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by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11987

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Hmm. Was distracted by work for a couple of hours, and seems my predictions have fallen apart completely. This is why I don't gamble...

I guess, as a young Russian, Alekseenko will have a more than decent chance of a wildcard if he finishes =1 but loses on tiebreak.
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11987

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

true Richard, but if you want to maximise your earnings some risk justified. The implied odds of a candidate's place and the invitations that come with a raised profile against the loss of earnings here must be very favourable.
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11987

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

From a Petroff, so Paul was right about that one I'm claiming to have guessed Lev and Wang Hao's intentions correctly too. I'm surprised by Alekseenko-Vitiugov though. I was expecting it to be in the interest of both players to play a crazy game. Maybe they are thinking high tension long grind, per...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11987

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

That is useful. ALthough I think qualification ok for Wang Hao if Caruana beats Naka, rather than all draws. It still feels like Wang Hao is the player with the biggest decision to make. Long experience of seeing top players go safety first in last rounds, and his willingness to draw a dull game wit...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11987

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I missed that and is true, and maybe good news for Naka. Although I still expect Fabi to be conservative with Black
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11987

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

So, predictions: Naka-Caruana - petroff, in which Naka does not get much and Fabi closes down the game, because with his superior tiebreak a draw guarantees the tournament win Aronian-Carlsen Rossilimo, Lev needs to win, since he has already seen Wang draw. He tries something creative and loses Alek...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11987

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Leonard Barden wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:16 pm
Am I correct in writing that round nine pairings will be Aronian v Anton and Carlsen (upfloated) v Caruana?
yes http://chess-results.com/tnr478041.aspx ... =9&flag=30 I hope you made the deadline!
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 32
Views: 2842

Re: Development Officer appointment

Confucius wrote:You're supposed to attribute it to somebody though
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4920

Re: Council Papers are out

The expectation of the silver and gold members reps it would be a quiet meeting broadly true in my opinion. The only ECF meeting I have been to that wrapped up substantially early. Perhaps if Mike or Malcolm had been able to attend the discussion would have been different. I might bang on about stra...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 32
Views: 2842

Re: Development Officer appointment

No explicit discussion on this point that I recall. We got a confirmation on the academy tender in this year's papers. You might want to set a diary memo for this time next year...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11987

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Luke has a shot at England #1 on live ratings today, for the first time if I recall correctly. Admittedly beating Fabi not entirely straightforward, but may stay relevant regardless of todays game if continues to have a good tournament.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 32
Views: 2842

Re: Development Officer appointment

It is difficult to know whether to comment on such threads isn't it? Generally I am very pleased that the ECF have managed to get funding from the chess trust for a Development Officer and appointed someone who is well respected, notwithstanding my reservation about the likelihood of success. But I ...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4920

Re: Council Papers are out

I got the impression a donation to the chess trust might now be the preferred option. I did not get a reply when I asked a few years ago and downgraded to gold in high dudgeon...
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11987

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I suppose likely round 3 before we start to see contenders playing each other, so nice to have some local interest too. The revised wildcard rules mean that there is unlikely to be anyone really unexpected qualifying through that route. But my guess is we will see quite a few players outside the top...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4920

Re: Council Papers are out

There are unrelenting critics and there are also those who criticise isolated decisions sometimes with merit but the cumulative effect is perhaps missed by many people. I have a bit of sympathy with the sentiment. But one mans accumulation of criticism is another mans polite enquiry why there are n...