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by John Moore
Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 8381

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Just noticed an oddity. Why have France played a 2415 IM on board 3 above Bauer and Gharamian or, indeed, why have they played him at all.
by John Moore
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 8381

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Armenia next and with three rounds to go, some sort of positive result (win or draw) tomorrow seems necessary to stay in the hunt for a medal. Win or draw would, I assume, get us Russia in Round 8 but we will see.
by John Moore
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 65
Views: 2197

Re: Malcolm Barker.

How many of the contributors here held the "Captain of Chess" title, usually in their final school year? I did, + 2nd XI cricket I was Captain of Chess for my last three years at school. It was good training for what awaited me later in life. The playing fields of the old University and the trenche...
by John Moore
Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 8381

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

"The most tragic father/son occurrence was in Tromso 2014. Peter Meier was on board 1 for Seychelles, and his father Kurt was on board 2. It was Kurt who died with a heart attack during the final round." Thanks Alex - How could I forget that... Not quite the same thing but Milan Vidmar Senior and J...
by John Moore
Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment
Replies: 63
Views: 5520

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

[Yes, fair enough. Though there is still the issue of the decision to appoint an independent panel (which isn't in the procedure). I appreciate he has stopped short of saying he doesn't wish this particular panel to hear the dispute but there already seems to be an element of a defensive fallback i...
by John Moore
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 8381

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Well, who would have believed it, particularly after 2-2 against Austria in the first round, a result which could have been even worse. If you look back through the history of this tournament, 13 matchpoints has been enough to win it before. One combination that achieves that is 4 wins and 5 draws....
by John Moore
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 8381

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Well, who would have believed it, particularly after 2-2 against Austria in the first round, a result which could have been even worse. Early days yet, of course, and tougher opponents to come but I doubt that anyone on board 2 will be looking forward to facing Luke.
by John Moore
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 8381

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Now changed to: Bo. 22 Austria Rtg - 2 England Rtg 0 : 0 2.1 GM Dragnev, Valentin 2550 - GM Adams, Michael 2694 2.2 IM Blohberger, Felix 2448 - GM Howell, David W L 2694 2.3 GM Shengelia, David 2531 - GM Jones, Gawain C B 2688 2.4 IM Schreiner, Peter 2464 - GM Pert, Nicholas 2557 Chess24 seems conf...
by John Moore
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12875

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

And I'd add, wouldn't it be nice to see these top 4 just once with Sadler available.
by John Moore
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12875

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Euro Teams starting in a couple of days. Any predictions for the board order? I would go Adams (not tired), Jones (needs to prove something), Howell (will do well on Board 3), McShane (needs to recover a bit from the IOM). Nick Pert, of course, as reserve.
by John Moore
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12875

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Luke clearly suffering from tiredness - missing tactics in the last two rounds.
by John Moore
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12875

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:47 pm
It does, and I'm thinking it's not something that'll quickly be forgotten
Do explain, Justin. I can understand that Alekseenko might be a bit fed up with Howell's play if he wins but you seem to be suggesting something deeper.
by John Moore
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12875

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I know where Nick is coming from and I rather agree. But in my view, David should have played a bit quicker (yes, really, David) and forced Wang Hao to commit to a completely drawn position when a draw wouldn't necessarily have qualified or to do something else. Not perhaps that easy a choice over t...
by John Moore
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12875

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I was looking at the position after move 20 - now it has changed a lot!!
by John Moore
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12875

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Chris - the position hasn't changed since David's "big blunder" apart from Wang Hao taking a bit more clock time. I think that Justin is right, but there is also a psychological element since Wang Hao is faced with a totally different position.