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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:08 pm

John Moore wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:53 pm
I see that Noah failed to win R+B v R after 157 moves of trying!
According to the tablebase it was a draw at move 107, so his opponent knew how to defend or he didn't make the most testing attempts.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by John Moore » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:17 pm

I expected Noah to outlast his opponent.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by John Moore » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:23 pm

England play France tomorrow.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:28 pm

John Moore wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:23 pm
England play France tomorrow.
You mean on Sunday.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by John Moore » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:36 pm

Ah, yes I do - so no chess tomorrow when I am not working.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:42 pm

Caruana getting closer and closer.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Nick Burrows » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:05 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:42 pm
Caruana getting closer and closer.
I think the odds of 12/5 on a Caruana victory are very generous and well worth a punt.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:23 pm

John Moore wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:23 pm
England play France
Tough pairing, though Mickey will have white v MVL

Argentina v England women should be a close match
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:45 pm

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Alan Walton » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:01 pm

David’s 4.5/5 with four blacks is very impressive

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Chris Rice » Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:47 am

Alan Walton wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:01 pm
David’s 4.5/5 with four blacks is very impressive
It is incredible but in this three minute interview conducted once he had finished his previous game against Azerbaijan, David notes that he ended with five Blacks in the last Olympiad and they may never give him White again.
He also revealingly says that the England team always pretend they want to win a medal but have no realistic expectations these days. Then jokes that if somehow they did win a gold this time around then that would prove that Nigel's been holding them back for 30 years.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:27 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:28 pm
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:07 pm
"May have answered my own question: Martin Walker transferred from ENG to KOR in 2015"

Martin worked in South Korea some years back, so presumably he returned for another stint. It would explain why I haven't seen him around!
He's just beaten Helgi Gretarsson
Impressive, as is the fact that the massively out-graded South Korea team beat Iceland 2.5-1.5... :shock:

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:28 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:00 am
Ding Liren won his game for the Chinese team and is now unbeaten in 81 games stretching back to 9 August 2017.
Still using a walking stick, apparently. But no problems on the chess board.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:38 pm

The loss by Kramnik against Poland and the two wins by Caruana (both with White) over Anand and Gelfand are all well worth playing through.

Any predictions for the top two matches?

Azerbaijan vs Czech Republic
Poland vs Ukraine

And which of the chasing teams are most likely to be in contention for medals?

You'd still bet on USA, China and Russia to power through at the end, wouldn't you?

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:39 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:57 pm
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:32 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:15 pm
Kramnik playing for the loss again
Becoming a bit of a habit these days :?
:?: Kramnik is winning his game
He was worse (though not actually lost) at one point, hence the apparent confusion.
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