Although the Sime team were outscored almost throughout the Scottish Cup Final, they did not play as badly as the score suggests. Alan Mould did well on this deal.
THE European Individual Championship has become one of the most keenly contested tournaments for many grandmasters, mainly due to the lure of the top finishers earning a potentially lucrative pay-day with a guarantee of multiple qualification spots into the next FIDE World Cup.
This is another illustration of the advantages of making opener’s new suit rebid forcing. Once North has responded at the two-level South knows he wants to be in at least game, and slam is a possibility.
CHESS has lost one of its most respected, trusted ambassadors. German grandmaster, three-time world championship chief arbiter and bibliophile Lothar Schmid died on Saturday in Bamberg, Germany. He was 85.
Another double-figure swing from the first segment of the Scottish Cup, this one created by a difference in style. Iain Sime opened 1C to show his balanced weak no-trump.
RUSSIA’S Sergey Karjakin scored the biggest result of his life by winning the Norway Supreme Masters in Stavanger, scoring 6/9 to win the top prize of e100,000 (£84,600) in a field that included seven of the ten top-rated players in the world.
A TRUMP lead is not always bad, particularly against a high-level doubled contract. On this deal from the National Pairs semi-final the auction became a little overheated.
MUCH has been said on the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, but not many know that Govan’s finest is a chess aficionado, and over the years has used the odd chess analogy such as, “you can play chess for 10 hours and still lose,” when having a dig at rivals Arsenal.
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