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by Nick Burrows
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 3038

Re: Chess in Iran

More importantly, diplomacy works when the target of your diplomacy gives a damn about your approval. Taking a diplomatic stance towards uncompromising dictators is just cowardice, as Macron and May have discovered when trying to deal with Trump. Every outbreak of moral clarity in history has promp...
by Nick Burrows
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 3038

Re: Chess in Iran

In the case of Iran & Israel it is clear that the motivation behind the boycott is not to gain a competitive advantage. Whether a competitive advantage is even obtained is debatable, and at best marginal. It is not the decision of the Iranian players, but is forced upon them by their government. Sug...
by Nick Burrows
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 3038

Re: Chess in Iran

Punishing Iranian players for the actions and threats of their government is a) deeply unfair b) will not change their governments stance one jot - they do not give a sh*t about chess in the wider context of their enmity towards Israel. Are we or Israeli players really losing anything by them not pl...
by Nick Burrows
Tue May 22, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ray Starkie
Replies: 6
Views: 1368

Ray Starkie

I received the incredibly sad news today that my Cowley & 4ncl teammate Ray Starkie has passed away. It was at a 4ncl game in January when Ray suddenly felt unwell. Here is the notice posted on the Oxfordshire Chess website: Ray Starkie (1955-2018) I am very sad to have to announce that Ray Starkie ...
by Nick Burrows
Thu May 17, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..
Replies: 15
Views: 1774

Re: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..

We moved from the promotion pool of Division Three (South) and obviously our first team would like to return to that Division and I will write more in hope than anticipation to see if that's possible. Daventry/Bedford is a much better fit than Bolton/Doncaster I'm afraid. Failing a team folding - a...
by Nick Burrows
Wed May 16, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..
Replies: 15
Views: 1774

Re: DIV 3 North..more teams wanted..

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 6:18 pm
The less southernly based venues for Division 3 & 4 South may tempt some teams (eg Shropshire) to try their luck with 3 weekends in Telford and 2 in Daventry/Staverton.
I thought it was 4 in Daventry, 1 in Bedford?
by Nick Burrows
Wed May 16, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackburne and the endgame
Replies: 18
Views: 1102

Re: Blackburne and the endgame

Wikipedia says "It is estimated that Blackburne played 100,000 games in his career, more than any other professional chess-player."
by Nick Burrows
Wed May 16, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackburne and the endgame
Replies: 18
Views: 1102

Re: Blackburne and the endgame

Even if a specific ending never occurs in practice, by learning such endings do we not attain an understanding of piece harmonisation and cooperation that informs all parts of our game?
by Nick Burrows
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 24
Views: 1996

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

After:
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. Bf4 Bg4 7. Qb3 e5 8. h3
Na5 9. Qc2 exf4 10. hxg4 Nxg4 11. Kf1 h5

Stockfish offers white no advantage whatsoever.
by Nick Burrows
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: setting up a Social Chess club
Replies: 16
Views: 1206

Re: setting up a Social Chess club

You also learn much about a person who takes offence at a joke when none was offered, who fails to give people the benefit of doubt, who quickly makes accusations based on the flimsiest of information... :roll:
by Nick Burrows
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: setting up a Social Chess club
Replies: 16
Views: 1206

Re: setting up a Social Chess club

Chris Goodall wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:56 pm
Everyone thinks the people worse than themselves are playing crap chess. There are people who think you play crap chess. Most of them have more class than to wrap it up in casual classism.
Otherwise known as a joke
by Nick Burrows
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: setting up a Social Chess club
Replies: 16
Views: 1206

Re: setting up a Social Chess club

Flyers at Manchester/Stockport congresses. Notice on the Manchester Chess website. Create a website. Flyers at some of these: http://www.manchestersfinest.com/shoppi ... anchester/