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by Leonard Barden
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website

As so often with this type of article, it is long on hype, including a pic of the BBC reporter in action, and short on basic and inconvenient fact. What is the surname of this wonder child? We are not told. How does he compare with the real talents of his age, india's IM Praggnandhaa or Uzbekistan's...
by Leonard Barden
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6420

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Round 3 pairings include Praggnanandhaa v Short.....
by Leonard Barden
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New Berkshire Prospect
Replies: 20
Views: 1754

Re: New Berkshire Prospect

John Upham wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:16 pm
One of the stand out grades from the recently published list is that of

Rajat Makkar, aged 10.

I suspect that is quite good amongst ten year olds in the UK.

His Fide affiliation is FRA.
by Leonard Barden
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12021

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Shame in its way though as it may deprive us of the question "who lost to two world number ones in consecutive rounds of the same tournament?". There is already an answer to this question. At Plymouth 1938 rounds 2 and 3 were played on the same day. Ronald N Bruce lost to Alekhine in the morning ro...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12021

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

On course for the history books, to become the first English winner against a reigning world champion since Michael Adams at the Tromso Olympiad..... Surely since the time Adams beat Kramnik in 2002 or so? Adams beat Carlsen in the 2010 olympiad, long before the latter became world champion. Still ...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12021

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

On course for the history books, to become the first English winner against a reigning world champion since Michael Adams at the Tromso Olympiad.....
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12021

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Holy mackerel! Seems Magnus has just blundered a piece....
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2174
Views: 233801

Re: Media comments on chess

Garry Kasparov will be on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 at 11.15am next Sunday, 28 January.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pjldq
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tatiana Zatulovskaya
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

Re: Tatiana Zatulovskaya

I'll give you a clue.

The IM once said something like "Hasn't anybody told this boy not to accept pawns from strange men?"
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tim Upton
Replies: 4
Views: 1005

Re: Tim Upton

Tim Upton played in the Oxford v Cambridge varsity match and in the Lloyds Bank Masters. He was probably the leading world expert on the rarely played Ponziani Opening, and used it to effect in his most notable game, his 14-move win against GM Amador Rodriguez in the Scotland v Cuba match in the 198...
by Leonard Barden
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14753

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

After all, Luke just managed to blunder into a mate in two at the end of a long exhausting game but I wonder whether anyone on here was watching apart from me. Luke has actually fallen into TWO cheapo mates today, the one just mentioned and the other earlier against Anand. I watched them both.......
by Leonard Barden
Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14753

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Round 1 has started and the news is that there are moves showing on the Korobov v Howell board, so it seems David is there after all.
by Leonard Barden
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14753

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Round 1 pairings finally up on chess results , just 20 minutes ago: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr323006.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1&wi=821 http://www.chess-results.com/tnr323007.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1&wi=821 Short, McShane and Howell listed for England, though Howell a doubtful starter, see Nigel's post...
by Leonard Barden
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14753

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Seems despite the previous bellicose statements that the Qatar players have now received on arrival visas. They will miss the Rapid but will compete in the blitz starting 29 December. Opening ceremony took place two hours ago. Carlsen will play White in round 1 in both rapid and blitz, Lahno black i...
by Leonard Barden
Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14753

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Now it seems from this Qatar agency report that they re not going: Qatar will not compete in the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships hosted by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh from Dec. 26-30. According to the Qatar Chess Federation, their top national team will not compete in the tournament, because th...