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by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship
Replies: 25
Views: 1590

Re: Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship

Harikrishna played in 2002 and 2003.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EU Senior Individual Champs 2017 Barcelona, 11-21 Aug
Replies: 9
Views: 1107

Re: EU Senior Individual Champs 2017 Barcelona, 11-21 Aug

Keith's playing in a different event that overlaps.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 31
Views: 1741

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

Ah yes, the old "a zero is not the same as a null" thing.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship
Replies: 25
Views: 1590

Re: Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship

Are we only considering players who would be eligible for the British under current eligibility rules? Because if not, Anand is an obvious choice (eligible up to 2003, and would surely have won one had he entered in the early 2000s).
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Passive Exchange Sacrifices and Refusing to Take the Exchange
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Passive Exchange Sacrifices and Refusing to Take the Exchange

Here is an interesting series on this subject.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Passive Exchange Sacrifices and Refusing to Take the Exchange
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Passive Exchange Sacrifices and Refusing to Take the Exchange

Well, 1...Nxf1 2.Rxf1 Ke7 3.Nxa8 Rxa8 just looks to me like it gives black a comfortable endgame advantage with a good bishop against a bad knight and a slightly better pawn structure. 1...Rd8 2.Nxe6+ fxe6 3.Bd3 Nf5 4.Rxe6 gives black a material advantage, but white's active pieces give him some com...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 7798

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

Murphy was half a point short of a norm, as was Jackson.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do I do?
Replies: 52
Views: 2592

Re: What do I do?

Yes, that's fine. Graham Mill-Wilson used to do it all the time in Bristol. (Just be wary of any conflict of interest issues that might arise.)
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 7798

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

The British women's championship is open to non-ENG players, yes, on the grounds of being a British title and not an English title.

(More generally, FIDE affiliation is not relevant to determining eligibility for that or any other British championship.)
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 7798

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

He's never won it before, no. He came closest in the aforementioned 2002 event, when he was joint leader with Ramesh and Haslinger going into the final round.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What’s the longest you’ve played with 16 pawns still on the board?
Replies: 30
Views: 1645

Re: What’s the longest you’ve played with 16 pawns still on the board?

No pawn captures in this game today: [Event "104th British Championships"] [Site "Venue Cymru, Llandudno"] [Date "2017.08.02"] [Round "4.5"] [White "Norman, Kenneth I"] [Black "Campbell, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A00&quo...
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: “365 Chess Master Lessons” by Andrew Soltis
Replies: 5
Views: 555

Re: “365 Chess Master Lessons” by Andrew Soltis

Soltis is a good author; Chess Mistakes: How to Detect and Avoid Them is one I would certainly recommend.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British predictions for FUN people
Replies: 27
Views: 1436

Re: British predictions for FUN people

I don't think I'll ever be able to outdo the feat of picking three Portuguese players and Griezmann in my Twatball team. But here goes:

Hawkins, Pert, Adair, Ghasi, Arakhamia-Grant.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Xtracon Open 2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1797

Re: Xtracon Open 2017

Ignoring the rule that says they can't I agree that they should play :) You are conveniently ignoring the other rule which says that players are paired according to score groups. You can't obey both, and in my opinion score groups should take precedence. In all British pairing systems I have come a...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Xtracon Open 2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1797

Re: Xtracon Open 2017

"Higher rated keeps colour sequence" is very low priority, though. It goes below "player with stronger colour preference keeps colour sequence" and "player on higher score keeps colour sequence".

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