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by Giulio Simeone
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spanish - Scottish family
Replies: 2
Views: 1104

Re: Spanish - Scottish family

I won, Cristina played quite well the first 20 moves but then went short of time and lost herself. Here's the game with some quick comments: [Event "Arco di Trento (Italy)"] [Site "?"] [Date "2012.10.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Espinosa Cancino, Cristina(1479)"] [Black "Simeone, Giulio(1928)"] [Result ...
by Giulio Simeone
Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spanish - Scottish family
Replies: 2
Views: 1104

Spanish - Scottish family

Hello, I'm playing a tournament in northern Italy and tomorrow I play against a 15 year-old girl who plays for the Scottish Federation but whose name and appearance is all but Scottish: Cristina Espinosa Cancino. She has a brother and a sister who also play in the tournament, their appearance is cle...
by Giulio Simeone
Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Against the International Master
Replies: 19
Views: 2631

Re: Against the International Master

Hello John, first I have to correct my previous post: Caprio gave me a chance to draw not with 42. ...Rd3, but after, in particular with 45. ...Rxd5 which is clearly a bad move because after it the rook and the pawns seriously obstacle each other. Since black cannot take the d5 pawn with the rook, 4...
by Giulio Simeone
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Changing the registered time control
Replies: 45
Views: 2616

Re: Changing the registered time control

The tournament that I mentioned started at 9 AM, in Italy almost all the tournaments start between 9 and 9.30 AM, a fair compromise between Germany and the 4NCL:-)
by Giulio Simeone
Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Changing the registered time control
Replies: 45
Views: 2616

Re: Changing the registered time control

I'm glad that my initial post has generated such a long thread. Mr. Reuben, thanks for the reply, but I'm not sure to have understood the new rates, you wrote These are to change from 1 July 2013 and will be much simplified. Basically, without an increment of 30 seconds or more - 150 minutes thinkin...
by Giulio Simeone
Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The complexity of chess
Replies: 36
Views: 3027

Re: The complexity of chess

That's another good point Alex, the pawns cannot move only forward, because after some moves they inevitably find themselves one in front of the other. So some of the captures have to be made by the pawns themselves, and the number of 50-move intervals reduces. These kind of problems are very tricky...
by Giulio Simeone
Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The complexity of chess
Replies: 36
Views: 3027

Re: The complexity of chess

You're right Rob!! So the number should be ((16*6)+46)*50=142*50= 7100 moves!! Obviously in such a game the players have to make a capture or a pawn push exactly every 50 moves, no more no less, so it turns out to be a rather artificial game. Notice that during the first 50 moves the two sides can o...
by Giulio Simeone
Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The complexity of chess
Replies: 36
Views: 3027

Re: The complexity of chess

The most scary bit surely was that "there are more possible positions on a chess board than atoms in the observable universe"! Really? Well, I don't find that this would be scary, but quite reassuring, because that means that it will be quite difficult for a computer to evaluate all the possible po...
by Giulio Simeone
Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Against the International Master
Replies: 19
Views: 2631

Re: Against the International Master

John, do you know that I also originally wrote in my notes that 30. ...b5 would have been better than 30. ... Re4, and then cancelled it? Actually many players would have immediately tried to exploit the 3 - 1 pawn majority, but Caprio's plan to centralize the king and attack the d5 pawn seems effec...
by Giulio Simeone
Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Changing the registered time control
Replies: 45
Views: 2616

Re: Changing the registered time control

Actually, as Roger has discovered, the tournament website advertised the 90 + 30 time control. It sounds strange, though, that the FIDE website displays the 90 x 40 + 30 + 30 because of a typo, in my opinion is more probable that the organizers had originally set this time control and then have chan...
by Giulio Simeone
Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Changing the registered time control
Replies: 45
Views: 2616

Changing the registered time control

Sometimes it happens that certain tournaments are registered on the FIDE website with a certain time control, and then are played with another time control, usually worse. For example, the tournament that was just played in Cortina d'Ampezzo, in Northern Italy, was registered with the 90 x 40 + 30 +...
by Giulio Simeone
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Against the International Master
Replies: 19
Views: 2631

Re: Against the International Master

It's true Roger, in the middlegame a bishop and a knight are almost always better than a rook, because rooks are more powerful than minor pieces mostly in the endgame, when there are many open lines. In the position after 15. ... Kxf8, though, I thought to have a slight dynamic compensation because:...
by Giulio Simeone
Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Against the International Master
Replies: 19
Views: 2631

Re: Against the International Master

11.Kf1 certainly looks better. I don't think the endgame after 19 moves is equal, looks a lot better for black. Adam, I was about to reply you that you were wrong, then I thought that you might have been a rated player, I checked on the FIDE website and I saw that your rating is 2366!! So now I wan...
by Giulio Simeone
Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Against the International Master
Replies: 19
Views: 2631

Re: Against the International Master

Giulio, Can I ask a question or two? At move 10.Be2 you say couldn't afford to "lose a tempo with 10.a3 as Nc5..." (Jack suggested playing 7.d3 instead of 7.d4) I'd like to ask if you considered playing 7.a3 before, during, or after the game? My other question is - in the endgame you "missed an eas...
by Giulio Simeone
Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Against the International Master
Replies: 19
Views: 2631

Re: Against the International Master

Thanks for the suggestion Jack, maybe next time I will play 7. d3 ... in this variation white has an advantage, namely the couple of the bishops, that can be exploited mostly on the long run, in the opening he has to deal with the problem of the exposed queen and d3, which prevents ...Ne4, indeed ma...