I have been looking for something like this: a listing upcoming chess events in a similar way as it was done back in Europe.
While there are some listings, many are done by someone with an agenda -- carefully omitting 'competitors' events etc. ... | Read More
The 2013 Taiwan Nationals were concluded yesterday, and the results can be seen http://tapani.homeftp.org/nationals2013_berger2.pdf
So what kind of prize ceremony and/or award awaits the new Taiwan Champion?
Not even a cheap metal pla... | Read More
The piece of sheet the organizers provide is somewhat undecipherable, emphasizing things like on which table each game should be played on, rather than ease of overviewability.
So I tried to gather all the information in a more standard-like Berg... | Read More
They have special rules for foreigners, regarding how many can advance to what stage. In the finals they also (for some reason) have special treatments on our games (that we should play each other the last three rounds). It is round-robin so the o... | Read More
The first six rounds of the finals were played this weekend.
The format is a 12 player round-robin, so roughly half of the games remain.
I did okayish, having 2 pts of 3 after day one. My first round was against Ausin, which I won after he blund... | Read More
Instead of just pointing out the ... unprincipled ... approach of the chess organization here, there are some good things here that I have not seen elsewhere.
Anyone can become the champion. This means that anyone can play, and by being good can ... | Read More
There seems to be no enforcement regarding electronic devices in the game area. Every year I see people running a chess engine only a few meters from the games (in the game room). On laptops, tablets, and cell phones. This year I stood behind some... | Read More
Back in Europe spectators were welcome to chess events, as long as they did not disturb anyone.
Here the organizers try to chase people out, but not everyone. They have their favourites (top players are not chased out), and other people (non-pl... | Read More
The semifinals are now over, and I got myself a 2nd place with 8 points of 11 (1st place had 8.5). The guy in the lead drew quite early in the last round, so I fought hard to win the last game (since I was just .5 behind). Eventually we foundourse... | Read More
How does castling work when king and queen happen to be swapped since beginning of the game?
Here in Taiwan according to the local arbiters it works as: kingside castling resulting in a king on f8 and a rook on e8. And similarily a queenside cast... | Read More