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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Bilbao
Replies: 14
Views: 1622

Re: Bilbao

Pearl Spring, China, on 18-30 October has Carlsen, Anand and Topalov among its six participants. If Pearl Spring is not included in the November Fide rankings then this afternoon's Anand v Carlsen game in Bilbao will decide who will be officially world No1. Any way to find out if Pearl Spring will ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Effect of activity on grade changes
Replies: 20
Views: 2931

Effect of activity on grade changes

Something I've been curious about, ever since I started (a few years ago) to track changes to my ECF grade more closely during the season, is what effect extremes of activity have on changes in a player's grade. I'm basing the following on what is stated here: http://grading.bcfservices.org.uk/help....
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online grading list: publication of players' game results
Replies: 44
Views: 7126

Re: Online grading list: publication of players' game result

There’s been a lull on the grading-enhancements front, but I wonder if things are actually going to start happening. I think this thread has been pretty well in favour of wide publication of game results, and the two polls http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=2039 and http://www.ecforum...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why should people play chess?
Replies: 13
Views: 1348

Re: Why should people play chess?

Target audience: adult social and casual players who we want to encourage into club membership. Maybe focus on what the club offers to adult players (drinking at a pub seems to be popular, but other forms of refreshment such as tea and coffee and biscuits, if made available can make a club much mor...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bilbao
Replies: 14
Views: 1622

Re: Bilbao

Carlsen won against Shirov today (er, yesterday). From looking at the live ratings (Anand, 2803.4; Carlsen, 2801.9), I guess that Carlsen will go back to number one (in the live rankings) if he beats Anand with Black in the final round (it would also secure second place in the tournament behind Kra...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 30355

Re: Road to Grandmaster

No need to panic if you cannot see what to do. Set a two mover. You will surprised how often it works. Only seen a few games where a single plan has been followed all the way through from start to end . It's usually wee mini plans 3-4 moves. All the while at the back of every mind is the two move t...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bilbao
Replies: 14
Views: 1622

Re: Bilbao

Carlsen won against Shirov today (er, yesterday). From looking at the live ratings (Anand, 2803.4; Carlsen, 2801.9), I guess that Carlsen will go back to number one (in the live rankings) if he beats Anand with Black in the final round (it would also secure second place in the tournament behind Kram...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 30355

Re: Road to Grandmaster

Bear in mind that once you get to 18, you may well have to choose between chess and university! It's been a joke at Warwick for the last few years that chess grade and academic success have usually been in inverse proportion - we've had four 200+ players in that time, two of whom have dropped out o...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bilbao
Replies: 14
Views: 1622

Re: Bilbao

Two wins for Kramnik, (another) two losses for Carlsen - if he was hiding his opening preparation at the Olympiad in readiness to unleash it at the individual tournaments it evidently hasn't worked. As I type Shirov and Carlsen are still slogging it out at move 112, with the former having Q vs BBN ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Having two separate Grading systems!
Replies: 78
Views: 5031

Re: Having two separate Grading systems!

No one seemed sure if the 50 move rule was allowed or if 3 fold repetition was in force. In fact it might have been a good idea to have the rules posted on the wall as many players (and one or two arbiters) didn't seem to be sure of all the rules (it was after all a very unusual time limit). I thin...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Photos from the 2010 Olympiad
Replies: 11
Views: 1896

Re: Photos from the 2010 Olympiad

Why not indeed :-) Yeah. I wonder what other ways there are of identifying those players. The Google images "similar pictures" function? Flickr? Facebook? It is surprising how easy it is to identify someone if there are other pictures of them out there. But mostly you have to hope someone who knows...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:31 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Champions' Names
Replies: 209
Views: 22704

Re: Champions' Names

I've come across Jack used to refer to C. S. Lewis (Clive Stapledon) This is a rather bizarre coincidence. I live in Headington, where Lewis lived and is buried, and I've just spent the evening in a pub with a local expert on C S Lewis. Last time we met (a few weeks ago) he told me that Lewis chose...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Champions' Names
Replies: 209
Views: 22704

Re: Champions' Names

Chris - forgive me if I'm stating the obvious, but you do know that Jack was a common nickname for people named John until very recently? Nowadays it seems to have been promoted to be a name in its own right (cf Harry for Henry). I did know that Jack was a common nickname for people, but didn't kno...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: C.H.E.C.K
Replies: 12
Views: 1272

Re: C.H.E.C.K

Leonard Barden wrote:As of this afternoon, it's Carlsen Has Exited Chief Kingship

Before today live ratings Carlsen 2805 Anand 2799

Carlsen 0-1 Anand
Hopefully Carlsen can still recover to stay number one in the official listings. Is this the last event they will play in that will count for the November rating list?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Photos from the 2010 Olympiad
Replies: 11
Views: 1896

Re: Photos from the 2010 Olympiad

It seems that the player with the "chess brain in a jar" (see Geoff's blog post) was super-GM Wang Yue of China! And I seem to have failed in my efforts to win a prize in the Chessbase competition. :? http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6724 It didn't help that I mis-identified Ivan Chepa...