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by Eric Gardiner
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ian Nepomniachtchi
Replies: 17
Views: 1746

Re: Ian Nepomniachtchi

Be honest, when did you stop pronouncing the latter "yew"? Yes! 1969 Den Helga (Holland) playing chess in a bar and the talk got around to great players. The lad mentioned 'Ouver' a few times and got blank looks from me. He wrote it down. Euwe. OOPS! I was told by a native Dutch speaker that's it's...
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 47
Views: 3070

Re: Takeback requests in online games

Some interesting points have been made although it seems like there is not yet a convention or consensus about when takeback requests are acceptable. I did wonder how often they are used as a form of gamesmanship or distraction! My own preference would be to never make or grant takeback requests in ...
by Eric Gardiner
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 47
Views: 3070

Re: Takeback requests in online games

Well actually it was that quote which is in my link which raised further questions for me ... It sounds like there is no general rule prohibiting takebacks. If this is correct, then you have questions of convention: under what circumstances is it OK to ask for or give takebacks? How many times can y...
by Eric Gardiner
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 47
Views: 3070

Takeback requests in online games

I've stopped playing online but still watch games from time to time. I wondered what rules and conventions currently apply to takeback requests in online play? A forum search for "takeback" gave me this recent post suggesting that different competitions apply different rules. My impression is that t...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Yearbook 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Re: ECF Yearbook 2021

No problem - it's sometimes hard to tell how serious forum posters are being :) !
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Yearbook 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Re: ECF Yearbook 2021

Is it blank? Not on my browser and I thought there was a lot of interesting content. However, it does seem slightly old-fashioned to read reports of online events that occurred several months ago which might well have been livestreamed by someone at the time. Possibly your question is a reference t...
by Eric Gardiner
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Double Check and Mate
Replies: 23
Views: 2746

Re: Double Check and Mate

I did a search of my competitive standardplay games since 2000 (slightly over 1000 games) which found 6 games where a double check was made. So I can at least say they are not very common in my games!

EDIT: In no cases did the double check deliver mate.
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Happy Birthday IM James Sherwin (25-x-1933)
Replies: 31
Views: 1745

Re: Happy Birthday IM James Sherwin (25-x-1933)

If you want obscure then I will offer Roelof Westra. No longer competing, but still occasionally imbibing :) Never played him but have "seen him around" at congresses in the past - when did he play RJF? (chessgames.com has just one 1980 game for him) I've just noticed this thread. Roelof is not obs...
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 263
Views: 14035

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Eric Gardiner wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:46 am
Bh6/...Bxa3/...Bh3 sacrifices have been played by various players - Shirov should be pleased!
I realised a few minutes after posting this though that "various" is debatable as two games I was thinking of were played by Duda.
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 263
Views: 14035

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Bh6/...Bxa3/...Bh3 sacrifices have been played by various players - Shirov should be pleased!
by Eric Gardiner
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 263
Views: 14035

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

In Anton-Tari it's remarkable that a zugzwang that wins for Black appears to have been missed in an endgame White was trying hard to win: 54...Bb5. Presumably the idea which I've checked for a few seconds with an engine running is: 55.a4, Ba6; 56.a5, Bb5; 57.h5, Kg7 and Black stops the kingside pawn...
by Eric Gardiner
Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: my favorite but unusual line of the Lopez exchange for Black
Replies: 10
Views: 1134

Re: my favorite but unusual line of the Lopez exchange for Black

I imagine it would occur quite a lot in online games? Checking on Chessbase's online database, I found several 2200+ players who have played 5.Nxe5. A couple of the games look like pre-arranged draws however.
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 15272

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

It will be interesting to see the age profile of the of the players - my guess is that those still at school will be more tolerant of the conditions!
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2641
Views: 222918

Re: Cheating in chess

Justin, I know there are certain number of bans overturned and this would appear to be an example where a player could relatively easily argue their case. A human would look at the appeal and I imagine the opening theory aspect would be easily verifiable, so I would have thought an appeal could wel...