British Championship Congress 2019

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Joey Stewart » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:51 pm

Well no, since they have the title they only need three, but It is hardly unrealistic for a 2400-2500 strength player to win a tournament is it so I'm going to say that they do frequently perform high enough to get more norms.

Surprised Richard only has one though, I guess all those years of letting the scrubs into the British pulled his performance rating down when he was scoring well.
Lose one queen and it is a disaster, Lose 1000 queens and it is just a statistic.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:06 pm

But most tournaments that 2400-2550s win are still not GM norms, for want of titled opposition or maybe because 2560 performances do the job.

Ask Keith how many Gm norms he has, even after he made the title in the early 90s!

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:45 pm

Big win for Jovanka against Richard Bates it looks like.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:50 pm

not sure who is the higher rated? Not sure what Richard overlooked, since Black's play for the previous two hours had been based around playing ...Qg3.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:52 pm

could Andrew Smith win again? maybe too early to call it, the game v Eggleston so far has been a bloodbath of red moves according to SF

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:03 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:50 pm
not sure who is the higher rated? Not sure what Richard overlooked, since Black's play for the previous two hours had been based around playing ...Qg3.
Houska higher-rated by ninety points. Maybe the idea was that when the king goes to h8 it blocks the rook on the file, which it does, albeit

(a) it's attacking the queen on b8, so whatever
(b) White can't take the g4 knight anyway.
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:09 pm

Looks like Chris Ward also blundered and lost from an equal position against WGM Toma Katarzyna, who beat Sarah Longson yesterday.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:15 pm

What a curious blunder. You can just imagine playing that check without a second thought.
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:32 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:03 pm
Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:50 pm
not sure who is the higher rated? Not sure what Richard overlooked, since Black's play for the previous two hours had been based around playing ...Qg3.
Houska higher-rated by ninety points. Maybe the idea was that when the king goes to h8 it blocks the rook on the file, which it does, albeit

(a) it's attacking the queen on b8, so whatever
(b) White can't take the g4 knight anyway.
17...0-0-0 was played in a 4NCL game between Ian Thompson and Malcolm Pein in 2013. Jovanka's improvement looks scary but 21 Qd3 is allegedly okay for white.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by David Robertson » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:06 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:52 pm
could Andrew Smith win again?
QTWTAIY. A typical Andrew Smith game, bewildering to himself as to others

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Martin Crichton » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:08 pm

2100 rated Irish FM Andy Smith on 3/3!
well done Andy...hope you win it for Ireland :D
and if that happens the highest placed British player to be crowned British champion?...perhaps Adams or Howell ? :wink:
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Reg Clucas » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:52 pm

Lots of draws in the opening round in both Senior sections.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Nick Burrows » Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:04 pm

Martin Crichton wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:08 pm
2100 rated Irish FM Andy Smith on 3/3!
well done Andy...hope you win it for Ireland :D
If he beats beats David tomorrow, we might be talking

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:10 pm

It just might be premature to talk about it, but if he does it, I think he would be British Champion - I think if you are eligible to play in it, you are eligible to win it. Open to correction, bien sur.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Nick Grey » Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:27 pm

Let's be realistic. It is likely to be Adams or Howell and a pairing in round six, than five or seven.

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