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by Colin S Crouch
Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 112
Views: 13432

Re: Gashimov Memorial

Yes, OK Geoff, I apologise. Perhaps I did not take into account the extraordinary work you have done with Ray Keene, and the great support you have achievexd from John Saunders. I am sure that if you post something to me at a later stage, I will, if required, make a graceous reply. Sometimes I can e...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 112
Views: 13432

Re: Gashimov Memorial

Hi Geoff, you moron! Quite clearly you know very little about chess, so why pretend otherwise? What is your grading? Or equivalent? As it happens, I have recently written a book on Magnus Carlsen, on everyman, written in depth. You I beleive have written some extremely random stuff on some magazine....
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 112
Views: 13432

Re: Gashimov Memorial

Looking at very small matters of chess technique, it is interesting to note that after 16...h6 17.Be3, Mamedjarov spent only 12 seconds in redeveloping his knight with 20...Ng6. He had evidently decided beforehand that this was the most natural developing move. But were there other better moves with...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 112
Views: 13432

Re: Gashimov Memorial

Well, Carlsen goes for the quieter line, chances for a minimul edge, if any. It is of course easy enough, with the help of computer-sight, to suggest that 19.cxd5 might have been better. Carlsen thought for a long time, but rejected it. Something to analyse in depth at a later stage? Worth noting to...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 112
Views: 13432

Re: Gashimov Memorial

It's still very much out of the opening. At the time of writing, the average number of games so far is around 16. The first impression while going through the games is that Carlsen is the only player as White who has kept a stight edge. It might only be minimal, +0.1 rather than +0.0, but it is some...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: We're goin' to Vegas!!!
Replies: 68
Views: 8186

Re: We're goin' to Vegas!!!

Recent update from GM Stan Vaughan: WCF announces new ratings policy WCF has announced a new ratings policy. This policy is that since “God” is said to be rated 3000, no official WCF rating may be published higher than 2999. Players may have a higher unofficial rating but for official publication on...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: We're goin' to Vegas!!!
Replies: 68
Views: 8186

Re: We're goin' to Vegas!!!

Aren't we going slightly off-thread? The subject is after all about an advertised big chess tournament in Vegas, and there has been a touch of scepticism in this tournament actually going to take place. Talk about big events in Vegas surely brings to mind the great exploits of Stan Vaughan, apparent...
by Colin S Crouch
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3102
Views: 340767

Re: Media comments on chess

On the Scientific American piece, is it the case that most of us have the stereotypical viewpoint that academic psychologists tend to be obsessed in setting up stereotypes? Or perhaps "stereotype threat"? I got bored trying to count up the number of stereotypes used in this brief article. Perhaps th...
by Colin S Crouch
Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 112
Views: 13432

Re: Gashimov Memorial

If he were still alive, and had been in good health, he would of course have played a lot more tournaments, and not just in his native country.
by Colin S Crouch
Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 112
Views: 13432

Re: Gashimov Memorial

This could be interesting. Carlsen is of course an obvious favourite, but ... The obvious question is whether Carlsen will countinue to strengthen his play, maybe nudging a little closer to 2900. Or, whether one of the other players (Caruana? Karjakin?) will make a big step forward. Karjakin had far...
by Colin S Crouch
Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great Name for a Chess Player
Replies: 20
Views: 1805

Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

E.O.M.C. Teichmann. The was a rumour that this chess-player was given his unusual name in homage to Albert Einstein. E equals m c squared, amd all that. His parents were academics. True? Or speculation? A familiar player in the chess circuit in Britain in the eighties, he eventually ended up down-un...
by Colin S Crouch
Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136697

Re: lack of

A partial answer: Lack of mobility is if one's pieces are blocked by one's own pawns or pieces Lack of space is if one's pieces are blocked by the opponent's pieces and pawns - which usually means that the opponent's pieces are better developed! Lack of development quite often means that a player ha...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Round-up of less reported events
Replies: 11
Views: 2062

Re: Round-up of less reported events

Leading ratings at the end of the Russian League: Carlsen 2882 Aronian 2815 Grischuk 2792 Anand 2785 Kramnik 2783 Caruana 2783 Grischuk is just one good tournament away from catching up with Aronian, if Aronian were again to play a really bad tournament. This would not have been seen as at all likel...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Round-up of less reported events
Replies: 11
Views: 2062

Re: Round-up of less reported events

Shomoev, after long thought, eventually avoided the sharper lines, but now he has to try to work hard for equality. He is slightly behind in development, and at move 20, he is still unable to find convincing squares for his bishop on c8. Looking good for Grischuk. Edit - And a few moves later, Shomo...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Round-up of less reported events
Replies: 11
Views: 2062

Re: Round-up of less reported events

It's a draw!! By perpetual. Svidler as Black shifts his king between a3 and a4, while Nepomniatchchi gives queen checks fron c6 and f3. "Just theory", but wow!