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by Chris Rice
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

While I have (in general) absolutely nothing against Ladies participating, a number of them participating here is rather staggering I had assumed it was boasting rights against Gibraltar. Surely the number of wild cards and rights to decide who they were was part of the sponsorship deal. You're pro...
by Chris Rice
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Round 4 pairings . Luke is doing well in the early going for this tournament on 2.5/3 and now has White against Adhiban. David after winning against Vocaturo now has 2/3 and is White vs Akopian. Ivan Sokolov was musing on FB and is like a lot of us confused by this wild card stuff and wants it clar...
by Chris Rice
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Round 3 pairings and only 4 players left on 100%. I noticed there was a lot of talk today about Giri upsetting the organisers and skipping this tournament so that he would not lose rating points. Here's a ChessBase article to explain why he's doing what he's doing. Can't blame Giri, he's just playi...
by Chris Rice
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Chessbase article on a very lively first round.
by Chris Rice
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Rd 2 pairings and no Israeli for Maghsoodloo. Our guys had a bad day yesterday with just a draw for Luke and seven losses. Round 2 will already be better for England with Dahl Baard getting a bye.
by Chris Rice
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Richard Bates wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:11 pm
Why isn't Caruana playing in the Candidates?
Sorry, I meant he is not playing for the Candidates already having qualified as the finalist last time, now corrected.
by Chris Rice
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

R1 pairings are up and its difficult to know where to start regarding interesting matches with such an incredible field and its going to be a nightmare to choose what to watch. Start time is Thursday 3pm. Six of the top 10 players in the world are choosing not to play (Ding, Giri, Nepo, MVL, Mamedya...
by Chris Rice
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Great photo via a Peter Doggers tweet of the space and view that the players on Boards 1 and 2 will have. Image
Good news that Keith Arkell has got a Wild Card which takes the field to 154 (118 FIDE Qualifiers + 36 Wild Cards)
by Chris Rice
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Luke McShane - The Spectator
Replies: 2
Views: 1155

Luke McShane - The Spectator

Great to see Luke as the new chess correspondent for The Spectator . Here is his first article Visky Business . It concentrates on Vitiugov's exit from the World Cup in his Armageddon game against Yu. Luke states at the end: "It’s an honour to become The Spectator’s third chess columnist, after Raym...
by Chris Rice
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:53 pm
Where it's claimed, is any rationale given?
Sutovsky's just claimed it on FB but no rationale given. "A handful of top players skipped - that does not change much. It is still by far the strongest Swiss ever."
by Chris Rice
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 12899

FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

This starts next week (10-21 October) and features Carlsen, Caruana and a lot of other top players . It's another World Championship qualifier. The Grand Swiss is an 11-rounder with games starting at 3pm each day apart from the last round. From the entry list looks like we've got around 119 players ...
by Chris Rice
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12958

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Every winner of the World Cup was born in the Soviet Union:

2005 - Levon Aronian
2007 - Gata Kamsky
2009 - Boris Gelfand
2011 - Peter Svidler
2013 - Vladimir Kramnik
2015 - Sergey Karjakin
2017 - Levon Aronian
2019 - Teimour Radjabov
by Chris Rice
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 14
Views: 1557

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:18 pm
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:18 am
The Open will run Friday to Friday, with a Rapid on Saturday and a Blitz on Sunday. It's more or less the same format from 2017.
Double round day is the first Saturday presumably then.
It is. You can now enter the tournament here and the schedule is in the tournament rules here.
by Chris Rice
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12958

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Ding-Radjabov starts tomorrow with a four game match and tie breaks as usual if necessary. What I didn't know till a few minutes ago was that there will be a third place match between Yu and MVL. I went to the FIDE site to find out whether there was anything meaningful about the match and discovered...
by Chris Rice
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12958

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Something looks to have gone wrong for MVL in Game 2. After 11 moves he is worse and his body language suggests he's out of his prep.