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by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6415

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: 1159

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: 2515

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: 12014

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: 12014

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: 12014

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: 12014

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: 805

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...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of games with the French
Replies: 13
Views: 805

Re: A couple of games with the French

I was thinking actually, about positions that might suit me best: those that are simple and clear .... If that’s what you want your should probably consider taking up a different game :wink: FWIW I don’t think you played the opening of game 2 that played. Compare your choice with Heine Nielsen’s ag...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2174
Views: 233542

Re: Media comments on chess

Ray’s in Private Eye again
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8845

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

A more traditional grinder’s choice from the Norwegian Lad today: an Exchange Slav. Albeit via the curious 1 Nf3 c5, 2 c3 d5 3 d4


Anybody will to take a punt at explaining the point behind White’s second move?
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2174
Views: 233542

Re: Media comments on chess

Why is an advert being discussed here?

Anyway back to media comments on chess, there’s a brief reference to its history as a chess venue in this review of Simpsons >>

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... ant-review
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8845

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:51 pm
It's looking like Magnus thinks he can play anything against Mickey and get away with it.
The evidence - 2010 Olympiad apart - does seem to be on his side
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8845

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Isn't it just a reverse Lenningrad Dutch with a tempo up? Is he perhaps a little overconfident in playing it at such a high calibre opponent? It’s easy to be wise after the event, of course, but given Carlsen’s massive score with White against Adams it does seem a bit odd to start messing around li...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8845

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:34 pm
Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:18 pm
Well, 1 f4 is an unusual Grinders’ Choice
Reverse Dutch is pretty solid, if you're confident that Black won't try 1...e5.
"Solid" and knights on a3/h4 don’t fit together that easily to my eyes.