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by Alan Walton
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Another new IM
Replies: 4
Views: 825

Re: Another new IM

Tim Harding wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:59 pm
Draw this evening with GM Epishin won't harm Jackson's cause. He may be there now - or does he need to be 2400+ at the end of the event, or on the May list?
Needs to be live over 2400 to qualify, currently gaining 8 points so requires 4 more yet
by Alan Walton
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

Also when I was 16 many years ago quickly up from 140 ECF to about 170 in two years; maybe a late bloomer
by Alan Walton
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

Looking at the results; lost to the two strong players and got something against everybody else; what makes that a good result the 2100-2200 may have played badly to lose to him; at 16 years old beating 2200s isn’t shocking; like Nick said just had a under valued rating
by Alan Walton
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2019 European Individual Championship
Replies: 9
Views: 671

Re: 2019 European Individual Championship

My 4NCL team mate is doing quite well on 4.5
by Alan Walton
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Seniors 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1694

Re: English Seniors 2019

Keith Arkell wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:13 am
Laurence Tarbuck over 50. Bloody Hell!
Only 6 years and even I am eligible; now that will make you feel old Keith
by Alan Walton
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7394

Re: Hastings

According to the chessbomb stockfish, this position could be reached in Brown - Spanton [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/8/2r5/7k/6R1/3K1P1P/8/8 w - - 0 41"] There's an app for Android phones which looks up 7 piece ending tablebases. Its verdict - draw. You would expect to suffer for a long time to prove it tho...
by Alan Walton
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 15562

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

This thread always reminds me that the Luddites are in good form; anything resembling change or modernisation gets shot down
by Alan Walton
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43255

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Thomas Rendle wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:12 pm
Sadly, no. Still White with all the work to do to hold. I suspect he will though.
Go to stop agreeing with you; I would say 60:40 to black
by Alan Walton
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 43255

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Thomas Rendle wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:08 pm
Can we agree, once and for all, this isn't a dull match that needs fixing?
Well said, I think both players have been taking risks, it is just unfortunate they are both bloody good; we have to expect the odd dull game so they can recoup energy; looks like Carlsen has a edge at the moment
by Alan Walton
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 127
Views: 8346

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Disappointing outcome for him then but I still don't understand why anyone who has any endgame knowledge would play f5. Is it not already drawn at that point? If one is looking for candidates for mysterious decisions the 89th move would be very far down on my list! I think move 62 just taking on g7...
by Alan Walton
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 37154

Re: Batumi Olympiad

David’s 4.5/5 with four blacks is very impressive
by Alan Walton
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 32
Views: 3377

Re: New National Blitz event

I actually had permission to leave Paignton ( on 6/6) with a zero point bye, to nip off to one of the easy qualifiers ( eg Bristol or Cardiff, nearby) but decided against doing so as it just seemed wrong. It looks like the event was quite successful, but I think it was a mistake to automatically el...
by Alan Walton
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: FM Philip Short
Replies: 4
Views: 1634

Re: FM Philip Short

In the few years having playing in Ireland you can never come across a nicer man; sorry for your country’s loss
by Alan Walton
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Youngest ever English GM
Replies: 15
Views: 1934

Re: Youngest ever English GM

Remember back then k factors were only 15 for everybody, and not 40; if your are to do true comparisons then you have to calculate on an equivalent basis Start ratings were higher as well, so if you come in at 1600 or 1800 that's less of a gain needed to reach 2300 and an FM title. CM and FM titles...
by Alan Walton
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Youngest ever English GM
Replies: 15
Views: 1934

Re: Youngest ever English GM

According to the fide site David was rated 2193 in July 2001 aged 10 years 8 months. Shreyas is rated 2115 aged 9 years 7 months. If he maintains his current rate of progress he will be ahead of that curve. At Shreyas current age, Praggnanandhaa was rated 2200. Whereas Abdusattorov was rated 2057 R...