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by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Simon Bartlett Memorial Congress
Replies: 1
Views: 333

Re: Simon Bartlett Memorial Congress

Worth highlighting the impressive shirt parade! :D

https://brendanogorman.smugmug.com/Ches ... -KdSw5hC/A
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6995

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Its not a big deal Why not? If it is the case that the top players can work out their pairing for the next round, decide they don't fancy it and take a bye instead, I find that rather disturbing. I don't think that is what is happening. But if the successful pre-tournament requests for byes were pu...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6995

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Maybe it should be a requirement for the organisers to publish at the start of the tournament the details of which players have been granted half-point (or other) byes and in which rounds? And to update this information as the tournament progresses (this would make clear when people request 'emergen...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6995

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Slightly. But presumably such byes have to be agreed before the tournament starts. No feeling ill one evening and ducking out of a top board encounter. Wang Hao might have wanted to play the whole tournament, but might have had other commitments.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12734

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:52 am
Mick Norris wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:20 am
he's white against Shak today
He'll need to handle that better than Svidler did!
Drawn by repetition on move 12, so really only about 9 meaningful moves.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12734

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Round 11 not setting the board on fire. The three leaders drew. Gawain looks set to lose to So and drop into the bottom three (though he is still best of the back-markers). Hou lost to Anand. Adhiban drew with Wei Yi. Karjakin may beat Kramnik (probably not, though). Top seven set to be a point-and-...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th
Replies: 18
Views: 2757

Re: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th

What are the odds on his luxury item being a chess set? Low, I would have thought. He can do chess in his head. Mere mortals can make chess sets from whatever materials are to hand. Or am I missing the point of the 'luxury' item? Do people take satellite-connected (chess-playing) phones to desert i...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12734

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: 555

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: 12734

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: 12734

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: 12734

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: 2317
Views: 250224

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: 1115

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: 1115

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

That's nice. Still too easy. :wink: