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by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Had the whale tonight at Fischer's favourite restaurant in Reykjavik https://scontent.frkv3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/57595577_10156731892168564_3911254380904448000_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ht=scontent.frkv3-1.fna&oh=1a89fda00e2f8599f1b93e253be47d78&oe=5D472E99 According to the bar staff Fischer had his...
by Chris Rice
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April
Replies: 37
Views: 2315

Re: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April

Great quote from Jonathan Rowson: "Just played through Magnus Carlsen's games from Shamkir where he won with 7/9 and pushed his rating to 2860. For a few years there he was merely the best of the best, but now I think he is back to being superior in historic terms; the best of the best of the best."
by Chris Rice
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Round 7 report . Lupulescu leads by a clear point with a great win Black side of a French against Firouzja. I'd not seen 9...Qa5 before, but I'm surprised White sees that move and then thinks oh, I'll castle queenside here. Simon Williams has annotated the game here . He is about to publish an arti...
by Chris Rice
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Round 7 report. Lupulescu leads by a clear point with a great win Black side of a French against Firouzja. David Eggleston, after 5 wins in a row, lost to Grandelius but as you'll see in the report he had his chances.
by Chris Rice
Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

"The original is now kept in the basement at the National Museum and is not on public display but she didn't know why." That's odd. The set I saw in the museum was (I think) behind a screen so you couldn't touch it, let alone steal it. I like the padded bits on the table, so your elbows don't get s...
by Chris Rice
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Round 5 report where the Iranian GM, Alireza Firouzja is really impressing at the moment as he shares the lead with two Armenian GMs but with Gawain and David Eggleston only a half point back there is still all to play for. Thanks for the comments on the report guys, very much appreciated. One poin...
by Chris Rice
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

I guess if you call yourself a chess player then you can't come to Iceland and not visit Fischer's grave. It promised to be a rather sad day (though not as sad as round 4 where I missed two clear wins against a Kazakh IM) but it turned out to be quite inspiring. These are my notes from the visit: Fi...
by Chris Rice
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

And I'm relying on Chris to reveal who opens the round - last time, we got the Prime Minister of Iceland one round! Opening Round 1 yesterday were a stream of Icelandic dignitaries followed by FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich welcoming players on behalf of the FIDE Presidential Board. In person he...
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Before the tournament started there was the Icelandic Championship blitz tournament and in the final game between Hannes Stefansson the 12 time Icelandic Champion and Hjorvar Stein Gretarsson covered on national TV with commentary in Icelandic from Bjorn Thorfinsson and Ingvar Johansson, Hannes was ...
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

And I'm relying on Chris to reveal who opens the round - last time, we got the Prime Minister of Iceland one round! Opening Round 1 yesterday were a stream of Icelandic dignitaries followed by FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich welcoming players on behalf of the FIDE Presidential Board. In person he...
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

On the topic of pairings: you can just download the Swiss-Manager file and check for yourself that the pairings are correct. I've just done that, and it is in Baku Acceleration mode. In addition, it shows that the parameters for this are that there are dummy points for players 1-120, and not for pl...
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

I was indeed gobsmacked Roger to find that after a Round 1 loss I was moved up 22 boards to play a GM rated 211 points higher than my first round opponent! I would have thought it worth throwing a strop about the pairings, as on the face of it, they've failed to award Kanarek and Tang their dummy p...
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Bizarre pairings for round 2. It's obviously accelerated but these pairings aren't consistent. 32 GM Kanarek Marcel 2505 0 0 Bejatovic Bojana 2021 33 AIM Rice Chris B 2026 0 0 GM Tang Andrew 2501 34 Andersson Lars 2012 1 0 IM Eggleston David J 2401 The pairing on board 34 looks plausible, but why a...
by Chris Rice
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3254

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

http://chess-results.com/tnr374902.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1&fed=ISL&turdet=YES&flag=30 Gawain Jones is top seed. Sadly, I'm not there, but there are a few English players, most of whom are licking their wounds tonight. Two games tomorrow. Yes I'm one of those Kevin but the interesting point for me was...
by Chris Rice
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Kenya Youth Chess Championship...
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Kenya Youth Chess Championship...

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:20 pm
Angus French wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:55 pm
That's impressive. How many other nations can match (or better?) that?
Three that spring to mind: USA certainly. South Africa and France probably - they're at least of comparable size.
Don't forget Greenland.