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by John Moore
Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 13646

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: 9810

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: 9810

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: 9810

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: 298
Views: 14481

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: 298
Views: 14481

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: 298
Views: 14481

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: 298
Views: 14481

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: 298
Views: 14481

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: 298
Views: 14481

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: 298
Views: 14481

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.
by John Moore
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 14481

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Morning Keith. Vlastimil Jansa is 76 so you will have to settle for being second oldest!
by John Moore
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 32
Views: 3528

Re: Development Officer appointment

Is it me or does Carl Portman's stuff sound a lot like Charlie Storey. By the way, that is not necessarily a criticism.
by John Moore
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: European Senior Team Championships 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 3374

Re: European Senior Team Championships 2019

From the two matches against Russia "we" scored 1.5 points, not bad considering the ratings. Andrew Ledger drew with GM Gleizerov on top board in the 50+. John Quinn has had a truly remarkable performance on top board for the 65+. With one round to go he has 5/7 for an Rp of 2386, the second best o...
by John Moore
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: European Senior Team Championships 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 3374

Re: European Senior Team Championships 2019

Mick - England 2 have struggled partly because they only have four players (in Petra Nunn's absence) so they have had no rest days. But Sheila Jackson has done well on top board as you say. Andrew Lewis and Dave Ledger have looked a bit out of form for England 1 in the 50+ group but England 1 will b...