London Chess Classic 2011

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:04 am

Ian Kingston wrote: After today's opening ceremony, Twitter users can play against the GMs in the London Chess Classic by following @londonclassic and sending moves using the hashtag #lccvworld. More details at http://www.londonchessclassic.com/.
I was wondering how it will work in practice. On the Grandmaster side, they imply that each GM will take it in turns to be in charge for a few moves. On the "world" side, you still need someone to select sensible moves from all the twitter suggestions. Malcolm Pein plus guest GMs presumably.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Ian Kingston » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:32 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Ian Kingston wrote: After today's opening ceremony, Twitter users can play against the GMs in the London Chess Classic by following @londonclassic and sending moves using the hashtag #lccvworld. More details at http://www.londonchessclassic.com/.
I was wondering how it will work in practice. On the Grandmaster side, they imply that each GM will take it in turns to be in charge for a few moves. On the "world" side, you still need someone to select sensible moves from all the twitter suggestions. Malcolm Pein plus guest GMs presumably.
I've been wondering the same thing. Some people will be running engines (not exactly in the spirit of the event), so very strong moves are bound to be submitted. If it's done on popular vote then it could be sabotaged by a mass effort to play something really stupid. @londonclassic currently has 1827 followers, so perhaps there won't be that many options to pick through, given that many potential players will have other demands on their time.

I'll treat it as a fun experiment and try to play sensible moves.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by David Sedgwick » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:41 am

Ian Kingston wrote:
Roger de Coverly wrote:
Ian Kingston wrote: After today's opening ceremony, Twitter users can play against the GMs in the London Chess Classic by following @londonclassic and sending moves using the hashtag #lccvworld. More details at http://www.londonchessclassic.com/.
I was wondering how it will work in practice. On the Grandmaster side, they imply that each GM will take it in turns to be in charge for a few moves. On the "world" side, you still need someone to select sensible moves from all the twitter suggestions. Malcolm Pein plus guest GMs presumably.
I've been wondering the same thing. Some people will be running engines (not exactly in the spirit of the event), so very strong moves are bound to be submitted. If it's done on popular vote then it could be sabotaged by a mass effort to play something really stupid. @londonclassic currently has 1827 followers, so perhaps there won't be that many options to pick through, given that many potential players will have other demands on their time.

I'll treat it as a fun experiment and try to play sensible moves.
It's supposed to be a fun event. Don't take it too seriously.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:05 pm

Is anyone taking bets on the occurrence of fire alarms?
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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Ian Kingston » Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:55 pm

The game is under way. Adams and Carlsen will be familiar with the opening...

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Ian Kingston » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:36 pm

All over rather quickly:



Relieved to say that I didn't find time to suggest any moves other than 1.e4.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Gavin Strachan » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:44 pm

bizarrrre game

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by John McKenna » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:47 pm

If this debut doesn't have a name may I suggest the Praline Defence?
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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Ian Kingston » Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:01 pm

I suspect that the players were remembering this game and having a little fun:



I recall it being described as the North Sea Defence.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Paul McKeown » Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:12 pm

Is this the North Sea Defence? Do they play that? Really?

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by John McKenna » Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:22 pm

OK, the North Sea Defence but the North Sea (bed) is just as full of holes as praline.
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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Richard Bates » Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:39 pm

Does anyone know when the draw for the Open is expected to be done?

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:27 pm

Richard Bates wrote:Does anyone know when the draw for the Open is expected to be done?
Alex McF indicated a few days ago that there would not be acceleration. Late entries, unrated players and half point byes permitting, the halfway mark is at about 2060. GMs and IMs may not need to do any more preparation than looking up the opponent in the rating list or grading list.

If there is a flood of late entries, or a flood is anticipated, presumably they will leave the draw as late as they can get away with.

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Sabrina Chevannes » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:30 pm

Most of the arbiters are still here working!

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Re: London Chess Classic 2011

Post by Tristan Clayton » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:49 pm

R1 Open draw now up at: http://www.livechess.co.uk/classic/2011 ... index.html

I'll have my hands full on board 78, giving away 350 rating points.
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