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by Michael Yeo
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Radoslav Simic 1948-2020
Replies: 4
Views: 803

Re: GM Radoslav Simic 1948-2020

I suspect that I was the last English player to play against Simic, with a loss and a draw in a double round tournament in Belgrade in 2003.
by Michael Yeo
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uzbekistan On The Rise?
Replies: 8
Views: 781

Re: Uzbekistan On The Rise?

" I've heard of at least one intrepid English player who has played chess in Uzbekistan. I doubt that you meant me, but I did play in the 7th Agzamov Memorial in 2013. Having accepted a draw in a winning position in the penultimate round I needed to win this final round game to have a share in the ...
by Michael Yeo
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Battle of Britain Tournaments?
Replies: 32
Views: 1285

Re: Battle of Britain Tournaments?

I won in 1974, beating Roland Payne. I have unearthed a poor copy of an article from the East Anglian Daily Times: Capture.PNG In 1975 we played again. I am not sure whether or not it was the final. We drew the first game with me as Black and I lost the second game as White. The trophy was magnifice...
by Michael Yeo
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...
Replies: 33
Views: 2529

Re: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...

"What was his final game, in these books anyway?" He played at Guernsey in October and I believe the last round was 22/10/83, and he died 3/12/83 so it might have been his last game... He lost to SJ Shutler (whatever happened to him?) I don't have the game on Chessbase. Since you ask: http://mail.w...
by Michael Yeo
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 158
Views: 23204

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:03 pm
Is that true? Does/did the Spooner character exist?
From my local paper:
https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/quiz-millionaire

I have played his father at chess.
by Michael Yeo
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4213
Views: 457805

Re: Media comments on chess

I think it was earlier, probably 1962, as it was based on an article in the Scientific American in March 1962 available online at http://cs.williams.edu/~freund/cs136-07 ... xapawn.pdf. This was based on work by Donald Michie There is some more info at http://www.mscroggs.co.uk/blog/19.
by Michael Yeo
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 1460

Re: Celebrity identification

Looking back at that game against Reppen, 15.Bc1 looks like it could be rather strong. I must not have seen it at the tame. No it isn't. Black just plays 15.....Qxf3 16.gxf3 Re7! (better than 16....Re8 that has been played a few times) and even if White regains material after something like 17.Ng5 ...
by Michael Yeo
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 13547

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Remarkable play by Luke, even given the time control. Not really. I analysed this line out to a draw 5 years ago (with colours reversed: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5 Nd5!? etc). I suspect both players are still in their preparation (at move 15) as it is still following Motylev - Radjabo...
by Michael Yeo
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What’s the longest you’ve played with 16 pawns still on the board?
Replies: 30
Views: 3044

Re: What’s the longest you’ve played with 16 pawns still on the board?

Thus it was that we sat down to conclude this game at midnight. At 2.15 am my opponent rather oddly enquired "Shall we go to bed?" I ascertained that this was in fact his way of illegally offering a draw before explaining that my wife was asleep upstairs and thanks to him hadn't seen much of me all...
by Michael Yeo
Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What’s the longest you’ve played with 16 pawns still on the board?
Replies: 30
Views: 3044

Re: What’s the longest you’ve played with 16 pawns still on the board?

[Site "Guernsey"] [Date "1985.??.??"] [Round "3"] [White "Yeo, Michael J"] [Black "Bellin, Robert"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] Being played back in the days of adjournments, I gather they they were still playing it days after the round had completed for all the other players. 136 moves at 20 moves an hour ...
by Michael Yeo
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 Reykjavik Open
Replies: 68
Views: 7908

Re: 2017 Reykjavik Open

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:Hmm, a school motto?
Whitgift in Croydon. That's where Leonard and David Sedgwick went to school and I suspect John Pigott as well.
You suspect correctly. Leonard may have overlooked another regular poster who was there at the same time (not me).
by Michael Yeo
Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Richard Haddrell
Replies: 36
Views: 7598

Re: Richard Haddrell

Very sad. The SCCU website has been a wonderful information source for nearly 18 years.
by Michael Yeo
Tue May 24, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Appeals Committee
Replies: 19
Views: 3742

Re: appeals committee

Appeals Committees are more common in overseas tournaments than in Britain. I can remember tournaments with ballot papers at the start of Round 1 to elect members from amongst the players. Curiously I was a member of the Appeals Committee for the Aeroflot Tournament for 4 years from 2008-2011. This ...
by Michael Yeo
Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Bilbao Masters
Replies: 26
Views: 1967

Re: Bilbao Masters

Yes, why not? I have checked my earlier post and they are indeed on 10 second increments from move 41 (when 60 minutes get added). This may also explain why I saw an arbiter replacing the clock in Round 1 after move 40 presumably to change the setting. They therefore won't be recording moves when d...
by Michael Yeo
Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Bilbao Masters
Replies: 26
Views: 1967

Re: Bilbao Masters

The game score now shows a draw after 172 moves. Giri looks to have missed a few wins earlier when it was RRB v RR. I think they are on 10 second increments and not keeping score, so claiming a 50 move rule draw is problematic. I was in the audience in Bilbao on Monday. So v Ding was an exciting gam...