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by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Is this a fortress?
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: Is this a fortress?

It looks like I've made a mistake, I had assumed that playing Kc5 would be winning, but I now see that I need to get to b4. Back to the drawing board.
by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Is this a fortress?
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: Is this a fortress?

OK, so we'll have
White c2 d3 f3 g4 Kd1
Black d4 d5 g5 Be3 Ba4 Ke6
Where would you like the White Bishop?
by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1414

Re: Levon Aronian statement

A sentiment many of us will share, very well expressed
by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Is this a fortress?
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: Is this a fortress?

I think the White Bishop just gets overworked. You cannot stop the King getting to f4 and b4 as you'll get trapped on either a3 f8 diagonal or b8 h2 diagonal
by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Is this a fortress?
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: Is this a fortress?

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:46 am
One problem is that I can't see how Black gets in on the queenside if there's a Black bishop on a3-f8
If you let me play Bxc2 then I'll come in via the White squares (on the queenside). If you play Kd1 to defend c2 then I'll come in via f4. I don't see how White is defending.
by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Is this a fortress?
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: Is this a fortress?

Quite some accuracy appears to be required but I think the plan is Stick the Bishop on e3, bring the King to queenside, then Be8 a5 b5 (axb5) Bxb5 a4 (bxa4) Bxa4 Then enter with the Black King, either on the queenside or perhaps via f4 if White defends c2. As I say, care is certainly required, but I...
by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Links
Topic: Lancashire Chess Association
Replies: 19
Views: 1975

Re: Lancashire Chess Association

Wow, we've got the singer from the Beautiful South on here to confirm he wasn't part of the Lancashire Junior team. It is amazing the reach the ecforum has.
by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Online Ratings and the Cheating Conundrum
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Re: Online Ratings and the Cheating Conundrum

Paul,
I would recommend that you have a chat with Nigel Towers and I think he should be able to address most of your queries.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Lancashire Chess Association
Replies: 19
Views: 1975

Re: Lancashire Chess Association

I know it was the era of glasnost, but I don't think that would extend to the Lancashire Juniors having someone in their team who said
""bred in Sheffield, fed in Surrey""
by Matthew Turner
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5287

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

It is great to consider new formats for the 4NCL and the implications on ECF memberships but lets be realistic here. What is possible depends a lot on what contracts can be signed with the hotels. It seems to me to be incredibly likely that the 4NCL is going to want to run a test case congress befor...
by Matthew Turner
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1748

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

Whilst these look similar, I think the Karlsbad mistake is much more understandable. Spielmann (the player a pawn down) initiated an exchange of Rooks which would have led to the simple draw and just missed the King move In the MVL example, it is the player who is a pawn ahead who initiates the exch...
by Matthew Turner
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1748

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

OK, then I don't understand that at all then
by Matthew Turner
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 379
Views: 29618

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

In my opinion, Wang Hao has a much much better chance of victory than most people credit him with.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1748

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

Unbelievable mistake for a super GM. In a junior tournament, there would have been a lot of tutting afterwards :lol: If you mean exchanging Rooks to give a losing King and pawn ending? MVL needs to win so could accept a draw at any time. Playing on a pawn down in an ending could be argued is disres...