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by Colin S Crouch
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Final weekend (2013-14 season)
Replies: 91
Views: 14262

Re: Final weekend (2013-14 season)

The main candidate for demotion from Division 1 was obvious, even before the first round had even started. This was of course Grantham Sharks 2 :lol: Under a complete fiasco of management by Kevin McCarthy :lol: :oops: Grantham Sharks managed to lose three IMs and an Olympiad member before the round...
by Colin S Crouch
Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Youngest/Oldest teams
Replies: 8
Views: 2587

Re: Youngest/Oldest teams

Not in the 4NCL, but in recent Hillingdon Leage matches, there were two matches between Harrow C, and Harrow Junior B. The first match led to a win for the senior, all of definitely of pensionable adge. Less than a month later though, the juniors achieved a credible draw, even though one of the play...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Another shatteringly tense game in the World Candidates, and in the end it looks like an odds-on favourite for Anand, two half-points ahead of Aronian, and even further ahead of thee rest of the field. Yet even a day earlier, both players were level, each having just played a tense draw. Anand next ...
by Colin S Crouch
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

I wrote: Casachi's sense of irony is misplaced. He is only a 180 player, trying to comment on top grandmasters. Caschi replied: Seriously? Yes, of course. I have checked up your grading list, only 180. You have never beaten a player graded over 200 during the recent rating periods, and presumably yo...
by Colin S Crouch
Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Perhaps I wrote too quickly. Karjakin is putting pressue on Svidler in the endgame.
by Colin S Crouch
Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Yes, fair enough, I did not predict both of the two critical results today. Usually I do not enjoy doing such things, as it leads nto the implication that if a game is lost, a top grandmaster will make a clear miswtake. However, after Jonathan's predictions, and after the large numbrts of losses, I ...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

An interesting question, but I suspect that the answer is no, or at least of no obvious great signifibance when compared with other dramas in the world of chess. To survive at top level, a grandmaster will need to cut out any distractions, and to avoid any negativity. The one thing that cannot be el...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

The half-way stage. +2 Anand, Aronian +1 Kramnik = Svidler -1 Andreikin, Mamedjarov, Topalov -2 Karjakin Anand missed the boat today. He was clearly winning against Svidler, but soon allowed a draw. Aronian has now caught up with Anand, and of course they play in the return match between them tomorr...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

No!

Aronian is still winning, but Mamedjarov has suddenly tunrned a win into a loss. Some sharp tactical chess is of course involved.
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

It looks like Kramnik is unable to break though, after solid defence by Mamedjarov. In response to Ray's question, Anand these days always prefers solidity. It is perhaps the natural response of playing loads of world chanpionhip matches, when +1=11-1 is a fully satisfactory result, but when somethi...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

As suggested by Jonathan Bryant, Andreikin has quietly shifted his king to a2, without castling, and now his king has retreated to a1. He is a safe pawn up, and Topalov has no couterplay. Aronian looks to be taking on the initiative against Karjakin. The clock times provide an indication. Karjakin, ...
by Colin S Crouch
Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

It looks like Svidler has gone seriously wrong at nove 15, and that Anand is opening up pressure on the kingside. Could it be that Anand will reach +3? After his early two wins, Anand had not shown any serious signs about increasing his plus score. Anand is, ome would suspect, much more relaxed than...
by Colin S Crouch
Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Ukraine
Replies: 143
Views: 14236

Re: Ukraine

I heard Martin Sixsmith on the radio earlier today. He gave the estimated number of deaths in the 1932-33 famine in the Ukraine as around 6 to 8 million. This, according to various estimates, seems to be a credible figore. Perhaps "one Holodomor" to "one Hitler", And yet Putin is peddling the line t...
by Colin S Crouch
Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What just happened?!
Replies: 10
Views: 1725

Re: What just happened?!

I can sympathise with all this. I have only just read about the Toiletgate affair in the 2006 World Championship match between Topalov and Kramnik. My excuse is that I was suffering from a stroke just recently, and could not be bothered in trying to catch up with chess politics. The Paulson question...
by Colin S Crouch
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move rule
Replies: 60
Views: 6717

Re: Touch move rule

Which does of course lead to the point that quickplay finishes does not necessarily mean that games do not necessarily finish in one evening. This could be a frustration to all of those who think that once an evening game has started, the game would always be finished in the same evening. Fischer ti...