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by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12040

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Carlsen looking like he might pull off a miracle against So. That was an amazing game. Carlsen (correctly) gave up a pawn, then a piece, and then finished off with a (admittedly rather trivial at the end) flourish, giving up a rook for a bishop and leaving So with no option but to resign a rook up ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Find the Move
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: Find the Move

Presumably Black captured a major piece (worth more than the knight) on c4 or e4, capturing with a pawn that came from d5 or f5, maybe even from b5 though that seems less likely. Might even have been a capture by White with check using a knight to capture what was on c4 or e4. You still have to go b...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12040

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Hou is having an absoute 'mare :oops: Having looked at the game Hou played against Caruana, I think it was unfair to say that Caruana was struggling. It would be more accurate to say that Hou must have missed 33.Rf3 in the position below (she played 33.Qd2). I challenge anyone to see through the co...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12040

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Gawain gets to play Magnus tomorrow (Sunday). Carlsen has Black against Mamedyarov on Friday. Three more rounds before then. Enough time for the rating gap to be narrowed further. I wonder what Carlsen's view is on who his challenger might be after Berlin (the Candidates Tournament)?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12040

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:03 pm
Giri v Hou looked dead drawn last time I looked, but Q endings are tricky!
She went wrong in a difficult K+P ending, a few moves after the queens were exchanged. The drawing line pointed out by the computer after Kd6 instead of the game move of Kc6 is instructive.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2176
Views: 235127

Re: Media comments on chess

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-42657084/ces-2018-square-off-smart-chessboard-moves-its-own-pieces CES 2018: Square Off smart chessboard moves its own pieces An internet-connected chessboard that moves its own pieces is on show at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas. The machine is the resu...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 1007

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Do you think it is safe to give the solution yet? And for the other puzzle as well? BBcode does include spoiler tags, but I think they would need to be installed to work here. Has anyone managed to work out the helpmate I posed? White mates Black on move 5 from the starting position with each side o...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 1007

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

That's nice. Still too easy. :wink:
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 1007

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:34 pm
I knew someone would! And I guessed who...
Tsk. That is trivial. Try mating using only your pawns. It can be done in five moves with White, but you do have to move them to the other side of the board. (This is the same as the problem I posed above.)
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 1007

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

This must be possible: construct a game in as few moves as possible where one side is mated and only the kings and pawns have been moved. No promotions allowed. (I've managed to construct a game doing this with White mating Black on the fifth move. Unfortunately it is not unique, as two of the White...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 1007

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever



That is without any pieces or pawns being beyond the third rank, I win! :D
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 1007

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Aren't puzzles a better source of originality and ideas, like the one below which, admittedly, I couldn't solve. 4k3/8/8/7K/8/8/8/8 From this position, White retracts his last move, then Black retracts his and replaces it with a move that permits White to mate him immediately. That is not difficult...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2176
Views: 235127

Re: Media comments on chess

How often does chess appear in soap operas? It made an incidental appearance in Eastenders in the episode broadcast on 3 January 2018. One of the teenage characters was in the café leafing through a book she had been given as a Christmas present. I can't access the episode from this location, but it...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timeline for 2800 ratings
Replies: 83
Views: 16207

Re: Timeline for 2800 ratings

Mamedyarov's entry updated above. Anyone want to speculate who will go over 2800 next? Currently, 10 of the top 12 on the live rating list have been over 2800. The two that haven't are Svidler and Ding Liren, but I don't really see anyone making a push up towards the top of the rankings any time soon.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14800

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

From Facebook.... Change of plan, it seems. Nigel is en route to Riyadh Surely it would be a change of plan if he wasn’t on the way to Riyadh? I think David took Nigel's comment at face value (meaning that he wasn't going to Riyadh). Clearly what Nigel meant was that he will be in Riyadh, but think...