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by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History
Replies: 21
Views: 661

Re: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History

Incidentally, and this at least is not Lakdawala's fault, the whole thing is rendered even less readable by the standard New In Chess typesetting. If your standards are sufficiently low that you contract Lakdawala to write a book you're hardly likely to be bothered to do any proof reading. And, to ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History
Replies: 21
Views: 661

Re: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:32 am
So I wouldn't write off EVERYTHING Cyrus has written - just most of it.
It's not that no sewer rats taste like pumpkin pie. Just very few of them.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History
Replies: 21
Views: 661

Re: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:02 pm
Ah well, Cyrus will have his reasons...
One of which could be that he’s the worst writer of chess books alive today. Or not alive today.
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Hein Donner : The Biography
Replies: 9
Views: 638

Re: Hein Donner : The Biography

Roland Kensdale wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:16 pm
Karpov wrote "Karpov on Karpov"
I bet he didn't. Not unless we're employing an extremely liberal interpretation of 'wrote', anyway.

I would 100% back the suggestion of Evil Doer. It's a great read. I'll get hold of the companion books on Tal and Bronstein too at some point.
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Replies: 1
Views: 642

Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess

The Abysmal Depths of Chess https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com July 2020 Beat the Masters - Analyse a position then compare your thoughts with a dozen or so British chess masters. 14: There’s a queen sac in the air. Is it right? https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/07/btm-14a...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1305
Views: 127592

Re: Cheating in chess

Javier Gil wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:03 am

I'm just glad that lichess was open minded about considering all of these and not just the algorithms...
Except they weren't. At first anyway.
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1305
Views: 127592

Re: Cheating in chess

Well, seeing it only from the perspective of my son, I can't say how strictly it was enforced. I did ask the question before the start of the tournament to make sure he doesn't inadvertently break a rule, and I was told that he was free to do what he wants in between rounds, but had to stay during ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1305
Views: 127592

Re: Cheating in chess

Wadih Khoury wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:08 pm

The approach taken was as follow:
  • All children had to be on camera at all times
Hello Wadih.

Is that first clause really true? Nobody was allowed to leave their computer? Not to use the toilet?

How long were the games?
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 76
Views: 4751

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

Could Hybrid events save English chess? English chess or the English Chess Federation? Not at all the same thing. The first will undoubtedly survive in one form or another. The second, I'm less sure about. I'm not sure I see hybrid events, as you describe them, being too successful. leaving aside t...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 20331

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

Last week Jonathan Manley tweeted: "One of the pleasures of collecting old books and magazines are the unexpected enclosures ...." 4 days ago Matt Fletcher (also of this parish) tweeted some Mate in twos from "Pick of the Best Chess Problems" I liked them (although they were bastard hard) and the bo...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 2898

Re: Jonathan Penrose

https://i.postimg.cc/TLtZrcxx/4-DE13-EE1-C338-43-BF-BA2-C-73910-F72-F086.jpg Chess in the USSR 1958. Is this Jonathan Penrose? I ask because the given initial д is normally a ‘D’ sound. The surname looks right though EDIT: ‘дж’ is a kind of last-bit-of gara ge sound which I guess is as close as you...
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 2898

Re: Jonathan Penrose

The Olympiad board orders give a clue as to respective rankings. Maybe. Wasn’t Hartston board 1 because he was British Champion though? I think that was the tradition back then. I could be wrong. Miles was awared the GM title at Haifa as was Ray. Ray admittedly only on the last day for his performa...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
Replies: 1
Views: 642

The Abysmal Depths of Chess

TADOC: https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com A summary of posts for June 2020 Beat the Masters 5: An Opening position https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-5a-78-bishops.html 6: White against the Sicilian https://theabysmaldepthsofchess.blogspot.com/2020/06/btm-6a-pattern-r...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 2898

Re: Jonathan Penrose

Over the years I did manage to locate a couple of articles about Penrose: It’s not about Penrose exactly but there’s a chapter in Keene’s Becoming a Grandmaster - "What Went Wrong in the 1960s" - that mentions him a lot. Not particularly favourably. E.g. "Penrose’s attitude towards international co...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 2898

Re: Jonathan Penrose

... Resident in a distinctly minor county, Bedfordshire, I occasionally progressed to the Zonal Stage which for me then extended to London. Games were individually arranged and nearly always played in private houses, usually at weekends. It was exciting and sometimes faintly embarrassing for me to ...