Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:09 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:34 am
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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.
39 Ng4 is even more deadly. White should certainly have smelled a rat when the draw was offered,
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by David Robertson » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:09 pm

The prettiest WMOTB ever played?

Played by my club colleague, Phil Crocker, in the final round of the Gibraltar Challengers A. Having walked all over his Spanish opponent for much of the game, Phil closed in for the kill. White has just played the plausible but wrong 31. Qg6, leaving Black [-4.40] to move and win. Phil now played the beautiful, line-cutting interference move 31...Rg5 with devastating impact - on Phil :shock:

Hassomal Daswani, Birjkumar
2019.01.25
Crocker, Philip J
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Gibraltar Festival Challengers A (5.17)

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:22 pm

That's a complicated one but it's a winner if we can't cook it. All kinds of ways to lose a queen for nothing and none of them nearly as bad a move.
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:29 pm

Tim Harding wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:09 pm
39 Ng4 is even more deadly.
True, but less trivial to calculate.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:16 pm

"The prettiest WMOTB ever played?"

That is unlucky. I hope someone bought him a beer.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by David Robertson » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:43 pm

The Spanish do generate some splendid names. Here's a couple of IMs who, if results go the right way, could be paired tomorrow.

Lance Henderson De La Fuente - Paolo Ladron De Guevara Pinto

Names straight from the pages of Cervantes :)

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:25 pm

David Robertson wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:43 pm
Paolo Ladron De Guevara Pinto
Also mentioned here (where I included the accent but curiously spelled Guevara wrong). The other name, you'll notice, isn't just baroque, but half-English - I believe the guy is bilingual and has an American father.
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:11 pm

Chess Mind round 7 report with brief analysis of the leader's win
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by benedgell » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:40 am

Howell- Nakamura is one I'm looking forward to this afternoon.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by NickFaulks » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:17 am

benedgell wrote:
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Howell- Nakamura is one I'm looking forward to this afternoon.
You must be a bit disappointed. Howell played with White against one of the world's most dangerous players, drew comfortably but with never a winning chance. I imagine he is only half pleased.

Cheparinov will play all ten games against GMs. I have not checked whether this is a first for Gibraltar, but it an impressive statistic.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by PeterFarr » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:31 am

Round 10, Howell is a piece up for apparently not much on move 12 as Black v Aronian. Very strange.

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Post by Mick Norris » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:55 am

PeterFarr wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:31 am
Round 10, Howell is a piece up for apparently not much on move 12 as Black v Aronian. Very strange.
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:57 am

Perhaps he thought he could meet 11. .. e4 with 12. Qc3, then realised that 12. .. exd3 13. Qxh8 dxe2 works for Black.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by NickFaulks » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:02 pm

This is reminiscent of the infamous Carlsen - Jones. Easy for the computer to say that White has nothing, but in the real world it isn't that simple.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by PeterFarr » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:12 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:02 pm
This is reminiscent of the infamous Carlsen - Jones. Easy for the computer to say that White has nothing, but in the real world it isn't that simple.
Yes indeed, we can all be heroes with the computer in front of us.

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