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by Tim Spanton
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This A Record?
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Is This A Record?

A lot of 'if' questions!
I certainly could have played it differently, but 15...b6 seemed to me to be the fun way to play, and anyway was a reasonable move. The real problems with my play came later.

https://beauchess.blogspot.com/
by Tim Spanton
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This A Record?
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Is This A Record?

Pan the technicals, guys! By using mainly one's noodle - souped up with a quick search - it can easily be discovered that... 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 Nd5 5.Bc4 Nf4 6.Qf3 Ne6... has been seen at least twice before and is obviously a model answer to Tim's question. OK, then maybe Berkley - Spa...
by Tim Spanton
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This A Record?
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Is This A Record?

I think Tim's question might be answered - at least partially - using a Chess Query Language query against an established and comprehensive database of games. I'd do this myself but am pressed for time at the moment. I fear that is beyond me, even if CQL could manage it (and I am not sure it could).
by Tim Spanton
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This A Record?
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Is This A Record?

I am sure this record could be matched, if not broken. Desperadoes and king hunts seem the right way to go. What about desperadoes where pawns promote in the corner after taking a rook - if a pawn has promoted, is it the same piece? Definitely not! For starters, a pawn isn't even a piece … (Also, d...
by Tim Spanton
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This A Record?
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Is This A Record?

Hmm. Interesting. Maybe Berkley - Spanton will have to settle for six consecutive moves with the same piece in the opening and none of them a capture …

https://beauchess.blogspot.com/
by Tim Spanton
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This A Record?
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Is This A Record?

In one of my games at Hampstead over the weekend, White made six consecutive moves in the opening with the same piece.
The game is here: https://beauchess.blogspot.com/2020/02/ ... ecord.html
Unfortunately I have been unable to find anything on the internet to confirm or deny a record.
by Tim Spanton
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20380

Re: World Youth Championships

"Quite how he managed to have a conversation without realising it was confidential escapes me." Maybe it wasn't confidential at the time, then someone realised later, that they didn't want it discussed, so decided retrospectively it was confidential? A conversation either was confidential or was no...
by Tim Spanton
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3243
Views: 355039

Re: Media comments on chess

Great - the toddler is holding a black king, the rooks look odd and the board is probably the wrong way round. I don't buy it. Surely the rooks, and the adjacent bishop, are off the board, having been captured? In that case the board is the correct way round, and it could be he is holding a black k...
by Tim Spanton
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Re: Knight Pair

I suppose I didn't make my reason for asking clear, did I? :) Sorry, I'm clearly being dense - were you inputting the games at Maidenhead? https://beauchess.blogspot.com/ No, I co-ordinate the efforts to get the games played across the 4NCL on the website. I was at Daventry and all of those are don...
by Tim Spanton
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Re: Knight Pair

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:59 pm
Tim Spanton wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:44 pm
It should be at the 4NCL website soon
I suppose I didn't make my reason for asking clear, did I? :)
Sorry, I'm clearly being dense - were you inputting the games at Maidenhead?

https://beauchess.blogspot.com/
by Tim Spanton
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Re: Knight Pair

Tim. I read your excellent Thematic Exchange Spanish a quarter century ago so thanks again. Time for me to dig up my Knight Pairs. Thanks Nick - you may be interested in my 123-move game from yesterday's 4NCL: https://beauchess.blogspot.com/2020/02/yesterday.html Is that 123-move game available in ...
by Tim Spanton
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Re: Knight Pair

Nick Grey wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:02 pm
Tim. I read your excellent Thematic Exchange Spanish a quarter century ago so thanks again.

Time for me to dig up my Knight Pairs.
Thanks Nick - you may be interested in my 123-move game from yesterday's 4NCL:
https://beauchess.blogspot.com/2020/02/yesterday.html
by Tim Spanton
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Re: Knight Pair

[Event "British Major"] [Date "1990.??.??"] [Round "8"] [White "Spanton"] [Black "Baptie,J"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d4 exd4 6. Qxd4 Qxd4 7. Nxd4 Nf6 8. f3 g6 9. c3 c5 10. Ne2 Bg7 11. Bf4 c6 12. Be3 c4 13. Nd2 b5 14. O-O-O Nd7 15. Bd4 Ne5 16. Bxe5 Bxe5 17. f4 Bc7 18. Nf3 Bb7 1...
by Tim Spanton
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Re: Knight Pair

The Exchange Spanish is likely to provide examples of this phenomenon. In the following game I had the knight-pair from move 16 until White managed to exchange bishop-for-knight at move 37, but it did not save him - he was obliged to resign nine moves later. [Event "British Major"] [Date "1990.??.??...
by Tim Spanton
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90575

Re: Cheating in chess

Stick it in your backpack, or bring your own plastic bag/bag-for-life