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by Leonard Barden
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1250

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

Carlsen has LOST this evening to Caruana and Aronian, currently worse against Yu Yangyi. in danger of 0-3 on the night.
by Leonard Barden
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Riga Open
Replies: 7
Views: 724

Re: Riga Open

Ravi Haria is on a 2621 performance with two rounds to go, so he can achieve his second GM norm (for which he was only half a point short at Torquay) with 1.5/2, or even 1/2 depending on his final round pairing. He still, however, has way to go to reach the required 2500 rating.
by Leonard Barden
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35246

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Charlie Storey appears to be close to his second IM norm...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Second youngest 2700 rating in chess history, just now
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Second youngest 2700 rating in chess history, just now

Alireza Firouzja reached a 2700 live rating this morning. The Iranian, 16, defeated 2501-rated Vugar Asadli https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-turkish-super-league/13-Firouzja_Alireza-Asadli_Vugar in the 13th and final round of the Turkish League to take his total to 11.5/13 and achieve 2700 on th...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35246

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:46 am


What's FT there?
FIDE Trainer (2017)
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Strongest U13 in England ?
Replies: 14
Views: 867

Re: Strongest U13 in England ?

I remember seeing Jonathan in Llandudno in 2017, when he was off the pace a little in the Championship. Sorry! In a rush I took that info from a previous post by Jonathan Rogers which nobody challenged so I assumed was correct. In fact Hawkins played both 2017 and 2018, scoring 6/9 and 5.5/9 behind...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Strongest U13 in England ?
Replies: 14
Views: 867

Re: Strongest U13 in England ?

The guardian article omits reference to one chess star (not a junior) that is steadily rising up through the ranks. I think I have a talent for spotting these things. Jonathan Hawkins ...now rated 2580 is obviously putting huge work into his game and I have noticed this in his games. I am certain h...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Strongest U13 in England ?
Replies: 14
Views: 867

Re: Strongest U13 in England ?

The simplest and probably only solution to the long absence of world class English junior talent described in today's Guardian article https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jul/26/chess-david-howell-michael-adams-torquay-battle would be for Jagadeesh Siddarth to follow Dan Fernandez and transfer fr...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Hamppe - Meitner, Vienna, 1870
Replies: 14
Views: 594

Re: Hamppe - Meitner, Vienna, 1870

The sisters have played this 8 times to date. More to follow no doubt ! No, because Nadezhda has emigrated to the US, is married with a daughter, and now plays rarely, with no rated games since 2016, although she has done some work for Chessbase. Tatiana remained in Russia and now plays even more r...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10920

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

The game given on page 7 of this thread has 17...Kf6 Okay, the error is on the playthrough version on the Fide website, false alarm. Leonard, https://ratings.fide.com/pgn_chess_game.phtml?code1=11600098&code2=400270&code3=9&code4=60156&pgn_game=%22Rausis__Igors_VS_Arkell__Keith_C%22 also has 17...K...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10920

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Richard Bates wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:22 pm

The game given on page 7 of this thread has 17...Kf6
Okay, the error is on the playthrough version on the Fide website, false alarm.
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10920

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

If in the light of all the latest available information, I was asked my opinion of what took place during that game in 2011, I would say that my opponent was aware that the brilliant and unusual 10 move combination beginning with 13 Nxf7! and ending with the quiet 22 Qg8!! was possible but it neede...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Jaan Ehlvest blunders a piece on move 5
Replies: 13
Views: 1345

Re: Jaan Ehlvest blunders a piece on move 5

The suggestion in online comments is that the draw was actually agreed after Ehlvest's 30th move, when both chessbomb and chess24 assess the position as level, and that Black's Kc8 was made after the handshake and erroneously shown as part of the game. That would make sense of the finish.
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Jaan Ehlvest blunders a piece on move 5
Replies: 13
Views: 1345

Re: Jaan Ehlvest blunders a piece on move 5

From the official report: Jaan Ehlvest seemed to have a “senior moment” in the opening against Joel Benjamin, and sacrificed a piece for dubious compensation. Somehow he found a way to get counterplay, and had a huge attack despite being down a whole rook. The players agreed to a draw in a position ...
by Leonard Barden
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10920

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

That Ruesis is at some point sued for lost earnings or prize money. Really the point was that it was suggested Keith’s weight of evidence wouldn’t persuade a judge, when actually in a civil case it might actually very well do just that. I'm taking it unless you tell me otherwise that we're discussi...