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by Jonathan Bryant
Sat May 19, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Women's World Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 3244

Re: Women's World Championship

Or for instance Kramnik having to play for a win (or so he thought) in the last round of the London Candidates. (And against Anand in their title match, I think.) There seem to have been a few Candidates with someone needing a win with black in the last round Eg Karpov v Short at Linares in their C...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unfortunate start and end to county match
Replies: 48
Views: 3533

Re: Unfortunate start and end to county match

I don't see how the opposing Captain could have complained .... You say that but ... Several years ago I was a club captain for match where the away team turned up with 4 players for a 7 board match (one of those four barely knowing how to move the pieces). When their captain told me on arrival tha...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 6049

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

Can I add that the idea that we promote chess to a wider audience, by restricting the number of broadcasters, and by charging for it, is laughable . That's a guaranteed way to make sure only the hardcore chess people watch it. You want the casual audience, you need free-to-air. As somebody who has ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 6049

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

Do you think they were assisted the fact that Agon's online show was so grotesquely bad? Not really. Because you'd have had to subscribe to the Agon package in the first place to find out that you preferred chess24's. Not at all sure about that. I’m reminded of Simon Munnery’s line about a Chris Mo...
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21529

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

"But sir, you said we shouldn't play moves like that...." Top players not castling at all or waiting until the last possible moment to try to squeeze every possible resource out of the position has been the bane of my life for the last 5 years. an early queen move losing castling rights with ... Rg...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 22
Views: 2736

Re: Director of Women's Chess

It was an inappropriate sexist comment with no relevance to the thread. So not the other one that's just disappeared? Other? Carl If you've deleted only one comment on this thread you've deketed one that was clearly neither sexist nor inappropriate but was very clearly relevant to the thread. I fou...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 22
Views: 2736

Re: Director of Women's Chess

It appears the ECF Directors have gone off the idea, preferring instead the notion of a more general post to handle "development". You can't help feeling that if the ideal candidate suddenly walked in and volunteered for the position, it would be revived. Perhaps. Although I do wonder why it is tha...
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6987

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:38 pm
Ian Thompson wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:17 pm
That seems unnecessarily harsh to me.
I played in a tournament where shared second place was taken by a player with 4/5, three wins and two byes.
I played in a student event once when a cash board prize went to somebody scoring 4.5 out of 6. Four defaults and a draw.
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE
Replies: 12
Views: 1296

Re: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE

... Ray could play! Indeed. E.g. http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/ray-could-play-x.html not fogetting his win over Botvinnik http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/ray-could-play.html Ray saying the victory being "more his fault than mine" , iirc With regard to your ...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th
Replies: 18
Views: 2755

Re: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th

Bad Losers on Yahoo Chess, surely

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8w3eW1huCM


"Checkmate, Dennis Bell of Torquay ...."
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12727

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:51 pm
oh, much less far down that that as well ....
Hou Yifan - Caruana, for instance.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12727

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:32 pm

But as has been said here, not exactly a piece for nothing.
Indeed - and “better player gets dodgy position then ends up winning anyway” is hardly an unknown phenomenon. We just usually see it 1000 points down the food chain, that’s all.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12727

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Barry Sandercock wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:28 pm
Martin Carpenter wrote:
He mostly put it down to starting to play 'old mans' chess.

What is 'old mans' chess ? I'm 87,so maybe I should be playing it !
Dunno - but I think it’s safe to assume it doesn’t mean punting the Dragon against Carlsen as Gawain has just done.
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12727

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Carlsen did his best to mess things up against Kramnik, I see ;) Oh I don’t know. He was never going to lose that endgame. Seems to me that after an 11 minute think for 29 Rc1 it’s much more plausible that he foresaw 33 g5 (and no doubt the idea of 38 g4 too) knowing that it would be a trivial (for...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of games with the French
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: A couple of games with the French

That said, if you’re looking at what positions to play, the usual recommendation is to play Open Games with 1 ... e5 when you’re starting out. I think that’s the best way to go. If opponents are going to play against the French in a "non-book" manner, doesn't Black get easier positions to play than...