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    • A near Karyakin experience

      I am waiting to cross a street in a populous area of Taipei when I notice another westerner to my left. He looks just like Sergey Karyakin. For a more than a moment I glance at him, and consider asking ... "Sergey...?" But then I decide ... "Na... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Mar 9, 2015
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    • OTB chess in Taipei

      This is mostly relevant to Taipei / Taiwan based chess friends. Since 2012 we have been meeting on Wednesday evenings at Starbucks on ShiDa Road. A few weeks ago, the admin of the facebook group changed the location on FB to Vinyl Decision, a rec... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Feb 24, 2015
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    • 2014 Carlsen - Anand world champs outcome according to math

      My prediction is: Carlsen wins in 11 rounds with a 6.5 - 4.5 score.     Actually it is not just a prediction, it is the most likely outcome according to math.   So how come did I come to that conclusion? Carlsen's rating is 2863, Anand is... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Nov 7, 2014
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    • How the new FIDE rating system is flawed

      This blogpost is about some of the unintended consequences of the new FIDE rating rules, effective from July 2014. The main change is that players are awarded an rating after only five rated opponents. This is too few, since it makes your initial... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Oct 6, 2014
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    • Taiwan Nationals 2014: part 7 -- Final day 2

      Sunday was day 2 (of 4) of the finals. The top 12 players, as selected by a 11 round swiss, play a round-robin for the title. After six rounds (each day is 3 rounds of 90+30 games), I have three points. Which likely puts me a little ahead of the ... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Apr 14, 2014
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    • Taiwan Nationals 2014: part 6 -- Final day 1

       The final first day was today. The format is three 90+30 games in a day, which is almost inhuman. The allocated time per game is 4h, and if your game is still going on when the next round starts -- you are granted a 15 minute break. Not nearly e... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Apr 12, 2014
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    • Taiwan Nationals 2014: part 5 -- Semifinal over (and some advice needed!)

      The semifinal tournament concluded today. Got 6th place of ~60 players with 7 points of 11.  While it is enough to qualify me to the final group of 12, there are aspects of my play that needs improvement. And damn quickly. The finals are in a we... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Apr 6, 2014
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    • Taiwan Nationals 2014: part 4 -- Tainan qualifier

      If anyone has the Tainan results, please share! Curious :-) Isn't it strange that there are no official results out from either the Taichung or Tainan qualifiers? Considering all the messy rules in place for who qualifies (depending on nationali... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Mar 16, 2014
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    • Taiwan Nationals 2014: part 3 -- Taichung qualifier

      Last weekend, I dropped by the Taichung qualifier tournament, mostly to observe and to meet some friends. In contrast to some of the other qualifiers in the past, the organizers had used at least some common sense. The zero start rule was not in ... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Mar 16, 2014
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    • Funny formulations in FIDE rules

      Interesting how much leeway FIDEs rules would leave for corrupt tournament organizers. Imagine a case where there are special players (say children of influential people) that should (or should not) obtain the top spots.   From article 13: "The... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Mar 11, 2014
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