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by Geoff Chandler
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 120
Views: 4820

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Hi Matt, Someone over at chessgames.com has posted this record of his games in the streak. Rating range of opponents : 2311 - 2832 2300: 2 2400: 0 2500: 3 2600: 14 2700: 65 2800: 27 Most common opponents: Caruana, Fabiano 18 Aronian, Levon 8 Anand, Viswanathan 7 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 7 Vachier-Lagr...
by Geoff Chandler
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 120
Views: 4820

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Hi Danny, I think this unbeaten run by a World Champion is good for chess and hopefully the media the will catch it when he finally drops a game. He has come close to losing a few times but managed to confuse his opponents enough to save the game. But I agree, players should all agree beforehand to ...
by Geoff Chandler
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Buying and Selling
Replies: 1
Views: 441

Re: Buying and Selling

Hi Paul, Recall reading a while back about rule 11.1 and it's flexibility to match any given situation. (I noted 11 + 11 = 22 and basically Catch 22 means no matter which way you wriggle and squirm the system has you by the short and curlies.) Rule 11.1 covers everything from wearing Bermuda Shorts ...
by Geoff Chandler
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2609

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

I watched the video again (I'm waiting for the guy in Bermuda Shorts to appear.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPysTEW0YZU They give a clumsy looking Helpmate in 10 under promoting to a Knight (A LSB would also suffice.) I have two variations in 6 moves without a promotion. Anybody do it in less? ...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does being a team captain affect your grade?
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Does being a team captain affect your grade?

Hi Kevin, My lot you had to keep reminding. They would meet up in Bells and and say they would see me there! I phoned Bells one night to tell the barman to kick them out and get a taxi. After the match the serious drinking would start. I always had a days holiday the next day which is just as well b...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2609

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

I've watched vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPysTEW0YZU The arbiter is real quick in placing the Kings to show a Black win. Both players appear surprised. Grischuk explains to Carlsen how it can be won. Carlsen is telling him it's a draw! The 'Carlsen spoke to me in Norwegian' incident is quit...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 18978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Hi Kevin,

Up here at the moment that is the war cry: 'Have a Happy New Year.'

This is for people you might not see again for a week or two.

The hand shaking of complete strangers and kissing of women will start in 24 hours.
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does being a team captain affect your grade?
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Does being a team captain affect your grade?

Yes. I hated being a captain, though I was not too bothered with the grade more in my result for the team. Never really minded losing in an individual event, it goes with the style, but losing a league game made me feel I had let others down. I often captained a team of perpetual late arrivers. You ...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 18978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Hi Justin,

Yes. I'm known as Mr Cool in my neck of the woods. I skateboard, wear baggy trousers, my baseball hat back to front and call everyone 'Dude.'

You Dudes all have a Happy New Year.

( a new book idea for Cyrus: 'Cool Chess Openings for Cool Dudes' )
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 3678

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Hi Paul, I know you will be reluctant to reveal names but surely we can see the position where the double resignation took place. Chess history furnishes us with players resigning in a won position (it happened to me twice OTB...my opponents resigned when winning) But a mutual resignation is a new o...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 18978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Hi Jaques, I would not touch one of his opening books on principle...the principle being I have 100's of bloody opening books 99% of them 2nd hand. But books on players games I 'm up for and that sentence I used. I read it a couple of times to make sure I understood what the lad was striving to say....
by Geoff Chandler
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 18978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Hi Jonathan, Now he really does sound like lad I can relate too. Just seen this posted 'review'. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51WdNpxbHRL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg 'I bought his book about Larsen and I was shocked by the florid, diverting writing style. Was he racing to reach 4...
by Geoff Chandler
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In an alternate universe
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: In an alternate universe

Hi Matt, I know Karpov went to Botvinnik's School and was famously told he would not cut it. Did Kasparov not attend the same school...recall Botvinnik saying something like the future of chess is in this young man's [Kasparov} hands. Don't argue with me MAtt....the opening post says no fisticuffs. :)
by Geoff Chandler
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 18978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

"...to deal with all the alternative move orders that the reader is likely to meet. Lakdawala can't be bothered to do any of these things." Sounds like my type of guy. Slap-Dash chess writing is the new black. People who buy opening books looking for a quick fix deserve to be treated like this. To b...
by Geoff Chandler
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In an alternate universe
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: In an alternate universe

We know what Fischer did and became leading up to to 1972. So speculation about him is not needed. We can only look at the other two and what influenced them (apart from Fischer!) Kasparov got a big leg up from Botvinik when he was a child to a teenager but during Kasparov's youth Botvinnik had not ...