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by Martin Benjamin
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1656

Re: London Chess Classic

Although he lost in the end, a terrific effort by my Richmond team mate Caspar Bates on Board 1, who came within a whisker of beating his 2670 GM opponent, before going wrong in time trouble. Commiserations and compliments to Caspar - I think the same thing happened to him last year against a very h...
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 26
Views: 2026

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Watching on Chess24, I think the DGT board is struggling to keep up with blitz and Armageddon games, but it appears that John Nunn lost on time in a completely won position against Alan Merry in the Armageddon tie break, if the transmission of moves and clock times is correct In answer to this ques...
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 26
Views: 2026

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Watching on Chess24, I think the DGT board is struggling to keep up with blitz and Armageddon games, but it appears that John Nunn lost on time in a completely won position against Alan Merry in the Armageddon tie break, if the transmission of moves and clock times is correct
by Martin Benjamin
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38705

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Interesting discussion between Peter Svidler, Anish Giri and Alexander Grischuk during Chess 24 coverage of game 12 after the draw was agreed. Svidler stated that a match of 12 draws has not been good in terms of promoting the game, and the discussion was what (if anything) needs changing for a Worl...
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 1st Peter Poobalasingam Memorial Event
Replies: 15
Views: 2566

Re: 1st Peter Poobalasingam Memorial Event

I was unable to play today, but I managed to pay a visit to the tournament just now. May I express my appreciation and gratitude to Sarah, Matthew, Natasha, anyone else involved in organising the event and those playing? It is a fitting tribute to a popular, polite and fine man.
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 22927

Re: British Championship 2018

Just shows the dangers of "stopping playing" by trying to win by being too careful and keeping complete control. In anything like a normal game, Micky Adams would have played Rxh3 in almost an instant.
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 22927

Re: British Championship 2018

Adair blunders in a drawn rook ending against Keith... Last season, I lost a very similar "drawn" rook ending. I had under 2 minutes v my opponent's 25 or so in a guillotine finish in a match where the result was already decided. My opponent just kept on shuffling pieces, whereas I just wanted to f...
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 22927

Re: British Championship 2018

I am slightly surprised Nick Pert accepted the draw. Whatever the computer says, it seems to me that it is White who has the harder task in the final position to find the precise moves to hold. Mark you, having defended for so long against a 2700 plus player, psychologically it is understandable
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 22927

Re: British Championship 2018

Thomas Villers v Eu Wen Aron The in the Major Open is worth a look.
by Martin Benjamin
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 22927

Re: British Championship

"Rick McMichael 8/9 outright" I think he would be pleased with that! Our game did fluctuate a bit, but every time I got back into it, he created difficulties. Luckily, I like to play good opposition. I'll vote for Adams 8/9. Unfortunately, the DGT board you were using did not function, so I was una...
by Martin Benjamin
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 22927

Re: British Championship

Rick McMichael 8/9 outright. Maybe heart overruling head, because of family connection. However, Leicester City proved that the unthinkable can happen.
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 22927

Re: British Championship

Is John Jarmany v Ameet Ghasi really the game played? I find it hard to believe. Perhaps it is a relic from a junior event played this morning on the same DGT board. There are a host of problems on many boards. Not complaining about a free service, just an observation. EDIT: Now rectified and the ac...
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Rapidplay dates: clarification
Replies: 14
Views: 2299

Re: Rapidplay dates: clarification

I have sent a private message to Mike. I would be curious to know what others think, as it would probably be helpful to Mike and his colleagues to know what level of support from players they are likely to get if they invest time and effort in resurrecting the event. Having spent 20 minutes on some ...
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Rapidplay dates: clarification
Replies: 14
Views: 2299

Re: Rapidplay dates: clarification

I can see plenty of other events listed on the 4NCL website, but nothing for a rapidplay on 13-14 October at Bedford. Where is it shown? I have been to all the 4NCL Team rapidplays and thoroughly enjoyed each one (I rarely have time for weekend chess). Thanks to Mike and co for having organised them...
by Martin Benjamin
Sat May 19, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapidplay disputes over position of pieces
Replies: 6
Views: 1235

Re: Rapidplay disputes over position of pieces

On YouTube, one can find examples of some of the top players in the world setting a poor example when playing in blitz tournaments. Pieces straddling squares, pieces knocked over and only replaced after clock pressed etc.