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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 47
Views: 3037

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:03 pm
Giri v Hou looked dead drawn last time I looked, but Q endings are tricky!
She went wrong in a difficult K+P ending, a few moves after the queens were exchanged. The drawing line pointed out by the computer after Kd6 instead of the game move of Kc6 is instructive.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2155
Views: 230085

Re: Media comments on chess

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-42657084/ces-2018-square-off-smart-chessboard-moves-its-own-pieces CES 2018: Square Off smart chessboard moves its own pieces An internet-connected chessboard that moves its own pieces is on show at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas. The machine is the resu...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 832

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Do you think it is safe to give the solution yet? And for the other puzzle as well? BBcode does include spoiler tags, but I think they would need to be installed to work here. Has anyone managed to work out the helpmate I posed? White mates Black on move 5 from the starting position with each side o...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 832

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

That's nice. Still too easy. :wink:
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 832

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:34 pm
I knew someone would! And I guessed who...
Tsk. That is trivial. Try mating using only your pawns. It can be done in five moves with White, but you do have to move them to the other side of the board. (This is the same as the problem I posed above.)
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 832

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

This must be possible: construct a game in as few moves as possible where one side is mated and only the kings and pawns have been moved. No promotions allowed. (I've managed to construct a game doing this with White mating Black on the fifth move. Unfortunately it is not unique, as two of the White...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 832

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever



That is without any pieces or pawns being beyond the third rank, I win! :D
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 832

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Aren't puzzles a better source of originality and ideas, like the one below which, admittedly, I couldn't solve. 4k3/8/8/7K/8/8/8/8 From this position, White retracts his last move, then Black retracts his and replaces it with a move that permits White to mate him immediately. That is not difficult...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2155
Views: 230085

Re: Media comments on chess

How often does chess appear in soap operas? It made an incidental appearance in Eastenders in the episode broadcast on 3 January 2018. One of the teenage characters was in the café leafing through a book she had been given as a Christmas present. I can't access the episode from this location, but it...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timeline for 2800 ratings
Replies: 83
Views: 15822

Re: Timeline for 2800 ratings

Mamedyarov's entry updated above. Anyone want to speculate who will go over 2800 next? Currently, 10 of the top 12 on the live rating list have been over 2800. The two that haven't are Svidler and Ding Liren, but I don't really see anyone making a push up towards the top of the rankings any time soon.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14183

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

From Facebook.... Change of plan, it seems. Nigel is en route to Riyadh Surely it would be a change of plan if he wasn’t on the way to Riyadh? I think David took Nigel's comment at face value (meaning that he wasn't going to Riyadh). Clearly what Nigel meant was that he will be in Riyadh, but think...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 'Update your ECF Contact Information' email
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: 'Update your ECF Contact Information' email

Apparently, the lawyers representing the producers of Spam (which is a registered trademark) discourage people using pictures of the product in association with 'spam' (the email variety). Just thought the ECF web people might want to know that...

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by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Would you like to become a millionaire?
Replies: 30
Views: 3559

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Yes, he was known as 'the weak Mariotti'. Am confused now. Earlier in the thread: Mr. Habershon remembers Paolo Mariotti very well. He played for Vauxhall A, where his brother worked who rated about 180 at the time. Yes just one homegrown GM. We did have GM Mariotti play in the Beds. League in the ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 13th-century French chess problems
Replies: 0
Views: 107

13th-century French chess problems

Found at the online collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, a series of manuscript pages (the Bonus Socius 'Ludwig XV' manuscripts collection) from the late 14th-century from Northern France, described as being from a "treatise on chess with 210 drawings and various games": 1 , 2 , 3 (text only), 4...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 'Update your ECF Contact Information' email
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: 'Update your ECF Contact Information' email

I think I got something similar (I remember "ECF" and "Dropbox" before deleting it, though the use of "ECF" did make me pause and check it wasn't genuine - it wasn't as the links and email addresses were to a different domain). But this was a while ago. Like a month ago? Did anyone get anything arou...