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by Tim Spanton
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4331
Views: 474029

Re: Media comments on chess

New Private Eye (page 33) is offering for sale a "diverse chess set"
by Tim Spanton
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2014
Views: 118852

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Chess may be a wargame, however wargaming is not chess. Nevertheless I find it interesting that the Society of Ancients feels confident enough to announce in the latest issue of its magazine Slingshot that its annual Battleday convention has been booked for August 15. I have never been to a Battleda...
by Tim Spanton
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2014
Views: 118852

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Looks like Malta could be one of the first places accessible to Brits. From Sky News: Malta has announced that UK travellers who have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are welcome from 1 June. Passengers will need to show their vaccination card before boarding flights, according to the Malta Tour...
by Tim Spanton
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: The Sicilian Defence with 4...e5!?
Replies: 26
Views: 1431

Re: The Sicilian Defence with 4...e5!?

any of those in 978 games in ChessBase's Mega database? 4...e5!? seems an error I am not sure what you are asking, but here are some details of the 978 games that reach the position after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5: White's most-popular reply is 5.Nb3 (320 games). White's most-successful ...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: The Sicilian Defence with 4...e5!?
Replies: 26
Views: 1431

Re: The Sicilian Defence with 4...e5!?

any of those in 978 games in ChessBase's Mega database? 4...e5!? seems an error I am not sure what you are asking, but here are some details of the 978 games that reach the position after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5: White's most-popular reply is 5.Nb3 (320 games). White's most-successful ...
by Tim Spanton
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: The Sicilian Defence with 4...e5!?
Replies: 26
Views: 1431

Re: The Sicilian Defence with 4...e5!?

Neville Twitchell wrote:
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:59 pm
A correspondence game of mine has gone 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5!?

Do people know this defence? What is it called and has it been played? I suppose it must.
There are 978 games in ChessBase's Mega database - White scores 63%
by Tim Spanton
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2014
Views: 118852

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

….. And gradually the noise grew, but I don't remember when it reached its crescendo. I guess that bit needs to go into the pedants thread ! Do you mean the pedants' thread? Anyway, I am not sure I get your point: crescendo /krɪˈʃɛndəʊ/ noun 1. the loudest point reached in a gradually increasing so...
by Tim Spanton
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2014
Views: 118852

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

28 or 29
by Tim Spanton
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2014
Views: 118852

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

BBC on measures in Scotland:

Early June - Six people from three households can socialise in private homes, indoor non-contact sport can resume
by Tim Spanton
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4331
Views: 474029

Re: Media comments on chess

Email from the British Museum: If you’ve exhausted all avenues of entertainment and are feeling the need to step away from the screen, here are our top 10 favourite historical board games, some of which you can still play today. From classics like the Royal Game of Ur and the Lewis Chessmen, to the ...
by Tim Spanton
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2014
Views: 118852

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

(while still wearing masks and practising social distancing in public places). You cannot play over the board chess normally, by which I mean on a single board without screens, and remain two metres from your opponent. Three hours or more in a mask is unlikely to be popular either. But you can more...
by Tim Spanton
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4331
Views: 474029

Re: Media comments on chess

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:34 pm
Tim Spanton wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:52 pm
A B+ for that clue
What is the etiquette about shouting out the answer? Alternatively, how do I claim the prize?
You wait in queue behind Jack Rudd and me
by Tim Spanton
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4331
Views: 474029

Re: Media comments on chess

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:06 pm
Well, you'd got that it was linked to their successors. :D
A B+ for that clue
by Tim Spanton
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: A Modern Guide to Checkmating Patterns
Replies: 2
Views: 536

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: 962

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...