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by Tim Harding
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Change to FIDE Laws
Replies: 3
Views: 531

Re: Change to FIDE Laws

I have a suggestion for a subtle wording change to the FIDE Laws. Change "Draw by Repetition" to "Draw by Repetition of Position" I am attempting to upgrade the emphasis away from the move or moves to the position. I find it much easier to explain the drawing mechanism in terms of repeated position...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bombay vs Calcutta 1873
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: Bombay vs Calcutta 1873

These clubs played the following two games by correspondence in 1873. They don't seem to have been published elsewhere. No details were given of the players involved. Illustrated London News 7 Feb 1874 (early moves were in ILN 29 Nov 1873). In the first game, Staunton said that after 21...Qh4: 'And...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 2118

Re: The French System

"So how did the 'English chess explosion' of the 1970s come about - was it entirely the Fischer effect and Leonard Barden's junior training?" As David said, and Bob Wade was coaching too. Of course there's a lot more coaching now... Circa 1973-1974 Leonard Barden's regular training Saturdays at the...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3930

Gibraltar 2020

Gibraltar starts on Tuesday: maybe the last before Brexit causes complications at the border with Spain? I'm surprised to see Nakamura is not listed among the competitors; anyone know why? https://chess-results.com/tnr471965.aspx?lan=1&zeilen=99999 Mamedyarov is top seed and then MVL. There's some p...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7851

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Carlsen's unbeaten streak is in danger against Vishy...

Or not any more. Engine wanted to play it differently.
by Tim Harding
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7851

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:52 pm
Be amazed if there's not a carlsen-firouzja world champs match at some point in the future.
That might depend on whether Magnus Carlsen can regain the title after losing it to Ding Liren this year.
by Tim Harding
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2799

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

I was well aware of Howell at Hastings, but was thinking of McShane and Short (who both played in the 2017 world rapid/blitz), and Jones (who played in the 2018 world rapid/blitz). No players at all in an official world championship gives a negative message. Contrast that with the large numbers of ...
by Tim Harding
Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2799

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

Not a single UK or Irish entry in either event..... I guess Christmas at home is a bigger attraction than going to Moscow, especially for people with families/non-chess partners. The Irish Blitz Champion is 15-year-old FM Tarun Kanyamarala and the Rapid Champion is Stephen Moran who (rated about 22...
by Tim Harding
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2799

World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

The 2019 King Salman World Rapid Championship begins at 12 noon GMT in Moscow, running for three days, with two days of the World Blitz Championships to follow. In the men's rapid there are 207 players with average rating 2536. 15 rounds, 5 each day, The top pairing is Magnus Carlsen v Azamat Utegal...
by Tim Harding
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019

Wei Yi rejects a threefold repetition at move 31 and must have missed drawing chances late; now he is now going to lose.
by Tim Harding
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 18724

Re: End of an era

...And anyway not in the same class as the Pirc/modern books (to name but 2). One really, because the Modern was written by Keene and the Pirc by George Botterill. Originally they had a contract to do one book on the two defences. When it became clear there was so much original material, Bob Wade a...
by Tim Harding
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019

It looks as if Navara (a) was tired from his long defence in the first game; (b) careless in the opening. The position after 6...c5 is a bit unusual but had occurred in Grischuk-So at the Leuven blitz last year when White replied 7 Bg2. Wei Yi played 7 Ne5 setting a trap which he had perhaps prepare...
by Tim Harding
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019

Ah yes, I forgot the bonuses and tiebreak. So even if MVL wins tomorrow (reaching 15) he is not completely safe.
by Tim Harding
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019

Navara has beaten Jakovenko in their second classical game. He will play the winner of tomorrow's playoff between Wei Yi and Karjakin. The two matches in the top half of the draw also play off tomorrow. If So beats Nepo then MVL is in the Candidates whatever happens in his playoff. If Nepo wins the ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019

Wang Hao v Navara and Harikrishna-Karjakin first 5/3 games drawn; second one coming up soon.