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by CliveHill
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Re: Are finals different?

Nothing to do with finals, but following Caroline's tennis career is rarely dull!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2018/ ... nting-row/
by CliveHill
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Re: Are finals different?

Well, of course you can't fix the last round of a tennis tournament in that way! :-)

From a sporting point of view, 'Armageddon deciders' etc, have some advantages, although they are probably an offence against good chess!
by CliveHill
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Re: Are finals different?

For anyone who missed it http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/42844093 I suppose that apart from congratulating CW on her achievement the other point - which I should have thought of earlier - is her percentage of victories in all finals throughout her career. I will have to look this up/work it out at...
by CliveHill
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Re: Are finals different?

And so it seems that Caroline knew how to win the most important final of all, and is now ranked number three in the world! http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/41795680 Reminds me a little bit of the year when Keke Rosberg won the Formula One championship with only two race wins (1982). But it’s also ...
by CliveHill
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Re: Are finals different?

Somewhat ironically, Caroline lost her first match in (technically in the second round of) her next tournament. Which raises another important question in sport psychology - how do you maintain good form? Whether the problem is (mental) exhaustion or resting on your laurels, there is always somethin...
by CliveHill
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Re: Are finals different?

For those of you who missed it, the good news is that CW finally got to 1/7. And the stats at the bottom of the piece suggest that she was right to think that there wasn't really a problem. But it is still a good peg on which to hang the question. And I will come back to the general issue eventually...
by CliveHill
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Re: Are finals different?

Another reading might be that the losses are due to the tactics of the individual matches; as a regular follower of CW I tend to think it is more complicated than that.
by CliveHill
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does anyone play the Spanish opening exchange various 4. Bxc6?
Replies: 20
Views: 2092

Re: Does anyone play the Spanish opening exchange various 4. Bxc6?

But 3 ... Nf6 4.d3 Ne7 is worth a punt against non-Exchange players!
by CliveHill
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Re: Are finals different?

Thanks for your thoughts guys. I'm rather distracted my latest attempt to find a suitable career (it's novelist this time) and I will return at greater length next time. For now, I suspect that you should choose one approach and stick to it, although that could make you 'a target' if you never chang...
by CliveHill
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Are finals different?

I would like to know what people think about 'the last round' - generally known as 'the final' in non-chess sports. Should individuals/teams stick to what they know best or take a different approach? Is it just a specific example of 'keeping the chimp in the box' or are other factors at play? Althou...
by CliveHill
Wed May 14, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ABERYSTWYTH - ARE YOU GOING?
Replies: 209
Views: 24060

Re: ABERYSTWYTH - ARE YOU GOING?

http://www.chessvibes.com/?q=troms%C3%B ... in-trouble

This is only a couple of hours old; so not very encouraging. Perhaps a 9 round tournament for the British would have been a better bet anyway; just stopping 2 days early ...
by CliveHill
Wed May 14, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 53414

Re: Olympiad

Point taken - patience is not my strong point, which is why I have to take a zen like pause before starting the longer game. Or so I learnt last summer! :-) :-)
by CliveHill
Wed May 14, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 53414

Re: Olympiad

And as I have tried to inquire elsewhere on this site - will there be a knock on effect on the British Championships?

Best wishes, C
by CliveHill
Wed May 14, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ABERYSTWYTH - ARE YOU GOING?
Replies: 209
Views: 24060

Re: ABERYSTWYTH - ARE YOU GOING?

I understand that the Olympiad has funding issues. If the Norwegians decided to cancel would the ECF reschedule the main British Championship to the normal Monday to Saturday plus Monday to Friday schedule? It's currently planned to run Saturday to (second) Wednesday!
by CliveHill
Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Qualified Coaches
Replies: 19
Views: 2963

Re: Qualified Coaches

Ooops ... the coaching scam thread actually began with John Upham ... sorry John! ... but as he's a friend of mine, I hope he will forgive me! ;-)