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by Chris Rice
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE
Replies: 12
Views: 1168

70th birthday Ray Keene OBE

Hard to believe that the UK's second ever OTB GM and The Times correspondent is now 70 years old. With all the chat about what he does off the board its easy to forget just how brilliant he could be on it. An example which has always remained with me is his game against Kovacevic in 1973 in Amsterda...
by Chris Rice
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12043

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Peter Doggers tweet

"The #TataSteelChess website seems to have removed the prizes from this page. I love this tournament but never understand why it's always so secretive about what the players are earning."

Does seem a bit odd and I wonder if anyone knows why?
by Chris Rice
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation
Replies: 144
Views: 18483

Re: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation

Danailov accuses GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov of birth date fraud . The allegation runs that he won won two medals at World Junior Championships in Brazil 1995 and Armenia 1999 after lying about his age. Danailov's evidence is what he claims to be Kasimdzhanov's original birth certificate.
by Chris Rice
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12043

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 Chris Rice
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12043

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Peter Doggers article on the 8th round: "The third leader after today is Magnus Carlsen, who won a bizarre game against Gawain Jones. Just out of the opening, the world champion blundered a full piece. "It's a little embarrassing obviously, more than a little embarrassing," Carlsen readily admitted....
by Chris Rice
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14801

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

The speech included racist statements against my wife @GMzhuchen & an assault on Qatar, which is considered to be a breach of the sports ethical principles & Fide status. Is there any record of these offensive statements? I presume not, then? Can't find anything official but this article from the L...
by Chris Rice
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12043

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Its really refreshing to see another English player competing at this level other than Adams and Short. I had the feeling that Gawain might have targeted Adhiban with the White bits as a decent chance of a win. Adhiban offered a repetition on a couple of occasions and Gawain must have been sorely te...
by Chris Rice
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12043

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Round 1 reports chess.com and Chess Mind I noted Dennis Monokroussos said "Finally, Gawain Jones played a chicken line in the opening against Sergey Karjakin, with White offering a draw by repetition on move 12. Was this nervousness, fear, or a psychological trick? Karjakin declined the repetition,...
by Chris Rice
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14801

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

The way it is written it seems as if what had happened was eventually checked with the computer showing the moves on a sensory board. Why not do that when the first claim was made? Anyway it gave the Appeal Committee something to do. Its an excellent initiative by FIDE to publish the Appeal Committ...
by Chris Rice
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14801

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

Day 2 of the blitz featured another interesting incident. "In the game Grischuk-Mamedyarov, the Russian GM was an exchange down, but at some point stopped the clock and claimed a draw by threefold repetition. The board arbiter didn't see a threefold, and ordered the players to continue the game. Gri...
by Chris Rice
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14801

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

Thanks. At least common sense prevailed, though it looks as if the incident upset Magnus's composure for round 2. Inarkiev was interviewed after the original decision and he said something like "Ne3+ looked like an interesting intermediate move" forgetting his king was in check. Hard to know if it ...
by Chris Rice
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 3938

Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Starts tomorrow and the field isn't as strong as we've seen it in the past.

First round draw: http://chess-results.com/tnr320349.aspx?lan=1

Offical site: http://www.hastingschess.com/

Masters games kick off at 2.15pm
by Chris Rice
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14801

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

Beyond money, there is no desire for them to go to Saudi Perhaps it is to compete in the FIDE sanctioned World Rapid and Blitz Champs, these players (six I believe) and met the qualification criteria and applied in good time for a visa expecting to be able to participate, they didn't receive one; y...
by Chris Rice
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: 14801

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

Hi Chris - Nigel is only on 5.5 but has White and must have chances against Viktor Laznicka Sorry John I was following it on Chess 24 which had the result as 24 GM Short, N. D. (5) 2709 1 - 0 GM Ni, Hua (4½) 2663 but as you say this is incorrect according to the chess results server http://www.ches...
by Chris Rice
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14801

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. Probably just you and me then John. Carlsen losing again to Anand is strangely not that surprising these days. Anand goes equal second whil...