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by Paul Cooksey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters
Replies: 31
Views: 1607

Re: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters

Wreck seems a bit strong. I don't see any obligation to entertain. Practically, I don't think you have a 50/50 shot playing all out for a win. It is a prisoners dilemma.

I imagine he was warming up for the Olympiad where he will score very heavily for Armenia on a low board again.
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timeline for 2800 ratings
Replies: 95
Views: 20237

Re: Timeline for 2800 ratings

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:00 pm
I think we have a while to wait. An exciting 2017 for younger juniors rising to 2500, but no-one in the 18-20 range making big strides at the moment.
er, oops. I see Ding Liren became the 14th player to pass 2800 on the live list today, Impressive form this year.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5205

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

I'm not as expert in Uk immigration law as I was 10 years ago when I had a lot of India contractors. But in my opinion, one reason that visa renewal seems harder than an initial visa is that typically people then have long enough residence to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. I was initially sur...
by Paul Cooksey
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

Gawain also notes this was a strong tournament on his blog. http://gawainjones.uk/a-busy-august/ I think cutting the tail improves the British, even for those of us likely to be in the tail if we qualify. Restores some prestige. But I had understood no-one actually wanted the tail. Rather it was see...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

depends what you line I suppose, a lot of classy games, this one included. in passing one thing I learned was that the typo McSahne is a funny German pun, at least in the opinion of Oliver Reeh on Chessbase commentary. Sahne is literally cream, but the German's have the same idiom of cream being goo...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

I though it was an interesting question. In my opinion 6...Be6 is a reasonable move. At any level getting out of your opponents preparation can be worth more than playing the most accurate move. My experience is mostly on the white side. I would be pretty happy to see 6...Be6. For a start, it rules ...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

he didn't so the McShane- Adams playoff now in progress
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

Gormally has unbalanced his game against Adams. Looks a good opportunity for Mickey to play for outright first.

Night owl Roger presumably suffering from the 10 am start
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

I was watching Simon Williams's stream earlier. He said that Keith was the second last person in the world he would want to defend R+3 v R+4 against, after Magnus.

As Magnus said about his endgame technique, you have to give your opponent the opportunity to go wrong.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

Adams making progress, I'm not sure if Jonathan pays out early to those who backed MIckey if he wins today
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

Roger is as ever disregarding my advice to pay the 1 Nf3 move order if you want to play the KIA.

I'd rather have white, since I don't really like de4 and e6-e5. But Kevin played into it quickly so I suppose he knows what he i doing.
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

Jones-Fodor continuing bloodlessly and Pert-Howell already drawn. The two questions that come to mind are: What else is there to do in Hull this afternoon? and Why wasn't Mickey invited?
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

surprising opening from Gawain today; I thought this was the line white played for a bloodless draw. I suppose we will see an idea
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

I play too fast when I am tired. I did not realise just how consistently until I read a observation by Gelfand (I think, in one of his excellent recent books) and thought about the games I lost in league chess. I basically stop calculating and play 5 minute chess. Gelfand noted that inability to con...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19533

Re: British Championship 2018

I am unsure if I would have realised Fernandez embarrassing his queen without the engine telling me