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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:29 pm

Mammadzada seems to have blundered on top board for Azerbaijan and currently the Ukrainians look a little better placed than the Chinese.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:29 pm

Simon Brown wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:19 pm
Duda - Caruana is very complex. Might be a draw, but certainly not heading that way just yet.
This is why I am no good at chess... ("position looks equal - swap a few pieces and pawns off and it will be a draw" .... "oh, I'm lost, how did that happen?")

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:48 pm

Ding looking safer, and Bu a likely winner for the Chinese on board four.

England stand a bit better everywhere but nowhere (yet) more than that.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Nick Burrows » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:33 pm

Looking like we may be relying on Gawain to win the match

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:46 pm

Hmm. Howell (having just reached the time control at move 40) has the extra time to find 41.b5 and maybe win the match for England? Though it only wins the exchange, so may not be enough in the resulting position.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Roger de Coverly » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:50 pm

Nick Burrows wrote:
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Looking like we may be relying on Gawain to win the match
At the time control, Luke will presumably have to just play to hold the draw, but the other 3 games could be wins, David Howell's in particular. His opponent's move 40 may have been inaccurate.

Mickey's plan is going to have to be to eventually play c3 to c4 and try to create a passed pawn with the queen side majority. Provided he doesn't miss something, he can probe for ever to find a position where it works.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Simon Brown » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:56 pm

I think Mickey will win.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Roger de Coverly » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:04 pm

In the Adams game he's now sacrificed a pawn to reach a position where it looks as if he will regain it eventually by capturing on d5. That may well enable him to invade with his king. Onus on Tari to find defences then.

Black to move.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:04 pm

I am going to stop making predictions...

(McShane drawn, Howell using all his time up!)

(And at the top, Duda cracking the move under the time control under pressure from Caruana!)
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:06 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
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I am going to stop making predictions...

(McShane drawn, Howell using all his time up!)
Isn't that the norm, though.......
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:06 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:29 pm
Mammadzada seems to have blundered on top board for Azerbaijan and currently the Ukrainians look a little better placed than the Chinese.
But not any longer: China look like winning 3-1 and Ukraine are not having it all their own way.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:06 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:06 pm
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:04 pm
I am going to stop making predictions...

(McShane drawn, Howell using all his time up!)
Isn't that the norm, though.......
Yes. Still nerve-shredding, though.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Simon Brown » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:09 pm

He doesn't need much time in the positions he will be in soon. 42 Rd7 plays itself, just need to be careful of any tricks. Could be 3½ - ½.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:10 pm

Howell has indeed played b5, but is now using the rest of his time to chose between 42.b6 and 42.Rd7. The tension! :D

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:10 pm

If Nakamura doesn't lose today it will not be for want of trying
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