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by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The first Chess Defector
Replies: 54
Views: 2852

Re: The first Chess Defector

... were there any defections the other way (you can imagine chess players in the West sympathetic to the Soviet ideals considering moving to a place where chess was held in such high esteem)? Lasker moved to Moscow for a bit - I imagine the reasons you give were not unconnected to this. Although h...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Proposal to reduce draw offers
Replies: 36
Views: 3966

Re: Proposal to reduce draw offers

Juniors sometimes make persistent and unjustified draw offers, I suppose summoning the arbiter and having the offering player censored for distraction etc. is a bit extreme. I don't think it is extreme, but in my experience it may not be necessary. Usually not. But I know one junior (but quite expe...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1708
Views: 97819

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:30 pm
... which presumably might be after summer has finished anyway.
which summer?
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

Re: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening

It's an old Petrosian line, so he should have known it. Yes and I'm sure he did. rn1qk1nr/pp2b1pp/8/3p1bN1/3Pp1PP/8/PP3P2/RNBQKB1R b KQkq - 0 10 Nearly 10 years ago I reached this position as Black against John Hickman at Sunningdale. I remember not fancying ... Bd7 too much (not sure why now) and ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

Re: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening

I seem to have a mental block and a dislike to put a piece back on its starting square after moving it. I’ve seen it in grandmaster games, things like Bf8 .... Ivanchuk, as Black once beat Kasparov with 1 e4 e6, 2 d4 d5, 3 Nc3 Bb4, 4 e5 b6, 5 a3 Bf8 Which I imagine amused Gazza not one bit.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 158
Views: 23206

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

Are you sure you have the right person?

This doesn't sound like the guy I know at all.
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 5064

Re: Closing Gambit

Spassky was allowed to marry his French fiancée .... Eventually. The story made the front page of the Times which can been seen here - https://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.com/2010/11/when-we-were-kings-xiv.html Incidentally, that same front page covers Martina Navritilova’s defection. Older foru...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 5064

Re: Closing Gambit

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:38 pm

I doubt anyone would have been surprised if he had won and then died in mysterious circumstances.
Like Fischer did?
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 184950

Re: Cheating in chess

Among the unpleasant aspects of the affair is that Nakamura covered the simul on his YouTube channel and - go to about 3:15 - both he and his sidekick Levy Rozman openly accuse PalenciaJulio of cheating. I am keen to see if they are asked to withdraw their remarks. Since nobody thought it important...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)
Replies: 13
Views: 3713

Re: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)

Adam has modestly failed to mention you can see him interviewed for the film on the DVD extras
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: 24
Views: 1403

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: 24
Views: 1403

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: 24
Views: 1403

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: 856

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: 776

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...