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by David Shepherd
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dutch defence
Replies: 25
Views: 1307

Re: Dutch defence

Looking at your grading profile your grade has been steady over a number of years, so you might as well try it. It is fun to learn something new and it might suit your style, if it doesn't it is easy to change back and your chess knowledge will have increased. Even if you don't like it, you will hav...
by David Shepherd
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2317
Views: 250135

Re: Media comments on chess

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05y4j8k#play Time 53:30 West London Chess Club discussion/womens chess
by David Shepherd
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sport England is waste of money - claim
Replies: 14
Views: 1288

Re: Sport England is waste of money - claim

I don't have huge confidence in UK Sport :( What is the sport with the second highest participation rate in the world after soccer - answer badminton. What did UK Sport do after we won a medal at the Olympics - reduce funding to nil. At least some better news for that sport in the last few weeks - f...
by David Shepherd
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Chess club / group for small children in London
Replies: 8
Views: 3633

Re: Chess club / group for small children in London

Try looking at Herts Schools chess association website https://hsca-chess.com/chess-clubs/
by David Shepherd
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12730

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Personally I don't think I have ever had a problem with my opponent not saying j'adoube, as its normally obvious when someone is adjusting the piece. The problems seem mainly to start when players do say j'adoube - just after they have picked up the piece ....
by David Shepherd
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tim Upton
Replies: 5
Views: 1631

Re: Tim Upton

From the Scottish chess forum The sad news has reached us that FM Tim Upton passed away yesterday, January 10th 2018, in Luxembourg... Rob McAndrew writes: 'There are many others better able than I to remember his contribution to chess in Scotland. I do not know in how many Scottish Championships he...
by David Shepherd
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 15464

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:26 pm
Arab countries think the Israelis have done wrong - by existing.
I think that is generally where people go wrong, countries don't think they just exist, so you should never attribute a thought to a country (or race), it is individuals that think.
by David Shepherd
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4250

Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo199707e.html shows how high he was in 1997 (66=) so not so far off that sort of level, my point was that although he does draw many games he also wins many games - what is lacking is the losses.
by David Shepherd
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4250

Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

If you look at Bogdan's win percentage it is almost identical to Magnus Carlsen's, what is amazing is that he has only lost 63 out of 1903 games.
by David Shepherd
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4250

Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Congratulations to Adam Taylor who has just drawn.
by David Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership requirements for British Championship events
Replies: 18
Views: 2079

Re: Membership requirements for British Championship events

It's the ECF who are trying to overcomplicate by demanding that players who are not ENG, WLS, IRL, SCO, GCI, JCI or are associated with the Isle of Man should be ECF Gold members if they are resident in England. However to be fair, you could argued that by allowing non British registered players to...
by David Shepherd
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Surprise discovery in laws of chess
Replies: 14
Views: 1269

Re: Surprise discovery in laws of chess

Wouldn't a solution to this be to amend the rules to state that an illegal move can be claimed before your move has been completed rather than before it has been made?
by David Shepherd
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of games with the French
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: A couple of games with the French

I ended up resigning, as I felt that I must be worse. It felt very uncomfortable to defend. If I did that, I would end up resigning all my games :oops: If you play the French it is often uncomfortable to defend as the opponent tends to have more space in front of your king due to the pawn structure...
by David Shepherd
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 4026

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

David Shepherd wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:45 pm
It is free to play online, I don't have to travel, there is more choice of opponents and more choice of time limits, I can fit the games around other commitments ...
Having said all the above, chess clubs do offer a chance for people to get out and socialise and for different generations to mix.
by David Shepherd
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 4026

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:02 pm
How do you know your opponents aren't consulting someone else, a book or a computer engine when they play you?
I can normally tell but I don't really have a problem if they are, in fact in many cases it would make for a better game.