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by Colin S Crouch
Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move rule
Replies: 60
Views: 6717

Re: Touch move rule

A strange incident last night in the Hillingon League, Ealing versus Harrow at Ealing. This was in effect a second team match, as both Ealing and Harrow were playing in the Middlesex League that night. It was in the quickplay finish, with the Ealing player being very short of time. The Ealing player...
by Colin S Crouch
Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

How frustrating! Problems getting on to the Internet, and I missed most of the live chess. A dramatic day, for everyone else. +2 Anand +1 Aronian = , Kramnik, Mamedjarov, Topalov. Svidler -1 Karjakin -2 Andreikin The happiest player, presumably, would have been Mamesjarov. After two dreadful losses,...
by Colin S Crouch
Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Win for Svidler, draw for Anand. With one game to go, +2 Anand +1 Kramnik, Aronian, Svidler = -1 Karjakin, Mamedjarov, Topalov -2 Andreikin This leaves Kramnik - Aronian. Kramnik is a pawn up, three isolated pawns versus two isolated pawns. It is very difficult to say whether Aronian should hold the...
by Colin S Crouch
Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

But, after a necessary queen sacrifice, perhaps Aronian's position is just about alive.
by Colin S Crouch
Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

A difficult and complicated round to assess. Karjakin and Mamedjarov ended up in a drawn rook and pawn ending, but it the other games, it just seemed sharp and obscure. The computer assessments seemed to vary move by nove, but without any obvious blunders. The first player to make a real impact for ...
by Colin S Crouch
Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Results after four rounds: +2 Anand +1 Kramnik, Aronian = Topalov, Svidler -1 Karjakin, Mamedjarov -2 Andreikin A truly impressive win by Aronian, taking a degree of risk, but then outplaying his opponent after a piece sacrifice. Tommorow, Kramnik - Aronian, and after that we will have a clearer ind...
by Colin S Crouch
Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Well, someone has to come last. Andreikin at least managed to draw two games in the firts three rounds. The danger here for Mamedjarov was that he had lost two really dreadful games in rounds 2 and 3, and a round 4 loss would have led him into a tail-spin. He was playing sub-200 chess. There has bee...
by Colin S Crouch
Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Just quickly to note that Mamedjarov won, against Andreikin. A releif to him, and to the tournament. No-one can feel comfortable if a player is stuck to the basement.

Svidler is close to getting zugged.
by Colin S Crouch
Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

And indeed he plays 34...Qd7. Is this wise?
by Colin S Crouch
Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Yes, it is starting to look like an 1830s Evans Gambit. We can be sure however that Svidler will defent with much greater resolution than mid-19th century players. According to the computers, probably still balanced after 34...Kf8 35.e6 Nd6 36.Qa4 R8c5 37.Qa4 R5c4, with the possibility of counter-at...
by Colin S Crouch
Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

A draw between Anand and Kramnik, with Anand's king out in the open, but a pece up. Inevitably a perpetual, and presumably already known in theory. Anand, although giving away the advantage of the White pieces, will presumably be happy with this, maintaining his +2 score. Which leaves the critical A...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Paolo, Let me help to try to explain this to you. What you have to remember is that if a player loses a game of chess, that can only be the result of having made a mistake at some stage along the game. As simple as that. Imagination, extreme drpth of thought and cslculation, and so on, are all asset...
by Colin S Crouch
Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Oh goody - a ckallenge! Svidler looks to be giving the most pressure with White in the opening, and of course he knows exactly what he is doing with Black. The first really critical point in the second half of the tournament would appear to be Aronian's return game against Anand. Clearly Aronian wou...
by Colin S Crouch
Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

Results after three rounds: +2 Anand +1 Kramnik, Svidler = Aronian, Topalov -1 Karjakin, Andreikin -2 Mamedjarov It is looking good for Anand at the moment, but his two wins were, at super-super GM level, relatively soft. Now Anand will have to play four Russians in a row, starting off with Kramnik....
by Colin S Crouch
Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 27188

Re: Candidates 2014

A difficult decision for Kramnik at move 39, to try to keep the blockade with 39...Qe5, or to create some activity, something he has been unable to do this game, but to create a few weaknesses with 39...e5. He went for counterplay, with ...e5, and with perhaps seconds to spare. It looked extremely d...