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by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Toilet facilities
Replies: 21
Views: 2373

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: 3733

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: 27412

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: 27412

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: 27412

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: 27412

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: 27412

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: 27412

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: 27412

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: 27412

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: 27412

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: 27412

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...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 27412

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:29 pm
(To Chris) You are not influenced by the engines suggesting it is basically level, clearly!

f4-f5 probably has to happen quickly if white is to be better, and it won't.
Engines know nothing. Every decisive game ever played, the engines thought it was level. They're good at endings is all.
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 27412

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

14...h6?? Caruana is lost. Lost! My cat knows not to play 14...h6, and I don't even have a cat.
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 27412

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Because White has the kingside space. g4 happens. And eventually f4-f5.