2016 Olympiad - Baku

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John Moore
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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by John Moore » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:25 pm

Interestingly, Nigel said on the other thread about the Olympiad Teams that he was playing on bottom board on the bottom board and Roger pointed out that there was a board 86 below England-IBCA. Nigel ought to know where he is playing - I wonder.

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:33 pm

I have sent an email to Malcolm asking for confirmation or otherwise whether this is really happening. Not sure if he will see it soon. Does anybody have any other likely contacts?

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by Nick Burrows » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:34 pm

For the colours to be wrong, that would mean Gawain is playing 1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 as black. Has he ever played that? Seems unlikely

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by MJMcCready » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:35 pm

But given the rating disparity on the boards, the colours shouldn't really matter. McShane about to lose.
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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by David Gilbert » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:36 pm

MJMcCready wrote:Have the organizers been watching James Bond movies or something. On Chess 24, they said players can't bring their pen to the board, in case it has a camera or microphone, you can't bring your watch either, and obviously no mobile phones. What will be next I wonder?
Trousers, Gromit

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by MartinCarpenter » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:38 pm

Probably shoes actually :) Even a long history of them!

Pens/watches are actually really very obvious ways to cheat in a fairly well hidden fashion, so a sane enough thing.

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by Matthew Peat » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:38 pm

The cameras for the live coverage just showed a shot over the playing hall.
It (very briefly) showed Gawain Jones getting up from the black side of the board.

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by John Moore » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:40 pm

Yes, I think I saw that and him putting his jacket on! Maybe we can forget about worst results ever - how could we ever have had doubts!

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by John Hickman » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:42 pm

MJMcCready wrote:What will be next I wonder?

This player had to hand in their glasses

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by Carl Hibbard » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:43 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:I have sent an email to Malcolm asking for confirmation or otherwise whether this is really happening. Not sure if he will see it soon. Does anybody have any other likely contacts?
Help is on its way.
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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by David Gilbert » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:45 pm

Chess 24 is now showing Short won with black on board one and Jones won with white on board 2. And Jones was seen getting up from the black side? Who knows what's going on!

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by Simon Brown » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:48 pm

Looks like they had the right games on the wrong boards. Luke is now playing Black on the game we thought was Gawain, according to Chessbomb.

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by MJMcCready » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:49 pm

John Hickman wrote:
MJMcCready wrote:What will be next I wonder?

This player had to hand in their glasses

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And so he should, glasses and contact lens give players an unfair advantage over those who rely on their natural eye sight. They can see the board more clearly and thus calculate faster.
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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by IanCalvert » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:49 pm

Leonard is clearly a journalist in the best traditions of the Grauniad!

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Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Post by gmpetewells » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:52 pm

I am 99.5% confident you will find that the match has been broadcast in reverse ( ie Boards 1 and 4 on the one hand and Boards 2 and 3 on the other have been swapped around). So Nigel was the first to win with Black, and we are now 3-0 ahead with Luke pressing on the remaining board.
In the meantime, it has been a delight to see a range of factors blamed for our 'unfolding disaster', from the very reasonable decision to rest Mickey, to the replacement of a random ordering of names by a sensible board order!

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