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by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2982

Re: Shiraz cup, Shiraz, Iran, 11-18 April 2018

Looked online for information about this tournament - nothing. Maybe there's an entry form somewhere in Farsi, but the English version of the Iranian Chess Federation's page hasn't been updated since last year. And if it had, I would still say "not until you un-ban Dorsa Derakhshani".
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: America want the World Title Match
Replies: 34
Views: 3651

Re: America want the World Title Match

For the integrity of the game there must, must, must be a venue and purse in place before the identity of the challenger is known. Is that necessarily true? Suppose the challenger were decided in a semi-final match, as used to be the case, and each contender had a sponsor who would put up a generou...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: America want the World Title Match
Replies: 34
Views: 3651

Re: America want the World Title Match

Presumably he would have to agree to this, or can his wishes be ignored if there is enough money involved? What's he going to do? No way can Carlsen unilaterally pull out and retain the title. He's already cashed in his champion privilege by not playing in the Candidates tournament. The quid pro qu...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Toilet facilities
Replies: 21
Views: 2283

Re: Toliet facilities

I don't think it would. As soon as you have a rule for pausing the clocks while a player is in the bathroom, players will take strategically-timed bathroom breaks so that their game will finish after everyone else's. That could be an advantage to a player in a better position who wants to know wheth...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: America want the World Title Match
Replies: 34
Views: 3651

Re: America want the World Title Match

Oh, Missouri's biggest Trump fundraiser is going to make the chess world crawl at his feet again? Goody gumdrops. I'm sure that's a far more sustainable way of funding élite chess than monetising the spectator base.
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Thanks Richard, Thought Kramnik was married when playing Topalov but it was after the match. Was asked if I thought Caruana could be the next great American hero alongside Morphy and Fischer. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d7/6c/99/d76c9974e7365e4be67c8f17baaf1f77.jpg "No-one remembers me! I played...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:12 pm
Surprises me players are willing to play again so soon
Baseball players play every day. Pace Nick Burrows, chess is less tiring than baseball.
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:20 pm
And Grischuk resigns.
Told you it wasn't level :wink:
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

The knight will still end up on e4 though and I don't see how you will break the white blockade. Cos once you get ...c4 in then ...b3 is in the air. But I need to go home and get proper Stockfish on the case, not crummy javascript Stockfish, just in case I'm talking nonsense. (Which does happen. As...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

(By the way Roger, you said you liked chessbomb - how do you put up with the constant racist, sexist and alt-right witterings in the chat section?)
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

He didn't take on e4, Karjakin took the pawn on d5. Regarding the pawn break itself; it was about the only thing left to try before agreeing to a draw. What did he think would be the result of trying it when he tried it? Whether Black captures on e4 or White on d5, Black ends up with no more pawn b...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

In the Ding game, they've now reached a position for the text books to give as an example of why material advantage in a bad bishop ending isn't always winning. [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/4b3/8/1kp1p1p1/1p1pN1P1/pP1P3p/K1P4P/8 w - - 0 46"] White to move I don't understand why Ding played the ...d5 break j...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

In the Ding game, they've now reached a position for the text books to give as an example of why material advantage in a bad bishop ending isn't always winning. [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/4b3/8/1kp1p1p1/1p1pN1P1/pP1P3p/K1P4P/8 w - - 0 46"] White to move I don't understand why Ding played the ...d5 break j...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Mind I thought Grischuk had 27.Rxd5, so I might not be a world champion yet. Clearly Grischuk saw it was defended by a pawn.
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26341

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Which is what they've reached. White can reduce the deficit to one pawn by playing Kf2-g3xh3 . It may not be not that easy to win for Black to win, given the locked pawn chains. [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/6k1/p2p4/b1pNp1p1/1p1pP1P1/1P1P3p/2P4P/5K2 w - - 0 34"] Well as good knights go, that's a terrible kn...