FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:36 pm

Unfortunately, Howell has just made a big blunder... (scarcely believable if that is what was played).

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:38 pm

That looks to me like a deliberate "blunder" from David
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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:46 pm

Well, Howell somehow (without me noticing) got short of time, so that might explain it as well (plus the 'threat' of Ra8 in some lines).
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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:48 pm

Presumably some kind of desperate way to stir up something, anything
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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:57 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:19 pm
Damp squib of a round at the top. :(
Any signs of life on the lower boards?
Not exactly a lower board, but Anton is winning, and with his tiebreak is headed for a high finishing position
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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:58 pm

Hao down to 12 minutes. Probably drawn now.

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by John Moore » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:04 pm

Chris - the position hasn't changed since David's "big blunder" apart from Wang Hao taking a bit more clock time. I think that Justin is right, but there is also a psychological element since Wang Hao is faced with a totally different position.

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by John Moore » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:06 pm

I was looking at the position after move 20 - now it has changed a lot!!

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:07 pm

Kudos to David for trying. He won't win, but it was worth a go.

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by David Robertson » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:09 pm

Pfft! Pretty undignified from Howell. I'll be interested to hear his post-match explanation

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:16 pm

Maybe someone could calculate how much prize money Howell lost? Or would that be cruel?

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:17 pm

David Robertson wrote:
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Pfft! Pretty undignified from Howell. I'll be interested to hear his post-match explanation
You had a better winning attempt in mind?

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:26 pm

Disappointing but well done Wang Hao for winning the tournament and qualifying for the Candidates, which I think on balance he deserved given the opponents he faced
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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by John Moore » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:29 pm

I know where Nick is coming from and I rather agree. But in my view, David should have played a bit quicker (yes, really, David) and forced Wang Hao to commit to a completely drawn position when a draw wouldn't necessarily have qualified or to do something else. Not perhaps that easy a choice over the board though. But well done to Wang Hao.

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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:34 pm

I am thinking that Kirill Alekseenko may be less than impressed.
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