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by Mark Hannon
Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 46
Views: 3664

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I am not convinced that grading encourages activity. My feeling is the numerical ranking of players discourages some players from playing and may be a tad unhealthy. When I played a lot of bridge everyone knew roughly who the good and the weaker players were but they didn’t get a number attached to ...
by Mark Hannon
Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Proposal to reduce draw offers
Replies: 17
Views: 1168

Re: Proposal to reduce draw offers

Just don’t allow agreed draws. You can’t stop a game of tennis for example to ask if your opponent wants a draw. Making stalemate worth say .7 of a point and baring the king say .6 would widen the field of ending theory with out changing much of the structure of the game. In the same way as when pas...
by Mark Hannon
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Selling Chess Books on Ebay
Replies: 0
Views: 305

Selling Chess Books on Ebay

I Am gradually putting the many items in my chess book and magazine collection on eBay. The seller name is Chessvend https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F163947343468 Or you can follow the link above to see a book on the Nimzo Indian I am selling and go ...
by Mark Hannon
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3123
Views: 343419

Re: Media comments on chess

https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=c51c056259f533a535292d4e04770d073a85087410c164f991cd9e6bbf65751b10d9e8adb44fa1af994c56b5ef1319fbc4ce1dfe929ee5af Film featuring a chess scene with Liam Neeson, who famously has “A very particular set of skills”. I don’t know the film at all but the chess picture tha...
by Mark Hannon
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3123
Views: 343419

Re: Media comments on chess

Former undisputed heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis is having a rematch with his final boxing opponent, and former champion, Vitali Klitschko ...but in a chess match! Lewis and both Klitschko brothers were quite famous for enjoying chess during their boxing careers. I suspect Vitali is a stronger ...
by Mark Hannon
Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2016 Round by Round
Replies: 356
Views: 21603

Re: British 2016 Round by Round

It seems to me though that it might be more exciting to see fighting players battle over a larger prize fund then to spend that cash distributing it as appearance money to players looking for a secure income. Philosophically I prefer high prizes to appearance fees. Having said that Adams clearly ear...
by Mark Hannon
Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2016 Round by Round
Replies: 356
Views: 21603

Re: British 2016 Round by Round

Where is Hawkins? He appears to have played no games since before Christmas according to the Grading Database ?
by Mark Hannon
Mon May 16, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do I do?
Replies: 39
Views: 3992

Re: What do I do?

You should go, it's an adventure you'll enjoy while you are keen on chess and you'll make some contacts from all over your country.
by Mark Hannon
Sun May 15, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do I do?
Replies: 39
Views: 3992

Re: What do I do?

Play the Nimzo
by Mark Hannon
Wed May 04, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters
Replies: 32
Views: 2848

Re: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters

Capablanca's victory was not really a surprise to any objective viewer as he had already crushed Marshall in a long match so he was clearly a top rank player by then. That strikes me as benefit of hindsight thinking. It’s easy to see now, but weren’t there protests form some of the players that Cap...
by Mark Hannon
Tue May 03, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters
Replies: 32
Views: 2848

Re: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters

Jonathan Bryant wrote:Oh, Casablanca at San Sebastian must be worth a shout. The one he only got to play because Marshall insisted he be invited.
Capablanca's victory was not really a surprise to any objective viewer as he had already crushed Marshall in a long match so he was clearly a top rank player by then.
by Mark Hannon
Tue May 03, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters
Replies: 32
Views: 2848

Re: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters

Just found this interesting blog post about Flear's 1986 tournament win Generally chess team results over an event scored by game points would be more predictable than a football event where the whole team's performance is summed up by win , lose or draw. I recall the upset wins in football of the E...
by Mark Hannon
Tue May 03, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters
Replies: 32
Views: 2848

Re: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters

Thanks for the information Christopher. There's another coincidental link then - GLC abolished in 1986 , Ken Livingstone thrown out by Labour in 2016.
I think Plaskett went the whole Tournament without a draw, even managing to rouse Boris Spassky to beat him on the day I was spectating.
by Mark Hannon
Tue May 03, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters
Replies: 32
Views: 2848

Amazing Leicester success ..Glenn Flear wins 1986 London Masters

With all the media coverage of Leicester City winning the Football Premier League, it reminded me of possibly the biggest ever upset in chess tournaments when Glenn Flear a GM from Leicester ( was he a GM at the time?) won London 1986 as a last minute replacement, just back from honeymoon if I remem...
by Mark Hannon
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest English Chess Players
Replies: 118
Views: 6060

Re: Greatest English Chess Players

Apart from the pure chess playing exploits of Short , Adams both World Championship finalists and Miles a Junior World Champ, I would place Alexander up there as he beat Botvinnik when The Patriarch was at his best while also doing some vitally important code breaking work during WW2 . He wrote an e...