
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5810

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

The world champion is fighting for survival. Will he make it?

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 2018/6/2/1
by Leonard Barden
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5810

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

All working again now, Carlsen v Potkin level at move 21.
by Leonard Barden
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5810

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Frozen boards for the past hour on Chess 24, chessbase and chessbomb-BUT chessdom is working, apparently with the same technology as for Carlsen v Caruana. So a rare brownie point for Agon... http://ecc.chessdom.com/ False dawn! Seems there are now also server problems at both lichess and chessdom.
by Leonard Barden
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5810

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Frozen boards for the past hour on Chess 24, chessbase and chessbomb-BUT chessdom is working, apparently with the same technology as for Carlsen v Caruana. So a rare brownie point for Agon...

http://ecc.chessdom.com/
by Leonard Barden
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Looks like Armenia may only 2-2 and that's also possible in CZE-UKR, so sixth or even fifth place is now definitely on the cards.

Either would be our best placing since fourth in 1996.
by Leonard Barden
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

What does the tablebase say about Gawain's ending?
by Leonard Barden
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Round 3 Brazil v England
by Leonard Barden
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Looks like the big upset today could be Uzbekistan v top seeded Russia in the women's Olympiad, where at the moment Kosteniuk has drawn, board 2 is level, but Gunina and Pogonina are both losing on boards 3 and 4.
by Leonard Barden
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30767

Re: Batumi Olympiad

England heading for 2.5-1.5 at the moment, with Gawain winning from 1 d4 d5 2 Bg5 and the others level. Not great, but better than the gold medallists who are in some trouble against Georgia 3. So has an edge, Caruana and Robson are level, but Shankland is a pawn down in an ending of queens and knig...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Pia Cramling Ladies Open
Replies: 1
Views: 582

Pia Cramling Ladies Open

Not directly on the thread subject, but I thought it appropriate to put it here: England's No1 woman Harriet Hunt is making a rare tournament appearance this weekend in the Pia Cramling Ladies Open in Stockholm. The main event is a four-player all-play-all with Pia herself, Elizabeth Paehtz, Almira ...