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    Gibraltar

    It seems that SPeck isn't playing after all.. Anyone know what happened?

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    What made you think he was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    What made you think he was.
    i heard he was intending to play.
    says in the latest acf bulletin
    but also heard a few weeks back too.

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    Actually I just checked the web site.

    The front page shows him as one of the confirmed entries, however the list of players on the results page doesnt.
    As pax surmised it looks like he decided not to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    What made you think he was.
    I believe, Speck's expected participation was also mentioned in this week's ACF Bulletin.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Incidentally, it looks like they implemented a one point, two round acceleration to the draw...

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    Yesterday, I paid a visit to the London Chess Centre (the TWIC people) and saw an ad for this tourn. Also managed to buy a chess themed tie.

    Now in Paris. Be back in Sydney on Tuesday? It's 4.18PM in the avro here. I just luurve the Eurostar!!

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    Ian is =11th on 3.5 after 5 rounds.
    I notice he took a half point bye in round 4.

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    Why the multiple byes in a single round? Is it a scheme to ensure every player has one bye?

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    Rogers just lost to Danny Gormally (with white) in round 7.

    On the upside, it looks as though Gormally might finally get his third GM norm after all these years. He's missed it by half a point so many times it's not funny anymore.

    Half a point from his last two games is almost certainly sufficient for the norm.
    Last edited by pax; 01-02-2005 at 08:59 AM.

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    From the round 6 bulletin (by Manuel Weeks):

    It’s not often you see a grandmaster blunder a piece, its even more rare that afterwards he can still manage to draw the game! This is what happened when Australian GM Ian Rogers sacrificed his knight against Swedish GM Pia Cramling. In a winning position the Australian had a number of good moves and after he played 29..,Nd2 he thought that Pia might resign! After looking around for any possible moves she had it suddenly dawned on him that taking the en prise knight was legal and good! The ending was still hard to win and eventually all the pawns were traded off to only rook and bishop versus rook which Cramling still had one last attempt to win. The position is a theoretical draw but the defensive mechanism must be known. After 35 moves with only these pieces left he passed his knowledge test and made good his escape with the half point.

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    That 29...Nd2 (??) by Rogers against Cramling is extraordinary. What WAS he thinking? Is there a "strange story" behind it? Anyway, I don't feel so bad about some of my blunders now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pballard
    That 29...Nd2 (??) by Rogers against Cramling is extraordinary. What WAS he thinking? Is there a "strange story" behind it? Anyway, I don't feel so bad about some of my blunders now!

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    The way I would make that mistake would be to note that h2 was controlled and g3 occupied so if I could safely play Qf1 it would be mate ...

    I notice that Gibralter doesn't seem to be mentioned at all on chessbase.com - of course it isn't as big as Corus but it has a fair few household names. Anybody know if there's some political/commercial thing there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout
    The way I would make that mistake would be to note that h2 was controlled and g3 occupied so if I could safely play Qf1 it would be mate ...

    I notice that Gibralter doesn't seem to be mentioned at all on chessbase.com - of course it isn't as big as Corus but it has a fair few household names. Anybody know if there's some political/commercial thing there?
    Chessbase has never come close to covering all the big events. I don't think it's political, more that they just choose only to cover blockbusters and pretty girls.
    TWIC is a better bet for anything that isn't at least category 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    and pretty girls.
    is there anything wrong with this

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