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by Leonard Barden
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!
Replies: 14
Views: 1368

Re: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!

2nd youngest GM in history He just needs to work on his FIDE rapid rating now :lol: https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=25059530 The problem, not only for Pragg but for many other juniors including English juniors, is that the K=40 coefficient which applies in classical games for all under-18...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ernest Jones, psychoanalysis and Morphy
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Ernest Jones, psychoanalysis and Morphy

The final sentence above is a typical BH very inaccurate misquote. We had a Swedish player named O I Galvenius, pictured here second from the right in the university team which won the inaugural British Lightning Team championship at Ilford in May 1953: http://johnchess.blogspot.com/2009/02/raaphy-p...
by Leonard Barden
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hungary June 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1208

Re: Hungary June 2018

Very odd. Five games are being shown live on chess 24, but there are only player names for the actual positions. The summary table has blank names. Joe as top seed should be on board 1 but isn't on any of the five. He's on board 3 https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/36th-balaton-2018-im/1...
by Leonard Barden
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hungary June 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1208

Re: Hungary June 2018

Very odd. Five games are being shown live on chess 24, but there are only player names for the actual positions. The summary table has blank names. Joe as top seed should be on board 1 but isn't on any of the five.
by Leonard Barden
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hungary June 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1208

Re: Hungary June 2018

Would this be a third norm and the IM title after Kecskemet 2015 and Coulsdon 2017?
by Leonard Barden
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 8
Views: 800

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

Shreyas began his current quantum jump with 4/7 at the 4NCL Open at Basingstoke on 17 May (TPR 2091) and 3.5/6 (TPR 2077) at the Golders Green rapid on 2 June. His 13 opponents in these two events were all rated above 1900, and several over 2000. He gained 100 Fide rating points at Basingstoke Mino...
by Leonard Barden
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 8
Views: 800

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

It is now nearly a decade since England last had a serious candidate for medals in a world age group championship. Not sure that this is 100% true, for example in 2015 we had players that were ranked 2 and 7 based on their ratings at the start of the tournament, they should have been considered rea...
by Leonard Barden
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 8
Views: 800

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

It is now nearly a decade since England last had a serious candidate for medals in a world age group championship. I believe the last medal of any colour was when David Howell won bronze behind Ian Nepomniachtchi's gold at the 2002 world U12 at Heraklion, Greece. I hesitate to challenge Leonard's n...
by Leonard Barden
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 8
Views: 800

Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

Shreyas Royal continued his recent surge and hit another landmark at the weekend when the Woolwich and Kent 9-year-old totalled 3/5 at the strong Tunbridge Wells Open. He clocked up a tournament performance grade of exactly 200, surpassing Luke McShane's Fide 2144 (equivalent to 193) English U10 rec...
by Leonard Barden
Tue May 29, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New English junior record?
Replies: 10
Views: 1523

Re: New English junior record?

I remember Luke drawing with GM Mainka at Lloyd’s Bank though. Who as is the way with these things, quite possibly went on to win the tournament! Not quite, Mainka was second with 8.5 behind the runaway winner Morozevich with 9.5. I too remember that game because I was staying with Rod and Luke at ...
by Leonard Barden
Tue May 29, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New English junior record?
Replies: 10
Views: 1523

Re: New English junior record?

Luke had a FIDE rating of 2130 in January 1994 so he must have done? Yes, that rating probably came from Lloyds Bank 1993. Shreyas Royal's 2092 TPR is probably the highest U10 performance since McShane, and the second best ever. Both were technically U9s. On Duisburg, I think you were there, so I d...
by Leonard Barden
Mon May 28, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New English junior record?
Replies: 10
Views: 1523

Re: New English junior record?

Also a great performance from Nadia Jaufarally (born in 2004) to win the tournament with 6/7. Indeed, and don't forget the other young girl Anita Somton from Nottingham, also born 2004, who was rated 1803 but scored 4/7 with a 1966 performance. So that's three massive quantum jumpers in a single to...
by Leonard Barden
Mon May 28, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New English junior record?
Replies: 10
Views: 1523

New English junior record?

Shreyas Royal has just scored an unbeaten 4.5/7 in the 4NCL spring congress U2050. He is rated 1812 and all his seven opponents were over 1900, three of them over 2000. His TPR is not available yet but should not be far short of 2100. I don't recall an English U10 ever making a 2000+ performance bef...
by Leonard Barden
Sun May 13, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapidplay disputes over position of pieces
Replies: 6
Views: 1059

Re: Rapidplay disputes over position of pieces

If I've identified your opponent correctly from chess results he seems never to have played a graded game before today. I play occasional anonymous blitz on lichess where quite often the opponent is lost after 20 seconds or so and doesn't resign but makes me wait for two minutes until his time runs ...