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by Martin Benjamin
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 140
Views: 7256

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: 140
Views: 7256

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: 140
Views: 7256

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: 28352

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

39...Kf4 40 Bd2 would be an unusual mating pattern in So v Fedoseev.
by Martin Benjamin
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A game in Leyland Congress vs a.sainsbury
Replies: 61
Views: 1345

Re: An interest recent game in my club champ

Lucena 1R6/8/8/8/8/4K3/1p1r4/1k6 I reached this position in the Major Open at Llandudno. Black to move obviously. I realised that the bridging Rc2 fails to .. Rh8 so that Kc1 is met by Rh1 mate. A few moves later I got this position where Rc2 now wins. 1R6/8/8/8/4K3/8/1p1r4/1k6 Roger - maybe I am t...
by Martin Benjamin
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Peter Poobalasingam
Replies: 27
Views: 7675

Re: Peter Poobalasingam

This is terrible and tragic news. I echo what is written above and in tributes elsewhere. Peter was a kind, modest and talented young man, and will be greatly missed by his Richmond London League team colleagues.
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Rapidplay in the heart of Wensleydale 16th September
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: Rapidplay in the heart of Wensleydale 16th September

Hope it is successful. I love the Wensleydale area and have holidayed there several times. On holiday in Askrigg this year, my wife and I visited The Little Chocolate Factory a couple of times in the business park next door to the venue for this event. With half a thought towards retiring to the are...
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 156
Views: 9378

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

I sympathise with Graham Moore, as we are about the same age. It is not just about playing precise chess on the increment; professionalism plus the superior stamina of relative youth has a big advantage over an older amateur in such circumstances, although I see that Graham does play a lot of chess....
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Kings Place Chess Festival Saturday 8th July
Replies: 13
Views: 2099

Re: Kings Place Chess Festival Saturday 8th July

Thanks. I think I jinxed Gavin!
by Martin Benjamin
Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Kings Place Chess Festival Saturday 8th July
Replies: 13
Views: 2099

Re: Kings Place Chess Festival Saturday 8th July

Board one (Gavin Wall v David Howell) has frozen. Is someone able to fix it? If so, thanks in advance
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Classic Super Rapidplay
Replies: 26
Views: 2099

Re: London Classic Super Rapidplay

Some incredible upsets (judged solely on ratings difference) in this event. I appreciate most/all of these are juniors vastly undergraded by the system. What is the record upset in chess history in terms of a lower rated player (a) beating or (b) drawing with a higher rated opponent? A question for ...
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Classic Super Rapidplay
Replies: 26
Views: 2099

Re: London Classic Super Rapidplay

Just the 142 moves so far in Johnny Hector v Peter Roberson. A couple of games in this event have ended in R+B v R (with the R+B winning both). If Johnny Hector can induce a fatigue mistake from Peter and force him to give up his bishop for the c pawn(unlikely), we could reach another one with the p...
by Martin Benjamin
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 30826

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

Chessbomb works
by Martin Benjamin
Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 30826

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

I can't connect to Chess24.com. Anyone else having this problem?

Edit: Can do it via YouTube
by Martin Benjamin
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 32
Views: 5266

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

James - we aren't going to agree on this subject, and I don't think either of us has anything new to add, so I shall wish you all the best and leave it there.

Regards

Martin Benjamin