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by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strongest chess-playing politicians?
Replies: 35
Views: 5519

Re: Strongest chess-playing politicians?

Thanks, Roger. I've just been reading Winter's article on Bonar Law, mentioned earlier in this thread:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/bonarlaw.html

Well worth a read (or re-read). Lovely photo of Bonar Law at the 1922 London tournament.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strongest chess-playing politicians?
Replies: 35
Views: 5519

Re: Strongest chess-playing politicians?

Is Dana Reizniece-Ozola ( Wikipedia article ) the strongest current chess-playing politician (WGM and rated 2243 - peak rating of 2355 in 1999)? I was surprised to find that the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia was able to take the time to play at the Chess Olympiad, but she got an exc...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27689

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Any views on this interview by GM Peter Heine Nielsen at lichess? FIDE: Confidentiality Clauses and Secret Votes To put it bluntly: from a structural point of view, FIDE has obviously become less transparent. Interesting comparisons drawn with national political systems (his wife, Viktorija Čmilytė ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz
Replies: 15
Views: 907

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz

I was just about to ask that question! Pity for Anand, as he was playing in India and his supporters would have wanted him to qualify, but good for MVL. Wonder if Ding will be the one to end Carlsen's streak?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz
Replies: 15
Views: 907

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz

Nakamura and Carlsen came joint first in the blitz (not sure if a tie-break separated them, they drew the two games they played against each other). Nakamura went undefeated in the blitz, while Carlsen lost both his games against Ding Liren. Carlsen won the event overall due to his four-point lead f...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer
Replies: 10
Views: 1573

Re: Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer

I'll add links here when reviews appear in the press. For now, a link to the Twitter account of the playwright: https://twitter.com/tommortonsmith From there, I got to a Financial Times interview (worth a read): https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/news/2019/november/financial-times-interviews-tom-morto...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer
Replies: 10
Views: 1573

Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer

Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer at the Hampstead Theatre is a play described as: "A Cold War thriller based on a true story". It seems to have had a decent amount of publicity. Previews from 29 November, and runs to 18 January. Bit surprised there hasn't been more mention of this in UK chess circles (m...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3270
Views: 357327

Re: Media comments on chess

In today's Evening Standard (Monday 25 November):

Make your move as chess masters come to the capital

Covers: the London Chess Classic, the play Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer at the Hampstead Theatre, and the 10th anniversary of Chess in Schools and Communities.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3772

Re: Malcolm Barker.

The bit I liked best was this: My last act as a chess player was in my first term at Birmingham University. I saw advertised there a student's international tournament being held in Brussels. My family had contacts there who would accommodate me, so I entered. On arriving I found that I had not only...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Malta International Open
Replies: 14
Views: 1833

Re: Malta International Open

Adding to Roger's POS tags, the game line can be played through below using the PGN tags. From the diagrammed position I played [see game fragment below] and he resigned as it is forced mate.] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r3n3/1b1rqpkp/1pp1p3/4P1pP/1P1PN3/2Q2BP1/3R1PK1/3R4 w - - 0 32"] 32 h6+ Kh6 33 d5! Rxd5 3...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4411

Re: Shortest game

Maybe we could discuss where Kevin's PM to me has gone? :D (I am not waiting on tenterhooks at all!) Seriously, Loz seems to have searched his database to pull out examples of games he has played under a certain number of moves. Does anyone want to crunch the numbers for their games or even a large ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4411

Re: Shortest game

Yes, very interesting Kevin, thanks for that. It is a bit off-topic (so PM me if that is more suitable), but I was reading up on LGC as I did work experience there in about 1993 when I was about 16, so I've followed them on and off since then, and I hadn't realised the privatisation had been so dras...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup
Replies: 28
Views: 2335

Re: European Club Cup

Worth a look:

An amazing game at the European Club Cup 2019

(Ivan Saric vs Aydin Suleymanli in Round 5)
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2617

Re: David Welch

Condolences to his family and friends. He was an instantly recognisable figure and an excellent arbiter. He will be greatly missed.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen quits Norway - reports
Replies: 5
Views: 626

Re: Carlsen quits Norway - reports

Using Google Translate: The press release states that Carlsen justified his statement that a large majority at this year's NSF congress had a different view than in the so-called "Kindred case". It was based on the fact that the Chess Federation considered entering into a sponsorship agreement with ...