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by Tim Harding
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2814

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

The Irish Chess Union has now put up a chess-results page showing entries received up to Sunday: http://chess-results.com/tnr414002.aspx?lan=1 A few more have come in since. There are ten GMs and six IMs so far. Irish club players tend to enter events quite close to the deadline before fees increase...
by Tim Harding
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2018-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1670

Re: Division Two 2018-19

curious pattern in division 2 a this season: round 1 Barbican 2 2-6 Grantham Sharks 2 round 2 Gonzaga 1.5-6.5 Barbican 2 round 6 Grantham Sharks 2 2-6 Gonzaga evidently everyone has good days and bad days ... Especially when you notice that the first weekend Gonzaga fielded two FMs (one of whom has...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 5666

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Sam bounced back victorious today Yes I was glad to see that. He seems a good guy and I was very shocked to see an ignoramus on chess24 calling this as a case of match-fixing, Peter Svidler explains the Giri-Shankland ending very clearly on chess24 (Premium members only). https://chess24.com/en/rea...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of Fide rules questions
Replies: 71
Views: 2947

Re: A couple of Fide rules questions

It doesn't. The quoted ruling is a bad ruling. I agree with Jack and not Stewart on this one. Two illegal moves lose with the exception provided for in the clarification to 7.6 in the Arbiter Manual which I referenced above. "However when there are two (2) illegal moves in one move (i.e. illegal ca...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of Fide rules questions
Replies: 71
Views: 2947

Re: A couple of Fide rules questions

Which manual? If someone promotes to an upturned rook, I think the rules allow for this. On their next move, they move the upturned rook diagonally - then you step in as this is an illegal move for a rook. However if you step in as soon as they promote, you are not allowing them to make the illegal...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of Fide rules questions
Replies: 71
Views: 2947

Re: A couple of Fide rules questions

The advice you're giving the player that is useful to someone who doesn't know the rules (when they should) is that he would be wasting time analysing moves other than a queen move because he can't play them. Perhaps, but I don't think that's still preferable from a people-management perspective to...
by Tim Harding
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of Fide rules questions
Replies: 71
Views: 2947

Re: A couple of Fide rules questions

I think that Alex is basically right but the thread has got over-complicated: a) Black should be given precisely two minutes, not more, because he should have stopped the clock before calling the arbiter/team captain. b) If White makes a claim of win on time, reject it on the grounds that a prior cl...
by Tim Harding
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019
Replies: 35
Views: 4198

Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Then there is the case where you are playing a 2700 who outrates you by 300+ but offers you a draw. You know you shouldn't really take it don't you? I genuinely do not understand how anyone takes a draw there against anyone. At a minimum you play the obvious forcing line with 39.Qh3 to get to the t...
by Tim Harding
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019
Replies: 35
Views: 4198

Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

David Howell will be having nightmares about his 59th move tonight, I fear.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019
Replies: 35
Views: 4198

Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:43 pm
Board 44 went the "wrong" way it seems...
According to the FIDE list, the Chinese giant-killer Zuo Yifan is male and was born in 2005.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019
Replies: 35
Views: 4198

Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Yes indeed, poor Gary. Why didn't he just recapture on d3?
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 3735

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

Ireland will be sending 50+ and 65+ teams to Rhodes, but unfortunately I am unavailable to travel at those dates.

We are taking soundings about sending at least a 50+ team to the Europeans in September, but it would be helpful if the Croatians could clarify the venue and the terms and conditions.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019
Replies: 35
Views: 4198

Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

John lost as expected and there don't look like being many upsets. However, IM Gary Lane (on a European tour with his son) has chances to win with Black against Pavel Eljanov: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/gibraltar-masters-2019/1/1/20 It's getting tense around move 28 with both play...
by Tim Harding
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2814

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

Here is an update on the Irish International Open which starts in Dublin three months from today (round 1 at 6pm on Wed 17 April) and will be played over the Easter weekend, ending on Monday 22 April. There will be good opportunities to earn FIDE title norms. So far 9 GMs, four IMs, four FMs and one...
by Tim Harding
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"

From the above I believe may conclude provisionally that the quotation should be attributed to Hopwood not Steinitz. As for the (34) that was the late Kurt Landsberger's incompetent attempt to do citations. The number, like others in his text, just refers to the Deutsche Schachzeitung which is item ...