British Knockout Championship

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David Sedgwick
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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:40 pm

Owing to the length of the game the start of the return game has been deferred until 1545. The other game started at 1530 as scheduled.

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by MartinCarpenter » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:53 pm

Kind :) Apologising for quibbling with such a great event but the schedule for the quarters/semi's really is very compressed - and at least a bit brutal - when compared to the final.

Presume something like the sponsor wanting a 6 game final running in conjunction with the main classic.

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:26 pm

Agree with that, a 4 game final with an extra day for each round would have been my choice, but much better to have this event than not!!
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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by Simon Ansell » Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:55 pm

Did Gawain really play 12. b3? What's the idea after 12...Na5? 13. Qh4 I guess, but I'm not even close to making it work :/

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:59 pm

Simon Ansell wrote:Did Gawain really play 12. b3? What's the idea after 12...Na5? 13. Qh4 I guess, but I'm not even close to making it work :/
A cunning ploy to get David thinking? :?

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by David Shepherd » Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:00 pm

Maybe Qb3 and transmission error? - edit obviously not :(
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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by Simon Ansell » Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:01 pm

There might be some tricks, something with 13. Qh4 and 14. e4 + Ng5, but I don't really believe it. Might just be a calculated gamble given the match situation, the opening probably hadn't gone as planned.

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by Simon Ansell » Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:36 pm

Well, now we have a roughly equal endgame (maybe White has a tiny edge) and I confess to not having understood any of the last 5 moves :D

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:40 pm

Simon Ansell wrote:Well, now we have a roughly equal endgame (maybe White has a tiny edge) and I confess to not having understood any of the last 5 moves :D
I suspect that black's choice was influenced by the match situation, on another day he may have grabbed the exchange.

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by Barry Sandercock » Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:14 pm

Looks as though David should be able to draw at least ( move 56).

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by James Coleman » Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:23 pm

Not much danger of more than a draw. I'd still be a little concerned as Black.

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by Barry Sandercock » Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:01 pm

You are right to be concerned. David is losing now (move 89)

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by Chris Rice » Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:06 pm

Carlsenesque by Gawain

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by Tim Harding » Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:24 pm

Chris Rice wrote:Carlsenesque by Gawain
Indeed. The move that did the damage was 69...Ra3 either overlooking 70 Ra2! Rxa2? 71 Bd5+ or else that after 73 Rxa6 in the game continuation, the passed pawn stays alive because of 73...Rxb4?? 74 Kc5+.

It was very hard for Howell to survive in his habitual blitz mode with no time being added after completing 40 moves.

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Re: British Knockout Championship

Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:26 pm

Tim Harding wrote:When do the playoffs start?
Both play-offs will now start at 2100.

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