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by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 736
Views: 86631

Re: Cheating in chess

It's a bit late to wonder whether anyone would bother to use a computer to cheat in a league match, since there has been at least one establihed case in London. If nothing else, cheaters need to hone their special skills by practice. This week on twitter someone was explaining that they had to bloc...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 120
Views: 4820

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

The “Future World Champion” (ahem) managed to get himself a position around move 12 that I had many times in Majors as Black in the early 90s. It was the sort of thing White chessers circa 140-160 ECF (old grades) used to try against the Zaitsev when they didn’t know what they were doing. Compared t...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3194
Views: 350842

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:57 pm
Decent Guardian interview with Carlsen
Much less decent - in the sense of clearly written by a non-player - piece on the record being passed

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/ ... SApp_Other
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 120
Views: 4820

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

TWIC report I glanced at Firoyzja - Kovalev at around move 16. I’m sure most forumites around my age will remember the line from Kasparov - Karpov games amongst others. I played it myself for a decade or so. I was amusing myself with the thought that Kovalev had played ... c4 a move early by mistak...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 3678

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:55 pm
- but not if written on a separate piece of paper.
“It’s a different bit of paper not the scoresheet so I can make notes on it” was part of Wesley So’s defence IIRC
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 18978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:27 pm
You can get a peek inside here.
I think I’ll pass, thanks.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 18978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

"...to deal with all the alternative move orders that the reader is likely to meet. Lakdawala can't be bothered to do any of these things." People who buy opening books looking for a quick fix deserve to be treated like this. I don’t disagree with this per se. I couldn’t pass any comment on the qua...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 18978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Lakdawala is the Mrs Brown’s Boys of chess book authors
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 41
Views: 2393

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Father Christmas got me a copy of the book. I was very much looking forward if it as I’m quite the Rowson fan. The books, the NIC reviews, his contributions in the commentary room at Olympia. But I’m afraid I’ve found the early pages very heavy going. Still, I plough on. No definitive judgement form...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 222
Views: 17135

Re: End of an era

I had a Brief email exchange with this guy a while back. It was one of those when you ask for supporting evidence for an assertion made and they answer “well there’s lots of it ... “ and then give a long strange discourse on topics about which you haven’t asked. So you ask again and the same thing h...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 222
Views: 17135

Re: End of an era

There was probably a bit of checking each other's work but essentially the Pirc was by Botterill. There's a flavour of there being two different authors. There's a line which runs 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Bc4 which is included in the Austrian Attack chapters. Also 1.e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 222
Views: 17135

Re: End of an era

The Spassky-Korchnoi book came out in 1978, which means it preceded by a year one of my all-time favourite Keene books, The Openings In Modern Theory And Practice. Oh yes - fair point. And there’s the evolution of chess opening theory which I think was published in the mid 80s - an interesting idea...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 222
Views: 17135

Re: End of an era

When did the really "roguish" stuff start - his producing an instant book on the 1978 WC match when he had not only promised Korchnoi he would not do so, but actually signed a contract to that effect? Even the notoriously "tolerant" chess press in this country ran with that a bit IIRC. CHESS did. T...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 1906

Re: Development News (ECF website)

It adds credibility to a theory that the delay in appointing a Development Officer was down to internal feuding between ECF Directors as to who was the favoured candidate. Count me as one of those who had assumed underneath the headline argument, this was ultimately a symptom of a wider conflict be...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 1906

Re: Development News (ECF website)

John Swain wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:00 am

Carl's resignation letter ....

He might as well have handed that to the interview panel rather than his “credo”.