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by John Anderson
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 40068

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

Oops - didn`t Gormally miss a win with 119. ...Rc2! ?
by John Anderson
Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Long Algebraic
Replies: 15
Views: 1359

Re: Long Algebraic

I seem to recall Bill Hartston using long algebraic even when in serious time-trouble. Impeccable handwriting too.
by John Anderson
Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: ECF Important News
Replies: 5
Views: 1714

ECF Important News

Worrying news for all tournament players following a very sad incident in Hungary: Doctors are blaming an electrical imbalance in the brain for the bizarre death of a chess player whose head literally exploded during the final round of the recent Ist Saturday tournament in Budapest, Hungary. No-one ...
by John Anderson
Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fritz (chess program) query
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Re: Fritz (chess program) query

And to offer a Fritz a draw just select Home on the Ribbon Menu and select "offer draw" or just "Control+D" ...
by John Anderson
Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fritz (chess program) query
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Re: Fritz (chess program) query

Try file>options>game>resign and select "never".
by John Anderson
Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing to win against a lower rated opponent
Replies: 19
Views: 2347

Re: Playing to win against a lower rated opponent

Jonathan Bryant wrote "...I know what you mean, though, but it's a bit of a gamble isn't it? What if the opponent *takes* the draw?" Well I agree, as when I have tried it myself my opponents do indeed tend to take the draw and I regret making the offer! The point I was trying to make without insulti...
by John Anderson
Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing to win against a lower rated opponent
Replies: 19
Views: 2347

Re: Playing to win against a lower rated opponent

Over the years I have had a number of foreign GMs (usually Russian, although Bogdan has done it twice) offer me a draw, always in an unclear position and I refuse, only to lose in short order. Clearly they could have just played on and patiently waited for my inevitable mistake so I firmy believe th...
by John Anderson
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 118001

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

[quote="Stewart Reuben"]...Torquay is perfect and would be great for the Championship Centenary in 2013.... I thought Torquay was far from perfect. The lighting on boards 8-12 in the British was extremely poor and although this was pointed out to the arbiters before round one, nothing was done to co...
by John Anderson
Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best Congress Format
Replies: 13
Views: 1172

Re: Best Congress Format

When I started playing in Congresses in the late 70s it was the norm to have six rounds (1 Friday, 3 Saturday and two Sunday). I would very much like to see a return to this format, particularly where a tournament is already run over the three days with Saturday evening free. After all, the venue ha...
by John Anderson
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Do you say "Check" or not??
Replies: 85
Views: 4818

Re: Do you say "Check" or not??

Regarding the results of the actual poll, I'm surprised at how many people say check.
by John Anderson
Wed May 19, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What am I doing?
Replies: 290
Views: 29215

Re: What am I doing?

So CJ, who`s picking up the bill for this Jolly? The ECF? ... Hopefully subsidised by a few of the faithful? The food at Simpsons is excellent, the service impeccable but it`s not a cheap night out! The cheapest bottle of Claret last time I was there was nearly £40 and the non-vintage Krug was only...
by John Anderson
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: British Champs Entry Fees
Replies: 48
Views: 3167

Re: British Champs Entry Fees

The entry fee to the British for non-titled players like myself is an eye-watering £200 and I am somewhat surprised that some of the more cynical contributors to this forum haven`t commented upon this on this thread. Should I be lucky enough to win a qualifying place at one of many weekend tourname...
by John Anderson
Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships 2010 - car parking
Replies: 17
Views: 1668

Re: British Championships 2010 - car parking

I visited the Canterbury venue last August and it seemed to me that travel to and from the center of Canterbury to the venue was going to be a serious problem for many competitors (and their families). I attended the sales pitch for Canterbury at the British Championships in Torquay 2009 where both ...
by John Anderson
Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Rubbish Theoretical Article?
Replies: 40
Views: 4514

Re: Rubbish Theoretical Article?

Regarding the Morra Gambit (accepted), about 10 years ago the British Correspondence Chess Association (BCCA) ran a theme tournament with generous sponsorship from Ken Smith (USA) himself, one of the gambit`s main developers - so much so that the Morra-Smith Gambit is a widely accepted nomenclature....
by John Anderson
Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Chess Coaching
Replies: 30
Views: 8644

Re: Chess Coaching

Deborah - I think you will find that Fritz Chess 12 by Excaliber is a completely different program to Fritz 12 from Chessbase, the normal retail price being around £40. Caveat emptor!