Archive for September, 2015

World Cup Seeding System

September 14th, 2015 18 comments

When you have a number of entrants (128 in this case) competing in a knockout format, what kind of seeding/pairing system should be used?

The most common pairing system involves splitting the list in two, so that No.1 plays 65, 2 plays 66 and so on until 64 plays 128. This is seen as normal, although it’s slightly odd that the players ranked from places 60-68 (give or take) might only be separated by a few rating points, yet will have vastly differing chances of making it through the first round, depending on which side of the halfway line they happen to fall.

The actual system being employed at the World Cup involves the top seed playing the bottom seed in each round, i.e. No.1 vs. 128, 2 vs. 127, all the way up to 64 vs. 65. The main argument in favour of this system is that it gives the highest seeds the best chance of making it to the end – but does it stack the odds too heavily in their favour while making it too difficult for those players nearer the middle of the rankings?

This brings us to this week’s poll question: Is the World Cup pairing system fair?

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World Cup Competition

September 8th, 2015 65 comments

Quality Chess will send a box of 20 books to your home, wherever in the world that may be. 10 of them chosen by you, 10 of them chosen by us. All you have to do is to predict some results in the World Cup. We will contact the winner once the World Cup is over and organize the shipment of the prize.

Hurdle Questions: In order for us to quickly reduce the number of emails to check, only participants who get the three initial questions right will proceed to the second round of scoring. The points scored here will count in the second round (unless otherwise stated, a correct answer is worth one point).

A: What will the most common opening move be in round 1 (excluding playoffs): 1.e4 or 1.d4 or neither?

B: Which of these home players will go further: Rauf Mamedov or Eltaj Safarli? (if knocked out at same stage then which one has played more moves is the tiebreak)

C: Which opening will be more common in round 3 (excluding playoffs)? Najdorf or Catalan or tie?

Main Competition Questions:

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The World Cup – A competition

September 7th, 2015 9 comments

This is a temporary post. We were talking about the upcoming World Cup and got a bit excited to be honest. So we decided to have a little competition. We are working on the questions at the moment. They will be available Tuesday morning at some point. The deadline for entry will be 1 hour before the start of the first round on Friday.

Look out for more details here tomorrow.

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Publishing Schedule for the next six months

September 4th, 2015 145 comments

Do you know what you will be doing for the next six months? We do. The real question will be if we can do everything as fast as we want. For example: Boris Gelfand constantly gets all these annoying tournament invitations that distracts him from the book…

We do not really have dates for anything else than the Dragon books, published next, but I can give a few informal updates.

The next volume on 1.e4 vs the Sicilian is only a few weeks from going to the printer. It could theoretically be out late October. The Razuvaev book is far progressed as well. But most importantly, John has made great progress on the Playing 1.e4 books. I think the first one will be out in November and the second not long after. We considered publishing them together, but it did not really make a lot of sense to wait with one, while the other one is finalised. So, they will be out a few months apart.

Gawain Jones The Dragon Volume 1 9 September 2015
Gawain Jones The Dragon Volume 2 9 September 2015
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines Autumn
Yuri Razuvaev Key Concepts of Gambit Play Autumn
Parimarjan Negi GM Rep – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian II Autumn
GERMAN Vom GM zur Top Ten – Judit Polgar 2 Autumn
Vassilios Kotronias GM6A – Beating the Anti-Sicilians Autumn
Nikos Ntirlis Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire Winter
Ftacnik (Aagaard) GM6B – The Najdorf Winter
Victor Mikhalevski GM Rep 19 – Beating Minor Openings Winter
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 1B – 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit Winter
GERMAN Dame am Brett – Judit Polgar 3 Winter
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French Winter
Tibor Karolyi Mikhail Tal’s best games 3 – The Invincible Winter
Boris Gelfand Dynamic Decision Making in Chess Winter
Vassilios Kotronias King’s Indian – Volume 4 Winter
Vassilios Kotronias King’s Indian – Volume 5 Winter


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What system should be used for the World Championship?

September 1st, 2015 31 comments

Magnus Carlsen recently provoked a lot of discussion on the format of the World championship by giving his support to a knock-out system (see the ChessBase report here). What do you think is the best format for the World Championship?


The results of last week’s poll gave a healthy majority in favour of Carlsen retaining World Number One status, and with no clear indication of who is most likely to challenge him.


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