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by Jon Mahony
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE
Replies: 12
Views: 1167

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: 2509

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: 2509

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: 1483

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:
by Jon Mahony
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigners...
Replies: 9
Views: 1483

Re: Resigners...

I don't see anything wrong with sticking my hand out, if you can see the loss is inevitable and yet some ways away (particularly if its the last round of a congress, or a dead of winter league match in middle of nowhere) But if you've let it get as far as a mating combo, its only proper to let them ...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess people talking down to you
Replies: 17
Views: 2112

Re: Chess people talking down to you

Mick Norris wrote:
Jon Mahony wrote:At the Leeds Congress, I once had a certain, well known Lancashire player
I'm surprised you let them over the border Jon :lol:
I was dead set against it, voted down though :wink: :lol:
by Jon Mahony
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess people talking down to you
Replies: 17
Views: 2112

Re: Chess people talking down to you

At the Leeds Congress, I once had a certain, well known Lancashire player, storm out of the open room (where he had insisted on having his game moved to, because of “noise” in the Major area) and shout in my face for giving bus directions to another player, at a level of volume he deemed unacceptabl...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2018 British Championship
Replies: 27
Views: 4186

Re: 2018 British Championship

Lol Bloody Hull town hall? :shock: Don't get me wrong I always enjoy the Hull congress but that's out In the sticks - anyone who knows me knows I aren't snobby, but dear god, I saw people with tattoos on their faces walking round that area last time I was there :wink:
by Jon Mahony
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 2333

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

I once made a fairly decent study of the opening, as I intended to start every white game with the Grob and every black game with 1.g5 (the Borg) at the British RP that year. I got hold of "Matricide Master" Claude Frizzell Bloodgood's pamphlet, and Michael "He don't play it like a Man" Basman's boo...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Now I've Seen Everything Dept - Scoresheets
Replies: 11
Views: 1417

Re: Now I've Seen Everything Dept - Scoresheets

Very amusing :) and yes despite only writing his own moves its a pretty decent first effort. We have a bloke in Leeds (who granted doesn't speak English as a first language) and he is incapable of keeping his moves in the numbered boxes, and takes up about 5 columns per move, by the time he has fini...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Low graded players teaching chess
Replies: 46
Views: 3366

Re: Low graded players teaching chess

I’d say its fine to start with, a lot of teaching kids in the beginning is basically the rules, basic tactics and most important keeping it engaging, so they don’t go back to their Xbox. I’m reasonably confident I could get a group of children new to chess, up to competitive standard, quickly. The t...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Server Abuse
Replies: 17
Views: 2086

Re: Server Abuse

At a congress last year, an opponent started telling me before the round, he was furious as he’d just got his Chess.com account banned. He’d forced a draw against a German guy which gave him the half point needed to clench a tournament, the German guy sent him several PM’s saying the English offend ...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotions for pawns during a match game
Replies: 38
Views: 2366

Re: Under promotions for pawns during a match game

I was the victim of this in a congress game last year - I’d turned down several draw offers, and eventually got into a position where I had 2 strong passed pawns but my opponent had an isolated PP ready to queen. I had calculated a very simple combo where if my opponent queened I won his existing qu...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2017
Replies: 122
Views: 7162

Re: British Championship 2017

I shall be pouncing and booking up both weeks, with a view to cancelling one if I decide I aren't playing the full 2 weeks. Didn't you notice the announcement earlier this year? The British in 2017 has been cut down to 9 or perhaps 10 days. Ooops, no I didn't Roger! Seems a little watered down does...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2017
Replies: 122
Views: 7162

Re: British Championship 2017

If this is confirmed I'm already looking forward to it (with one caveat which I'll come to). From a personally point of view Llandudno seems to be easily accessible (Harrogate - Leeds - Manchester Piccadilly followed by a two hour run down to Llandudno). I did have a look at what booking.com had to...