Grischuk Defeats Nepomniachtchi In Exciting Speed Chess Battle – Chess.com


IM Minh Le Wins August Titled Tuesday

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Grischuk Defeats Nepomniachtchi In Exciting Speed Chess Battle

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Adams Wins British Championship After Epic Final Day

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Iran Sweeps Asian Nations, China Dominates Women's Section

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Yu Yangyi Wins In Danzou As Shankland's Streak Ends

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Stokes trial shown CCTV footage of 'melee outside nightclub'


Ben Stokes outside Bristol Crown Court

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Ben Stokes denies affray and is on trial at Bristol Crown Court

Jurors have been shown CCTV footage of England cricketer Ben Stokes involved in an alleged “melee” outside a nightclub with two other men.

The Durham all-rounder is one of three men accused of fighting in Bristol on 25 September.

Bristol Crown Court previously heard Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, were knocked unconscious by 27-year-old Mr Stokes, who denies affray.

Mr Ali and Mr Hale also deny affray and are on trial alongside the cricketer.

The CCTV footage shows Mr Hales behind Mr Stokes and the cricketer approaching a retreating Mr Ali, jurors were told.

Mr Hale collapsed to the floor outside a shop window before picking himself up after 20 seconds, disappearing from view and then returning.

Det Con Daniel Adams, the officer in the case, told the court Mr Hale “returns with what appears to be a metal pole with a t-bar on it”.

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Ryan Ali (left) and Ryan Hale have both pleaded not guilty to affray

The officer told the jury it was “very difficult to tell” from the footage what Mr Hale was doing with the pole, but he “made his way back towards the melee carrying the bar”.

Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, asked if he saw Mr Hale “put that implement down before he gets to the group?” Det Con Adams replied: “No.”

Mr Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, was arrested in the early hours along with Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

The fight took place several hours after England had played a one-day international against West Indies at the city’s County Ground.

The trial continues.


England's Stokes 'spiteful before fight'


Ben Stokes

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Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court for the second day of his trial

England cricketer Ben Stokes was “spiteful and angry” towards a bouncer before he was involved in a fight with two men, a court has heard.

The Durham all-rounder is one of three men accused of fighting in Bristol on 25 September.

Bristol Crown Court previously heard Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, were knocked unconscious by 27-year-old Mr Stokes.

They also deny affray and are on trial alongside the cricketer.

Giving evidence, bouncer Andrew Cunningham said Mr Stokes became abusive after he was refused entry back into Mbargo nightclub just after 02:00 BST.

Teeth and tattoos

Mr Stokes and his team-mate Alex Hales had left the nightclub at 00:46 but returned at 02:08.

Mr Cunningham said he explained to them the club was closed and they would not be allowed to enter.

He told the jury Mr Stokes offered him £300 to be let in, but after he refused the all-rounder became “spiteful and angry” and insulted Mr Cunningham’s gold teeth and tattoos.

Det Con Daniel Adams said CCTV footage played in court showed Mr Stokes flicking a V-sign at Mr Cunningham.

However, the cricketer’s barrister Gordon Cole QC said it was not accepted that Mr Stokes had made the gesture.

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Ryan Ali (left) and Ryan Hale have also pleaded not guilty to affray

The CCTV also shows two men, William O’Connor and Kai Barry, leaving the club in the Clifton Triangle area of the city and the pair engaging in conversation with Mr Stokes and Mr Hales.

Prosecutors say Mr Stokes mocked the two “openly gay” men outside the venue.

However, Mr Cole said Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor, who had both been inside the club, had been “taking the mickey” out of his client’s shoes.

‘Camp hand gestures’

Referring to the CCTV, Det Con Adams told jurors Mr Stokes had “mimicked the actions” of Mr O’Connor and then “flicked something which we believe was a cigarette butt” at him.

Mr Cunningham described Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor as “effeminate” and “flamboyant” and told the court Mr Stokes had “made noises” and “camp hand gestures” to mock them.

He said he told Mr Stokes: “If you are going to start on someone, start on me.”

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Bouncer Andrew Cunningham said Mr Stokes became abusive after he was refused entry into a nightclub

Mr Cunningham continued: “When I said this [Mr Hales] looked a bit confused.

“I explained to him what he had done. He turned to his friend and said ‘Stokesy don’t do that’.”

He said that before leaving the club area Mr Stokes shook hands with his door supervisor colleague but he refused to do so.

“He went to shake mine and I had no reason to shake his hand,” he said. “They left and walked up the road.”

Mr Cunningham denied he had been aggressive towards Mr Stokes and Mr Hales when they returned to the club.

During cross-examination, Mr Cole said: “You were rude in the way you spoke to them. They then stood outside for quite some time laughing and joking.

“They were laughing and joking with Mr O’Connor and Mr Barry.”

Mr Cunningham replied: “Definitely not. I never became aggressive. They were laughing and joking at them, not with them.”

Mr Cole suggested there was an exchange of “mickey taking” and “banter” between Mr Stokes and Mr Hales and the two gay men.

Mr Cunningham replied: “That’s not how I would call it.”

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The fight took place after Mr Stokes was turned away from Mbargo nightclub, the court heard

Stephen Mooney, representing Mr Ali, asked Mr Cunningham whether Mr Stokes and Mr Hales had treated him with “respect and courtesy”. “No,” the doorman replied.

Prosecutors allege Mr Stokes knocked out both Mr Hale and Mr Ali when he and Mr Hales caught up with them, and Mr O’Connor and Mr Barry, on a nearby street.

Mr Ali is said to have threatened Mr Hales with a bottle, while Mr Hale is alleged to have pulled a metal pole from a street sign and brought it to the scene.

Mr Stokes claims he was acting in self-defence and took action after his co-defendants were homophobic towards Mr O’Connor and Mr Barry.

Mr Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, was arrested in the early hours along with Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

The fight took place several hours after England had played a one-day international against West Indies at the city’s County Ground.

The trial continues.


How To Watch Nepomniachtchi vs Grischuk Speed Chess Championship Today – Chess.com


It’s an all-Russian battle in the Speed Chess Championship this week as two of the world’s best grandmasters face off. Ian Nepomniachtchi is the higher seed, but he could be the underdog against his countryman Alexander Grischuk.

Chess fans can expect one of the closest matches in the entire Speed Chess tournament, as the margin of victory should be razor-thin.

Watch the match live today, Tuesday, August 7 at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. UTC, 6 p.m. CEST)

The following viewing options will be available:

  • Twitch.tv/chess: the official broadcast with IM Daniel Rensch and GM Robert Hesswatch here to see the Twitch chat.
  • Chess.com/TV: watch here to see the Chess.com chat.

Nepomniachtchi vs Grischuk: Tuesday, August 7, 9 a.m. PDT

The match is the fifth of 15 action-packed events in the main Speed Chess Championship bracket.

speed chess championship bracket

The match format:

  • 90 minutes of 5/1 blitz.
  • 60 minutes of 3/1 blitz.
  • 30 minutes of 1/1 bullet.
  • 3-minute breaks between segments.
  • Higher seed starts with White, and colors alternate thereafter.
  • Highest cumulative point total wins. If points are tied after the bullet segment, a four-game 1/1 tiebreaker match will be played.
  • If the match is still tied after the additional four 1/1 games, a single armageddon game will be played: White 5+0, Black 3+0, Black gets draw odds. The player with the highest Chess.com blitz rating at the start of the Armageddon chooses his color.
  • Full match rules are available here.

The match prizes:

  • Winner: $1,000 and advances to round two of the SCC.
  • An additional $1,000 split by win percentage.
  • Additional prize funds donated by the Twitch community during the live show will be split evenly between the two players. 

scc prizes

Who’s the favorite to win? 

The Chess.com SmarterChess predictions show that Grischuk is a 63 percent favorite to win the match, but the margin expected is a paltry two games. Translation? Anything can happen. The SmarterChess statistical model bases its predictions on prior performance by the players in selected Chess.com events.

Nepomniachtchi vs Grischuk: Tuesday, August 7, 9 a.m. PDT

Be sure to read FM Mike Klein’s interviews of the two players to preview the match.

Next up for the Speed Chess Championship is Andriasyan vs Vidit Gujrathi: Thursday, August 30, 9 a.m. PDT.

Andriasyan vs Vidit Gujrathi: Thursday, August 30, 9 a.m. PDT.

You can find all the information on the 2018 Speed Chess Championship here, including rules, format, players, and complete schedule. 

Let us know your match predictions in the comments or on Facebook. 


Stokes 'mocked gay men before fight'


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Ben Stokes leaves Bristol Crown Court after the first day of the trial

England cricketer Ben Stokes mocked two gay men and flicked a cigarette butt at one of them before brawling with two other men, a court has heard.

The Durham all-rounder, who will miss the second Test against India at Lord’s, denies affray.

Bristol Crown Court heard Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, were knocked unconscious by Mr Stokes in Bristol on 25 September 2017.

They also deny affray and are on trial alongside Mr Stokes.

The fight outside a nightclub was “a sustained episode of significant violence” in which Mr Stokes “lost control”, jurors were told.

Broken eye socket

Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, said Mr Stokes, 27, had “knocked Mr Hale unconscious and then – after time to pause for thought, to calm – he did exactly the same to Mr Ali”.

The prosecutor described Mr Stokes’s actions as “well beyond acting in self-defence or defence of another”.

The cricketer has maintained that “at all times he acted in self-defence of himself or others” and believed the force he used was “reasonable and entirely justified”.

An altercation took place in the Clifton Triangle area of the city just after 02:00 BST after the three defendants had left a nightclub, Mr Corsellis said.

The court heard Mr Ali had sustained “significant injuries”, including a broken eye socket.

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Ryan Ali (left) and Ryan Hale have both pleaded not guilty to affray

Mr Corsellis told the jury a bottle was used at the beginning by Mr Ali, and a broken street sign brought into the fray towards the end by Mr Hale.

The defendants had been drinking in Mbargo nightclub, with the fight taking place after it closed, jurors heard.

Mr Stokes and his teammate Alex Hales had left the nightclub at 00:46 but returned at 02:08.

Bouncer Andrew Cunningham explained to the pair the club was closed and they would not be allowed in.

However, an “obviously upset” Mr Stokes became “aggressive” and insulted Mr Cunningham about his appearance, jurors heard.

Mr Cunningham said Mr Stokes’s attention then turned to two “openly gay” men – Kai Barry and William O’Connor – outside the venue.

He claimed the cricketer had mimicked their voices and mannerisms in what he described as “a derogatory way”.

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The fight took place after Mr Stokes was turned away from Mbargo nightclub, the court heard

Mr Corsellis said footage showed Mr Stokes “copying hand gestures made by the men”, while the bouncer claimed the cricketer had flicked a cigarette butt at Mr O’Connor.

“Mr Stokes’s behaviour outside the nightclub sets an important tone for what happened that night,” the prosecutor said.

“He was clearly frustrated and annoyed. He took to acting in a provocative and offensive way.”

Only the defendants know precisely how the fight started, Mr Corsellis told the court, which was shown further footage of the incident.

‘That’s enough’

A video showed Mr Ali hitting Mr Barry on the shoulder with a bottle.

Mr Stokes threw at punch at Mr Ali, and the pair fell to the ground, the jury were told.

Then Mr Hale tried to drag Mr Stokes off Mr Ali, the court heard. Mr Hale told police he had been “smashed to the floor”.

Mr Corsellis alleged Mr Stokes did not act in self-defence but had pursued the other men in “retaliation”.

“Everybody except him wants it to stop,” he told the jury.

He said that in the footage Mr Stokes’ England teammate Mr Hales could be heard to say: “Stokes, Stokes, that’s enough.”

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Ben Stokes, Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali all deny affray

Mr Ali said “move away, move away” and Mr Hale said “stop, stop”, Mr Corsellis told the court.

An eyewitness, Laura Sweeney, said she saw Mr Hale pull a metal leg from a road sign and run towards the other men.

After he was arrested Mr Stokes was interviewed by police, and in a prepared statement said he saw two men speaking to two gay men in a “harsh and abusive” way.

The statement said he “took exception to this and said ‘leave it out'”.

Chip on shoulder

Mr Hale then “grabbed and pulled” him, and Mr Stokes “felt the need to defend himself as he thought he was going to be attacked” and hit him “more than once”, jurors were told.

In a second statement Mr Stokes denied being “aggressive” towards Mr Cunningham, accusing him of being “rude” and suggested he had a “chip on his shoulder”.

“He denied mimicking or behaving in a derogatory manner towards Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor, saying that they had engaged in joking with each other and denied flicking a cigarette butt at anyone,” the court heard.

Mr Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, was arrested in the early hours along with Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

The fight took place several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies at the city’s County Ground.

The trial continues.