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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:36 pm
by Christopher Kreuzer
Unfortunately, Howell has just made a big blunder... (scarcely believable if that is what was played).

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:38 pm
by JustinHorton
That looks to me like a deliberate "blunder" from David

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:46 pm
by Christopher Kreuzer
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).

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:48 pm
by JustinHorton
Presumably some kind of desperate way to stir up something, anything

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

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

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:58 pm
by Christopher Kreuzer
Hao down to 12 minutes. Probably drawn now.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:04 pm
by John Moore
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.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:06 pm
by John Moore
I was looking at the position after move 20 - now it has changed a lot!!

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:07 pm
by Christopher Kreuzer
Kudos to David for trying. He won't win, but it was worth a go.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:09 pm
by David Robertson
Pfft! Pretty undignified from Howell. I'll be interested to hear his post-match explanation

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:16 pm
by Christopher Kreuzer
Maybe someone could calculate how much prize money Howell lost? Or would that be cruel?

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:17 pm
by NickFaulks
David Robertson wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:09 pm
Pfft! Pretty undignified from Howell. I'll be interested to hear his post-match explanation
You had a better winning attempt in mind?

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

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

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:29 pm
by John Moore
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.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:34 pm
by JustinHorton
I am thinking that Kirill Alekseenko may be less than impressed.