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by Tim Harding
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 69
Views: 2451

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

18-year-old Iranian Mobina Alinasab beat Elisabeth Paehtz in the biggest upset of Day 1, but favourites Olga Girya, Alina Kashlinskaya, Ni Shiqun & Lela Javakhishvili also lost & must win tomorrow to stay in the event! As at approx 1345 GMT: Girya is out. Ni Shiqun won to force a tie-breaker tomorr...
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: ACO World Amateur Championships
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: ACO World Amateur Championships

No, Bled is an official FIDE senior world championship (50+, 65+, men and women), FIDE rated and with title norms available.

I (and FIDE) would have no problem with ACO if they did not call their events World Championships which they patently are not.
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: ACO World Amateur Championships
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: ACO World Amateur Championships

Just in case anyone is in any doubt, these ACO events are the Trump (i.e., fake) world championships for seniors. A good holiday, no doubt, but not a serious FIDE-rated congress. The real thing starts in Bled on 17 November (see the Seniors thread on this board). Congratulations anyway to Meyrick Sh...
by Tim Harding
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Mr and Mrs Wojtaszek win the top prizes.
by Tim Harding
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Still no start to the play-off at 8pm.
Alexandra Kosteniuk needs to win her game to be the second highest placed woman after Kashlinskaya and she is nearly there.

AT 8.05 Sundararajan finally resigned, which he could have done a few minutes ago.
by Tim Harding
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Grischuk just beat MVL so three ahead of Gawain now. Wang Hao still trying to beat Vishy, but doesn't look like succeeding.

CORRECTION: Grischuk was half a point behind so is level with Gawain and Xiong - and Kramnik, and probably a few others not finished yet.
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Surely not: Naiditsch would have half a point more than Jones in that case, so why would there be a play-off?
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

There should IMHO be a rule to exclude, in such situations, any player who takes a day off.
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

It seems that because the pairings MVL-Jones and Wang Hao-Xiong have already happened, it wasn't possible to pair the 6-pointers as a group. As a result there are two floaters which could well favour Gawain: Naiditsch (6.5) v Wojtaszek (6.5) Xiong-Jones (both on 6) Grischuk (5.5) v MVL (6) Wang Hao ...
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

At least Nigel didn't lose.

Kramnik and Xiong drew.
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

The joint leaders Naiditsch and Wojtaszek (both 6.5/8) must play tomorrow, I think, assuming Xiong doesn't win.

Currently on 6: MVL, Wang Hao, Jones with one of Kramnik or Xiong to join them.
by Tim Harding
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:47 pm
Gawain still much better. I presume that, if he can see it through, Aronian would be his biggest scalp (since they don't come much bigger)?
Yes, shame about the one that got away at the Tata Steel but Gawain can be rightly very satisfied with this scalp.

No payback for Nigel it seems!
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Pairings for round 8 are up. Seven players on 5.5 share the lead and Kramnik is upfloated: MVL-Wang Hao Naiditsch-Nakamura Wojtaszek-Adams Kramnik-Xiong Many players on 5: Gawain plays Aronian On 4.5: Gupta-Howell Williams-Ganguly On 4, Nigel plays D. Gukesh of whom I never heard. James Jackson is a...
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

It's a reversed Vienna, surely? It's 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 with colours reversed. Indeed, and so 6 Qh5+ was in fact already known to be very bad. The same error of 5...Qh4+ in the (real) Vienna featured in Andrew Hon v Paul van der Sterren, Lloyds Bank 1993, when one of our 190...
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9773

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

It's a reversed Vienna, surely? It's 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 with colours reversed. Indeed, and so 6 Qh5+ was in fact already known to be very bad. The same error of 5...Qh4+ in the (real) Vienna featured in Andrew Hon v Paul van der Sterren, Lloyds Bank 1993, when one of our 190...