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by Tim Harding
Thu May 06, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior Tournaments in 2021
Replies: 49
Views: 4952

Re: Senior Tournaments in 2021

I certainly hope you and Stewart are right since I might conceivably travel to the UK for a Senior Championship in October, depending on dates, venue (especially) and a lot of other things, but I won't be playing the online this time round. I found the first event a welcome break from home routine b...
by Tim Harding
Sat May 01, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Michael Crowe
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Re: Michael Crowe

1941 - 2021 https://www.icu.ie/articles/937 A stalwart of the Irish Chess Union, hailing from Kilkenny. An arbiter, organiser, ICU officer, coach, editor of the Irish Chess Union (my memory, perhaps fallible, suggests he was an editor of Fiacla Fichile before that). .. Rest in Peace Yes, RIP Michae...
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)
Replies: 31
Views: 1340

Re: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)

Sr could mean Senior? The dates of the correspondence game suggest it could have been played in the Ward-Higgs inter-county competition of that season, so it might be worth checking out the BCF Yearbooks for 1952, 1953 and especially 1954 to see if the individual competitors are listed. Lots of OTB ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)
Replies: 31
Views: 1340

Re: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)

This game is not in my huge CC database.
Perhaps it's a game he didn't play himself but copied it because he was interested in it for some reason?
What did AItken normally write for himself in the White/Black fields?
by Tim Harding
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ian Nepomniachtchi
Replies: 17
Views: 1544

Re: Ian Nepomniachtchi

Yes, his first name is pronounced Yan, not Ee-an. He is named for a famous saint in Bohemia. Anyone who has been to Prague and walked on Charles Bridge will have seen the statue and if you took a walking tour you will have heard the story. See for example https://www.pragueexperience.com/places.asp?...
by Tim Harding
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior Tournaments in 2021
Replies: 49
Views: 4952

Re: Senior Tournaments in 2021

There is still no word from the ECU or Poland about whether the European Seniors may happen. Still lots of COVID Restrictions being introduced in Poland. The ECU calendar is now saying Poland will host the European Senior Team Championship in August at Polanica-Zdroj, but nothing about the European...
by Tim Harding
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 625
Views: 39223

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:11 pm
Tim Harding wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:52 pm
Of the 15 decisive games in the tournament
Typing error for 25?
No just a brain-freeze. What I meant to say was 16 decisive games in the second half, of which 10 were in the last three rounds, compared with 9 decisive games only in the first half.
by Tim Harding
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 625
Views: 39223

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

I think this shows what an exhausting game chess is; even dangerous, if your health is less than perfect. Apparently a lot is due to stress levels. I remember reading back in 2014 that two chess players died at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso. Sadly two Latvians died at different chess tournament...
by Tim Harding
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 625
Views: 39223

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Giri is playing the best chess; (some of) Nepo's opponents are playing the worst chess. This was a pretty miserable lack of resistance by Wang Hao against an opponent who at the start of the game was clearly happy to draw. The commentators seemed to reckon 54 Rc3 was the losing move but were still a...
by Tim Harding
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 625
Views: 39223

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Have we ever seen e4 e5 transpose to the French before? I think it is well known that some lines in the Petroff reach positions that can arise in the Exchange French. Given the deep study the Chinese have made of the Petroff, I was quite surprised to see Nepo' play this defence, but I guess he is a...
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 625
Views: 39223

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Is it possible he was still trying to win at that stage? Yes that's what I thought at the time. MVL's play just hasn't been up to scratch in this cycle and Nepo must now be strong favourite. Still, credit to Anish for keeping the event alive. We may see Nepo' restoring a full point lead tomorrow (e...
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 625
Views: 39223

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:54 pm
MVL looking like he's going to need his lost-game saving skills again
Agreed. It's a tablebase loss and the intermezzo that he missed, 42...Ba3+, would not have changed that.

MVL could have saved the game by 33...Rh4 34 Rxh4 Qd1+ I think; a shame he missed that.
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 625
Views: 39223

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Yes a surprisingly large number of games in my database with 9...Bg4, all dating from 2018 or later. The first new move seems to be Fabi's 15...Bg6, probably found at the board since he spent 7 minutes on it. 15...Qc5+_ had been played in Mihok-Malinovsky, Ceske Budejovice 2020. Two GM games had gon...
by Tim Harding
Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Daily Mail & chess?
Replies: 14
Views: 1385

Re: The Daily Mail & chess?

Ken Whyld's Chess Columns A List, gives: Daily Mail London, U.K. Language English. 1896. Publ. daily. Chess Wed., later Friday. Chess columns 14/11/1906-00/00/1908: & 08/10/1919-04-05/1920: & 14/10/1927 - 00/00/1935: & later Editors(s): Mortimer, James 06-; Griffith, R. C. 19-; Hatton Ward W 14/10/...
by Tim Harding
Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Four rounds to go: would you bet on Nepo or the rest?
Replies: 24
Views: 1390

Re: Four rounds to go: would you bet on Nepo or the rest?

Obviously, it will be much easier to call when we know the result of Nepo v Caruana tomorrow. Will Nepo try to kill the game for a safe draw? In a big fight I would back Caruana despite his having Black. If Nepo wins that game he is basically home (though I agree losing to Ding could be a danger), s...