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by Tim Harding
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 3205

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Grischuk has eliminated MVL in their second semi-final game in Hamburg which makes it likely that Grischuk will qualify for the Candidates. Duda v Dubov was drawn today so they will have a playoff tomorrow to decide who plays Grischuk, but G must be favourite to win the event now. That would probabl...
by Tim Harding
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 10277

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

David's win showing on chess24 now. Ivanchuk still trying to trick Saric,
by Tim Harding
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 10277

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Oh, has Šarić got a rook-against-queen fortress available here ? (White has just taken on b7.) Looks like a fortress - Rook just goes back and forwards between e6 and g6. Online Stockfish says +5.67 but tablebase says draw, ADDED: So it looks like Ukraine have thrown away the gold medals but will b...
by Tim Harding
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 18482

Re: End of an era

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:38 am
Anybody got today's?
Keene-Ligterink, London Lloyds Bank 1981.

Winning move puzzle: King-Keene, London 1982
by Tim Harding
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 10277

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Luke has drawn. David still seems to be winning (after 48 moves).
by Tim Harding
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 10277

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Post time control, circa 1130, it is looking like Armenia will win but if David finishes off his game and Luke draws (looking plausible but a long way to go) then England are clear third to compensate for the debacle in Tokyo. But if England only draw 2-2 then it's down to tiebreaks. Ukraine will wi...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 18482

Re: End of an era

David Robertson wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:04 pm
Are we sure this announcement is genuine, and hasn't been cribbed from somewhere else?
Ha ha! Yes, I have a copy of the paper and I think Ian Thompson has also. "Panthalassic tsunami of pawns" is indeed in the article.
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 18482

Re: End of an era

This month he is giving a series of classic games and personal favourites. Today it is one of the McDonnell-De la Bourdonnais games from 1834 But are the annotations original? If not, where have they been copied from? I suspect "panthalassic tsunami of pawns" is not a commonly used expression in ga...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 18482

Re: End of an era

Seen on Twitter: Today I announce my retirement from writing The Times chess column. Ray says he is standing down at the end of November "after 34 years of reporting chess here". This month he is giving a series of classic games and personal favourites. Today it is one of the McDonnell-De la Bourdo...
by Tim Harding
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 10277

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Luke's opponent defended the final phase of the RvB endgame well until the blunder 107 f6?? when 107 Bd6 or Bb8 could still hold according to the tablebase. Presumably White was very short of time; nobody would like to have to defend that one. The turnaround in Gawain's game was impressive because h...
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 10277

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

John Moore wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:38 pm
I doubt that anyone on board 2 will be looking forward to facing Luke.
Famous last words?
by Tim Harding
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 10277

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Is the start time noon UK time? I see the matches are underway Yes the playing schedule is the same every day: start at 1500 local time (1200 BST) but with a rest day on 29 October. After two hours play the games are too early to call. Chess24 (probably due to a mistake by the local organisers) hav...
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 14888

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:45 pm
Back in the chess, four draws on the top four boards would be a bit boring, but looks possible.
Wang Hao seems to have decided right away to settle for a draw.
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 14888

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Is this Carlsen's last classical chess of 2019? Unlikely. Although he is not listed on the Norway team for the European Team Championship, that could change. More likely, he will be one of the four in the Grand Chess Tour Finals in London in December. He is top of the standings at present with two ...
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Status of Stalemate ?
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Re: Status of Stalemate ?

In another place I posed the following question : Quiz question : Some light relief for a dreary October weekend : Who was responsible for introducing into English chess the notion that stalemate was a type of draw ? To name an individual responsible for English chess adopting the rule that stalema...