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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: 10483

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: 10483

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: 10483

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 9:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 10483

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

Draw for Gawain after defending R+2P v R,N.P (blocked pawn structure) from move 52 to 102.
That's the round finished unless there are any games going on the non-live boards.
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 10483

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

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:57 pm
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.
Ah yes, Almasi wasted a whole tempo. Demuth actually suggests 3 d4!?
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 10483

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

Simon WIlliams has one of the most fun games so far today. After 1 Nf3 f5 (no surprise) 2 d3 Nc6 (recommended in Demuth's recent book on the Reti) 3 e4 e5 Almasi played 4 d4 (rare) and the game continued 4...fxe4 5 Nxe5 whereupon SImon played 5...d6 which seems to be a novelty. I don't know whether ...
by Tim Harding
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 2964

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

You will be missed in Bled, Stewart. Too cold, I guess?
by Tim Harding
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 10483

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

Nigel drew. Gawain and David still playing at 7.40pm. Naiditsch, Nakamura, Xiong, Wang, MVL and Wojtaszek all have 5/6. If Parligras can finish Karjakin off there will be seven joint leaders, but it looks like he has lost most of his advantage. (R and blockaded a-pawn v R with two pawns each on the ...
by Tim Harding
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 2964

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:04 pm
.., after a knight check life can never be the same concerning castling.
It can if the check is dealt with by capturing the knight!
by Tim Harding
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 10483

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

One of the engine / Tablebase fiends on Chessbomb claimed that 65... Qe1 was the only move in Jones' game to preserve winning chances, which came in the R+3P v Q phase. I'm guessing the idea may be that, by threatening the b-pawn straight away, Black might win both K-side Ps before they can advance...
by Tim Harding
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 10483

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

Gawain wasn't able to win. Despite the optimistic online engine scores, the tablebase seems to show he did not miss a win in the QvR phase. Maybe earlier? Praggn'andha also showed good technique to hold his R v R+B for the full 50 moves and fairly comfortably. The round 6 draw is up now and surprisi...
by Tim Harding
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 10483

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

Some fascinating endings tonight. Karjakin won two knights versus pawn after Sevian blundered 81...Kf6?? instead of 81...Ke8. Very tough to defend that. Gawain's opponent Antipov really butchered that rook ending; credit to our man for fighting hard. Jones got Q v R and three pawns, won two of them ...
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 3992

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

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by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 10483

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

Any more information about what actually happened in the Howell dispute?
by Tim Harding
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 5030

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Thanks for the reassurance that I'm not the only one. So I sent off my money today. It's probably something to do with the hotel we chose.

At least I won't be getting a huge credit card bill just before Christmas.

See you in Bled!