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by Tim Harding
Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Weird things have been happening in the last few minutes on the live board Tischbierek-Timoscenko.
I think the German player must have won and they haven't set the kings in mid-board to stop the relay, and are having a post-mortem.

White has forced mate anyway.
by Tim Harding
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Around move 21, Houdini on my laptop says Tischbierek is winning against Timoscenko and Bischoff is a bit better. Loads of play left, though.
by Tim Harding
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Going back to the 50+ section, I hope this is not a silly question, but why is Terry Chapman playing for England 1, rather than having a GM like Flear or Plaskett in reserve? I suppose that is another way of asking how selection was done for England 1 and England 2. I think I could probably hazard ...
by Tim Harding
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

David Sedgwick wrote: Germany have not done England any favours. Their top board, GM Uwe Bönsch, has been rested.
Maybe he's sick or less in form. He only played the first two rounds, winning against lower-rated opponents.
by Tim Harding
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

The good news (apart from Keith winning the blitz - congratulations!) is: a) that Germany were held to a 2-2 draw by Thuringen but will still play Slovakia in round 5. b) England-1 play Denmark, not Scotland, in match 3. Scotland will play Thuringen in match-2. On paper the Danes don't look as stron...
by Tim Harding
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Even my optimism does not stretch that far. There are no targets for his knight and Black should be able to advance his king and pick off the g-pawn, if necessary by giving up the d4 pawn to distract the White king, and then there is an outside h-pawn.... I'm not very optimistic either but for the ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Keith has played a horrible game, but that can happen to anyone. The other team members are supposed to make some effort to cover for you. I think that is unfair. Keith obtained a promising position by around move 12 so it probably looked to the others that solid play for draws was OK. But then Kei...
by Tim Harding
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Not a good day but not to panic. The worst thing would be to reason that first place might already be out of their hands, if Slovakia keeps on playing like this, and to get deflated. Instead, one has to carry on under the assumption that they Slovaks will slip up, and to remember that they are more...
by Tim Harding
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

I may have this completely wrong, but England today does not look like a cohesive team Look at the opposition, though. Ftacnik and Stohl are strong GMs who annotate games regularly for ChessBase. Timoscenko was educated in the Soviet system (once played in the Hastings premier) and is no mug either...
by Tim Harding
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Has Nunn really just agreed a draw? What happened there? John didn't really get enough in the opening and probably feared he could end up worse if he exchanged pawns on d5: both of Black's bishops would have lovely diagonals. So we are going down 2.5-1.5 and won't be on the live match for a couple ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Looks like England are going for the old win with White, draw with Black. Speelman's done his bit. Trouble is, I rather like the look of Black on board four. edit More so now, if Keith really had to play 18.Rd2, then something had gone very wrong. With board 1 also drawn, there's a lot depending on...
by Tim Harding
Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Chess in Afghanistan?
Replies: 2
Views: 989

Chess in Afghanistan?

Today Afghanistan beat Scotland in the Cricket World Cup. Look at the table after three matches in pool A: http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2015/content/series/509587.html Afghanistan are ahead of England too! How long before we see an Afghani IM? In the FIDE ratings, Afghanistan ha...
by Tim Harding
Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

To put your minds at rest, I won on time after playing Rxe5. Everything else was post mortem. Got a bit lucky there but it was very complicated. Obviously I had a really nice position earlier, but overestimated my attack. I should just play 23 Be3 and play against his weak c pawn, while my monster ...
by Tim Harding
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

It's not clear what happened at the end of Keith Arkell's game; did he win on time, or even lose on time? After 48 Rxe5 Qc3 the live board seemed to show 49 Rc5 Bc4 with 1-0 and then the 49th moves (post-mortem analysis?) vanished to show the end as 48 Rxe5 Qc3 1-0 which is not very plausible. 50 Qc...
by Tim Harding
Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19076

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Barry Sandercock wrote:Tim, it is possible to turn the boards around by clicking on the black dot on the right side of the board.
Thanks, I hadn't spotted that. Unfortunately Terry seems to have blundered at move 36; his position was difficult anyway.