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by Brian Towers
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 6176

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Seems the delay after the first round was a result of a player (Timur Gareyev) winning his game but being awarded a zero for wearing a funny hat. After appeal / second (sensible) thoughts this was reversed.
by Brian Towers
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 6176

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Carlsen fixed permanently on board 1 as a result of an agreement with Norwegian TV and not looking very happy about it.
by Brian Towers
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 6176

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Hmmm 4 pairing arbiters but none of them can click on the "Update to server" button on the page where you enter the results.
by Brian Towers
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 6176

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Assuming the fine people of Crawley keep their drones on a leash for the next 8 hours or so, there will also be some British interest in the arbiting team. Out of curiosity, why the need for 4 "pairings arbiters" - https://ratings.fide.com/tournament_details.phtml?event=206539 https://ratings.fide....
by Brian Towers
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 33
Views: 3812

Re: London Chess Classic

How did you delete that post without leaving a trace? When you make a post you have a short period of time during which the delete function is available. I don’t think it’s a period of time. It’s just until somebody else posts on the thread. That seems to make sense as the delete function was gone ...
by Brian Towers
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 33
Views: 3812

Re: London Chess Classic

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:40 pm
How did you delete that post without leaving a trace?
When you make a post you have a short period of time during which the delete function is available.
by Brian Towers
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ignorance is Bliss
Replies: 8
Views: 941

Re: Ignorance is Bliss

John Upham wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:12 am
Was anyone else impressed (not) by the infantile attitude of the HIGNFY panel towards the match during the Friday, November 30th edition.
Surely "infantile" is the whole point of HIGNFY. If you are a member of the target audience it the programme's main appeal.
by Brian Towers
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knights facing forwards.
Replies: 30
Views: 2640

Re: Knights facing forwards.

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:59 am
I had one opponent who had them facing backwards, which is seriously disturbing.
Perhaps a sign he was planning to play the Giuoco Piano?
by Brian Towers
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knights facing forwards.
Replies: 30
Views: 2640

Re: Knights facing forwards.

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:02 pm
I cannot get use to those Knights.
You have a problem with right-wing knights?
by Brian Towers
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 45494

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

David Shepherd wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:53 pm
No I don't think it would make a huge difference but it would make mistakes slightly more likely and probably make the flow of the tournament feel better.
I find the idea that people might want the two players to play bad chess quite shocking.
by Brian Towers
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 45494

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

One of the things that could be tried is to reduce the number of "rest" days. So for example a format could be six rounds then a rest day, four rounds then a rest day, then two rounds. I can see how this would make the match shorter but not necessarily how it would lead to more wins unless older pl...
by Brian Towers
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 45494

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Nick Grey wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:48 pm
How much are tickets for Wednesday?
According to a tweet from ChesscomNews -

General Admission Ticket: £120.00

VIP Ticket: £600.00

and if you want to a buy tickets the Ticketmaster link is here.
by Brian Towers
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unrated player awarded CM title in Olympiad with score of 2/4 and 1823 rating performance
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: Unrated player awarded CM title in Olympiad with score of 2/4 and 1823 rating performance

Sounds like it is well within the rules. No, it's not! As Nick pointed out the FIDE Title Regulations effective from 1 July 2017 were not applied. 0.62 For a direct title to be awarded immediately an applicant has to have achieved at some time or other a minimum rating as follows: GM 2300 WGM 2100 ...
by Brian Towers
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unrated player awarded CM title in Olympiad with score of 2/4 and 1823 rating performance
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Unrated player awarded CM title in Olympiad with score of 2/4 and 1823 rating performance

The Somali player Abdullahi Mohamed Abdirahin (FIN 16100727) has been awarded the CM title for his performance in the Batumi Olympiad. He played 4 games, winning 2 and losing 2, for a rating performance of 1823. He has only ever played 4 games of FIDE rated chess.

How is this possible?
by Brian Towers
Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 45494

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Googling shows there is more than one Matthew Sadler/ Alpha Zero video (the one I saw was on games 1, 3, 5 and 7). I can’t wait to get home and watch the others. Anybody paying attention would have seen me give the links a couple of pages back - https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=9134&...