World Youth Championships

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Pete Heaven
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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Pete Heaven » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:53 am

I don't feel inclined to continue this conversation with Natasha as it seems pointless. The online account stories only serve as a distraction to the OTB performances; either tremendous or appalling. It's tempting to ask Natasha why people would open an online account on lichess or chess.com to discredit 'the child' at a time, pre-September 2019, where he hadn't played any rated games or showed any level of ability. I look forward to a post from one or more of his league opponents to confirm, from a post-mortem, that he does indeed play to this level. This would hopefully end the debate but such posts are conspicuous by their absence.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:40 am

Pete Heaven wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:53 am
I don't feel inclined to continue this conversation with Natasha as it seems pointless.
Like most conversations with people who refuse to reveal their identity.
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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Richard Bates » Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:50 am

Pete Heaven wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:53 am
I don't feel inclined to continue this conversation with Natasha as it seems pointless.
Haha, do - it seems a reasonable supposition that you are having a “conversation”, directly or indirectly, with the man himself! In fact, we’re there any truth in “natasha’s“ postings (and I am restricting the content of what might be true to the possibility that there is an anonymous chess24 account currently performing at 2550+) then I would put money on it. Nobody else would know that detail.

The rest of my money would be tempted towards a theory of there being a school project of some type involved.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:14 am

I have no idea why people are even contemplating the possibility that "Natasha" is some kind of real and bona fide person.
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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Pete Heaven » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:28 am

"I have no idea why people are even contemplating the possibility that "Natasha" is some kind of real and bona fide person."

For my part, it's simply because I am suspending my disbelief in all manner of ways connected with this saga.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:20 pm

Natasha: "a direct contact from Chess24 would inform the FIDE officials (me)"

Nick (on Tim's blog): I like to think that if any such FIDE official were to exist, I would know about them.

Natasha: Trust me, if I were to inform you on my identity you would know at least a little on me. But it’s like I said previously, I’m legally not allowed to.
In fact, I was there when you gained your arbitrary title in 2008.

Nick: I don't think you are fooling anyone.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:42 am

Anyway, how did last night's match go?
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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Pete Heaven » Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:02 am

A draw. It would be great to hear about an in-depth and evenly-matched post-mortem, something that has been missing to date.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Richard Bates » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:07 pm

Pete Heaven wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:02 am
A draw. It would be great to hear about an in-depth and evenly-matched post-mortem, something that has been missing to date.
A “commendable draw” no less, although for Mr Lovelock not his opponent, surprisingly ;)

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:25 pm

For those not following along:

Highcliffe A v Ringwood (20/01/2020)

Draw against Martin J. Simons (178).
A typically hard fought match with our friends from Ringwood, 3-1 flattered us a bit as the match always seemed in the balance. Declan scored a very commendable draw against Martin on board 1, [...]
Declan Lovelock results for 2019-20 so far in the Dorset League. (15.5/18)

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:37 pm

Martin's been a lot higher than that.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:43 pm

True: Simons, Martin J : grading profile - graded 207 in July 2003.

(PS. Will the ECF historical grading data still be available after the upcoming changes, and in a similar format?)

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by John Upham » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:52 pm

For your delectation :



Apparently, the moves from White came at constant intervals regardless of degree of difficulty. The cap was worn I'm reliably informed.
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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:57 pm

Two games in 2020 so far. I’m curious as to whether Dorset Chess will be celebrating Declan’s meteoric rise to the top of the English Under 16 rankings in a week’s time, or whether it will only get a cursory mention?

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by John Upham » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:10 pm

Take a look at

https://www.chess.com/live/game/3493835 ... anlovelock

DLs accuracy is calculated at a mere 99.6% whereas his hapless 1930 opponent managed a trifling 66.2 %

The question is what happened to the .4 % ? Bad day at the office ?

By way of contrast we have :

https://www.chess.com/member/l_declan
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