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by Richard Bates
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 134
Views: 4409

Re: Why did he did so?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:He would have 3 pawn islands then, and e4-pawn would be isolated


It is not often one comes across a literal, rather than metaphorical, example of somebody actually arguing that black is white.
by Richard Bates
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 9
Views: 605

Re: County Championship Finals

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Neil Graham wrote:Has anyone received details of arrangements for the Finals yet?

No, because I haven't sent any.

To be fair, the rules are on the website, and there's really not much more I need to add beyond what the rules say.


Presumably there's some reason why the calendar says "details pending..."?
by Richard Bates
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2139

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

If you're in Paris, you may wish to go and watch the games... ...but you can't . The playing venue will not be open to the public this year Also, it's a mucking-about-with-the-start-time tournament: 14.00 Round 1 Round 4 Round 7 15.30 Round 2 Round 5 Round 8 17.00 Round 3 Round 6 Round 9 Anybody kn...
by Richard Bates
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 134
Views: 4409

Re: Why did he did so?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:The author said it was


Does this author ever deign to explain himself?
by Richard Bates
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ think otherwise)
Replies: 33
Views: 2702

Re: Bridge not a Sport

Paul Dargan wrote:Yep - Joey clearly a non-player ... it is FAR worse

Paul


At least he didn't include cheating! The bridge world having suffered in recent years the arguable equivalent of Magnus Carlsen being accused of using computer assistance... and being found guilty!
by Richard Bates
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF may join with English Bridge Union in Judicial Review
Replies: 177
Views: 12187

Re: ECF may join with English Bridge Union in Judicial Review

Thanks very much Daniel. It's interesting to note that chess is cited several times in support of the view that bridge should be regarded as a sport. Well this is what's a bit confusing. In the context of the argument in appears that chess is already regarded as a sport - there is an article in The...
by Richard Bates
Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 2592

Re: Semi-Final Draw

No problem. It seems like Kent defaulted(!) their semi Vs Lancs, so a Roses clash for the final. Maybe some story behind it but it doesn't precisely encourage regarding the competitions ongoing health. I thought Richard Bates told us on the preceding page that I would think the chances of Lancashir...
by Richard Bates
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need for foreign player?
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: Need for foreign player?

If they need me, they should bear the expenses, don't they? What on earth makes you think that a tournament organiser would be prepared to pay all these expenses for someone rated 1756? You're ranked 70,000 in the world, not 7th. That's not my actual chess strength. I was 1907. Of course I am not a...
by Richard Bates
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most embarrassing defeat ever...
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Most embarrassing defeat ever...

Richard. I have no memory of that. Was it a good 10 move game? I do remember drawing with you when you were 10 on the Richmond Terrace. It was a Richmond Junior Club event. In all it's glory... 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5 5. Bg5 ed 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qxd5 Qxb2 8. Qxa8 Qc1# It appears it was actu...
by Richard Bates
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Thanet Chess Congress 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1067

Re: Thanet Chess Congress 2017

Alan Merry probably doesn't qualify for the SCCU title by virtue of being EACU, Martin Taylor certainly does and would be Kent Champion as well. He would be qualified already for the British by virtue of being an FM with a sufficiently high rating. So would the player finishing third gain a qualifi...
by Richard Bates
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most embarrassing defeat ever...
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Most embarrassing defeat ever...

Stewart Reuben wrote:I lost a rapdiplay game to Luke Mshane when he was 7. I knew he was a good player and wasn't particularly embarrassed,


I once lost to Stewart Reuben (actually was checkmated) in 10 moves
by Richard Bates
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Thanet Chess Congress 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1067

Re: Thanet Chess Congress 2017

Nothing to do with the general debate, but being the current SCCU champion (2015-16) having won it in November 2015, I'm wondering if I attempt to retain the title, and succeed, at the Weald Congress in July 2017, I could set records for holding the title for the longest and shortest periods - ie. 2...
by Richard Bates
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 134
Views: 4409

Re: Why did he did so?

What is the logic behind asking people to explain the "logic" behind winning combinations?
by Richard Bates
Sat May 27, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improvement plan for a senior
Replies: 24
Views: 1151

Re: Improvement plan for a senior

First step is to play a lot. If you're being given grades of 170-190 then you've got a very good base to work with already. And don't focus too much on rapidplays - league/county chess and slow play tournaments the way to go. Experiment a bit with playing styles as well. If you do at some point go d...
by Richard Bates
Mon May 22, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 2592

Re: Semi-Final Draw

Semi-finals Open - Yorks v Surrey; Kent v Lancs Minor - Suffolk v Leics; Lincs v Norfolk U180 - Surrey v Devon; Middlesex v Essex U160 - Middlesex v Lancs; Yorks v Notts U140 - Yorkshire v Notts; Lancs v Worcester U120 - Herts v Essex; Worcs v Middlesex U100 - Leics v Surrey; Warwicks v Notts Union...

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