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by David Robertson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

What would your cat have played instead, and why? My cat - she calls herself MoJo by the way - is not entirely sure she's ready to reveal all she knows, not on a public forum anyway. But she did indicate when prompted that she'd have taken a more feline approach, purrhaps playing 56 Kg2 and awaitin...
by David Robertson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

Carlsen - Anand Pfft! 56 Qe2?? My cat could have done better than that. At least it shows Carlsen is human. I was beginning to have my doubts
by David Robertson
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

Carlsen in his vintage 2011-4 style today. Who else wins like that?! Or has ever won like that at the top level, with any semblance of frequency? Simply remarkable. Close to inimitable. I can imagine how Vallejo Pons feels tonight - why carry on? go do something else with your life, something you'r...
by David Robertson
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

Who are you accusing of being reckless/cynical though? He qualified as of right, not by invitation. So if it’s a mistake it’s his own mistake (or whoever manages what he plays in if he is “managed”) Fair point. I'd forgotten he won last year's Open, a remarkable achievement in itself. Still, my app...
by David Robertson
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

I think it's reckless, even cynical, to pitch Keymer into this tournament. If he holds his ground, fair enough; I'll be wrong then. But I'm not expecting to be wrong. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger? Not in chess, it doesn't. It kills you
by David Robertson
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2223

Re: Tony Buzan

John McKenna wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:08 pm
there was champagne
Pink champagne, I'd guess - fittingly, RDKOBE's tipple of choice
by David Robertson
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:48 am
To get the population of the village I live in, remove the noughts
Good grief! You even managed to work your way into this :roll:

I agree with Keith Arkell - splendid post, Chris!
by David Robertson
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social Chess?
Replies: 5
Views: 637

Re: Social Chess?

John Reyes wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:30 pm
Just wonder what does people view on social chess?
Best treat it as an oxymoron
by David Robertson
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Financial Times piece on the FIDE Presidential election
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: Financial Times piece on the FIDE Presidential election

Yes, I read this earlier. It's very long, promised much, but delivered surprisingly little that's new, given it claims access to hitherto undisclosed material.
by David Robertson
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

Paolo Casaschi wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:06 pm
Is there a way to change FIDE rules in such a situation in order to penalize the federations rather than the players?
Probably. But it doesn't resolve the practical problem: a Government noose trumps checkmate
by David Robertson
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greenlandic Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 1267

Re: Greenlandic Chess

the largest one might even be growing Talking of which, and before Greenland or this thread are inundated by climate change or the actions of Carl Hibbard, I thought you might welcome having your attention drawn to this wonderful book . It describes the true adventures of Tete-Michel Kpomassie, fro...
by David Robertson
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 74
Views: 6195

Re: Division One 2018-19

Cricket's equivalent of losing to Guildford 7.5 - 0.5 :shock:
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this a win?
Replies: 34
Views: 1303

Re: Is this a win?

Either way, no matter the technical/legal points, the ethics of the game are being compromised here. It's a scrappy-ar$ed way to conclude a game. White is bust beyond redemption on the board and, absent the clock, should resign. But given the clock position, he'd like to offer an honourable draw on ...
by David Robertson
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5563

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

You'd think the over-65s would be mad keen on monthly grades. After all, you wouldn't want to go on the Big Check Out without knowing your final grade
by David Robertson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 38
Views: 1792

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

From research I undertook over a decade back when organising the Liverpool tournaments, and consulting my notes now, I found that the first chess clock, of a style that we would recognise as such today, was invented by a watchmaker from Liverpool, of German heritage, called Amandus Schierwater. He o...