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Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:03 am

The first round at Gibraltar is due to kick off at 2pm. John Pigott white against Wesley So on Board 3 is a stand out pairing.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Tim Harding » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:45 pm

John lost as expected and there don't look like being many upsets.
However, IM Gary Lane (on a European tour with his son) has chances to win with Black against Pavel Eljanov:
https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 019/1/1/20

It's getting tense around move 28 with both players having 7-8 minutes plus increment.
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:01 pm

Whoops
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"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Tim Harding » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:03 pm

Yes indeed, poor Gary. Why didn't he just recapture on d3?
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:43 pm

Board 44 went the "wrong" way it seems...

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Tim Harding » Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:07 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:43 pm
Board 44 went the "wrong" way it seems...
According to the FIDE list, the Chinese giant-killer Zuo Yifan is male and was born in 2005.
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:04 am

Steve and I had dinner with him last night. He seems a nice chap.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:44 pm

This afternoon's games are brought to you by the Fianchetto King's Indian.




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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Tim Harding » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:11 pm

David Howell will be having nightmares about his 59th move tonight, I fear.
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:35 pm

"David Howell will be having nightmares about his 59th move tonight, I fear."

Yes...

Board 120 pairing was a bit unfortunate.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Alex Holowczak » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:50 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:35 pm
"David Howell will be having nightmares about his 59th move tonight, I fear."

Yes...

Board 120 pairing was a bit unfortunate.
I originally looked at the Round 4 pairings to see what you meant, and saw Gilles Suez-Panama as white on board 121. An impressive number of canals in one surname. :)

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:05 pm

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:50 pm
I originally looked at the Round 4 pairings to see what you meant, and saw Gilles Suez-Panama as white on board 121. An impressive number of canals in one surname. :)
Don't ask Gilles S-P whether he plays the Canal Variation. That joke has worn rather thin. :roll:

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:11 am

Tim Harding wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:11 pm
David Howell will be having nightmares about his 59th move tonight, I fear.
Black to play and win. Ouch!

Then there is the case where you are playing a 2700 who outrates you by 300+ but offers you a draw. You know you shouldn't really take it don't you?

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:34 am

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:11 am
Then there is the case where you are playing a 2700 who outrates you by 300+ but offers you a draw. You know you shouldn't really take it don't you?
I genuinely do not understand how anyone takes a draw there against anyone. At a minimum you play the obvious forcing line with 39.Qh3 to get to the time control and have another think.

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