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by Richard Cowan
Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How did I do?
Replies: 26
Views: 2622

Re: How did I do?

(1) Can Black play 22...Rxf4, or should he look for an alternative move? If he does play 22...Rxf4, what is the main line from White that Black should analyse and what should Black be planning to play in that main line? Try and answer this question before looking at the next diagram!! Black should ...
by Richard Cowan
Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Played my first 2 OTB Chess games this week
Replies: 3
Views: 1061

Re: Played my first 2 OTB Chess games this week

In the second game, although you like 23.Qg1; I think you might be able to get away with Qxe5!? Some lines 23.Qxe5 (Rae8? 24.Ne6!) Nxc5 24.d6! (b4 or h4 are also tries) Nd7 (Nd3 Qd5+!; Rac8 Nd5!) 25.Qe6+ Rf7 26.Nd5 Nf8 27.Qe5!? you have 2 pawns for the piece, and a nice attack, and a strong d6 pawn....
by Richard Cowan
Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Funding a Grand Prix
Replies: 44
Views: 3959

Re: Funding a Grand Prix

I want an automated entry system for the British, but I want one I know is reliable and will reduce the workload. It should accept multiple entries but only for events which are not taking place at the same time. It should offer the appropriate discounts eg if you are playing in the afternoon 5 day...
by Richard Cowan
Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: SO WHO'S GOING TO SHEFFIELD? I AM!
Replies: 365
Views: 33156

Re: SO WHO'S GOING TO SHEFFIELD? I AM!

As far as I know nobody has investigated a pairing system where players can play more than once.
Yes they have. See: -

http://www.jbfsoftware.com/joomla15/ind ... &Itemid=55
by Richard Cowan
Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Scottish Championships
Replies: 3
Views: 1136

Re: Scottish Championships

Ok, so I missed 25. RxRf7+ NxRf7 26.Rf1 Qxe3+ 27.Rf2 Bf5! 25.RxRf7+ NxRf7 26.Bf8+?! doesn't quite work, though ...Kxf8 27.Rf1! Qxe3+ 28.Rf2 Be6 29.dxe6 is good... 26...Kg8! and ...Bf5 holds (ish) I do like White seemingly after 25.RxRf7+ NxRf7 26.Bc1!? though, it's not obvious how you stop the d-paw...
by Richard Cowan
Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Scottish Championships
Replies: 3
Views: 1136

Re: Scottish Championships

In this position, http://www.apronus.com/chess/diagram.php?d=____R_RK_____B_P_B___P___P________P_Pp_q____n__p_ppQ__rkpr_b_____ Did Prichett really play 25.Qxd6??? Qxe3+ in R.6 against Arakhemia-Grant? 25.RxRf7+ seems to just win from my analysis, eg. 25...NxRf7 (forced) 26.Rf1! Qxe3+ 27.Rf2 (...Qxa3...
by Richard Cowan
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in UFOs?
Replies: 63
Views: 4554

Re: Do you believe in UFOs?

You'd have to do decades of research to prove me wrong, and you'd be dead by then! :)
by Richard Cowan
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in UFOs?
Replies: 63
Views: 4554

Re: Do you believe in UFOs?

Not sure about that George, someone told me that guns automatically turned into jelly in the States, so it must be true, and I believe it, so it can't be possible for you to shoot back at me!
by Richard Cowan
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 9217

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

I fell asleep during a game a few times (I was tired, OK,) kept waking up, moving without apparent thought, and won.
This must have been very annoying!
by Richard Cowan
Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Moon Landing
Replies: 13
Views: 1462

Re: Moon Landing

They brought some rock back... It had M..O..O..N right through the middle of it!

Sounds pretty compelling to me...
by Richard Cowan
Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in UFOs?
Replies: 63
Views: 4554

Re: Do you believe in UFOs?

That just makes me want to shoot you anyway...
by Richard Cowan
Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: SO WHO'S GOING TO SHEFFIELD? I AM!
Replies: 365
Views: 33156

Re: SO WHO'S GOING TO SHEFFIELD? I AM!

But I'll be there too! yay!
by Richard Cowan
Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in UFOs?
Replies: 63
Views: 4554

Re: Do you believe in UFOs?

George, can I shoot you and have your friends heal you, to test their efficacy?

So you don't believe in it that much then...
by Richard Cowan
Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 19762

Re: Do you believe in God

GOD is real unless declared integer. FACT
by Richard Cowan
Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: SO WHO'S GOING TO SHEFFIELD? I AM!
Replies: 365
Views: 33156

Re: SO WHO'S GOING TO SHEFFIELD? I AM!

The point I was making, was that if people are put off by the Major Open being too strong, so they enter the opens, aren't they going to be put off by Yang-Fan or Cherniaev playing in them? In terms of prize fund / entry fee these tournaments also have a low return if you actually win it. Personally...