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by Paolo Casaschi
Sat May 07, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Matches 3rd - 27th May 2011
Replies: 537
Views: 34496

Re: Candidates Matches 3rd - 27th May 2011

LozCooper wrote:Round 1 Game 4 tomorrow:

Gelfand (2) v Mamedjarov (1)
Topolov (1) v Kamsky (2)
Grischuk (1.5) v Aronian (1.5)
Kramnik (1.5) v Radjabov (1.5)
Interesting that both players ahead in their match are rated lower than their opponent, hence the prediction of Grishuk and Radjabov winning tomorrow :wink:
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri May 06, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can anyone recommend a good pgn reader with analysis engine?
Replies: 8
Views: 2006

Re: Can anyone recommend a good pgn reader with analysis eng

My old PC has finally given up the ghost and so I have the dreaded task of sorting some vital software for the replacement. First objective is an uncomplicated pgn reader - ideally with an analysis engine attached and hopefully as a free download. My old pgn reader was ideal, if a bit buggy, and ca...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Magazine
Replies: 59
Views: 10078

Re: British Chess Magazine

As a keen student of IT, there is no pdf document that cannot be unprotected and distributed illegally. However this doesn't mean that there is no merit in the idea, and that it can't be profitable. It does not necessarily have to be PDF either. You might want to look at what Europe Echecs has on t...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Popular chess magazines and websites
Replies: 24
Views: 2544

Re: Popular chess magazines and websites

The Spanish one appears to be Jaque and the French one Europe Eches, and the German one Schach. If you consider also non-English magazines, you might want to add to the list the Italian Torre e Cavallo . Like very few other chess magazines, Torre e Cavallo is sold on (selected) newsagents; you can ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Etiquette of resigning
Replies: 107
Views: 10655

Re: Etiquette of resigning

Which is worse - resigning with rather less than good grace, or not resigning at all? Well, there are rules and there's etiquette/politeness. If you can't stand your opponent not resigning in a lost position, you should ask for the rules to be changed. That player does not do anything irregular. I ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What counts as a minature
Replies: 24
Views: 2124

Re: What counts as a minature

My opponent as White forgot an (obvious) intermediate pawn check on move 11 and got in deep trouble. I liked leaving both Rooks for his Queen to take. 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2 cxd4 8. cxd4 f6 9. Nf4 Nxd4 10. Qh5 Ke7 11. Ng6 hxg6 12. Qxh8 Nxe5 13. Bb1 Qc7 14....
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this the most underhanded thing done in chess?
Replies: 14
Views: 1704

Re: Is this the most unerhanded thing done in chess?

That accounts for half of the story, if there's no money for a Kasparov-Shirov match, then you might not organize one. But this does not justify organizing another match Kasparov-Kramnik and accepting it as world championship match. Why not? That's surely got to be better than the champion's not pl...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this the most underhanded thing done in chess?
Replies: 14
Views: 1704

Re: Is this the most unerhanded thing done in chess?

Well that wasn't cool by any means but it wasn't the result of a deliberate plot was it? I thought it was just down to the fact that nobody would stump up any cash for a Kasparov- Shirov match. That accounts for half of the story, if there's no money for a Kasparov-Shirov match, then you might not ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to get a draw by resigning.
Replies: 46
Views: 3320

Re: How to get a draw by resigning.

What's the legal position here though? Had I resigned, albeit by accident, or had I made the equivalent of an illegal move and was I, technically speaking at least, entitled to restart the clocks and carry on. From the FIDE Handbook , article 5.1b: The game is won by the player whose opponent decla...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Matches 3rd - 27th May 2011
Replies: 537
Views: 34496

Re: Candidates Matches 3rd - 27th May 2011

I don't like the idea that you have months to prepare for the first match and then 2-3 days for the semi and final. Why should the players do that? In fact, they have months to prepare against any of the other candidates. Nobody forbids Topalov to prepare against Kramnik today... and if the match d...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Matches 3rd - 27th May 2011
Replies: 537
Views: 34496

Re: Candidates Matches 3rd - 27th May 2011

I don't like the idea that you have months to prepare for the first match and then 2-3 days for the semi and final. Why should the players do that? In fact, they have months to prepare against any of the other candidates. Nobody forbids Topalov to prepare against Kramnik today... and if the match d...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: time control followed by quickplay finish: what's the point?
Replies: 5
Views: 719

time control followed by quickplay finish: what's the point?

While reading the post about the chess leagues surveys, I was surprised to see how popular is to have a time control of the form: - 1h 15m for the first 30 moves - 15m quickplay finish for the rest of the game ...with small variations for the number of games (30 to 36), for the initial amount time (...
by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Etiquette of resigning
Replies: 107
Views: 10655

Re: Etiquette of resigning

Depends how long the player is away for I would have thought Alan ~ that's why I added the caveat "if the player really is nowhere to be seen." I don't think it's reasonable to ask a player to wait indefinitely. Indefinitely? There is a clock for the exact purpose of having games of limited duratio...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Etiquette of resigning
Replies: 107
Views: 10655

Re: Etiquette of resigning

In the last round of a recent congress, black was in a commanding postion with over 20 minutes on the clock, whereas white had about 7 minutes remaining. It was white's move, but instead of doing so the player just stood up and without offering to shake hands just said ''It is too early to resign b...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chessbase is not putting its mouth where its money is
Replies: 9
Views: 1807

Re: Chessbase is not putting its mouth where its money is

If Chessbase were platform independent, I would try paying for an account with them. One (distant) day, you might have to open your wallet, if they ever make this to work http://www.chesslive.de/playchess/ Still does not really work even on windows, might work on MacOS same as on windows; I would n...