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by Martin Benjamin
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19528

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: 421
Views: 19528

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: 421
Views: 19528

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: 421
Views: 19528

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: 421
Views: 19528

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: 421
Views: 19528

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: 421
Views: 19528

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: 12
Views: 1598

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: 12
Views: 1598

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: 1167

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.
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lightning Chess
Replies: 17
Views: 1235

Re: Lightning Chess

Bedford CC used to hold a lightning tournament every September as a curtain raiser to the season. No longer. They were good fun but bad for the nerves. The main irritant was players stealing seconds by not moving promptly. It was a bit unfriendly to claim by default so the best you could do was to ...
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 9882

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

I could not get down to the event today as intended because of travel problems, which is a pity as the blitz looks highly entertaining. Anyone on site know the full story behind Luke McShane's ten move loss to Tim Rogers in the blitz? It was not on position, so was it mobile phone or something else?...
by Martin Benjamin
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 9882

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

In successive moves from move 78 in the opposite coloured bishops ending v Gawain Jones, Luke McShane has moved his bishop from e2-d1-c2-b1-a2-b3-c4-d5-e6-f7-g8-h7-g6-h5-g4 before making the mighty leap on move 93 from g4 to e6 without taking a pit stop on f5. Normal service resumed with B from e6-...
by Martin Benjamin
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 9882

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

In successive moves from move 78 in the opposite coloured bishops ending v Gawain Jones, Luke McShane has moved his bishop from e2-d1-c2-b1-a2-b3-c4-d5-e6-f7-g8-h7-g6-h5-g4 before making the mighty leap on move 93 from g4 to e6 without taking a pit stop on f5. Normal service resumed with B from e6-d...
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 30771

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

39...Kf4 40 Bd2 would be an unusual mating pattern in So v Fedoseev.