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by Geoff Chandler
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 125
Views: 4921

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

We all know how hard it is to put the ball over the line when you have a good player on the ropes. Kovalev spent precious 10 minutes when already with foot in time trouble on one move looking for the killer move. Never easy. +14 or whatever means nothing, computers know nothing of time trouble, nerv...
by Geoff Chandler
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 125
Views: 4921

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

The increase in Wild cards was probably caused by so many players who qualified by rating declining to play. https://iominternationalchess.com/players/grand-swiss/organisers-wildcards.html And even if that was not the case what is the problem. Only 3, Isle of Man residents, are untitled. 16 of the 3...
by Geoff Chandler
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 125
Views: 4921

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

HI Justin, "If you don't have any qualifiers by rating there's obviously a danger that too many players who we would like to see in the Candidates don't actually make it there." Ratings got the players straight into the World Cup and Grand Prix without them having to go through a qualifying event so...
by Geoff Chandler
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Luke McShane - The Spectator
Replies: 2
Views: 849

Re: Luke McShane - The Spectator

Hi Chris, This was mentioned here a few posts ago and I ambled along to my local newsagent to buy a a copy. The £4.75 price tag is normally a no-no but I'm feeling flush having scored winners in a 8-1, 16-1 and 50-1 each way roll up. The 50-1 was Alexanders Angels (yes picked because of C.H.O.D. who...
by Geoff Chandler
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334827

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi John, Thanks, decoded morse from memory, actually it's hard to read you have to hear or see it rather than read it. replayed sound in my head. Memory and old peepers looking at my post did the rest. But surprised I got C instead of Y. C = -.-. which sounds like 'Charlie-Charlie' and is one of the...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334827

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi Justin,


No date on cartoon. Caption in black reads: The Joke and Dagger Dept.
Morse code on bottom of cartoon says B.C. P.R.O.H.M.A.T. Artist is Peter Kuper...it's on page 8.
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334827

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi Justin It's No.9 Oct 2019. I bought it today at the Post Office sending off all my weekend E-Bay sales. The queue was quite long so I grabbed the mag to browse whilst waiting....end up buying it (£3.25) This next pic was sent to me today my one of my world wide spies. I have 100's of them all ove...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334827

Re: Media comments on chess

From latest Mad Magazine

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by Geoff Chandler
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334827

Re: Media comments on chess

According to WIki the name 'Nigel' chosen for a new born peaked in 1994 when 447 were recorded. It's just possible that
was the result of a certain 1993 match. (Though Nigel Mansell and Nigel Kennedy were also media hot around about the same time)
by Geoff Chandler
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334827

Re: Media comments on chess

The book solutions: I have put a ! on the ones I got. White - Christmas - Card ! Kings -Cross -Roads! Square - Dance - Hall Bishops -Gate - Post Knight - Hood - Wink! Black - Magic - Circle! Piece- Meal - Ticket Check - Point - Duty Pawn - Shop - Keeper Queen - Victoria Plum! Did not spend too much ...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334827

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi, The book answer is 'Pawn-Shop-Keeper' but if an answer makes sense then I'm sure that that is OK. Found something very strange. One of the puzzles in the book is this. k3N3/8/4B3/8/8/8/4Q3/4K3 w - - 0 1 In the book there is no Black King on a8. I have to place one here to display the fen positio...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334827

Re: Media comments on chess

'Bletchley Park Brainteaser' by Sinclair McKay, https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/5NMAAOSwwbxc4XST/s-l225.jpg Has an interesting chapter on Chess mentioning Alexander and his wins over Bronstein and Tolush at Hastings 1953/54 and the fact even then his war time activities had to remain a secret. Milner...
by Geoff Chandler
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5851

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Hi Nick, I never lost a game on time, maybe in some cases I should have taken longer. The clock was always my friend, but once hitting 60 I seemed to lose my OTB stamina and suddenly got tired and the board seemed like a new position every time I looked at it. Do not mind too much, had a good inning...
by Geoff Chandler
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5851

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

I do like the fact the I.O.M. is a candidates qualifier. It is going to be the chess event of the year. We could have 6 of them to determine 6 boards at the candidates. (winners not allowed to take part in later events) last two places taken up with the two players who have scored the most points in...
by Geoff Chandler
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5851

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Hi Chris, "...Well worth following his tweets." I do not have tweet, cannot see me ever joining that. Said the same about Facebook but my old regiment set up a page so I joined to catch up on friends from 40-45 years ago. But think I'll stay off Tweet, but do keep us informed if you see something in...