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by John Upham
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: AGM Agenda and papers published
Replies: 16
Views: 713

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: 18925

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: 1576

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: 1002

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: 5329

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: 248

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: 1576

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: 1576

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: 1576

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.
by John Upham
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Studying the Pirc, so how to play against the Byrne?
Replies: 38
Views: 681

Re: Studying the Pirc, so how to play against the Byrne?

Alan Llewellyn wrote:for example 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Bg5 Bg7 5 Qd2 c6 6 0-0-0 b5 7 h4 Kf8



As white I would recommend 7...Kf8 :lol:
by John Upham
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 1576

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

On another occasion I was captain of a Camberley team that played Bracknell and Gordon Birch was paired versus another Grob / Borg player. 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 Even Eric Schiller and Hugh Myers wou...
by John Upham
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 1576

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

One of my fondest memories was to witness an encounter between Joe French and Gordon Birch which commenced 1. f4 g5 and shortly thereafter a black rook appeared on h1, I also recall a Camberley - Sandhurst match in which Gordon Birch on board one for Camberley played 1.g4 versus Simon Williams ! :D
by John Upham
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 1576

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

Joey Stewart wrote: which can often reach main line theory by transposition.



Are you thinking of the Shirov-Shabalov Gambit or perhaps the Keres Attack?

I'm intrigued to be aware of transpositions from The Grob into other, perhaps more mainstream, lines.
by John Upham
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 1576

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

Camberley Chess Club has Prof. Gordon Birch who has played the Grob and the Borg since the 1970s.

I did cause him to fall off his chair when I played the Romford Gambit (Improved). :D
by John Upham
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Peter Poobalasingam
Replies: 27
Views: 6553

Re: Peter Poobalasingam

David Sedgwick wrote:Desperately sad news. Igor Kurnosov and Jessie Gilbert come to mind.



plus Gordon Crown, Ian Wells, Micheal Uriely and others :(

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