Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:53 pm

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:31 pm
Two others withdrew due to visa problems.
Shouldn't that be a front page news story?
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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:02 pm

I assume they are using what is termed the Baku system for pairings in the Masters. This hacks the standard computer pairings by giving players extra dummy points or half points in the early rounds. Round 3 has thrown up an anomaly that players seeded 29 and 42 are meeting on half a point, presumably because both retain a dummy point or half from being in the top half for the first round pairings.

The player ranked 43 who has 1.5 is "rewarded" with the 18 seed who has 0.5 .

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:25 pm

Magnus has turned a two point deficit at the start of today into a two point lead with one round to go. Aronian's run of 8/9 today has moved him into 2nd= place.

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by Alex McFarlane » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:31 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:25 pm
Magnus has turned a two point deficit at the start of today into a two point lead with one round to go. Aronian's run of 8/9 today has moved him into 2nd= place.
I missed him in my earlier answer :D
Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:02 pm
I assume they are using what is termed the Baku system for pairings in the Masters
Yes, Baku is being used 1 point added for first 3 rounds and then .5 for next 2.

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:34 pm

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:31 pm
LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:25 pm
Magnus has turned a two point deficit at the start of today into a two point lead with one round to go. Aronian's run of 8/9 today has moved him into 2nd= place.
I missed him in my earlier answer :D
Easily done :lol:

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by Stewart Reuben » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:03 pm

The entry list is adequate for somebody getting a 2600+ TPR to gain a GM norm. A norm-seeker will not have to worry about meeting his quota of foreigners as there is an adequate number in the Masters. Actually there are 6 non-ENG GMs in the event.

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by Barry Sandercock » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:05 pm

Keith Arkell has just achieved a draw from a very difficult ending.

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:43 pm

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:31 pm
Yes, Baku is being used 1 point added for first 3 rounds and then .5 for next 2.
Round 4 has an exceptional high count of pairings between players who aren't on the same score.

http://chess-results.com/tnr320349.aspx ... =30&wi=821

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:23 pm

Hastings, eh. Not what it was, in terms of public interest.

Nonetheless, an impressive win by Danny Gormally v Fier today. Suitable for tactical puzzles, as well.

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:45 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:23 pm
Hastings, eh. Not what it was, in terms of public interest.

Nonetheless, an impressive win by Danny Gormally v Fier today. Suitable for tactical puzzles, as well.
I'm just amazed that it took us so long for the first Arkell-Hebden encounter of the year :lol:

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by Simon Brown » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:46 pm

True, but nice to see some British names at the top for a change and the chess is more interesting than the Classic, for example, if maybe less perfect. And Keith v Mark I haven’t seen for a few months.

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by Brian Towers » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:03 pm

Simon Brown wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:46 pm
the chess is more interesting than the Classic, for example
It is certainly more understandable by players at my level. It's also very good that the live games display doesn't have an engine attached so we patzers can play guess the next move.

Having said that, it looks to me that Hebden might have blown it with 66 ... Kf5 and 67 ... g4. Why on earth do you want to sacrifice a pawn and give your opponent a passed pawn? Surely 66 ... Kd5 followed by 67 ... Kc4 would have sealed the deal with the two queen-side passers?
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:20 pm

Presumably it's now a draw ( KQ v KRP ).
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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by Brian Towers » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:30 pm

At my level it would certainly be a draw (barring accidents, always possible) however at GM level I think the theory may be that the pawn is far enough up the board for the queen to get in behind the position and zugzwang the rook into moving. I'm sure these two will love the chance to give it a go.
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.

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Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:44 pm

I weakened and checked a tablebase. I can claim I was right, because 78.Ra5+ drew. 78.Rf4 was in fact an error, allowing 78...Qh8 check, which won in 85 moves! So not entirely simple.
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