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by Joey Stewart
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Women's League
Replies: 4
Views: 871

Re: 4NCL Women's League

I wouldnt say it was not that strong - most of the players involved are decent standard, they grades are just hamstrung by the crippled fide rating system. 10 years ago pretty much everybody involved would have had 2000+ ratings.
by Joey Stewart
Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Death of League Chess?
Replies: 124
Views: 15986

Re: The Death of League Chess?

I do foresee a death of league chess as well, but more likely based on clubs bring priced out of their venues and gradually running out of people willing to do the large amount of unpaid admin work it takes to run them. Still, it is 4 years since this post was made and the league deaths are not happ...
by Joey Stewart
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When have you ever been told that you can't go to a AGM
Replies: 16
Views: 2120

Re: When have you ever been told that you can't go to a AGM

What amazes me most about this situation is that there are still leagues where the AGM is so oversubscribed that they can afford to bar people from attending! All the experiences I have had in various other leagues it seems like more of a struggle just to get new people along who might lend a hand t...
by Joey Stewart
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2066

Re: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:03 pm
I'm sure there is more entertaining buffoonery I could get involved with
yeah,like making stupid condescending replies to every halfway meaningful post on these forums. I don't know why carl hasn't banned you, you are such a blatant troll.
by Joey Stewart
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

"Many need to get back to their day job." As long as they give adequate notice, unless there's a genuine emergency. At the Combined Services chess events over the years, I have had players defaulting because they were summoned back to their units at 3 am, and others apologetically missing the first...
by Joey Stewart
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Weaker players than Adams find it pretty much impossible to meet his 1. e4. One is reminded of Karpov in the early 80s, when everyone was weaker than him, and Miles trying 1...a6? because nothing else worked. I love seeing his e4 games - especially when beating down irritants like caro kahn or fren...
by Joey Stewart
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Macshane and short are probably not far behind those 4 either - its a pretty solid era for english chess right now, if we just had one world class GM then maybe we could start winning some team chess events.
by Joey Stewart
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

In Lane - Brewer, why did Gary Lane offer a draw? Looks overwhelmingly good for White to my eyes after the simple to find 35 Ng6+ Kf8 36 Ne5. Mark you, it looked awful for White a few moves earlier, so maybe he was so relieved to have escaped that he offered a draw without taking a fresh look at th...
by Joey Stewart
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 11
Views: 2070

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

I remember years ago in my old league seeing a player set up a smothered mate with queen and knight (you know the sort like Nf7+ Kg8, Nh6+, Kh8, Qg8+, Rxg8 Nf7mate ... if you dont know it then it is worth learning, but I digress) . Anyway. Instead of playing the correct sequence of knight checks the...
by Joey Stewart
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Well no, since they have the title they only need three, but It is hardly unrealistic for a 2400-2500 strength player to win a tournament is it so I'm going to say that they do frequently perform high enough to get more norms. Surprised Richard only has one though, I guess all those years of letting...
by Joey Stewart
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I hope that does not nip any GM norm in the bud already? (very much a downside to a nine round event, if so) I'm pretty sure Richard has got a ton of GM norms already ( he's a decent strength IM who tends to score especially well in the British) but getting the rating high enough is the impossible ...
by Joey Stewart
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Very strange, not even a game record yet - did palliser default in some way?
by Joey Stewart
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I think Keith will be pretty pleased with the result, given what could have happened - and everybody running their engines in a nice comfortable lounge were so quick to write him off, but he doesnt have that GM title for nothing !
by Joey Stewart
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British chess championship

Cheers for the links guys, I'll have to check out the next few days games
by Joey Stewart
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38995

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Great result for Tom Villiers - Tom has an uncanny ability to induce blunders from strong opponents and it happened again today with Daniel Fernandez's 52...Kc5 ?? You are not kidding there, I played 4ncl in the same team as Tom one season and he managed to win 6 games from worse positions when his...