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by Tim Spanton
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: A Modern Guide to Checkmating Patterns
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Re: A Modern Guide to Checkmating Patterns

A very positive review
by Tim Spanton
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: JM Soesan Coincidence
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: JM Soesan Coincidence

"I was lucky enough today to receive "A Century of British Chess" by PW Sergeant (1934) courtesy of Tony Peterson. There was an internal attachment with Ex libris J.M.Soesan who I think is the Ilford player Joseph Soesan." I played him at Guernsey in 1994, but saw him elsewhere, quite possibly at C...
by Tim Spanton
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Annotating Blitz
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: Annotating Blitz

I've noticed on chess.com that blitz games are annotated as are bullet games, when you look through them afterwards that is. Shouldn't some sort of sliding scale be introduced for faster time limits? I was accused of committing a blunder by missing mate in 2 and choosing mate in 4 instead but given...
by Tim Spanton
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98939

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Just received from the 4NCL: I’m very pleased to say that we’ve booked 4-star conference centre hotel Woodland Grange in Leamington Spa for our 25th 4NCL Congress on 9-11 July 2021. This will be our first OTB 4NCL congress since the start of 2020 if restrictions are indeed lifted on 21 June as we al...
by Tim Spanton
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4215
Views: 458318

Re: Media comments on chess

Woodworking Crafts magazine has a 'turned' chess set on the cover - set up in the usual wrong way;

https://www.gmcsubscriptions.com/produc ... ng-crafts/
by Tim Spanton
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How would a game against yourself go?
Replies: 15
Views: 936

Re: How would a game against yourself go?

OK.
Here is how far I can get (1,940 games as White; 1,929 as Black), each move being my commonest choice in the position: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.0-0 0-0 6.Bg5 Bxc3 7.bxc3 h6 8.Bh4 Bg4
That is as far as I can get as I have not had the resulting position as White.
by Tim Spanton
Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98939

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Yep, chess congresses from June 22 (but this could be put back). However, chess in beer gardens from April 12: https://beauchess.blogspot.com/2021/02/ ... chess.html
by Tim Spanton
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98939

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Apart from the mention of the likely cancelation of "The British" .....& the cancelation of Blackpool, Doncaster & Durham Congresses (there may be more). I am making the presumption that organisers of any potential OTB Congresses are now operating a "wait & see policy" before advertising any potent...
by Tim Spanton
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4215
Views: 458318

Re: Media comments on chess

The latest Private Eye has a feature on the Guardian and Her Majesty under the headline QUEEN GAMBIT
by Tim Spanton
Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98939

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

ECF newsletter:

Given current circumstances it seems highly unlikely that we will be able to run an OTB British in Torquay this August, and we are looking at carrying the venue booking forward to 2022. We will confirm the postponement/deferral in the next couple of weeks.
by Tim Spanton
Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98939

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Do you think the rule regarding being legally able to travel will be relaxed by the 26th March? https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus No, but there are exemptions, and in any case I was thinking about Feb 28! What exemption for travelling abroad are you pondering? The curse of...
by Tim Spanton
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98939

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I see from the Fide calendar that the regular tournaments at Novi Sad in Serbia are one of the few events anywhere in the world going ahead more-or-less as normal, and in a country without compulsory quarantining rules for Brits on entry. Has anyone played at Novi Sad and know about arrangements fo...
by Tim Spanton
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98939

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I see from the Fide calendar that the regular tournaments at Novi Sad in Serbia are one of the few events anywhere in the world going ahead more-or-less as normal, and in a country without compulsory quarantining rules for Brits on entry. Has anyone played at Novi Sad and know about arrangements for...
by Tim Spanton
Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4215
Views: 458318

Re: Media comments on chess

"It's like chess on grass." NBC commentator Arlo White at halftime of Liverpool - Man City
by Tim Spanton
Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 287
Views: 13631

Re: Pedants United

Recent question in 'The Times' daily quiz (where I rarely get more than half marks): Who did Robert Greene (c 1558-92) call 'an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers'? The first word of the question should surely be 'whom'. Is it gradually falling out of use? Needless to say, I rather like it ...