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by Mick Norris
Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March

Pete Doggers reports on quarter finals day 1 and day 2
by Mick Norris
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March

TWIC Day 5 report Nakamura, Hikaru vs Nepomniachtchi, Ian 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. f4 a6 7. Nb3 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. O-O d6 10. Bd2 Nf6 11. Qf3 Be7 12. Rae1 b4 13. Nd1 a5 14. Nf2 a4 15. Nc1 Nd4 16. Qd1 d5 17. e5 Ne4 18. Ne2 Nf5 19. Kh1 Qb6 20. Nh3 Bh4 21. Bc1 Bxe1 22. Qxe1...
by Mick Norris
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March

TWIC day 4 report
Carlsen and So lead their Carlsen Invitational Quarterfinals after day 1
Resumes 4pm GMT
by Mick Norris
Tue Mar 16, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2013
Views: 118654

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Never been to Blackpool chess club, but did play at Poulton once, not sure what competition and who for though; I do remember I was on the white side of an Alekhine, so must have been 30 years ago before I gave up with e4 Blackpool closed over a decade ago, probably longer. Their last venue was the...
by Mick Norris
Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 264
Views: 18558

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

The inside story of the government's battle against the virus But one senior politician who attended at the same time says: "The early meetings with the prime minister were dreadful." And inside Downing Street, senior staff's concerns about the government's ability to cope grew. The prime minister ...
by Mick Norris
Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March

TWIC day 3 report

Carlsen, Magnus vs Nakamura, Hikaru

The knockout starts at 4pm on Tuesday 16th March. Round 1: Carlsen-Aronian, Nepomniachtchi-Nakamura, So-Firouzja and MVL-Giri.
Pete Doggers
by Mick Norris
Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March

TWIC day 2 report The final day should be very exciting with only 8 of the 16 players going through to the KO stage. It looks to me that 7 players are chasing just 4 places if we take it the top 4 in the standings are pretty much there. Round 10 Standings: 1st Giri 8pts, 2nd Carlsen 7.5pts, 3rd-4th ...
by Mick Norris
Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 40
Views: 4311

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

I'm ok thanks David I guess that there's a hierarchy in informing people within the ECF first, then the Unions, then the counties and their captains etc, but I was surprised that it hadn't extended to you, and that you hadn't commented, and thought that it better now to bring it out in the Open (in ...
by Mick Norris
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 40
Views: 4311

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

Union County Match Controllers, Director of Home Chess, Nigel Towers, and I have been reviewing arrangements for the County Championships, over-the-board and online; now that we have the latest road map from HMG. Return to over-the-board It is still early days as to timetabling but with the vaccinat...
by Mick Norris
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 40
Views: 4311

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

Happy to report it is already making a big difference, no sooner had I left the Cathedral, driven past the Arena, down Alan Shearer Way and past Ewood Park :lol:
by Mick Norris
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 174
Views: 14127

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Dear Team Captains, I am pleased to confirm that there will be a second season of the online counties championship as part of a full programme of ECF online events. Whilst the first season was very much focused on filing the void left by covid-19, season 2 looks to the future as part of the ECF's st...
by Mick Norris
Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 40
Views: 4311

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

Email from Mark Murrell

I can post the details later after I return from my Covid jab (when presumably my wifi will be better....)
by Mick Norris
Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 174
Views: 14127

Re: ECF Online County Championship

There is a proposal to run the Open and u1800 (replacing the u1825) in June and add an u1400 event

Saturday evenings at 6:30 pm as last year
by Mick Norris
Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 40
Views: 4311

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

There is a proposal to play the outstanding National stages in the Autumn
by Mick Norris
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March
Replies: 32
Views: 2552

Re: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March

Grandelius and Pichot qualified TWIC day 1 report Rounds 6-10 on Sunday 14th March starting at 4pm. 1st Giri 4pts, 2nd-3rd Carlsen, Aronian 3.5pts, 4th-8th Mamedyarov, MVL, Radjabov, Dubov, Nakamura 3pts, 9th-10th So, Firouzja 2.5pts 11th Van Foreest 2pts, 12th-15th Nepomniachtchi, Anton Guijarro, G...