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by Tim Harding
Fri May 24, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 2828

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

I am not surprised there has been no response to Charlie Storey's misguided initiative. What immediately struck me when I first read the above was: a) "Team GB" is a term coined by the British Olympics movement because GB (and Northern Ireland) competes as one team. b) In chess the Welsh and Scots h...
by Tim Harding
Fri May 24, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress seeking sponsor
Replies: 3
Views: 1513

Hastings Congress seeking sponsor

I'm a bit surprised nobody has posted the press release sent out by the Hastings congress organisers three days ago. They sent two files. They should have used a spell-checker on the first one: HASTINGS CHESS – NEXT MOVE At this time of year the organisers of Hastings International Chess Congress ar...
by Tim Harding
Sat May 18, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess Matches
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Chess Matches

I have been reading a bit about chess in the late 19th century. There was a postal match during that time when England beat Scotland and the Scotch opening was played. Does anyone know the year? I would also like to know when people think the first international match was. Would it be the 1932 Olym...
by Tim Harding
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: European Senior Team Championships 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 2002

European Senior Team Championships 2019

As the previous thread on senior events has become side-tracked, it is time to start a new one. I have updated my Seniors (and Irish) pages at: http://www.chessmail.com/index.html The regulations are finally available for the European Senior Team Championships to be held in Mali Losinj, an island in...
by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2820

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

It's also a matter for how the Irish rating system will handle these games. I am not on the ICU committee or a ratings expert. I only said what the Chief Arbiter told me. I would have thought the fairest thing is to rate these games for the opponents as won by them, or treat them as wins by default ...
by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Another new IM
Replies: 22
Views: 3549

Re: Another new IM

James lost in the last round today but he said he has gained enough points.
by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2820

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

For the record, player X beat higher-rated opponents on the board in rounds 1-3 and 5. These results have all been reversed by the Chief Arbiter for tournament purposes but it remains to be decided how they should be rated. The first complaints about X were received after round 2. The round 3 oppone...
by Tim Harding
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 5758

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

A few years ago, I think it was 2016, Iceland was to host the European Team Championships and they were allowed to have a second team. They decided it should be a senior team and Hjartarson was on it. So they decided to play the World Senior Teams first to warm up. Fridrik Olafsson was on the team t...
by Tim Harding
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 2934

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

He was supposedly born in Kilkenny but there is no birth record in the name of Mason. Efforts (by other people) to find out what his original "Milesian" name was were thwarted by a certain journalist on a Birmingham paper (R. J. Buckley?) who claimed to know the name but refused to reveal it to the ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 2934

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

Sounds like James Mason to me.
by Tim Harding
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Another new IM
Replies: 22
Views: 3549

Re: Another new IM

Draw this evening with GM Epishin won't harm Jackson's cause. He may be there now - or does he need to be 2400+ at the end of the event, or on the May list?
by Tim Harding
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 5758

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Round 1 in the 50+; top four matches: Scotland v USA; Armenia v Ireland; Germany Women v Iceland; England 1 v Oslo In the 65+ with 27 teams they have given the bye to 17th seed Belgium, which is unusual; maybe one of their team is late arriving. England 1 v Sweden 3 should be one-sided. The team num...
by Tim Harding
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 3758

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

...There are some errors in the round 7 totals given in Tim's summary for the round 8 pairings. Yes I was just copying the figures given in chess24 which still seem to be wrong for some players at present. In the last round Terry has drawn and Keith won but the site is showing their totals out of 8.
by Tim Harding
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 3758

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

Terry Chapman lost in round 6 (to Milos Pavlovic), but in round 7 he is one of a group of 5 on 4.5/6, half a point behind his conqueror who is the new leader. Keith Arkell in a group of 6 on 4/6. Round 7 is later today. Terry playing Fabio Bruno. Unfortunately Terry lost again; two Blacks in a row ...
by Tim Harding
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 2435

Re: US Championship 2019

Ah yes, I had forgotten 2015. That was when Wesley had a melt-down with one of his losses being an arbiter ruling for note-taking,

Probably Wesley was lost somewhere near the end of yesterday's game but the online engines may be wrong,