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by Ian Thompson
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 152
Views: 2980

Re: Pedants United

Nick Grey wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:05 pm
3) Virginia Wade.
3) Laura Robson (2008).
by Ian Thompson
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 914
Views: 43159

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Simon Rogers wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:44 am
The non Chinese player with the shortest name is Dutch GM Hans Ree.
Wrong - I played someone called Tirto a few years ago. He's still on the FIDE list.

There may be other players with mononymous names that are shorter than that.
by Ian Thompson
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 914
Views: 43159

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

A junior chess club may indeed be no more risky than a school, a chess meeting probably less risky than a restaurant. But no overriding reason to take any risk running chess, in the view of those who will be enforcing the rules. With an ECF AGM coming shortly will the ECF Directors be pressed to sa...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board
Replies: 10
Views: 759

Re: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board

Looked to me as though Black was pushing all the way through. If White has to play 38. Rd1, he must be worse. The game score I'm looking at shows the game finishing with the rook on c2, with the last few moves being 36. Rc2 h5 37. Ke3 Rd7 38. h4 Rd5 ½-½. 8/2p5/2N1kbp1/1p1r1p1p/p2P3P/P3K1P1/1PR2P2/8...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board
Replies: 10
Views: 759

Re: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board

But lucky to get a draw in the end. The computer's best line from the final position has him losing a pawn and stops with him in a lost rook and pawn ending.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 152
Views: 2980

Re: Pedants United

... as 2400 is clearly (except to some parts of FIDE) ambiguous. I wouldn't consider that to be ambiguous. A flight that departs at 24:00 on 18 September is departing at the very end of the day on 18 September. It's also departing at 00:00 on 19 September, the very start of that day. ... as you nev...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 914
Views: 43159

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

https://www.goal.com/en/news/german-amateur-team-loses-37-0-after-social-distancing/1bfiqpdjv2tsc1wusnz2blib3w?utm_medium=email&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Editorial&utm_campaign=LNCH%20%2020200918%20%20House%20Ads%20%20SM+CID_f4c1673cc9da00f1f0f076fa7d3e21a2 Brilliant or what? For those who prefer ...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 1559

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:32 pm
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:44 pm
64 was published each Wednesday(?) and usually hit the mat on Saturday.
This surprises me
Saturday 2 or 3 weeks later if my recollection of correspondence chess with Russians is correct.
by Ian Thompson
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Northumberland Chess Congress
Replies: 96
Views: 5437

Re: Northumberland Chess Congress

Hopefully this will only delay things by a month or two. I'd like to think you'll be right, but I doubt it. Apart from Harrogate, I can't see any OTB event that's going to happen in the ECF calendar. You need a few weeks to organise an event and who would want to start doing that now, whilst there'...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 914
Views: 43159

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Tim Spanton wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:14 pm
If this website (https://www.ovulation-calculators.com/c ... /pardubice) is to be believed, Pardubice seems to be the safest place in the world to be right now:
... and in a couple of weeks time, after several hundred games' players have descended on it?
by Ian Thompson
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Congresses Going Ahead
Replies: 50
Views: 3474

Re: Congresses Going Ahead

If it proves impossible to attend the Czech Open there's a tournament in Munich which starts a few days later. I can't find any information on coronavirus precautions, but it does still appear to be going ahead. The list of entrants was updated earlier this week. Now significantly oversubscribed. U...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 660

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

Did he miss something though, or not? Whether it was a scare perhaps depends on how far in advance Botvinnik saw ...c2+. I imagine the English spectators at the time must have been going wild for a while, though I was watching the game. Botvinnik saw everything. He played ...c2+ very calmly and qui...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 914
Views: 43159

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:25 pm
That just leaves Noel's, Harrogate Chess Congress 23-25 Oct.
... but only for those graded no more than 170. Is there really nothing at all for those over 170?
by Ian Thompson
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manx Championship 2020 9th to 11th October
Replies: 27
Views: 1294

Re: Manx Championship 2020 9th to 11th October

Chris Rice wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:48 pm
I remember Dennis Hemsley, the late great IoM organiser and lighthouse keeper telling me that due to the Gulf stream it had never snowed in the Isle of Man. Always wondered whether that was actually true!
No
by Ian Thompson
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1320

Re: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:53 pm
Anyway, the Rapidplay normal chess started today, Carlsen beat Nakamura in round 1, but then lost to Nepo.
Due to disconnecting in a position the computer said was slightly better for him.