Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

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Leonard Barden
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Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:55 pm

European online blitz championship, organised by Katowice, Poland

323 players, including 134 GMs and 100 IMs

11-round Swiss, time limit 3+2

Qualifiers for round of 16
1-5 Five players on 9-2
6-11 Six players including 7 GM Gawain Jones ENG on 8.5-2.5
12-16 Five qualifiers on 8-3
GM Dan Fernandez ENG withdrew on 4-3

Round of 16: Jones beat GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac ROM 2.5-1.5

Quarter-finals: Jones beat Manuel Petrosyan ARM 3-2 after Armageddon

Semi-finals (7pm TONIGHT):

Alexei Shirov ESP v Matthias Bluebaum GER
David Navara CZE v Gawain Jones ENG

Link to live broadcast (7pm GMT start) https://www.katowice2020.eu/results/final-stage

It's also live on Chessbomb, together with Gawain's previons games
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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by John Moore » Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:15 pm

Excellent work, Leonard. Thank you.

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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:14 pm

Gawain wins first game with Black!

Gawain leads Navara 2-0!!

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... nals/3/2/2

Game 3 in progress!
https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... nals/3/2/3

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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:46 pm

Now 2-2 and Armageddon to follow....


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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:57 pm

I was lucky enough to play some 2 minute chess v Navara on lichess a couple of months or so ago. His rating was lower than expected and I said I would have expected him to be 2800 (on Lichess), but he said that 2700 was nearer the mark because he got too nervous when very short of time.

We were talking about 2 minute chess though - I only just noticed this and don't know what this speed is.

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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:01 pm

nice blitz game by Gawain, presumably Black is just winning when he plays ...Nb2 rather than having his knight trapped!

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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:02 pm

Jones 3-2 Navara !!!

Meets Alexei Shirov shortly in 4-game final for Euro blitz champion title

time control 3+2

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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by John Moore » Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:05 pm

Well done Gawain! And possibly slight favourite against Shirov?


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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:16 pm

John Moore wrote:
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:05 pm
Well done Gawain! And possibly slight favourite against Shirov?
blitz ratings Shirov 2682, Jones 2657

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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:33 pm

Woo! Fire on Board fell for Verda Notte's cheapo! Jones 1.5-0.5 Shirov


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Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:38 pm

GO GAWAIN!!!

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