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by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 36880

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

Some brief comments, including notes to the Svidler - Kramnik game, in my site Shakthinking.

I will add more on later rounds, but not necessarily one a day.
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 36880

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

Four draws then, by really strong players.

None of the players gave away anything, at least according to the narrow swings, as given by Houdini (+0.29 through to -0.12).
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 36880

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

Second draw, Svidelr - Kramnik, queenless opening, repetition. In the opening, Kramnik clearly did not want to play Black in a minority attack, Queen's Gambit, and who could blame him for that? Other games looking level. It so often happens in teh first couple of rounds. Paolo, thanks for clarificat...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 36880

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

A slight infestation of Turnites before the match, but never mind. Clearly both Aronian and Carlsen wanted to keep things very steady in the first round. The only player who has been trying to mix things up seems to be Radjubov. Gelfand spent over an hour in his first dozen moves. Maybe Gelfand's pa...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: RIP Bobby
Replies: 54
Views: 4029

Re: RIP Bobby

On the chess itself, my regret is that Fischer did not write up, analyse, and publish, his own games after the 60 Memorable Games book. Also, no doubt, publishers would have been wary about writing and publishing anything about Fischer, when he was alive. Remember the Batsford edition of my 60 Memor...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Title norms held by English players
Replies: 97
Views: 19344

Re: Title norms held by English players

Just to extend and clarify my previous comment. In the 1971 grading list, there were 18 players graded 217 or over. Of these, 7 were graded at 225 or over, GMs or IMs, or later achieved these results. of the other 18, only one (Howard Williams) became an IM. Furthermore, there were no players graded...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Title norms held by English players
Replies: 97
Views: 19344

Re: Title norms held by English players

Fascinating stuff, and we could easily get into memory lane on all this. It is best to concentrate on the main point, on which players in years past could reasonably be expected to have reached IM level, were it not for norm chances had been more restricted before the 1980s. In 1971 and 1981, all th...
by Colin S Crouch
Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Title norms held by English players
Replies: 97
Views: 19344

Re: Title norms held by English players

Roger, Thanks for the note. Yes, Barden and John Littlewood were very much in my mind for players who, given later opportunities, would have had excellent chances of becoming an IM. John's son, Paul, became an IM himself, and once won the British Championship. I was thinking more in terms of players...
by Colin S Crouch
Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Title norms held by English players
Replies: 97
Views: 19344

Re: Title norms held by English players

Lawrence, First of all, my many thanks to you in chasing out my old GM norm, and on your detective work in locating other norms. My main interest in reopening this thread of discussion is of historical interest, questions of ancient history, like my first IM norm (Lloyds Bank 1979), and earlier. The...
by Colin S Crouch
Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 36880

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

Interesting to see that Aronian - Carlsen could happen as early as round 1. This could easily set the whole tournament alive - or maybe not. Aronian unexpectedly missed a four move checkmate against Carlsen, at the Spanish-Brazilian event last year, and he put pressure on Carlsen at Wijk aan Zee. Ye...
by Colin S Crouch
Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2013
Replies: 540
Views: 36880

Re: Candidates Tournament 2013

Personally, I am happy enough just to watch things on the computer, follow the games, and keep a note of what Houdini, or others suggest. If there are live pictures, watching to see whether players are happy ore are squirming, then there is little need to be there. As for the games themselves, who i...
by Colin S Crouch
Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Title norms held by English players
Replies: 97
Views: 19344

Re: Title norms held by English players

Of players who achieved norms in the 70s, but did not achieve their title: Andrew Law is no longer with us, unfortunately. Also Michael Franklin achieved a good IM norm in the Aaronson Masters in 1978. I remember that, because I lost to him in that event. Reminds me: I'm playing against Richmond ton...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the most effective way to study?
Replies: 15
Views: 2872

Re: What is the most effective way to study?

Surprising perhaps that no-one has suggested yet the importance of the computer in analysing a player's game. If you want to improve your own game, the best way must surely be to study and analyse your own games, and to work out where and why you went wrong. In the old days, like when I was young, t...