Starts today at 2pm UK time. 7 Scots to support. The website is excellent, everything is on there including the tournament results/draw for today. There is a sizeable amount of live games for all events, so should be able to follow some players every day.
* CZECH TIME - UK time is 1hr behind * Saturday 19th November 15:00 1st round Sunday 20th November 15:00 2nd round Monday 21st November 15:00 3rd round Tuesday 22nd November 15:00 4th round Wednesday 23rd November 15:00 5th round Thursday 24th November 15:00 6th round Friday 25th November free day - trip to Prague, rapid tournament Saturday 26th November 15:00 7th round Sunday 27th November 15:00 8th round Monday 28th November 15:00 9th round Tuesday 29th November 15:00 10th round Wednesday 30th November 13:00 11th round
Really interesting games today with Craig winning impressively whilst Philip looked on course for a big scalp but was just a move late in race to convert passed rook's pawns. Douglas McKerracher has just won today against a much higher rated player to reach 2/3pts in the 65+ tournament. This is a tough long event with a large entry.
Did Philip miss a good winning opportunity against the 2 time champion? The extra piece for the 2 pawns looked very decent and I thought he was going to win. That board very frustratingly crashed around move 42 I think it was, he played 42. Rd4 if I recall correctly and I didn't think that was such a good move. They probably corrected the game later, but its no longer available.
Craig has been very good so far in all 3 games, best have seen him play for a while, lets hope he can keep it up.
Good to see Douglas getting another win too after the disappointment of losing that tight Rnd 2 game against the IM.
See above: far and away the best overall report I've seen so far on an event that went, on the whole, quite well for Scotland. Jonathan Grant's excellent debut in the 50+ Open Championships (7/11 plus many gained ELO points) doesn't gain a mention but for the purely 'technical' reason that he didn't quite squeeze into the prize-list. He finished top 'British' player in the 50+, ahead of GM Keith Arkell, a half point behind (though purely due to the vagaries of such open Swiss events, the latter did meet, it should probably be said, a rather higher-rated field).
Phil Giulian's remarkable game against defending 65+ champion Okhotnik is paid very close attention ... I believe we will have Phil's own take on the game in a forthcoming CS magazine in 2017! To look forward to!