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by Tim Harding
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: European Senior Team Championships 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1814

Re: European Senior Team Championships 2019

This event is just beginning (2pm BST Wednesday 18 September). In the 50+ England 1 v Spain; England 2 (team with three women) a bye unfortunately. In the 65+ England v Ireland. These matches are live on chess24 and presumably elsewhere. Team compositions, pairings etc at http://chess-results.com/tn...
by Tim Harding
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 25
Views: 1141

Re: British Champions in Prison

I was looking at the Wikipedia page for William Winter and was struck by the comment, "Winter has the distinction of being the only British Champion to have served time in prison (for his political activities)." I can think of others who should have been imprisoned, but is he really the only one? I...
by Tim Harding
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 941

Re: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019

Substantial increase in entries since my last posting. 65+ now 172 entries, boosted by 27 from the host country. In previous years since the age-group split in Seniors, host entries have been poor (except when the Czechs ran it in 2016). Most of the usual big names (Vaisser, Balashov, Jansa) are now...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 175
Views: 6277

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Great save by Luke, with his lone N v his opponent's 2 Bishops. He used the same method I employed at Hastings v GM Lagarde a few years ago - viz you put the N on g2, g7, b2 or b7 and when he turfs you out of one of those you head for another: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-fide-world-cup/2-1...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 175
Views: 6277

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Great save by Luke, with his lone N v his opponent's 2 Bishops. He used the same method I employed at Hastings v GM Lagarde a few years ago - viz you put the N on g2, g7, b2 or b7 and when he turfs you out of one of those you head for another: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-fide-world-cup/2-1...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 175
Views: 6277

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

I had a go at a tournament bracket, which I think explains it a bit more easily. It's obviously a fake tournament with fake names. If you get the seeds in the right place, it's not so difficult conceptually, but hard to put it all into English. http://bracketcloud.com/tournament/150851 Yes that doe...
by Tim Harding
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 55
Views: 3646

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

With Gelfand among the qualifiers by rating and the two young Iranians invited or qualified, it's an issue that could resurface in the Isle of Man tournament for a Candidates place. It could happen sooner than that, in the World Cup third round. Gelfand is quite a good bet to reach the third round,...
by Tim Harding
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 194
Views: 14253

Re: Arbitration question

Clocks are stopped during play if there's a Fire Alarm and players have to leave the playing area. It would be highly unusual for clocks to be stopped for a toilet break although long, long ago, matches would sometimes be suspended for a refreshment break. Or at 6pm for prayers in the Dubai open. H...
by Tim Harding
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 941

Re: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019

Lists updated now.
Open 65+ 114 players now
Open 50+ 75 players so far
Women 50+ 12 players; Women 65+ 5 players.
by Tim Harding
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 941

Re: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019

Entries close (or at least entries at the original prices) 7 days from now, 11 September, so anyone still thinking of entering should contact the organisers quickly. As last year the full amount must be paid before the start of the event (credit card payments apparently not accepted) but up to the 1...
by Tim Harding
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 2077

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Many happy returns, Leonard! Keep up the good work!
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 941

World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019

FIDE has abolished the 70 Euro FIDE entry fee for its World Senior Championships, to be held in Bucharest, Romania, in November. They say anybody who has already entered and paid that as part of their deposit will have the 70 Euro refunded on arrival. Entries seem to be slow at present (especially c...
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championship 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1263

Re: Irish Championship 2019

I didn't look to see what position Lawrence referred to; I was following the game live and checking with Stockfish at the same time. Such positions are of course hard to play when tired and the pressure of the occasion. Conor Murphy has just won the Irish title with 7.5/9 after a dramatic last round...
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 2177

Re: Rook Odds Rules.

In his Chess Praxis rules, the way Staunton worded his discussion of castling made no mention of odds play. The British Chess Association rules adopted at the Congress of 1862 deliberately varied from his rules in some respects. On pages lxx-lxxi of the Congress book in the paragraph on castling the...
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championship 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1263

Re: Irish Championship 2019

For some reason (some competitors are blaming air conditions in the room) there have been many surprising blunders in this event as well as some good play. The slow time limit (initial 105 minutes instead of 90, then 30 minutes extra after move 40) means players are more tired than normal in long en...