British Championship 2018

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Jonathan Rogers
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Re: British Championship

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:06 pm

If Andrew Martin is now on holiday during the British, and following this site with a beer in his hand, he might recall a comparable g2-g4 played by Adams against him in a Barbican v Wood Green match around 1993 or 1994 or so. His comment in CHESS was something like "I don't think I even considered this, or if I did, I probably said to myself, 'oh, that's far too loosening, time for another coffee'. Oh dear!"

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Re: British Championship

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:19 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:47 pm
18 g4 in Adams v Arkell, a typical "obvious move when you see it" but which only Adams and a few others actually play naturally.
It's the sort of move I play regularly, but my opponents think "gosh, I hadn't considered that, I'll see if there's a good response" - and then find one. It requires detailed planning, which Mickey is noted for.

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Re: British Championship

Post by David Robertson » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:34 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:47 pm
18 g4 in Adams v Arkell, a typical "obvious move when you see it" but which only Adams and a few others actually play naturally
It's becoming more widespread, these outrageous efforts to transgress the basic principles of sound play. Does anyone recall this disgraceful display by Kramnik a few months back, wilfully passing up 7...OO in favour of some shocking moves!

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Re: British Championship

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:41 pm

Nonetheless, Adams did not follow up with the critical 21 d6, probably because that is only natural to SF. So probably Keith stands OK.

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Re: British Championship

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:42 pm

I'm pretty sure Arkell would have played 18.g4 had he been white rather than black in that position; g4 is his favourite move.

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Re: British Championship

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:43 pm

Perhaps Hawkins' 16 g4 is a bit more natural. He is still the only player in the top six to stand much better, though Pert and Jones are probably confident too.

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Re: British Championship

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:44 pm

Commiserations today, Jack. Still a good start!

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Re: British Championship

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:53 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:11 pm
Nick Burrows wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:06 pm
Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:03 pm
Knowing Daniel though, those probably are the real moves played in Fernandez v Muir (as seen on Chessbomb).
Yes - what a nutter!
Wasn't exactly my point !
But he does seem likely to lose, and will find to hard not to blame the opening. (I mean, playing like this as Black is one thing, but why with White?)

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Re: British Championship

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:27 pm

Although, if we see much more of this from Muir, Daniel will be playing to win ...

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Re: British Championship

Post by John Moore » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:00 pm

Andrew Muir will be fairly fed up tonight, I suspect. Sacrificing the exchange back was just losing although it's difficult to see how he plays the position.

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Re: British Championship

Post by David Robertson » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:18 pm

Colossal swing of fortune in Eggleston - McShane :shock: At #34 Luke was [-4.35] but lost ten moves later

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Re: British Championship

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:21 pm

It's certainly surprising to see Daniel score a point more than Luke given their respective positions not so long ago :?

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Re: British Championship

Post by Paul McKeown » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:44 pm

Absolutely hate Keith Arkell's last move, 47... g5. Surely that must be wrong? He has now exposed his h6 pawn to the rook on d6, and his king will be tied to defending it.

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Re: British Championship

Post by Paul McKeown » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:46 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:05 am
Another oddity is that Gwilym Price's victory over Jovanka Houska, presumably the result of the day, currently appears as a draw on Chessbomb.
Yes, all credit to the young player, for winning well against a very tough defender, but I do think that Jovanka rather gifted the point with her extravagant Bxh4??

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Re: British Championship

Post by Paul McKeown » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:54 pm

Sarah Longson's win today looked pretty exemplary against RdC today. Looked like a useful game for someone's next book on the Spanish.

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