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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:56 pm

I am curious about the SF assessments in Gawain's game which were often very high for White, over +1 and even closer to + 2, without any clear breakthrough for White - more space, more active position and a weakness to aim at on c7, sure, but still no immediate way to covert all of the above. Is SF looking some 20 moves ahead when it gives +2, and unable to tell us why? Even more surprisingly, it recommended Gawain's pawn sac with ...f5 which basically did not give Black all that much activity and ultimately just seemed to save White the trouble of finding a long term breakthrough.

There is still a human element to ...f5. What I find particularly interesting is that the generally conservative SF recommended it too.

Anyone able to explain the assessments which led SF to endorse ..f5?

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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:03 pm

114 moves so far in Blomqvist v Adly
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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:10 pm

The USA have gone down to Azerbaijan, which is presumably good news for our medal chances.

We should perhaps note that we still have Iran to play as China. Can't overlook Iran these days! They won a game against China today but still lost 1.5-2.5.

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Post by Mick Norris » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:43 pm

Russia 9
India, England 7
USA 6
Iran, China 5

Russia yet to play India (that will be the final round), and both have to play USA
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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:14 am

Speelman plays against Iran. Is Gawain Jones not well? Or just needs a rest? Very interesting to read GM Arkell's previous comments about Speelman.
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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:46 am

4.1 GM Maghsoodloo, Parham 2673 - GM Adams, Michael 2708
4.2 GM Idani, Pouya 2604 - GM Mcshane, Luke J 2661
4.3 GM Tabatabaei, M.Amin 2600 - GM Howell, David W L 2693
4.4 GM Firouzja, Alireza 2657 - GM Speelman, Jon S 2516

Should be an interesting match
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Post by Tim Harding » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:39 am

Mick Norris wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:46 am
4.1 GM Maghsoodloo, Parham 2673 - GM Adams, Michael 2708
4.2 GM Idani, Pouya 2604 - GM Mcshane, Luke J 2661
4.3 GM Tabatabaei, M.Amin 2600 - GM Howell, David W L 2693
4.4 GM Firouzja, Alireza 2657 - GM Speelman, Jon S 2516
To clarify, McShane and Speelman are our players with White.
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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:41 am

Possibly a played-my-preparation-in-the-wrong-order experience for Adly, here?
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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:02 am

Also in that match, Fawzy (IM 2461) has a big advantage after 14 moves against Bu (GM 2731).
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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:10 am

Andy Stoker wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:14 am
Speelman plays against Iran. Is Gawain Jones not well?
Hard to imagine that Gawain would want or need a rest if he isn't unwell.

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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:12 am

Much of the early action is on Jon Speelman's board where he seems likely to go down without a fight.
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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:22 am

Unfortunately, I think Speelman missed that he would lose the c-pawn - thought he could protect and get 2 pieces for a rook if it were taken.

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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:06 pm

Andy Stoker wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:22 am
Unfortunately, I think Speelman missed that he would lose the c-pawn - thought he could protect and get 2 pieces for a rook if it were taken.


After Rxc4, what does Black play?

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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by PeterFarr » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:11 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:41 am
Possibly a played-my-preparation-in-the-wrong-order experience for Adly, here?
Plot twist. White forgot what pawns can do, apparently.

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Re: World Teams 2019

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:19 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:06 pm
Andy Stoker wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:22 am
Unfortunately, I think Speelman missed that he would lose the c-pawn - thought he could protect and get 2 pieces for a rook if it were taken.


After Rxc4, what does Black play?
I didn't try to analyse it but I assumed .... Nd5, knocking the queen off c4 - eg Qa4 b5 or Qc5 Rc8
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