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by Roger de Coverly
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 ed5 cd5 4 Bd3 Nc6 5 c3 Nf6 6 Bf4 Bg4 7 Qb3. Of course, you can deviate earlier with ... g6 ideas or 5 .. Qc7 but if you go down this line, you now have none too exciting a choice between 7 .. Na5 or 7 .. Qc8 and White carries on playing his ideas for ages and as long as he takes s...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 220
Views: 8877

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

They have never pretended to give members £1 worth of benefits in return for £1 worth of contributions It's the same really for every national sporting or cultural body that doesn't have any or enough external financing from sponsorship or government. Quite a bit of what's collected is used to main...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 27
Views: 1579

Re: 2018 Gashimov Memorial

Carlsen off the mark against Wojtaszek. 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 d6 3 d4 - what's that all about? I had never seen it either, but it has been played a few times. It could be a relative of the known line that runs 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Bb5 although Carlsen used a different treatment by p...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 27
Views: 1579

Re: 2018 Gashimov Memorial

though it's hard to see Topa-Shak fizzling out, as things stand (#21) The chessbomb Stockfish is scoring it as almost equal. Presumably it reckons that despite only having 5 pawns to Black's 7 and the extra pawns being dangerous queen side invaders, White's attack is going to suffice for at least a...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2252
Views: 243828

Re: Media comments on chess

A story about Shreyas Royal and his family in the papers today. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/visa-battle-to-keep-future-world-chess-champion-shreyas-royal-in-britain-97q2gwz86 (might need registration) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5641385/Child-chess-prodigy-fighting-stay-Britain-da...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 910

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

Fazekas's unexpected success. I had a look at his games from the British and the following Hastings. His contemporaries thought he lacked opening knowledge although with the benefit of history you can perhaps see that his use of club player favourites worked well against his opponents in the Britis...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2265
Views: 95472

Re: The English Language

What's the difference between losing the queen to Rg1 and losing the queen with Rg1 ? You might be White and lost the queen to a move Rg1 by Black. Alternatively you played Rg1 as White and this lost the queen. Common usage would be that losing .. to is a move played by your opponent, however losin...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Piece values

What's the basis for assigning numerical values 1-3-5-9 to pieces? Lost in the mists of time I should imagine. It seems to work as a broad rule of thumb for a basic evaluation. The earliest writings on chess theory were by Philidor and then later by Staunton. Did these authors propose theories of p...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: setting up a Social Chess club
Replies: 16
Views: 669

Re: setting up a Social Chess club

John Reyes wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:40 pm
but the question is that, how do we spread the word etc, to get people in?
Ask the ECF for £ 5,000 perhaps?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 292
Views: 42277

Re: Cheating in chess

Ethics Commission has delivered a light punishment to a Russian GM who has made unsubstantiated accusations on the Internet against a young female player. Part of the accusation appeared to relate to an overheard conversation in the Ladies. Even if true, that doesn't have to suggest computer cheati...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 65
Views: 6371

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

Why is date of birth necessary? Surely it goes against the principle that data should only be collected to the extent that it is necessary or serves a useful purpose? Age related prizes (obviously) as well as player identification. The ECF uses age as part of its grading calculations for junior pla...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 242
Views: 12448

Re: County Championship Consultation

I was wondering when Osfordshire disappeared as a County - does anyone know? Early 2000s I would think. It only disappeared from the SCCU competition, rather it concentrated its efforts on fielding teams in the more local Chiltern competitions and in the 4NCL. In the 4NCL, the venues have never bee...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 833

Re: Not pressing the clock

Do we really have anything to back up "trained"? Anecdotal experience perhaps, but watching a morning game at Hastings, I observed a local junior player sitting very quietly while his opponent's time ran down. Eventually the opponent pressed the clock and the lad moved immediately. Mentioning this ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 833

Re: Not pressing the clock

How many times per game? There surely comes a point when you get fed up with it. I would do it once, after that it's my opponent's problem if he or she should repeat. Against a really confused opponent you have the additional risk that they might move twice. If a past world championship contender c...