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by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4438

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

I think it would have been better to combine the armageddon game with a 3-1-0 score for the main game, I mean: a win in the main game gives 3 point; a draw in the main game gives 1 point each and 1 point to the winner of the armageddon. Not a big difference but it seems to me the current point syste...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 50
Views: 2639

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

There is, or was, a special FIDE Rule that where countries were at war with each other, pairings fom those federations could be avoided. The problem with Israel is that several countries believe themselves to be at war with them, but Israel does not. Palestine, UAE. Yemen., etc. It is all very well...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 33
Views: 3674

Re: London Chess Classic

As a spectator, I'm not a fan of the current format for the top event. Two games are not enough for interesting commentaires... especially as of lately with so many games drfiting to early drawish positions. Bring back the round robin tournament, out of 5 games it's more likely to have at least a co...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?
Replies: 20
Views: 1692

Re: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?

Interesting comments about the match from Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: http://www.mvlchess.com/2018/12/06/carlsen-caruana/ Worth reading the whole article; with respect to the topic of this thread, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave comments about the difficulties of Caruana in creating opening problems for his oppo...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 44210

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Where do you get the 35,000 number from? 75,000 divide by 2, take off a bit for those between games or just watching or browsing. That was my guess. It might be right, but we can all think of reasons why it might also be wrong. On lichess, when asking to setup a new game, the server shows the numbe...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who were the seconds at the WC2018?
Replies: 3
Views: 895

Who were the seconds at the WC2018?

After the end of the match, did Carlsen and Caruana announce who were their seconds?
by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?
Replies: 20
Views: 1692

Re: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?

Since when does entertainment matter? Exactly my point. Caruana is a worthy challenger because he won the candidates, nothing more to be said. But the same applies to Anand and Karjakin. However, when Anand and Karjakin qualified as challengers a number of people expressed disappointment, rather pr...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?
Replies: 20
Views: 1692

Re: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?

Twelve draws now.

Anyone still thinking that Caruana has been a much better challenger for an entertaining match than Anand or Karjakin?
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?
Replies: 20
Views: 1692

Re: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?

Seven draws in a row, most of which pretty uneventful.
Already worse than the C/Anand matches.
Same number of starting draws as the C/Karjakin match, but then we had two decisive games with increased fighting spirit.
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?
Replies: 20
Views: 1692

Anyone else missing the C/Anand and C/Karjakin matches?

Very funny comments from Grischuk when joining the 6th game commentaires on chess24... essentially he refused to comment on the position and the opening choices, nothing interesting to say about the game. I remember the disappointment when Anand and the Karjakin qualified for the world championship,...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Schedule
Replies: 23
Views: 1958

Re: World Championship Schedule

Kevin O'Rourke wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:47 am
are we doing updates on here for the game? youtube blocked at a lot of people's work :-)
This site is unlikely to be blocked by corporate firewalls and it seems it will show the game:
http://analysis.sesse.net/
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Schedule
Replies: 23
Views: 1958

Re: World Championship Schedule

Niall Doran wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:13 pm
Anyone recommend a good site to follow the match
https://chess24.com/en/wcc2018
Live commentaries from Peter Svidler, Alexander Grishuck and Anish Giri.
Jan Gustafsson is missing, so we can assume is again part of Carlsen seconds.
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Schedule
Replies: 23
Views: 1958

World Championship Schedule

Just looked at the world championship schedule and I noticed that there are 6 rest days, of which 3 fall on a weekend. I wonder why they decided to have so many rest days over the weekend and why they placed the final game and tie-break on week days. It looks as if chess attracts a bigger audience d...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 74
Views: 6728

Re: FIDE internal fighting

Also at the ECU. This hasn't received much publicity. I'm not sure when the posts are up for re-election, but you have to wonder how many hats the ECF's International Director and FIDE Delegate is allowed to wear before running into conflicts of interest ? I doubt the ECF Governance has ever consid...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Yorkshire grading system
Replies: 13
Views: 1937

Re: Yorkshire grading system

While Chessnuts was a ground breaking piece of software (and very user friendly to boot) it has become increasingly hard to defend having two grading lists, particularly as the inconsistency between the two increases year or year. You could use the exact same arguments discussing the ECF grading as...