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by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 1425

Re: Post Brexit Openings

I'm locking this while Carl and I decide what to do with it.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New Grade/Age Categories
Replies: 31
Views: 1692

Re: New Grade/Age Categories

Are there really 276 players (of 10418 active players) graded 230+? When I interrogate the ECF database, I find only 44 players graded 230+, one of whom is Richard Bates of the parish (#43); and a mere 30 (not 91) graded 220-229. And so forth. Indeed, player #100 is graded 215 Clearly I'm missing s...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2183
Views: 91210

Re: The English Language

The opening paragraphs of the Wikipedia article on "notary public": A notary public (or notary or public notary) of the common law is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and internat...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: The Secret of Chess
Replies: 16
Views: 1712

Re: The Secret of Chess

I'd be considering ...b4 before I considered ...f6 and ...e5. My knight needs to be somewhere more productive than e4, mind.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

I've given more than one half-point bye in my tournaments before, mostly for rather odd reasons. (Example: player takes a half-point bye in round 1, then turns up between the re-pairing time and the default time for round 2.) If I turned up before the default time for a game and there was no oppone...
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

I've given more than one half-point bye in my tournaments before, mostly for rather odd reasons. (Example: player takes a half-point bye in round 1, then turns up between the re-pairing time and the default time for round 2.)
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Up to 16:00, clocks are only being started when both players have arrived.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

It's not easy to think of another sport that uses Swisses, either, which is quite pertinent to the discussion; half-point byes don't work as a concept in all-play-alls or knockouts.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Ah, Antipov has played Howell and has just downfloated, that's why he gets the upfloat.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

I have no idea what 6.h4!? against the Najdorf is about, but it seemed to work today: [Event "Tradewise Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar"] [Date "2018.01.27"] [Round "5.76"] [White "Paramzina, Anastasya"] [Black "Docx, Stefan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "2225"] [BlackElo...
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Checkmate with a bishop on move 24: [Event "Tradewise Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar"] [Date "2018.01.26"] [Round "4.83"] [White "Bjerre, Jonas Buhl"] [Black "Sajjadi, Kimiya"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "2367"] [BlackElo "1911"] [PlyCount "47"] [EventDate "2018.01.23"]...
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2183
Views: 91210

Re: The English Language

It means to leave the armed forces without permission.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

39...Qxg7 40.Qxd1 is easily winning for white, though. The text gives him more chances to go wrong.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6430

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

A game with four queens: [Event "Tradewise Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar"] [Date "2018.01.25"] [Round "3.86"] [White "Keymer, Vincent"] [Black "Makka, Ioulia"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "2408"] [BlackElo "2167"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2018.01.23"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4...