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by Chris Rice
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

Article in El Pais by Leontxo Garcia on Firouzja. Its the opening paragraph that is interesting: "The prodigious Iranian Alireza Firouzja, 15, is today the main candidate to be the next great chess champion. But he has reason to feel very irritated and frustrated: his government forced him last Fri...
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

Nimzowitsch getting a right pasting from Aronian and Vallejo Pons.
by Chris Rice
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

ChessBase article on the Firouzja boycott and loss to a 14 year old girl in the next round. The Editorial Postscript at the end of the article caught my attention: "These incidents reflect poorly on the Islamic Republic of Iran, and its individual players are as often victims as perpetrators. In a s...
by Chris Rice
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

Firouzja clearly affected by the events of the previous round. Nigel wades in with : "If GM Hikaru, for example, were to object to playing Norwegians on religious/racial/political grounds, he would be told to go forth and multiply. This ought to be (but, alas, has not been) FIDE's answer to any requ...
by Chris Rice
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

Here we go again:

"Alireza Firouzja's chances of qualifying for the 2020 GRENKE Chess Classic suffered a big blow today when he was paired against an Israeli player and forfeited the game rather than face serious trouble back home in Iran".
by Chris Rice
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2770

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

50+ Iceland 1 v England 1 1 GM Olafsson, H. 2506 - GM Speelman, J. 2509 2 GM Hjartarson 2520 - GM Arkell, K. C. 2467 3 GM Arnason, J. 2423 - GM Emms, John M 2474 4 GM Thorhallsson 2425 - GM Plaskett, H. 2437 65+ Sweden 1 v England 1 1 IM Renman, N. 2358 - IM Bellin, R. 2315 2 Uddenfeldt 2339 - IM Po...
by Chris Rice
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mueller Report
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Mueller Report

At p150 of Vol 1of 2 of the recently issued Mueller report regarding the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election there is a reference to the Carlsen-Karjakin match in New York. "Later that day, Dmitriev flew to New York, where Peskov was separately traveling to a...
by Chris Rice
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2770

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

50+ after 3 rounds . Armenia and USA still on 100% and they play each other next with England 1 (v Iceland 1 in Rd 4) and England 2 (v Germany) among those in equal fifth. Full Round 4 pairings 65+ after 3 rounds and its Finland and St Petersberg still on 100%, they play each other next) with Russia...
by Chris Rice
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2770

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Round 2 results in the 50+ and another good win for England 1. Speelman replaced Plaskett but only drew while the other three won. The table shows we are well placed as one of the six teams with two wins. Round 3 pairings and a real test as we take on the Americans. In the 65+ section the Round 2 re...
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

As the Harpa is an Opera House there is always activity going on and the organisers can't always predict what is going to happen and when. Before the final round started they feared the worse as a multitude of people descended on the room next door for some pre-show event. Only there was no door, it...
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Round 8 report and the final round pairings. Speculation is rife here that there might be a stitch up on Board 1 (those players apparently share a room) to prevent Gawain winning.
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Had the whale tonight at Fischer's favourite restaurant in Reykjavik https://scontent.frkv3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/57595577_10156731892168564_3911254380904448000_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ht=scontent.frkv3-1.fna&oh=1a89fda00e2f8599f1b93e253be47d78&oe=5D472E99 According to the bar staff Fischer had his...
by Chris Rice
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April
Replies: 37
Views: 2195

Re: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April

Great quote from Jonathan Rowson: "Just played through Magnus Carlsen's games from Shamkir where he won with 7/9 and pushed his rating to 2860. For a few years there he was merely the best of the best, but now I think he is back to being superior in historic terms; the best of the best of the best."
by Chris Rice
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Round 7 report . Lupulescu leads by a clear point with a great win Black side of a French against Firouzja. I'd not seen 9...Qa5 before, but I'm surprised White sees that move and then thinks oh, I'll castle queenside here. Simon Williams has annotated the game here . He is about to publish an arti...
by Chris Rice
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Round 7 report. Lupulescu leads by a clear point with a great win Black side of a French against Firouzja. David Eggleston, after 5 wins in a row, lost to Grandelius but as you'll see in the report he had his chances.