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by John Upham
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Berkshire Junior Chess Championship 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 193

Berkshire Junior Chess Championship 2017

The 50th Berkshire Junior Chess Championships take place this coming Saturday (October 14th) at The Abbey Junior School, 30 Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire RG2 7AR :D 10 am Start 5.30 pm Prize giving Sections (Ages 31st Aug 2017) Beginners, U/10, U/12, U/14 & U/18 Sections Open to All Juni...
by John Upham
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Links
Topic: Thames Valley Chess League
Replies: 2
Views: 801

Re: Thames Valley Chess League

Fixtures for the 2017 - 2018 season are available from the Thames Valley Chess League League Management System at

http://www.thamesvalleychess.org.uk/ :D


As usual if you wish to import all of the fixtures in one go for

A team
A Club
A Division
A League

then you may do so. :D

John
by John Upham
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My latest idea...
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Re: My latest idea...

Steven DuCharme wrote:All random pairing tournaments :twisted:



Very satirical !

David Frost eat your heart out.
by John Upham
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess people talking down to you
Replies: 17
Views: 1714

Re: Chess people talking down to you

Matt Mackenzie wrote:Wasn't he a tall b***er? And of fairly aristocratic heritage which of course fits the "other" meaning.



I don't think JHD was ever a butler unlike Reg Varney.

Butler was not well liked by Stephen Lewis.
by John Upham
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess people talking down to you
Replies: 17
Views: 1714

Re: Chess people talking down to you

Matt Mackenzie wrote:Didn't he talk down to everybody, god bless him?



He looked down upon Ronnie Corbett but up to John Cleese.

Not so sure about Ronnie Barker ?
by John Upham
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess people talking down to you
Replies: 17
Views: 1714

Re: Chess people talking down to you

I recall being talked down to by Jan Hein Donner try as I might to avoid that.
by John Upham
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Agenda and papers published
Replies: 20
Views: 1255

Re: AGM Agenda and papers published

I think the issue with being a Gold member rep is the challenge in doing the role what I would consider 'properly'. If you don't actively canvass views to represent then it's just a bit of an ego boost to the individual. If you are serious about canvassing views then it's a lot of time and effort -...
by John Upham
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Champions' Names
Replies: 209
Views: 19144

Re: Champions' Names

Robert Bellin should be Robert Cecil Bellin Mike Surtees is Michael J Surtees Stuart Conquest is Stuart C Conquest Neville Gill is Neville BK Gill Dan Mayers is Dan E Mayers John G Nicholson is John Graham Nicholson Simon JB Knott is Simon John Bradley Knott Neil McDonald is Neil R McDonald Luke McS...
by John Upham
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 1724

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

Matt Mackenzie wrote:Unbelievably, 1 d4 g5?!? has been played a fair few times according to databases - on occasion with success :D



In the same vein perhaps

1. h4 f6 2 c3 a5 has been played with success ?
by John Upham
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Database website URL links
Replies: 8
Views: 1131

Re: ECF Grading Database website URL links

Angus French wrote:I believe Jon Griffith wrote the web interface to the grading database and is the person to ask: jon@chessnuts.org.uk.

Also, I would guess someone must have have written something, with a web interface, to query data in an html table and present the result in html...


Yes, indeed they have !
by John Upham
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Berkshire Chess Association : new URL
Replies: 13
Views: 5455

Re: Berkshire Chess Association : new URL

Fixtures for the 2017 - 2018 season are available from the Berkshire Chess Association League Management System at http://www.berkshirechess.org.uk/ :D As usual if you wish to import all of the fixtures in one go for A team A Club A Division A League then you may do so. John, Secretary, Berkshire Ch...
by John Upham
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hampshire Junior Congress
Replies: 0
Views: 281

Hampshire Junior Congress

The 2017 Hampshire Junior Congress will take place on

When : Sunday, October 15th, 2017 :D

Where : New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NA

Form :
HJCACongress2017.pdf
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Web : http://www.hjca.org.uk/


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by John Upham
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 1724

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

The players requested not to have to play each other and the chess world was robbed of the first game that started 1. g4 g5 Unsurprisingly, that's not true. For example, I found the following: 1. g4 g5 2. b4 b5 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Bxa8 Bxa1 5. Bb2 Bb7 6. Bxh8 Bxh1 1/2-1/2 as well as three other examples ...
by John Upham
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 1724

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

I believe Gordon himself answers 1. g4 with 1...b5 :lol:

Eric Schiller eat your heart out !
by John Upham
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 1724

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

NickFaulks wrote:
John Upham wrote:1. g4 g5

2.f4 suggests itself.



May we dub this line "The Faulks Attack" as a possible transposition from the Birds Opening or The Grob ?

Presumably 2...f5 is the only move for Black to stay on the board.

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