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by James Toon
Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF to refuse to grade Games?
Replies: 51
Views: 10230

Re: ECF to refuse to grade Games?

The Civil Service League has carried out a phased withdrawal from the adjudication system. Until the end of 2012/13, adjudication was the default but a quickplay finish was available if both players agreed in advance. In recent years, fewer than 10 games a year were sent for adjudication. (Rather mo...
by James Toon
Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Central London League
Replies: 0
Views: 652

Central London League

The Central London League has completed its 3rd season. Rangers won Division 1, and Pimlico 2 won Division 2. The purpose of this post is to publicise the League and invite team entries for next season. As before, there will be an open Division 1 and a grade-limited Division 2 (max 175), for teams o...
by James Toon
Tue May 06, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Summer chess
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

Re: Summer chess

Pimlico Chess Club runs a 5-round Swiss on weekday evenings from the end of May to the end of June (entry fee £20 for ECF Silver+ members, £26 others; three sections; prizes). This proved popular last year with 60 entrants consisting of both members and non-members. In July and August we don't open ...
by James Toon
Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Digital Clocks - issues arising from introduction
Replies: 36
Views: 2972

Re: Digital Clocks - issues arising from introduction

Also the Surrey League allows different time controls within the same match. One player offers two out of adjournment, adjudication and a quickplay finish, and the opponent chooses one of those two. So it's possible to have three different time controls in use. But again, clubs tend to use the same ...
by James Toon
Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Digital Clocks - issues arising from introduction
Replies: 36
Views: 2972

Re: Digital Clocks - issues arising from introduction

The London League operates a system in all divisions whereby the default on odd boards is 30 moves in 75 minutes with a 15-minute quickplay finish, and the default on even boards is 36 moves in 90 minutes followed by adjournment. It would be possible to use a mixture of digital and analogue clocks, ...
by James Toon
Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Digital Clocks - issues arising from introduction
Replies: 36
Views: 2972

Re: Digital Clocks - issues arising from introduction

Pimlico Chess Club uses the DGT 2010 digital clock with a simple increment - either G80 + 10s a move from the start in one league, or G75 + 15s a move from the start in another. Experience suggests the second of these is an improvement. The extra time per move in the ending is worth more than the lo...
by James Toon
Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 4th Pimlico Summer Chess Tournament
Replies: 2
Views: 1126

4th Pimlico Summer Chess Tournament

The 4th Pimlico Summer Chess Tournament runs on 5 weekday evenings in late May and June. • Three sections: Open, U150, U120. • Prizes in each section: 1st £100, 2nd £50. • Entry fee: £20 for ECF Silver / Gold / Platinum members, £26 others. • Time control: All moves in 75 minutes plus 15 seconds a m...
by James Toon
Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tactics practice
Replies: 72
Views: 8094

Re: Tactics practice

1. 13. Nxd5 is the best move. You have to see that Nb6+ not only forks king and queen but also forces the black king away from the rook on c8 and on to a dark square where it blocks the bishop check. This is a beautiful combination and I wish I had thought it through and played it. 2. I actually pla...
by James Toon
Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tactics practice
Replies: 72
Views: 8094

Re: Tactics practice

On how we got here... The opening moves were 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Qb3 Qd7 7. Nf3 e6 8. Ne5 Qc7 9. Bd2 a6 10. Rc1 Nc6 11. Qa4 Rc8 12. Nxc6 Qxc6. It isn't optimal play by either side. Black has better than 6...Qd7 followed by 7...e6, and 8. Bb5 by White is more accura...
by James Toon
Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tactics practice
Replies: 72
Views: 8094

Re: Tactics practice

I was White in this position. White to play. 1. What's the best move? 2. What do you think was the plausible but inferior move that I actually played? (I won quickly, but only because my opponent blundered.) 3. (More generally) If you see a move you think is good, should you look around for somethin...
by James Toon
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tactics practice
Replies: 72
Views: 8094

Re: Tactics practice

Black's knight is trapped, so what can he get for it? Two pawns for a piece with 1...Nxf2 2.Kxf2 Rxb2+ 3.Rxb2 Rxb2+ and then 4...h5 to stop the White g-pawn advancing. It looks a reasonable route to a holdable position, but it's not a tactical solution. Maybe the players didn't consider 1...Ng5 2.Rx...
by James Toon
Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January 2014 Grades
Replies: 104
Views: 20289

Re: January 2014 Grades

The grades are usually out by now, but the deadline was extended by a few days to allow for the submission of late results and so there may have been some slippage. Putting together the six-monthly grading list is a big task, and I'm very grateful to the volunteers who make it happen. But I wonder w...
by James Toon
Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Historical grades
Replies: 2
Views: 2377

Historical grades

Some years ago, Paul McKeown raised the idea of publishing BCF grades for the period before the online list which dates from 1994. I know from the Archive that he had discussions with Howard Grist among others – did anything come of that? Is there a complete collection of BCF grading lists from th...
by James Toon
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess-playing MP?
Replies: 35
Views: 6600

Re: Chess-playing MP?

Jesse Norman describes himself as a "keen chess player". See this news item from his website in 2008, where he played in a simul against Spassky and also met Kasparov. http://www.jesse4hereford.com/content/jesse-meets-two-world-chess-champions-and-helps-raise-%C2%A32000-macmillan-cancer-relief He se...
by James Toon
Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tactics practice
Replies: 72
Views: 8094

Re: Tactics practice

Not all positions result in a clear win for one side. In this case, I'm over-extended and a pawn down, but Black's king is exposed. 19.Rxf6+ is all I've got. The question is how to follow it up. After 19…gxf6 (not 19…Kxf6 when 20.Qf3+ is a quick mate) 20.Bh5+, Black has a choice of three king mo...