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by Mick Norris
Fri Apr 12, 2024 11:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23
Replies: 83
Views: 8734

Re: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23

Trying to take stock of where we are at halfway, I've been looking at the last 2 Candidates, both won by Nepo 2022 Nepo was on +4, Caruana was +3, no-one else was in positive territory Caruana fell away, and Nepo cruised to first with 6 draws and a win; however, Ding came through to second, and Naka...
by Mick Norris
Thu Apr 11, 2024 8:21 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2024 FIDE Women's Candidates Toronto April 3-23
Replies: 14
Views: 1121

Re: 2024 FIDE Women's Candidates Toronto April 3-23

Goryachkina - Tan today, with the reverse in round 13, seem the key games now
by Mick Norris
Mon Apr 08, 2024 9:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Coronation Street
Replies: 12
Views: 2003

Re: Chess and Coronation Street

Roy was playing chess in tonight's episode I gather, not sure if anyone saw it and knows what was played
by Mick Norris
Mon Apr 08, 2024 10:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23
Replies: 83
Views: 8734

Re: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23

TWIC Can Nepomniachtchi win the Candidates for a third time in a row? Already I personally wouldn't bet against it, his fault of being a bit casual sometimes is infinitely better than being too tense, a problem that I sense Santosh Vidit has. Round 5 9th April at 19:30BST: Firouzja-Nakamura, Gukesh...
by Mick Norris
Mon Apr 08, 2024 10:35 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2024 FIDE Women's Candidates Toronto April 3-23
Replies: 14
Views: 1121

Re: 2024 FIDE Women's Candidates Toronto April 3-23

That was my feeling watching the games towards the end, TWIC concurs, although easy to make mistakes when you are tired and under pressure

Round 5 9th April at 19:30BST: Lei-Lagno, Vaishali-Muzychuk, Koneru-Goryachkina, Tan-Salimova.
by Mick Norris
Mon Apr 08, 2024 12:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23
Replies: 83
Views: 8734

Re: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23

Nepo wins to move to +2

The other 3 games were drawn, so Gukesh and Caruana on +1

Rest day next
by Mick Norris
Sun Apr 07, 2024 9:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced
Replies: 146
Views: 16750

Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

The other chess table in Bolton today in the sunshine; looks in better nick and a better location in this park too A similar-looking concrete slab - well, two, in fact - has/have just appeared in my local park... we've been wondering what was going to go on them. We were thinking concrete table ten...
by Mick Norris
Sat Apr 06, 2024 7:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2023-24
Replies: 54
Views: 4192

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2023-24

It's my daughter's birthday today I hope you have a wonderful day, even if the marquee does get blown away. We've probably hijacked this thread long enough. Man City are about to take on the mighty Crystal Palace. Thanks Nick I have dropped her back at Hull this afternoon, they're going into town f...
by Mick Norris
Sat Apr 06, 2024 12:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2023-24
Replies: 54
Views: 4192

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2023-24

Meanwhile, the English county cricket season started yesterday. You can tell by the weather. No play yet at Derby or Chester-Le-Street, or Old Trafford with a pitch inspection due 12:15; they played yesterday at Headingley but not today The schedule isn't optimal of course It's my daughter's birthd...
by Mick Norris
Fri Apr 05, 2024 12:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23
Replies: 83
Views: 8734

Re: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23

That's interesting, have we had any info on the seconds of any of the other players?
by Mick Norris
Fri Apr 05, 2024 9:10 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2024 FIDE Women's Candidates Toronto April 3-23
Replies: 14
Views: 1121

Re: 2024 FIDE Women's Candidates Toronto April 3-23

Lichess preview and predictions ontheQueenside The winners of the last two Women’s Candidates were Lei Tingjie and before that Aleksandra Goryachkina. They each lost their World Championship match to Ju Wenjun, albeit only by narrow margins. They are both participating in this Candidates again. And...
by Mick Norris
Thu Apr 04, 2024 4:58 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Alan Beresford
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Re: Alan Beresford

Dave Kierman of Chorlton has circulated the following: Arrangements for Alan Beresford’s funeral Passing on the sad news to our members and to the chess community of Manchester and Stockport leagues. I know a lot of our newer players at the club would not have known Alan, as he never came back to pl...
by Mick Norris
Thu Apr 04, 2024 9:42 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2024 FIDE Women's Candidates Toronto April 3-23
Replies: 14
Views: 1121

Re: 2024 FIDE Women's Candidates Toronto April 3-23

Any predictions on who is going to win this?
by Mick Norris
Thu Apr 04, 2024 9:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23
Replies: 83
Views: 8734

Re: 2024 FIDE Candidates Toronto April 3-23

TWIC The FIDE Candidates tournament takes place in The Great Hall in Toronto, Canada. Round 1 is on Thursday 4th April and the final Round is Sunday 21st April with tie-breaks on the 22nd April if required. Play starts at 14:30 local time which is 19:30 BST. Round 1 Fabiano Caruana - Hikaru Nakamur...