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by Tim Harding
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior tournaments in 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 447

Re: Senior tournaments in 2020

http://chessorg.de/bischofsgruen.php?lang=en The tournament in Bavaria is ongoing with 36 players. The results of the first two rounds have been posted but although round 3 should be on right now, they have not posted the draw online. For a few Senior tournaments scheduled for later this year in Ger...
by Tim Harding
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 1916

Re: Jonathan Penrose

Hi all. I've just been through my chess book collection and I don't seem to have any books about or by Jonathan Penrose. Did he write any Chess Books? Are there any books of his games? Anything about his history? Has anyone got any interesting information or anecdotes about Jonathan Penrose? It wil...
by Tim Harding
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?
Replies: 7
Views: 609

Re: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?

David Sedgwick's response is pretty comprehensive, I think. I would just add that we sometimes see 10-round events (e.g. Gibraltar and Reykjavik in recent years) which accommodate players who wish to take a half-point bye at some stage while still preserving norm possibilities. In Ireland half-point...
by Tim Harding
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gap between games by two players
Replies: 31
Views: 1457

Re: Gap between games by two players

The Najdorf-Denker gap is remarkable, if one can prove they never met in between. Denker was an honorary GM. I guess we are all going by entries in ChessBase Mega Database or similar, which may not be all-inclusive. The Olafsson-Gaprindashvili is certainly likely to be valid for all-GM meetings, I t...
by Tim Harding
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Mr Dodgy Invitational
Replies: 4
Views: 644

Mr Dodgy Invitational

It's live online apparently.
There has been this running joke for months on chess24 about this mysterious figure.

So the question of the day (answers please!): WHO IS MR DODGY?
by Tim Harding
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 26
Views: 1009

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

I still find myself referring to a couple of old books to check what they say: the 1916 Handbuch des Schachspiels (ed. Schlechter) and especially Levenfish's encyclopaedic Sovremenny Debyut (1940) which was really the forerunner of ECO . Bernard Cafferty used to swear by this book in the days before...
by Tim Harding
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 71819

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

...Most of Anatoly Karpov’s opponents, but not all, were very strong club players, around 1900 to 2300 perhaps, which explains the result. Elo ratings weren't used at that time .... I tend to agree with the first of those statements but not the second. In the early 1970s FIDE had already been using...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Automaton Chess Player
Replies: 13
Views: 581

Re: Automaton Chess Player

I don't know the Standage book but you should look at the earlier history, published by McFarland in 2000: "The Turk, Chess Automaton" by Gerald M. Levitt. It includes all the 50 known games played in London in 1820 when Mouret operated it. They were published in a book at the time which used to be ...
by Tim Harding
Tue May 26, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior tournaments in 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 447

Senior tournaments in 2020

Thanks to Tim Spanton's recent posting in the Congress Diary section, I have been able to update my Seniors calendar at http://www.chessmail.com/seniors/Seniors-calendar.html with the Oberfranken tournament in late June/early July which he discovered. This tournament appears to be the only Senior ev...
by Tim Harding
Tue May 26, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Golmayo vs Sultan Khan 1930
Replies: 26
Views: 983

Re: Golmayo vs Sultan Khan 1930

There seems to be more in ... Sicilian: lines with ... e5 T. D. Harding, P. R. Markland B.T. Batsford, 1982 golmayo.png I wonder if Tim has the rest of the game. Sorry, no. Senor Mendez asked me about this game three weeks ago but since he did not mention the opening moves there was no reason to lo...
by Tim Harding
Mon May 25, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge
Replies: 70
Views: 3388

Re: 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge

Presumably So just agreed a draw in Round 3 with a view to regrouping for the next mini-match. Or, after the horrible loss in the second game, he couldn't cope with possibly losing in the third game. Perhaps he should have tried something sharp in the third game and said to himself if I lose I lose...
by Tim Harding
Fri May 22, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 38
Views: 5589

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

I recall two arbiters discussing that the most confusing thing they've ever encountered was a double resignation. What I imagine would make that perplexing if not vexating is if one player has a winning position and the other a losing position. Making sense of that would be rather challenging, and ...
by Tim Harding
Sat May 09, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup
Replies: 30
Views: 2006

Re: FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup

How is it that Europe are fielding Aronian, an Azerbaijani and a Georgian player? Perhaps because those countries are in Europe? I am surprised nobody has corrected Chris: Aronian is of course from Armenia, not Azerbaijan. Both Armenia and Georgia are in a liminal area, technically Asian in the str...
by Tim Harding
Tue May 05, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.
Replies: 18
Views: 1989

Re: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.

They do and as we know research is always an on-going project. Unfortunately the more reliant on material discovered on-line I become, the worse off I feel overall, as if something at hand is very wrong...maybe that's just me showing my age, and temporarily forgetting sites such as The British News...
by Tim Harding
Fri May 01, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?
Replies: 39
Views: 2328

Re: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?

Might archives held by John Lewis have more for those curious about this? Very unlikely because, as I hinted above, the whole store was burned out in the Blitz. There was a very graphic photograph in Chess magazine at the time. So unless personnel records were stored elsewhere you will not find any...