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by John McKenna
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

'Thus, Armageddon was the only resource left to put an end to the match. Vitiugov had the white pieces and saw how his opponent inexplicably gave away two pawns as early as move 9. The Russian had a winning position by move 17, but... " (Chessbase News) I'm not the only spectator to be confused by t...
by John McKenna
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Steven DuCharme wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:48 am
Go MVL & Yu
MVL got through then and Yu-Vitiugov going to Armageddon.
by John McKenna
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:46 pm
The quarter finals will be:

Ding v Grischuk
Vitiugov v Yu Yangyi

Duda or Xiong v Radjabov
MVL v Aronian
Adjust -

Xiong v. Radjabov

To set the record straight - Round 4 is finally over!

Roll on Round 5...
by John McKenna
Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

I was going to write "the prologue usually comes before the action" but seeing there appears to be a temporary glitch in the online coverage, I guess we can take it as rain commentary. That cryptic clue could imply that you don't think Armageddon a suitable epilogue. Anyway Madge misses his chance,...
by John McKenna
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Thanks, but I was just trying to set the scene.
by John McKenna
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:49 am
I notice that Radge and Madge have thirty-four games on Chessgames, two of which have been decisive. Shak making the running today though.
Both Armageddon games?
by John McKenna
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

I thought this exchange established the round - Do you mean quarter finals? It looks like the winners from round 4 advance to the quarter finals. SNIP I always thought 2 players in the final, 4 in the semis and 8 in the quarters. Round 4 is the q-finals. Round 5 is the quarter finals. Anyway, back t...
by John McKenna
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

Invisible mending?

Ah, I see it now.

Banner advertising the venue.

https://amp.theguardian.com/cities/2015 ... con-valley
by John McKenna
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

And, why do Chessbase keep saying it is round 4?? World Cup: Round 4 Tiebreaks LIVE by ChessBase 9/22/2019 – It was an action-packed day in Khanty-Mansiysk, as Leinier Dominguez and Jeffery Xiong bounced back from losses; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Nikita Vitiugov drew to get 1½:½ victories in their...
by John McKenna
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12319

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

becoming clear that Ding will live after all He has been far from his best so far, and a shadow of the player he was at the last World Cup - still someone will have to find a way to beat him. I would not expect him to go out by drawing with White in an Armageddon! Ding said in an interview early on...
by John McKenna
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3042
Views: 134116

Re: The English Language

Grande is not an English word and it means "large" or "great" in the Romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian)

Such combinations are usually called great or brilliant combinations in English unadorned by grandiose foreign words.
by John McKenna
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Women's Grand Prix

Standings - 1.Ju (2576) 6.5/8 2.Koneru (2560) 6/8 3.Goryachkina (2564) 5/8 4-5.Lagno (2545), Gunina (2502) 4.5/8 6-7.Harika (2503), Paehtz (2479) 4/8 8.Kosteniuk (2495) 3.5/8 9-12.Stefanova (2491), Cramling (2487) ,Kashlinskaya (2487), Sebag (2450) 2.5/8 Tomorrow: Lagno, Kateryna - Ju, Wenjun Koneru...
by John McKenna
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 5501

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

You must have led either a charmed or sheltered life, Michael. When I was 13 years nobody taught me anything about chess I had to teach myself. There was a kind of chess club at school with a room provided with some sets for use at lunchtime but no teachers even attended, let alone taught chess. (Th...
by John McKenna
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Women's Grand Prix

Thanks, Mick.

Gunina duly won K & Q v. k & pawn on h2.

R8 results -

Ju 1-0 Kosteniuk

Paehtz 0-1 Koneru

Goryachkina 1/2 Kashlinskaya

Gunina 1-0 Lagno

Cramling 1-0 Sebag

Stefanova 1/2 Harika
by John McKenna
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo
Replies: 39
Views: 1400

Re: Women's Grand Prix

Yesterday, as Black, she looked to be on the ropes in the opening... but reached an equalish ending with pawns and B & N v. B & B. However, she made the mistake of exchanging her N for the wrong colour bishop and ended up in a same colour bishops ending with 1 pawn against 2... Hope she does better ...