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by Jon Mahony
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ChessCube shut it's doors
Replies: 10
Views: 1538

Re: ChessCube shut it's doors

Yeah, I'm sure a lot of the clock problems were server related rather than people cheating. I do remember one specific time though when I was playing a Spanish guy and he had about 10 seconds on his clock to my 45, then out of nowhere another 1.30 got added onto his clock out of nowhere. I remember ...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ChessCube shut it's doors
Replies: 10
Views: 1538

Re: ChessCube shut it's doors

It was a nice looking site, but to be honest I always thought it was crap for playing on. Blitz games don't even bother - I remember entering tournaments on a Sunday and I would be playing away with a time advantage and eventually my opponents' clock would hit zero but the game would not end and he ...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2603

Re: David Welch

Very sorry to hear this, Dave acted as chief arbiter at all of the Leeds congresses we ran before it folded, I always found him extremely kindly, informative and patient with my lack of knowledge in all matters related to running a tournament.

RIP.
by Jon Mahony
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 5887

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

I also once had a kid who was playing on with a loan king and 2 pawns against my Q and about 5 pawns, repeatedly announce stalemate (it wasn’t he had pawn moves) at the top of his voice :roll: Did he return it to its owner after the game? :wink: Did the loaned King come from a pawn shop ? :lol: Che...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 5887

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

If its a kit kat with a cup of coffee, I don't particularly object - if its a burger and a pile of chips, well, its not like you didn't just have 3 hours to kill in the break between rounds :wink:
by Jon Mahony
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 5887

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

Come on folks, let's be a bit more charitable here. We were all young once, even if some of us need exceptionally good memories to recall this. No doubt we all had habits that infuriated our elders. My most annoying experiences have been with adult opponents - and at least they were old enough to k...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 5887

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

I have to say I have come across quite a lot of the aforementioned behaviour with juniors. I don’t know if it’s something coaches are telling them to do or it is something which comes naturally to em, but I’ve dealt with everything from knuckle cracking, annoying noises, clock bashing, piece screwin...
by Jon Mahony
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Venues
Replies: 13
Views: 2054

Re: Venues

This happened to Leeds Chess Club in the final couple of years. After our base, the North Leeds WMC closed down (that was less than ideal to start with, it has since been knocked down and is now a giant Heron Foods) We bounced around to a multitude of crap pubs and clubs, sometimes several times in ...
by Jon Mahony
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most embarrassing defeat ever...
Replies: 35
Views: 4960

Re: Most embarrassing defeat ever...

Can't remember the moves, but in the 3rd round of the st albans congress a few years ago, I was on 2 points going into the third round (3 rounds on the Saturday, which as I'm sure some of you know is a long day!) After a long think in the middle game my opponent brought his queen next to my king and...
by Jon Mahony
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dutch defence
Replies: 35
Views: 4198

Re: Dutch defence

I had quite a bit of success with the Dutch in the minor and intermediate sections - I used to tweak the move order slightly by responding to 1.d4 with 1... e6 and hope for a transposition into a French with 2.e4 (something most QP players don’t usually oblige you with) and then if 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 ju...
by Jon Mahony
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dutch defence
Replies: 35
Views: 4198

Re: Dutch defence

I had quite a bit of success with the Dutch in the minor and intermediate sections - I used to tweak the move order slightly by responding to 1.d4 with 1... e6 and hope for a transposition into a French with 2.e4 (something most QP players don’t usually oblige you with) and then if 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 jus...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE
Replies: 12
Views: 1640

Re: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE

Happy Birthday Penguin :D Bit of a self-publicist, very self-important but there was a time when I thought RDK was the mutts nuts - his early books, borrowed from the local library taught me chess at school age, beyond the basic moves and Samurai Chess: Mastering the art of the mind, taught me… :? A...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Behind Bars
Replies: 24
Views: 5040

Re: Chess Behind Bars

To get back to the book in question, does it mention Claude Bloodgood? Yes, there are two pages on Bloodgood, most of which is taken up by an annotated game. Nothing on Raymond Weinstein, though. Nor on chess in Broadmoor . There's quite a good chapter on Bloodgood in The Kings Gambit, by Paul Hoff...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Behind Bars
Replies: 24
Views: 5040

Re: Chess Behind Bars

Isn't that racial abuse nowadays? As the 1824 Vagrancy Act is still on the books in England, I would imagine a lawyer defending you from a libel action could argue that calling someone sleeping rough 'a vagrant' was a strictly factual description and thus carried no imputation of abuse. Whether the...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigners...
Replies: 9
Views: 2021

Re: Resigners...

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:51 am
I read somewhere (I think it was The Chess Scene by Levy and Reuben but may be wrong) that sometimes when players fail to resign in an absolutely hopeless position it's because they are trying to get over the shock of losing.
I'm usually more shocked when I manage to win Andrew :wink: