Chess, potpourri and other nonsense


Super-interesting team competitions (men and women) taking place right now in Sochi. You can follow everything here LIVE or if you are only looking for info HERE. Good to see Shirov back and playing in his usual great style!


gm  Jakovenko, Dmitry


gm   Jobava, Baadur

I don’t understand Jobava’s style of play!  It seems very good for ICC, but crashes and burns in serious competition.  Here Jobava has mangled an extra pawn and is almost–but not quite–lost! His King is lined up in a pin to his Rook, amongst other things. The only defence, and one that should not be too difficult for master with a pulse, is  46.Qf2!: if now 46…g5 47.hxg5 hxg5 48.Qh2+! Kg7 49.Qb2+Kg8 50.Qb3+! the game should end in a perpetual.  Probably a better try is 46…Rf8!?, but 47.h5! and White should not lose.

INSTEAD, Jobava played the horrible 46.Qe3 and after 46…g5 he resigned.  And with good reason.




I wrote last month about the case of Georgian GM Gaioz Nigalidze being caught cheating in a Dubai tournament. One more case of cheap and readily available chess-software tempting tournament players. (As I wrote on the weekend, probably only about 1 in 20 cheats gets caught)

International reaction to Nigalidze getting caught has been very condemning.  Some want him to get 15 years suspension.  Others would like to see him get even worse…I am not sure what FIDE will decide, but the President of the ECU , also a Georgian(!), wants to seem him be given a very light sentence:




I also think that the punishment should be one or two years suspension.  Any more makes no sense: his crime is not likely to be repeated and a one or two year suspsension is a good warning to others.  

I have not heard anything from FIDE’s anti-cheating brigade on this case, but I assume they are very busy creating a world-wide database of everyone’s chess games in order to submit them to computer analysis and then further statistical refinement…as I have written before many times on this blog (too many to list here; just do a Google search:spraggett/cheating/FIDE ), I think FIDE really dropped the ball on dealing with tournament cheating, leaving it to some ‘volunteers’ to do as they want…DO I have to repeat: cheating is a HARDWARE issue, not a mathematical paper!


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