View Poll Results: Which five players would you select for the Open team?

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  • David Smerdon

    23 92.00%
  • Max Illingworth

    25 100.00%
  • Moulthun Ly

    21 84.00%
  • John-Paul Wallace

    9 36.00%
  • Stephen Solomon

    16 64.00%
  • Anton Smirnov

    9 36.00%
  • Junta Ikeda

    11 44.00%
  • Rishi Sardana

    0 0%
  • Ari Dale

    2 8.00%
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    Olympiad selection speculation

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    3. The date on or by which all such applications must be received
    Applications for selections will close on 8 April 2014.
    Have the applicants to date been published?
    So what's your excuse? For running like the devil's chasing you?

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by road runner View Post
    Have the applicants to date been published?
    No.
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    Olympiad selection speculation

    Since this thread is traditional, I thought I'd better get it started. The absence of Zong-Yuan, Bobby and Darryl throws the men's field wide open. The applicants in order of current FIDE rating are:

    Open
    David Smerdon, Max Illingworth, Moulthun Ly, John-Paul Wallace, Stephen Solomon, Anton Smirnov, Junta Ikeda, Rishi Sardana, Ari Dale.

    John-Paul Wallace looks like he could struggle to meet the activity criterion unless he has a lot of FIDE unrated European domestic games, with only 13 FIDE rated games between March 13 and April 14. That to my mind would leave Smerdon, Illingworth, Ly and Solo as near certain selections and a tough choice between four outstanding young players for the last spot. I wonder whether the likes of James Morris and Justin Tan regret not applying?

    Women's
    Irina Berezina, Arianne Caoili, Giang Nguyen, Biljana Dekic, Emma Guo, Sally Yu, Katherine Jarek, Vin Wijesuriya, Narelle Szuveges, Sarah Anton.

    A few of these players seem to be a bit light on FIDE rated games, and it's impossible to track ACF rated games without access to historical master files so I won't make a prediction except to say that Caoili and Guo seem certain selections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax View Post
    John-Paul Wallace looks like he could struggle to meet the activity criterion unless he has a lot of FIDE unrated European domestic games, with only 13 FIDE rated games between March 13 and April 14.
    He has just finished a strong open in UK with a 2400+. That gives him 22 games. He also has some non-Fide rated games. So he clearly satisfied the 30 game criterion.

    Quote Originally Posted by pax View Post
    That to my mind would leave Smerdon, Illingworth, Ly and Solo as near certain selections and a tough choice between four outstanding young players for the last spot.
    That would leave Smerdon, Illingworth and Ly being certain to be selected and everybody else fighting for the two remaining spots.

    P.S. On a personal note, if Anton does not get selected, it will make my life so much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    He has just finished a strong open in UK with a 2400+. That gives him 22 games. He also has some non-Fide rated games. So he clearly satisfied the 30 game criterion.
    Ah, thanks for the note. Which tournament was this - do you have a link?

    That would leave Smerdon, Illingworth and Ly being certain to be selected and everybody else fighting for the two remaining spots.
    Yes. JPW in particular will be hard to judge against the others, with his relatively light activity over the last five years and in a different pool of players.

    P.S. On a personal note, if Anton does not get selected, it will make my life so much easier.
    Ha, I'm sure! Something tells me his selection will be a whole lot less uncertain for pretty much the foreseeable future.

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    Fagernes GM Open.

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    "Ladies longshot" for a reserve place - Anton!
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    Poll Added

    A poll is also traditional so I've added one for the Open team. I'll do one for the Women's team as well soon.
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    As per the women's team, I see no reason not to go for the first 5 named. My longshot of Anton will make the next Olympiad team, not this one.

    Time for bed if I am going to get up early to watch Chelsea!
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    A pretty decent result for JPW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax View Post
    I wonder whether the likes of James Morris and Justin Tan regret not applying?
    And Wohl, McClymont. You could put together a very strong all QUEENSLANDER team: Smerdon, Ly, Wohl, Solomon, McClymont.
    So what's your excuse? For running like the devil's chasing you?

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    It is a shame that a number of people who would have been contenders (if not certainties) for selection didn't apply for the Open team, in contrast to the Women's team where pretty much everyone applied. I assume school commitments are keeping out some of the super-strong juniors.

    My unofficial understanding is everyone is OK for 30 games (a scrape in a few cases as usual), but that could be wrong. Tom will scrutinise them all very thoroughly to make sure they have made the cut.
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    The projected May FIDE ratings show Junta Ikeda leaping up to 2375, overtaking Anton Smirnov and going almost level with Solomon. With his early form in the SIO, he must be now very close to the magic 2400.

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    Yes, if Junta wins the current game against Chowdhury, he will cross 2400 and become an IM. His position at the moment looks very promising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Yes, if Junta wins the current game against Chowdhury, he will cross 2400 and become an IM. His position at the moment looks very promising.
    It was looking great until he missed 44 Nb5. Now, not so sure.

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