British Championship 2018

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Martin Benjamin
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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Martin Benjamin » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:41 pm

I am slightly surprised Nick Pert accepted the draw. Whatever the computer says, it seems to me that it is White who has the harder task in the final position to find the precise moves to hold. Mark you, having defended for so long against a 2700 plus player, psychologically it is understandable

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:41 pm

Howell squeezing something out of this position... (still most likely drawn).

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Thomas Rendle » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:44 pm

Ameet Ghasi also pressing for 6/8 (recovering from losing to Jack in round 1).

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by John Saunders » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:55 pm

I can't understand why nobody is talking about RdC v Sugden with the two ancient Cambridge graduates trying to knock lumps off each other. At the moment it looks like a case of "he who queens last, queens best" as the computer favours the Sage of Bourne End.
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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:00 pm

John Saunders wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:55 pm
I can't understand why nobody is talking about RdC v Sugden with the two ancient Cambridge graduates trying to knock lumps off each other. At the moment it looks like a case of "he who queens last, queens best" as the computer favours the Sage of Bourne End.
That is a bit of a complicated game! :shock:

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:12 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Howell squeezing something out of this position... (still most likely drawn).
OK, maybe not! Howell draws level with Adams, and as both will get relatively easy pairings tomorrow, it may well be a playoff if they get the same result.

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:13 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:12 pm
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Howell squeezing something out of this position... (still most likely drawn).
OK, maybe not! Howell draws level with Adams, and as both will get relatively easy pairings tomorrow, it may well be a playoff if they get the same result.
You are entitled to your opinion of course but playing Luke McShane is hardly an easy pairing

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:18 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:13 pm
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:12 pm
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Howell squeezing something out of this position... (still most likely drawn).
OK, maybe not! Howell draws level with Adams, and as both will get relatively easy pairings tomorrow, it may well be a playoff if they get the same result.
You are entitled to your opinion of course but playing Luke McShane is hardly an easy pairing
I hadn't seen the draw, is it up yet? I can't see it on chess results.com. (EDIT: I am being silly, there are games still going on!) Of course playing Luke is not an easy pairing, but I was under the impression that Adams would get a (relatively) easy pairing, and that Howell had also played all the leading players, but missed that he hadn't played Luke. I saw a comment on chess24 from Jack Rudd that Adams will likely get Black against Gormally.

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:25 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:18 pm
LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:13 pm
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:12 pm


OK, maybe not! Howell draws level with Adams, and as both will get relatively easy pairings tomorrow, it may well be a playoff if they get the same result.
You are entitled to your opinion of course but playing Luke McShane is hardly an easy pairing
I hadn't seen the draw, is it up yet? I can't see it on chess results.com. (EDIT: I am being silly, there are games still going on!) Of course playing Luke is not an easy pairing, but I was under the impression that Adams would get a (relatively) easy pairing, and that Howell had also played all the leading players, but missed that he hadn't played Luke. I saw a comment on chess24 from Jack Rudd that Adams will likely get Black against Gormally.
The draw is published at 9pm albeit the pairings at the top seem forced. There are still games going on in any case.

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:37 pm

Adair blunders in a drawn rook ending against Keith...

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Paul Cooksey » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:47 pm

I was watching Simon Williams's stream earlier. He said that Keith was the second last person in the world he would want to defend R+3 v R+4 against, after Magnus.

As Magnus said about his endgame technique, you have to give your opponent the opportunity to go wrong.

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Martin Benjamin » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:50 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:37 pm
Adair blunders in a drawn rook ending against Keith...
Last season, I lost a very similar "drawn" rook ending. I had under 2 minutes v my opponent's 25 or so in a guillotine finish in a match where the result was already decided. My opponent just kept on shuffling pieces, whereas I just wanted to finish the game and go home, as it was about 10-30pm. It didn't particularly matter to me in the context of a meaningless evening cup match, but I was slightly irritated at myself for carelessness, nonetheless. A commendable effort by Keith to generate practical chances, but I feel sorry for James Adair for this happening to him at such a prestigious tournament. If my memory is correct, he once lost a rapidplay game against Hikaru Nakumara at the London Classic from a piece up in a "simple" position where even swindles for a player of Nakamura's ability looked impossible. I suppose players of James's quality learn from these experiences.

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:09 pm

Norms (unofficial) : David Egg needs draw against Keith(GM)
Koby needs win against Jovanka (IM)
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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:18 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:37 pm
Adair blunders in a drawn rook ending against Keith...
Drawn but tricky in practice. Arkell win a very similar ending at the British a couple of years ago

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Re: British Championship 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:22 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:39 am
LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:26 am
Alexander Hardwick wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:55 am
Now that there are only 2 rounds to go, is it possible to find out which players have chances of a norm?
Without doing any calculations the not always accurate chess-results performance ratings:

David Eggleston 2583

Koby Kalavannan 2425

Katarzyna Toma 2382

Matthew Payne 2395

Sue Maroroa 2317

Akshaya Kalaiyalahan 2194

For norm purposes Egglestone’s performance is over 2600. I would guess he and Koby need 1.5/2 for GM/IM respectively. Toma hasn’t played enough foreign players. Sue Maroroa won’t play 9 games
Draw needed for David and a win for Koby.

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