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by AustinElliott
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 191
Views: 21736

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

Daniel is currently playing in the Budapest spring open; round 4 live Board 52, not on the live boards, sees Andy v Jamie Horton :roll: Interested to see Daniel rolling out the London system against the Serbian GM. Recall that when I played Daniel a few years back - in M'cr League B Division (!?) -...
by AustinElliott
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Blackpool 2017
Replies: 22
Views: 2671

Re: Blackpool 2017

Nice tactic in Merry v Wells, destined to appear in the Evening Standard column. Analysed in the Quiet Move (never heard of it before), Peter Wells in blistering form. http://www.thequietmove.com/blackpool-2017/ The Quiet Move is a new chess website set up by Andrew Sainsbury, who plays for Chorlto...
by AustinElliott
Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 169
Views: 17339

Re: National Chess Library closure

Having now read through the catalogue (2011 vintage so presumably a little out-of-date) I found just over 6500 books including, as others have noted, many duplicates. Among the more extreme cases were, for example, the two volumes (1905-30 and 1931-55 respectively) of Tartakower's best games, each ...
by AustinElliott
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain
Replies: 18
Views: 1719

Re: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain

Having read the paper again, it seems that the 39 participants (1 dropped out) were divided into 4 groups, and firstly given one of the 4 test materials, then a week later given a different test material, then a week later another different material, and then a week later the one they had not had. ...
by AustinElliott
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain
Replies: 18
Views: 1719

Re: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain

Caffeine is a well-known 'cognitive enhancer', so its reported effects reported are no surprise. Indeed, it's a standing joke in neuroscience that, whenever someone makes exaggerated claims for some new drug or concoction (see e.g. 'smart drinks') as a cognitive enhancer, someone else will eventuall...
by AustinElliott
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 3517

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2017

I was surprised Aronian not a wildcard after Rex Sinquefield's interview: https://youtu.be/Onhiwz6NB0M?t=36m32s A shame from my point of view, I understand the selection criteria but I think the tour does suffer a bit from having a lot of players with similar styles. Of course, Aronian not being a ...
by AustinElliott
Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Once Upon a Time in a League Match
Replies: 26
Views: 2598

Re: Once Upon a Time in a League Match

Geoff's Spaghetti Western nod in the thread title reminded me of the famously lengthy wordless opening scene of Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in The West'. The scene involves the characters, who are waiting for a train so they can kill one of the passengers, finding various noises and irritants (...
by AustinElliott
Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Once Upon a Time in a League Match
Replies: 26
Views: 2598

Re: Once Upon a Time in a League Match

I would use one for a blitz game, but in a longplay game there is the risk of the phone ringing, other apps shutting the clock off, the phone locking while its owner is away from the board.... A lot of potential problems. Well, 'Airplane Mode' will stop the phone connecting to the network, so no ch...
by AustinElliott
Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Once Upon a Time in a League Match
Replies: 26
Views: 2598

Re: Once Upon a Time in a League Match

Most (all?) smartphones have an 'Airplane Mode' that blocks mobile signal/reception, so the phone won't ring. Plus if a phone is on the table showing players' times it is unlikely to be being used for cheating. So rather an imaginative solution, all in all. Just the kind of problem-solving one hopes...
by AustinElliott
Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapport vs. Wei Yi
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

Re: Rapport vs. Wei Yi

Second game to Rapport, apparently, so now one-all, with White winning both times.
by AustinElliott
Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 3517

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2017

Those who qualified for the Grand Chess Tour 2017 are: So, Nakamura, Caruana, Carlsen, Kramnik and Vachier-Lagrave. Good prospects for exciting chess? "A total of nine players will be selected as full 2017 Grand Chess Tour participants. Three spots will be awarded to the top finishers in the 2016 G...
by AustinElliott
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 35261

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

So rapidplays & if necessary blitz favouring the younger player. Doubt age is a factor, as Karjakin is not quite 27, so less than two years older than Carlsen. Carlsen may be the better rapid/blitz player of the two, but that is a different issue, I'd say. I'm one of those who would have enjoyed mo...
by AustinElliott
Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 35261

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

... during that period of shuffling pieces back and forth, it was very difficult to understand what was going on and how to judge the optimum placement of the pieces and how it makes a difference many moves later - clearly some players have a knack for this, but I doubt many 'ordinary' chess player...
by AustinElliott
Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 35261

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

Mick Norris wrote:I'm not interested in players bashing out 20 moves of theory, particularly in sharp lines that peter out to draws at move 30
The Anand-Gelfand match (at least the long play games) springs to mind...
by AustinElliott
Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 35261

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

It is all a bit cagey. Speaking heretically... if this was a game between two 160-170 players, with the same moves, I might be thinking White didn't actually have a plan for how he was going to try to win this. Anyone know what Rd4-d2 was for, for instance? EDIT: 54. Rb3 - surely Carlsen has to play...