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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3734

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Oh, the ECF AGM is today! :shock:
Have not been paying attention...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 127
Views: 6751

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Richard Bates's game features in the Chessbase report on round 1: https://en.chessbase.com/post/euro-club-cup-2018-round-1 The fourth strongest squad in Greece is Mednyi Vsadnik from Saint Petersburg. Their 6:0 included nice wins by their two first boards, Nikita Vitiugov and Vladimir Fedoseev. Niki...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 127
Views: 6751

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Here is the win by International Director of the Welsh Chess Union (playing for White Knights Chess Club) Peter M. Bevan (1886) over IM Bogdan Podlesnik (2365). Peter Bevan (born 1952) has been rated as high as 2180 in July 1993, so not a complete surprise, but still impressive. Bogdan Podlesnik (bo...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 127
Views: 6751

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Khalifman- Speelman is the one that stands out for me for round 2. Other board pairings: Carlsen - Potkin Paravyan - Howell 3Cs have a slight edge on the top boards, and are outgraded on the bottom board. Interesting match-up for Wood Green. Grantham Sharks outgraded but have a fighting chance. Whi...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 127
Views: 6751

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

The following game from Round 1 certainly was jaw dropping: Bodnaruk, Anastasia (ssh) - Gunina, Valentina (pen) ½-½ European Women Club Cup 2018 round 01 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 a6 5. h5 h6 6. g4 Bd7 7. f4 c5 8. c3 e6 9. Nf3 Qb6 10. Kf2 Nc6 11. Kg3 O-O-O 12. Rh2 g6 13. hxg6 fxg6 14. Qd3 c...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 32469

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Ummm... 8 posts up? (9 now). Indeed. And the original? Searching for the filename revealed that it came (not surprisingly) from Twitter. It was re-tweeted by the ECU (European Chess Union) from the Batumi Chess 2018 account, see here . That tweet gives a link to a high-resolution version, which I p...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 32469

Re: Batumi Olympiad

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:25 pm

The video's here and they go to Kosteniuk's game at about 5:19, though I started watching later than that.
The threefold claim occurs at 5:29:50.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 32469

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Interesting tie-break analysis in the comments to the Chessbase quick response (and closing ceremony video) to the final results. That suggests it would be more stable if all the teams were included, rather than excluding the lowest placed. Teams of comparable ranking will play comparable oppositio...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 32469

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I see what you mean about Kosteniuk's body language. There is some case to be made for admiring how Ju held it together to avoid moving her king to squares where Kosteniuk could have made a threefold repetition the following move. I think this happened twice. Can anyone say how many times the same p...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timeline for 2800 ratings
Replies: 104
Views: 22070

Re: Timeline for 2800 ratings

Looking at those under 25 [Carlsen and Caruana are ancient now at 27 and 26 respectively] who are rated above 2700, who It may depend on who can get the invites to elite events and whether they can survive when they get there. With question marks over FIDE's relationship with Agon possibly affectin...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 32469

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Having played through the game where Kosteniuk made an incorrect threefold repetition, I have some sympathy. She made the claim at move 83, and between moves 76 and 84 it does feel like the position might have repeated several times, but it hadn't been three times. Note that the positions after Whit...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timeline for 2800 ratings
Replies: 104
Views: 22070

Re: Timeline for 2800 ratings

Looking at those under 25 [Carlsen and Caruana are ancient now at 27 and 26 respectively] who are rated above 2700, who might have a chance of reaching 2800 any time soon? Giri (24) [live rating 2786, Netherlands] Yu Yangyi (24) [live rating 2760, China] Duda (20) [live rating 2731, Poland] Wei Yi (...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timeline for 2800 ratings
Replies: 104
Views: 22070

Re: Timeline for 2800 ratings

As of 6 October 2018: a timeline for when the members (past and present) of the 2800 club (those with a FIDE rating of 2800 or above) first achieved that distinction, with their ages: *January 1990 - Garry Kasparov (2800) aged 26 (peak - 2856; March 2000) *July 2001 - Vladimir Kramnik (2802) aged 26...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timeline for 2800 ratings
Replies: 104
Views: 22070

Re: Timeline for 2800 ratings

Ding Liren has reached a new peak for his live rating (2811.2 as of 5 October 2018), and Mamedyarov as well (2826.2 on 30 September 2018). However, I think this timeline is dealing only with the published monthly ratings?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 127
Views: 6751

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Will all eyes be on Carlsen and whether he will be at all worried about the prospect of losing his world number one status before the match in November? Both players would (rightly) say they are focused on preparing for and winning the match, but a fair bit of psychology comes into play with this ra...