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Kevin Bonham
18-02-2017, 04:01 PM
The first of four nine-round Swiss tournaments to determine two qualifiers to the Candidates, for details of format see http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?16411-New-FIDE-Grand-Prix-format-2017

Details see here: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr263691.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1&turdet=YES&wi=821

Australia's Jamie Kenmure is Deputy Chief Arbiter.

lost
18-02-2017, 04:05 PM
The first of four nine-round Swiss tournaments to determine two qualifiers to the Candidates, for details of format see http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?16411-New-FIDE-Grand-Prix-format-2017

Details see here: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr263691.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1&turdet=YES&wi=821

Australia's Jamie Kenmure is one of two assistant arbiters.


I am listed as the Deputy Chief Arbiter for the event and proudly flying the Australian Flag. Here is the link to say I am the Deputy Chief Arbiter:

https://ratings.fide.com/tournament_details.phtml?event=155282

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Kevin Bonham
18-02-2017, 11:18 PM
Not sure who the commentators are but I am quite enjoying their efforts so far.

[Edit: GM Victor Bologan and Tyler Schwartz]

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2017, 12:04 AM
Cool that Hou Yifan is effectively following the lead of Judit Polgar and playing in the real world championship cycle.

Thebes
19-02-2017, 01:50 AM
I used to speak to Tyler as was going to do work for him for the company he owns Chessat3, seems weird he is doing commentary for Grand Prix given the fact his USCF is 1600, good to hear it's going well though.

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2017, 06:46 AM
I used to speak to Tyler as was going to do work for him for the company he owns Chessat3, seems weird he is doing commentary for Grand Prix given the fact his USCF is 1600, good to hear it's going well though.

Yes I suspect this is an extension of the philosophy they had going in the World Champs of having one expert commentator and one inexpert one. The difference is that in this case the inexpert one actually has more of a clue about the game and isn't continually asking dumb questions. Actually I was surprised to find his rating was so low.

Kaitlin
19-02-2017, 09:06 AM
Yes I suspect this is an extension of the philosophy they had going in the World Champs of having one expert commentator and one inexpert one. The difference is that in this case the inexpert one actually has more of a clue about the game and isn't continually asking dumb questions. Actually I was surprised to find his rating was so low.

The other one just probably learnt the game from a book ..... rofl :lol:

MichaelBaron
19-02-2017, 12:58 PM
Yes I suspect this is an extension of the philosophy they had going in the World Champs of having one expert commentator and one inexpert one. The difference is that in this case the inexpert one actually has more of a clue about the game and isn't continually asking dumb questions. Actually I was surprised to find his rating was so low.

Or the non-expert could be someone who is well known to those outside the chess scene.

lost
19-02-2017, 03:42 PM
Yes I suspect this is an extension of the philosophy they had going in the World Champs of having one expert commentator and one inexpert one. The difference is that in this case the inexpert one actually has more of a clue about the game and isn't continually asking dumb questions. Actually I was surprised to find his rating was so low.

The reason for the commentators of choice is Bologan is there to relate to the masters and 2100 rated players the other is there to engage with the fans from the rating range of 0-1800.

The idea of this is to engage more people into watching chess and also more beginners/players not of master strength to follow these games and know what is going on.

Conditions for the event are excellent and actually seeing what AGON does on the ground, they are working non stop to make sure everything is running smoothly. AGON make sure that us arbiters get what we want, the players get what they want when asked.

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Thebes
19-02-2017, 04:41 PM
For whatever reason, the FIDE Grand Prix tournaments have never been as popular as the traditional super tournaments. This one in Sharjah won't be an exception.

There was only a handful of spectators during the first day, but that doesn't say much. It was the online audience that disappointed.

The live show on the official site, which was pay-per-view ($10 for the whole tournament), only had a few hundred concurrent viewers throughout the day. The chat was dominated by two people, one of whom working for Agon/FIDE. And the tournament seemed to be non-existent on Twitter—even the official account hardly sent out anything.


Taken from this Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/news/view/adams-mvl-rapport-start-with-wins-at-sharjah-gp-6765) article

Thebes
19-02-2017, 04:47 PM
Or the non-expert could be someone who is well known to those outside the chess scene.

I think this would be a good idea but doubt it'd have much more success popularizing chess at all, would definitely be interesting and there's been examples of celebrities who have decent knowledge of Chess including actor Rainn Wilson and Markus Persson (1.4bil networth) and of course Neil Tyson who joined the commentary of the World Championship.

Kaitlin
19-02-2017, 06:05 PM
They should have two live stream channels, a free one for fans rated 0 to 1800. And the $10 can be for 1800 to 2100 and Masters so they can be aloof :) .

ER
19-02-2017, 06:47 PM
Does anyone know why Hou Yifan is not wearing the head scarf while playing?

Kaitlin
19-02-2017, 06:59 PM
Does anyone know why Hou Yifan is not wering the head scarf while playing?

Can only be one reason.... :eek:

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2017, 07:07 PM
Does anyone know why Hou Yifan is not wering the head scarf while playing?

I'm assuming it is because it is not compulsory in the UAE, not even in Sharjah.

ER
19-02-2017, 07:11 PM
I'm assuming it is because it is not compulsory in the UAE, not even in Sharjah.

Remember in the airport though?? in Dubai it seems everyone wears it, some even the burqa!

Kaitlin
19-02-2017, 07:15 PM
It's a political statement

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2017, 09:31 PM
Rapport has played something bizarre against Vachier-Lagrave. The first three moves in some order were b3, Bb2, d3 and h3 then followed by g4 and f4. I can't find any site that will actually give me the full move order without paying for it yet, though presumably chess24 will get up to speed eventually.

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2017, 09:39 PM
The reason for the commentators of choice is Bologan is there to relate to the masters and 2100 rated players the other is there to engage with the fans from the rating range of 0-1800.

It's not a bad idea in principle but I don't see it in many other sports and it has to be done properly. If the mass-appeal commentator is asking stupid questions then the strong players won't encourage the weaker players to watch it, and the expert commentator will give annoyed answers. In the World Champs match I thought it was poorly done but in this case from what I've seen so far, Tyler is asking good questions that will be interesting to average players and also showing that he does have a good understanding for his rating of chess at this level.

Bill Gletsos
19-02-2017, 10:08 PM
Rapport has played something bizarre against Vachier-Lagrave. The first three moves in some order were b3, d3 and h3 then followed by Bg2 , g4 and f4. I can't find any site that will actually give me the full move order without paying for it yet, though presumably chess24 will get up to speed eventually.Moves are available at https://live.chessbase.com/watch/Sharjah/

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2017, 10:36 PM
Moves are available at https://live.chessbase.com/watch/Sharjah/

Ta, those are more up to date than those now showing on chess24.

MichaelBaron
19-02-2017, 11:38 PM
Ta, those are more up to date than those now showing on chess24.

Can also watch live on chessbomb.com - computer analysis included.

Kevin Bonham
20-02-2017, 01:27 AM
I'm liking the change to the Swiss format so far. I guess the real test will come at the end whether there are exciting games in the last few rounds.

Mamedyarov - Tomashevsky

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.Qc2 Nbd7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bf4 a6 9.g3 Be7 10.Bg2 0-0 11.0-0 Re8 12.Rac1 c5 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.Ne5 Bf8 15.Qb3 Qb6 16.Qxb6 Nxb6 17.Rfd1 Ra7 18.e3 h6 19.h4 Ba8 20.Nd3 Rd7 21.Bh3 Rb7 22.b4 cxb4 23.axb4 d4 24.exd4 Nbd5 25.Be5 Nxc3 26.Rxc3 Nd5 27.Rc4 Nxb4 28.Nc5 Bxc5 29.dxc5 Nc6 30.Bc3 Rbe7 31.Rd6 Rc7 32.Rg4 f5 33.Rgg6 Ne5 34.Bxe5 Rxe5 35.c6 Kh7 36.h5 Rc5 37.Bg2 1-0

There was a brief disruption during the round - lighting apparently.

Desmond
22-02-2017, 05:03 PM
They should have two live stream channels, a free one for fans rated 0 to 1800. And the $10 can be for 1800 to 2100 and Masters so they can be aloof :) .Could charge amateurs $80 or so and make it free for masters. Could even give them prizes. ;)

Kevin Bonham
22-02-2017, 11:16 PM
This one is just horrible, except for those who like seeing Grandmasters slip on banana skins:

Riazantsev - Jakovenko

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.exd4 d5 6.Nc3 Bg4 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Bxf3 9.gxf3 e6 10.Qxb7 Nxd4 11.Bb5+ Nxb5 12.Qc6+ Ke7 13.Qc5+ Ke8 14.Qxb5+ Qd7 15.Nxd5 exd5 16.Qb3 Bd6 17.0-0 Rb8 18.Qe3+ Kf8 19.Rd1?? Qh3 0-1

Kevin Bonham
28-02-2017, 11:15 AM
Vachier-Lagrave, Grischuk and Mamedyarov tied for first and each scored 140 points. Nakamura, Ding Liren, Adams, Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko all +1 and all scored 70 points. Aronian a shocker finishing at -1 so he only scores 7 points. Because players can't drop a tournament there's going to be a lot of focus on trying to get +2 and +1 scores to get three solid point hauls.

Hou Yifan missed out on a Giri norm by losing in the last round to Mamedyarov.

ER
28-02-2017, 02:00 PM
Hou Yifan missed out on a Giri norm by losing in the last round to Mamedyarov.

I think Hou should keep to women's chess! I don't think she has what it takes to become another Polgar!

MichaelBaron
28-02-2017, 02:20 PM
I think Hou should keep to women's chess! I don't think she has what it takes to become another Polgar!

Well, her score is similar to kind of scores that Polgar was usually getting in men's events.
On another note, very boring event with a lot of draws.

Kevin Bonham
28-02-2017, 02:26 PM
I think Hou should keep to women's chess! I don't think she has what it takes to become another Polgar!

She is behind where Polgar was at the same age - Polgar was around 20th in the world, she is around 100th. But since FIDE is not serious about having a credible world title for women I think she is doing the right thing.

Thebes
28-02-2017, 02:31 PM
She is behind where Polgar was at the same age - Polgar was around 20th in the world, she is around 100th. But since FIDE is not serious about having a credible world title for women I think she is doing the right thing.

Is inflation an argument to be made or you don't believe so?

Kevin Bonham
28-02-2017, 04:00 PM
Is inflation an argument to be made or you don't believe so?

Not that much in that amount of time, I would think.