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by Mark Hannon
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2931
Views: 317583

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: 21114

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: 21114

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: 3939

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: 3939

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: 2733

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: 2733

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: 2733

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: 2733

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: 2733

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: 5568

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...
by Mark Hannon
Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 36887

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

I just looked up some interesting comparisons.
When David Howell was 8 he beat John Nunn, When Jonathan Hawkins was 20 years old he was rated 164
When Howell became a GM Hawkins was 132.
Funny old game chess.
by Mark Hannon
Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 36887

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

Arkell's resistance was woeful IMHO compared to Hebden's and Richard Pert's (vs his brother) showings in round 11
by Mark Hannon
Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 36887

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

David Robertson wrote:No. I knew about Paul. As I said: details wrong - but the example is correct, albeit clearly not as dramatic as I've remembered. But the principle stands: play the game!
by Mark Hannon
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Just saw Bill Hartston
Replies: 3
Views: 914

Re: Just saw Bill Hartston

Bill Hartston has been on Gogglebox for a while now. good show this week.