The Xtracon Open 2018

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by John Higgs » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:01 pm

In addition to securing his two IM norms and achieving an impressive rating, Adam coached Jessica Mellor to a Gold Medal at the recent European Schools Chess Championship:

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/Juniors ... an-schools

Not too shabby for a 20 year old!

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Leonard Barden » Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:16 pm

14-year-old Aditya Munshi continues his impressive quantum jump in this event. Following on from his shock opening round draw with the Norwegian No3 and reigning junior world champion, Aryan Tari, Munshi remains unbeaten on 3/5 going into the just started sixth round, with a TPR of 2345 compared with his own rating of 1953.

However, Adam Taylor's hopes of a third IM norm are over. He is on 3.5/5 with a TPR of 2276 and has only met one titled opponent.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:41 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:16 pm
However, Adam Taylor's hopes of a third IM norm are over. He is on 3.5/5 with a TPR of 2276 and has only met one titled opponent.
Slightly premature as it's a ten round event but he will be reliant on a strong finish and playing the right mix of titled players in the remaining rounds.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by John Higgs » Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:55 pm

Lawrence, thank you for your knowledgeable correction.

Good luck to Adam in the remaining 5 rounds.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Leonard Barden » Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:58 pm

Not a great round six. Taylor drew, Munshi lost. I stand corrected, but Taylor despite 4/6 has only played a 2195ish field excluding round 1 so now needs at least 3/4 against all titled opponents.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:37 pm

Possible GM norm for Vincent Keymer?
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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:41 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:37 pm
Possible GM norm for Vincent Keymer?
Possible, although having started with 5 Danish opponents he'll be hoping to face foreign opponents in the later rounds, not to mention at least one more GM and a fifth titled player.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:17 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:41 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:37 pm
Possible GM norm for Vincent Keymer?
Possible, although having started with 5 Danish opponents he'll be hoping to face foreign opponents in the later rounds, not to mention at least one more GM and a fifth titled player.
He's white in the next round against GM Rasmus Svane, fellow German, so that's got to tick a few of the boxes
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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:58 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:17 pm
LawrenceCooper wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:41 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:37 pm
Possible GM norm for Vincent Keymer?
Possible, although having started with 5 Danish opponents he'll be hoping to face foreign opponents in the later rounds, not to mention at least one more GM and a fifth titled player.
He's white in the next round against GM Rasmus Svane, fellow German, so that's got to tick a few of the boxes
Definitely. If he can maintain his performance then he should get the right mix of opponents.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:26 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:58 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:17 pm
LawrenceCooper wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:41 pm


Possible, although having started with 5 Danish opponents he'll be hoping to face foreign opponents in the later rounds, not to mention at least one more GM and a fifth titled player.
He's white in the next round against GM Rasmus Svane, fellow German, so that's got to tick a few of the boxes
Definitely. If he can maintain his performance then he should get the right mix of opponents.
He drew, and gets a GM today, which meets the requirements; however, it's another Dane, so I think he needs non-Danes in the last 2 rounds

Adam Taylor is playing Jan Timman chess24live
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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:09 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:26 pm
however, it's another Dane, so I think he needs non-Danes in the last 2 rounds
The tournament looks like a perfectly good 1.43e, so is the problem that he has two of those those already? I've come to this rather late.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:51 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:09 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:26 pm
however, it's another Dane, so I think he needs non-Danes in the last 2 rounds
The tournament looks like a perfectly good 1.43e, so is the problem that he has two of those those already? I've come to this rather late.
No idea, I thought the rules were 2/3rds maximum of one federation, based on Loz's comments, but you may be right

He won today, so looking like he'll get the TPR required
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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:55 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:51 pm
NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:09 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:26 pm
however, it's another Dane, so I think he needs non-Danes in the last 2 rounds
The tournament looks like a perfectly good 1.43e, so is the problem that he has two of those those already? I've come to this rather late.
No idea, I thought the rules were 2/3rds maximum of one federation, based on Loz's comments, but you may be right

He won today, so looking like he'll get the TPR required
Not for the first time I forgot about the rule Nick highlights:

1.43 Federations of opponents
At least two federations other than that of the title applicant must be included, except 1.43a - 1.43e shall be exempt. Nevertheless, 1.43f shall apply.
1.43a The final stage of the national men’s (or open) championship and also national women’s championships. In the year when the Subzonal tournament of a single federation is held, then the national championship is not exempt for that federation. This exemption applies only to players from the federation which registers the event.
1.43b National team championships. This exemption applies only to players from the federation which registers the event. Results from different divisions may not be combined.
1.43c Zonal and Subzonal tournaments.
1.43d Tournaments of other types may also be included with the prior approval of the QC Chairman.
1.43e Swiss System tournaments in which participants include in every round at least 20 FIDE rated players participate, not from the host federation, from at least 3 different federations, at least 10 of whom hold GM, IM, WGM or WIM titles. Otherwise 1.44 applies.
1.43f At least one of the norms has to be achieved under normal foreigner requirement. (See 1.43 and 1.44)
1.44 A maximum of 3/5 of the opponents may come from the applicant’s federation and a maximum of 2/3 of the opponents from one federation. For exact numbers see the table in 1.72.
Opponents shall be calculated using rounding up (minimum) to the next whole number, to the next lower number (maximum).

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:51 am

Keymer drew with Agdestein and has black against Hammer in the last round; that's 3 Norwegians, plus 6 Danes, not that it matters results
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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:44 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:51 am
Keymer drew with Agdestein and has black against Hammer in the last round; that's 3 Norwegians, plus 6 Danes, not that it matters results
Board 1 featured a brutal end from a seemingly quiet position.

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