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by David Robertson
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5785

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Interesting point on engine evaluations arising here. In the position Roger gives above, Svidler-Carlsen continued: 40...Nxd5; 41 Kxd5 h5; 42 c6 SF8 required 42...a5 for equality; all else, far worse. But Carlsen played 42...a6 which SF8 red-lined at [+13.5] on 29-ply :shock: BUT SF9, Sesse and othe...
by David Robertson
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 54
Views: 2032

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

There's probably a FIDE bye-law somewhere that allows you, with the Arbiter's approval of course, to claim time on the clock while punching them straight in the face. If that doesn't satisfy, you'll just have to try the Jeremy Corbyn death stare.
by David Robertson
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5785

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

These 2800+ World Champions, they just won't roll over, will they :roll:
by David Robertson
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2483
Views: 271013

Re: Media comments on chess

More Brexit-IAGOCOT from The Times again A minister compares the Conservative leader to a chess player with only a king left on the board, who is powerless but still hanging on. “She’s in a situation where every move she makes worsens the national predicament. We still basically have no agreed gover...
by David Robertson
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5785

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Mick Norris wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:40 pm
Richard won today though :)
...and Loz Cooper got out of jail again
by David Robertson
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3101

Re: ECF AGM 2018

It'll be humming along nicely then
by David Robertson
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2483
Views: 271013

Re: Media comments on chess

Max Hastings, in The Times , Saturday, Oct 13 The research psychologist David Dunning wrote: “People who don’t know much about a given set of cognitive, technical, or social skills tend to grossly overestimate their prowess and performance . . . College students who hand in exams that will earn them...
by David Robertson
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 223
Views: 8522

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

shaunpress wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:44 pm
you were the source for quote, although I sinned by not giving you credit in the post
That's just fine. No one in here gives me credit for very much anyway :)
by David Robertson
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 223
Views: 8522

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:20 am
There's an account by Shaun Press about the campaign.
http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/2018/1 ... ction.html
Heh, Shaun reads my posts :) Not the first time I've been 'quoted' during the campaign either
David Robertson wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:57 pm
Chris Rice wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:27 pm
no booth for Nigel
Insurgents don't do 'booths'. I thought everyone knew that
by David Robertson
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2483
Views: 271013

Re: Media comments on chess

David Williams wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:43 pm
https://chess24.com/en/read/news/carlse ... ld-co-13-0. Is it just me that gets annoyed by this sort of thing?
It's worse than you think. He's now being treated as an intellectual. No one ever called you that, Dave ;-)
by David Robertson
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..
Replies: 37
Views: 3073

Re: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..

I get a feeling that a perverse logic is at work here; an unintended consequence of good planning. The initial expectation was that two 16-team Divs 3 (3N & 3S) would incentivise teams to shift North in search of promotion. That's sound thinking; and it happened initially. BUT...what goes up, must c...
by David Robertson
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels

And since we're on the subject - well, I am anyway - there's this novel, long-listed for the Booker prize this year . Three parts through the book (a quality read, btw), a mother seeks some rare face time with her son. She decides to talk about chess (as mothers do :roll: ). The conversation turns t...
by David Robertson
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 223
Views: 8522

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:30 pm
an abrupt alteration in personality rare in men in their fifties
So we get no respite from your 'personality' either. Must be something to do with 1965
by David Robertson
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Echoes from Liverpool
Replies: 5
Views: 840

Re: Echoes from Liverpool

Fabulous, Gerard, just fabulous! Though the play at Chester is reported to be erratic.... Ha! Nothing has changed in 84 years then! Chester CC is my club these days. It's the club's centenary next year, and we're planning a weekend tourney, inter alia . This item will doubtless find its way to our w...
by David Robertson
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 223
Views: 8522

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Nigel said "In this administration 'gens una sumus' only applies to those who voted for the administration. Everyone else gets shafted. This mean-spirited vindictiveness has to stop". England did not vote for the new administration, but it would seem to suggest that England would not be the victim ...