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Gibraltar 2020

Post by Tim Harding » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:12 pm

Gibraltar starts on Tuesday: maybe the last before Brexit causes complications at the border with Spain?

I'm surprised to see Nakamura is not listed among the competitors; anyone know why?

https://chess-results.com/tnr471965.asp ... ilen=99999

Mamedyarov is top seed and then MVL.

There's some potential for Iran v Israel pairings to rock the boat.
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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by David Sedgwick » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:00 am

Meanwhile, coming up today (Monday) at 0845 London time:

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 2020/1/1/1

The only way from there is down.

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Post by John Saunders » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:38 am

A photo of this epic encounter is available via my Twitter stream: https://twitter.com/johnchess/status/12 ... 68769?s=19
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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:56 am

Have the metal detectors prevented David from taking in his favourite liquid refreshment? (It's non-alcoholic by the way.)

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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:12 am

Oops - assuming the live coverage is right?

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Post by NickFaulks » Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:20 am

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:12 am
Oops - assuming the live coverage is right?
And it was going so well. Hard luck, David, well played with one obvious caveat.

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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:02 pm

Impressive swindling technique to even get to that point, mind. David was losing until his opponent allowed the mass build-up on h2.

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Post by NickFaulks » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:02 pm
Impressive swindling technique to even get to that point, mind.
True, but having observed a huge number of David's games over the years I never felt that part was in doubt.

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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:00 pm

Oh for goodness sake! Not paying attention, I thought for ages that this part of the thread was about a near-swindle perpetuated by David Howell. It was only on seeing that the Masters section does not start until tomorrow (and clicking through to the photo) that I realised it was a different David...! :D

[EDIT: Double fail, as I see David Howell isn't even playing in Gibraltar. :oops: ]
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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by David Sedgwick » Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:28 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:56 am
Have the metal detectors prevented David from taking in his favourite liquid refreshment? (It's non-alcoholic by the way.)
I bought my diet coke on site today. John has a photo of that too.

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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by David Sedgwick » Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:33 pm

David Sedgwick wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:00 am
The only way from there is down.
And so it came to pass. Hubris before nemesis, perhaps.

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:12 am
Oops - assuming the live coverage is right?
It is, sadly.

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:00 pm
Oh for goodness sake! Not paying attention ...
That makes two of us.

Thank you to those whom made supportive comments. Tomorrow is another day.
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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by David Sedgwick » Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:35 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:00 pm
[EDIT: Double fail, as I see David Howell isn't even playing in Gibraltar. :oops: ]
He is doing the commentary with Fiona Steil-Antoni

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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:36 pm

"Tomorrow is another day."

Hope it goes well!

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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by John Saunders » Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:53 pm

As David has said, I have a photo of him with aforementioned beverage, and also one of his opponent pointing gleefully to the a1 square on a demo board, but the forum has a restriction on the size/resolution of photos it is prepared to display. Which is perfectly reasonable as, otherwise, our beloved forum would be festooned with all manner of photographic nonsense. Heartfelt commiserations to David, though I'm pleased to report that his demeanour on hanging his queen was that of a true Kiplingesque gentleman who knows to treat triumph and disaster the same.
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Re: Gibraltar 2020

Post by Carl Hibbard » Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:33 pm

John Saunders wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:53 pm
As David has said, I have a photo of him with aforementioned beverage, and also one of his opponent pointing gleefully to the a1 square on a demo board, but the forum has a restriction on the size/resolution of photos it is prepared to display. Which is perfectly reasonable as, otherwise, our beloved forum would be festooned with all manner of photographic nonsense. Heartfelt commiserations to David, though I'm pleased to report that his demeanour on hanging his queen was that of a true Kiplingesque gentleman who knows to treat triumph and disaster the same.
How big was the image as a matter of interest?
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