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Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:35 pm
by David Robertson
NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:17 pm
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?
The dignity to which I refer, resides in the recognition that he simply hadn't done enough hitherto in the game to create winning chances. So accept that: the position was stone-cold drawn. The lack of dignity flows from the frivolous Bd5, seeking advantage where none existed. Indeed, it comes close to an insult to Wang Hao; and otherwise distorts the 'natural' outcome of the game - other players are involved. Howell may have a different take, so I'll see

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:40 pm
by Christopher Kreuzer
Now that Alekseenko has a good chance to win, that does put Howell's decision in a new light.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:47 pm
by JustinHorton
It does, and I'm thinking it's not something that'll quickly be forgotten

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:08 pm
by John Moore
JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:47 pm
It does, and I'm thinking it's not something that'll quickly be forgotten
Do explain, Justin. I can understand that Alekseenko might be a bit fed up with Howell's play if he wins but you seem to be suggesting something deeper.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:15 pm
by JustinHorton
No, not really. It's the history rather than the controversy I'm thinking of: the day a complete outsider would have qualified for the Candidates, but missed out because of somebody else's bizarre and unnecessary aberration.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:20 pm
by David Sedgwick
At the end of a long tournament a tired player made a bad blunder.

Nothing sinister and no story, in my opinion.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:20 pm
by David Sedgwick
(Duplicate post removed)

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:21 pm
by Paul Cooksey
Hmm. Was distracted by work for a couple of hours, and seems my predictions have fallen apart completely. This is why I don't gamble...

I guess, as a young Russian, Alekseenko will have a more than decent chance of a wildcard if he finishes =1 but loses on tiebreak.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:23 pm
by JustinHorton
Nepo though

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:27 pm
by John Moore
Luke clearly suffering from tiredness - missing tactics in the last two rounds.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:38 pm
by John Moore
Euro Teams starting in a couple of days. Any predictions for the board order? I would go Adams (not tired), Jones (needs to prove something), Howell (will do well on Board 3), McShane (needs to recover a bit from the IOM). Nick Pert, of course, as reserve.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:39 pm
by NickFaulks
JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:15 pm
No, not really. It's the history rather than the controversy I'm thinking of: the day a complete outsider would have qualified for the Candidates, but missed out because of somebody else's bizarre and unnecessary aberration.
No more bizarre and unnecessary than the shambles at the end of the London Candidates.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:40 pm
by John Moore
And I'd add, wouldn't it be nice to see these top 4 just once with Sadler available.

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:24 pm
by JustinHorton
Anyway Alekseenko v Vitiugov ends in a draw, so no damage done (except to David's bank balance)

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:31 pm
by NickFaulks
Meanwhile Gawain bashes on with all 16 pawns still on the board.