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Colin the Silver Solver

August 14th, 2017 1 comment

Last week Colin McNab, long-time QC editor and proofreader, was in Dresden, Germany as part of the British team at the World Chess Solving Championships. The Polish team of Piorun, Murdzia and Mista proved too strong, but Britain took the silver medals – well done all. Full results here.

The photo below, by Franziska Iseli, shows Colin with his teammates Jonathan Mestel and John Nunn – all three are of course over-the-board Grandmasters.

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The Prize is going out any moment…

December 14th, 2016 10 comments

These will be sent to the winner of the quiz today. 

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Quiz – The Winner

December 12th, 2016 4 comments

We have had the answers to the Quiz, and now is the time to officially announce the winner. Congratulations to “J.A. Topfke”!

Thanks to everyone who took part, and commiserations in particular to “RAP” who, as he mentioned in this comment, missed out on winning by one move. He was level on points, with the tiebreaker being how many moves the longest game would be. 94 was correct. 86 said RAP; 87 said J.A. Topfke.

The potential confusion of whether Magnus appealing to reduce a fine counted as an official complaint (I say no) luckily had no impact on the top places, however you interpreted it. We would have the same winner even if “yes” was accepted as the correct answer.

We did receive an email from our winner “J.A. Topfke” (using his real name) and we did reply, but we doubt our reply was safely received, as an automatic error message arrived here. So hello J.A.! We are not ignoring you; you just seem to have a lot of email problems. We do have a name and delivery address, so all should be well in sending you the prize – books written by the late Mark Dvoretsky. J.A., if you wish to get in touch, then maybe your email is fixable, or you can leave a comment on the blog.

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Quiz – Final Answers

December 6th, 2016 12 comments

I have put the final answers into the Quiz excel sheet, so you can all see how well you did. The rules for the quiz were given in this post.

Please feel welcome to check if I got anything wrong!! It is certainly not impossible. After considering any complaints we will officially announce the winner at the end of this week.

The answers are:

All these questions relate to the classical games. If you believe the match will end in a play-off, choose 13 in question two.

1. Who will be the next World Champion, Carlsen or Karjakin? Carlsen

2. How many days of play will there be played in the match (7-13)? 13

3. Which classical game will be the first decisive game (0=no decisive games)? 8

4. Will any game reach a position with Mate in 3 moves on the board? no

5. How many pawns will be promoted? 0

6. Will any official complaints be filed by either player? no

7. How many en-passants will there be? 0

8. Which first move by White will be played in the first decisive game? d4

9. How many draws in 30 moves or less will there be? 1

10. How many decisive games over 60 moves will there be? 1

11. How many wins for White? 1

12. How many wins for Black? 1

13. How many games will end with both queens on the board? 4

14. How many moves will be played in the shortest game? 30

15. How many moves will be played in the longest game? 94

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Quiz Update

November 25th, 2016 1 comment

I have finally gotten around to format the Quiz excel sheet, so you can all see how well you are doing. The rules for the quiz were given in this post:

I have taken the answers as being a “current situation”, not a guess or anything. Please feel welcome to check if I got anything wrong!! It is certainly not impossible.

The questions were:

The questions

All these questions relate to

the classical games. If you believe the match will end in a play-off, choose 13 in question two.

1. Who will be the next World Champion, Carlsen or Karjakin? Carlsen is champion at the moment, so this is what is in the excel file

2. How many days of play will there be played in the match (7-13)? 13, unless not 🙂

3. Which classical game will be the first decisive game (0=no decisive games)? 8

4. Will any game reach a position with Mate in 3 moves on the board? No

5. How many pawns will be promoted? 0

6. Will any official complaints be filed by either player? no

7. How many en-passants will there be? 0

8. Which first move by White will be played in the first decisive game? d4

9. How many draws in 30 moves or less will there be? 0

10. How many decisive games over 60 moves will there be? 1

11. How many wins for White? 1

12. How many wins for Black? 1

13. How many games will end with both queens on the board? 3

14. How many moves will be played in the shortest game? 32

15. How many moves will be played in the longest game? 94

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World Championship Match Quiz

October 28th, 2016 10 comments

Yet another top event, yet another chance to win a big pile of books. This time however, the prize will consist of books written by the late Mark Dvoretsky. You will not be disappointed.

The way to enter is to answer these 15 questions. We have tried to update our entry system this time around. Hope it works. Question 15 is first tie-breaker. If still a tie, question 14 is the second tie-breaker.

On question 8, please do not write, for example, 1.Na3 – write Na3.

Deadline is 1 hour before the first move in the first game on the 11th November.

The questions

All these questions relate to Read more…

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Olympiad Quiz winners

October 13th, 2016 1 comment

Bogged down by work, we never got around to sharing pictures of the happy winners of the Olympiad Quiz and their winnings. Here they are, Piotr and Ferdo.

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Looking ahead – a World Championship Quiz

October 6th, 2016 16 comments

We are going to have a quiz for the World Championship with entries starting in a few weeks time and ending an hour before the first move is played. It would be great if you would help us with your possible questions for the quiz, making it possible for us to focus on books.

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