31 May 2023

2023 Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi, Wrapup

In the previous post, 2023 Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi, Crosstable (May 2023), I gave myself a number of actions -- list the winner first where necessary, add the PGN, update the player index -- and promised a wrapup post. The actions were done (see that 'Crosstable' posts for links) and here's the wrapup:-

The posts listed above are all from this blog. The posts listed below are all from my main blog.

On my main blog I also ran a series about Ding Liren, who won the match against GM Nepomniachtchi, thereby becoming World Champion. The series was intended to learn more about his career.

This is the last World Championship that I intend to document on my personal domain, mark-weeks.com. The time has come to give it a rest.

24 May 2023

2023 Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi, Crosstable

Following up the previous post, 2023 Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren, Fourth Week (May 2023; 'Congratulations to Ding Liren on a nail-biting victory!'), I added the crosstable to my page on the match: 2023 Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren (m-w.com). Still to do:-
  • Change the title of that m-w.com page to put the winner first.
  • Add the PGN.
  • Update the Index of players.

At the same time I can create a wrapup post, tying together all of the posts on this blog and on my main blog.


The New World Champion; Photo from 'Tiebreak'
Courtesy of FIDE / Stev Bonhage

17 May 2023

Chess Photos : 'Courtesy of FIDE'

The previous post, 2023 Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren, Fourth Week (May 2023), used a photo. And it wasn't just any photo; it was a photo from the official site for the Nepo - Ding match: Photos from 2023 FIDE World Championship Match (worldchampionship.fide.com). That FIDE page offers reuse of the photos, but with a condition:-
Please note that these photographs are provided to the media as a courtesy from FIDE, strictly for editorial use only. when used, these photos must include proper credits in the caption, using the following formula:

"Photo: FIDE / Name of the photographer"
"Courtesy of FIDE / Name of the photographer"

In case of doubt regarding the authorship, please contact a FIDE representative at press@fide.com

I'm pleased to oblige. I'm not sure if this post qualifies as 'editorial use', but I'll take a chance that it does.

Photos from 'Closing Ceremony'
Courtesy of FIDE / Stev Bonhage

At the beginning of last year, I posted on my main blog, Chess Photos : 'All rights reserved' (January 2022). The post ended saying,

I imagine that all of the photos in these albums are marked '© All rights reserved'. That's why they never appear on my short lists. Would it hurt any of the expert photographers who took the photos to license a few under 'Creative Commons'? That would allow other content creators (like me) to share the photos with a larger public.

My prayers have been answered. I'm a happy blogger.

03 May 2023

2023 Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren, Fourth Week

What a difference a single week can make. Or a single game. Or a single move. In the previous report, 2023 Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren, Third Week (April 2023), I wrote,
Starting with last week's +3-2=2 and adding this week's +0-0=4 gives a current score of +3-2=6 in Nepo's favor, with three games still to be played. Ding will have the White pieces in two of those games.

All other things equal, the advantage of the White pieces in a chess game gives a player an undisputed upper hand. Following the lead set in the 'Third Week' post, here are the official reports from the same site, worldchampionship.fide.com, and the same journalist, Milan Dinic, for the last three regulation games:-

After 11 games the score was +3-2=6 in Nepo's favor. Adding +0-1=2 from the last three games gives +3-3=6, a tied match. In an early post introducing the match, 2023 Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren Warmup (March 2023), I gave some of the ground rules for the match, including tiebreak.

A four-game playoff shall be played with a time control of 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. There shall be a drawing of lots to decide which player starts with White. If the score is still a tie after the four-game playoff...

The first series of four games was enough to break the tie. From the same news source as the last three games, here are the reports on the tiebreak and its aftermath:-

That last report started,

The last act of the greatest chess event on earth was held in Astana. A new era in chess history as Ding Liren emerges as the first player from China to hold the world title in the open section.

The clumsy phrase 'open section' is meant to distinguish the title up for grabs in Astana from the women's version. The Women's title was first won by a Chinese player more than 30 years ago -- 1991 Xie Jun - Chiburdanidze Title Match -- and Chinese women have largely dominated the event ever since. Following is a photo of the trophy won by Ding.

Photo: FIDE / Anna Shtourman

Congratulations to Ding Liren on a nail-biting victory!