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TRG Trainer Awards

October 19th, 2019 No comments

Some of you will know that I have taken on a volunteer position in FIDE, as Chairman of the Trainer’s Commission. In the last year a lot of my spare time and some of my work time has gone into this work. It is difficult for quite a number of reasons, mainly because nothing ever get to a bad place without it being good for some, who will want to keep it as it is.

The key thing has been to restore the credibility. With the former secretary having won 6 trainer of the year awards during his tenure, we started from a low point.

However, there was a different problem, which is that to get the credibility, we needed representation from all over the World. China, Russia and India are the emerging leaders of world chess. So we convinced the most famous coaches to join us: Yu Shaoteng, Alexander Motylev and RB Ramesh. Of the three, the latter has been the most active in the Commission work, but the two others have been available with their inputs in meetings.

If we were to eliminate everyone with any connection to the commission from the awards, we would quickly have an amputated list of candidates. So we stroke the middle point. Peter Long and I ran the organisational side of it, with no influence on the voting at all. I had maybe two conversations and I was very careful not to give any opinions away.

The result was five winners that all won far ahead of their competitors. Two of the winners are friends of mine. This was probably inevitable. However, I did nothing to help them win…

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World Cup 2019 – Quality Chess Quiz – The Answers

October 18th, 2019 5 comments

The World Cup ended a week or so back, so it’s time for results of our Quiz. Sorry for the delay – we were busy finishing books.

Below are what we believe to be the correct answers to all the questions. Before we assess your entries, and then declare a winner, let’s check that all the answers below are true. Any disagreements or ambiguities? The only debate I know about is Question 17, where Vitiugov and Grischuk were both knocked out in the Quarterfinals, but it seems to me that Vitiugov went further, as he lasted to the Armageddon stage.

  1. What will the most common opening move be in Round 1 (excluding playoffs)?
    1.e4
  2. Predict the score: Lu Shanglei – Boris Gelfand (excluding playoffs)
    1-1
  3. Predict the score: Eltaj Safarli – Sam Shankland (excluding playoffs)
    1-1
  4. Who will win the World Cup?
    Teimour Radjabov
  5. How many top seeds (1-64) will be knocked out in Round 1
    15
  6. How many Round 2 matches will end in Armageddon Blitz?
    1
  7. Predict the four semi-finalists. (2 points per correct answer)
    Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Teimour Radjabov
  8. Which round will Gawain Jones reach?
    2
  9. How many 1-1 draws will Anish Giri have (excluding playoffs)?
    2
  10. How many Black wins will there be in Round 4 (excluding playoffs)?
    0
  11. Predict the score: Jorge Cori – Nihal Sarin (excluding playoffs)
    0-2
  12. Predict the score: Michael Adams – Aravindh Chithambaram (excluding playoffs)
    1-1
  13. Predict the score: Baskaran Adhiban – Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (excluding playoffs)
    1.5-0.5
  14. How many Indians will there be in Round 3?
    2
  15. Who will be the youngest quarter finalist?
    Jeffery Xiong
  16. How many USA players will make it to the 4th round?
    3
  17. Which home player (Russian) will go furthest?
    Nikita Vitiugov (quarterfinal Armageddon)
  18. Which country will have the most players in the third round?
    Russia
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