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by Richard Bates
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 73
Views: 3981

Re: British Knock out 2019

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:37 pm
If an invitational event takes place in Ipswich and all the invited players are members of Ipswich Chess Club, is it reasonable to call it the British something or other?
Depends if all the best players/players meeting the tournament objectives are from Ipswich.
by Richard Bates
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:00 pm
Francis Fields wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:47 pm
I played King takes King Bishop two check.
Bishop takes King Bishop two check, presumably.
Could be K if it's discovered check. "King Bishop two" makes no sense if it's a capture. If it's BxB then the "King" in the "King Bishop" is probably redundant.
by Richard Bates
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20004

Re: World Youth Championships

Play early, play often...
by Richard Bates
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90378

Re: Cheating in chess

I have never understood the obsession with phones being turned off. It's to stop it making a noise. I believe players have assumed that by turning their mobile telephone off it would not be capable of making of noise. Some will make a noise anyway when the battery is low or some other event. Batter...
by Richard Bates
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 22
Views: 1972

Re: January Grades are out

I’m the other way round (I think). Standard games played in the period (via the detail) 78 - summary page says 76.
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3804

Re: Gibraltar 2020

OK, now we're making progress with one curiosity, let's try another. Why did MVL's opponent resign, with SF giving [0.00]? I’ll nominate a combination of MVL carelessness and double chess blindness on that one (assuming all moves shown happened). Although Stockfish seems to give White a slight edge...
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3804

Re: Gibraltar 2020

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:48 pm
I would if I were sure what it was.
2... Be4 3. Bf1 Bc2 4...Bb3 5... Bc4
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3804

Re: Gibraltar 2020

Now try my plan.
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3804

Re: Gibraltar 2020

Can anyone explain why Stephen Gordon's opponent resigned today? Chessbomb (SF) gives Gordon [-0.35]. Has his human opponent seen beyond the 'horizon'? Surprising resignation, but I think black's winning. Chess24 seems to catch up if you play a few moves - … Bxg2...Be4... Bc2-b3-c4... White bishop ...
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20004

Re: World Youth Championships

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:16 pm
How many sock puppets does "Natasha" have, I wonder......
She seems to be setting him up to get a lot worse (in results terms) quite quickly, once his opponents discover his weaknesses and become better at exploiting them.
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 1880

Re: The French System

Didn't the "French Chess explosion" in the early 2000s largely come about because one of the richest women in the World decided to bankroll it? They were never much cop before then, however much the state pumped into it.
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 1880

Re: The French System

How can anyone sensibly disagree with the banning of the French defence? Just cut off the temptation to play it at source!

https://www.365chess.com/game.php?gid=4249283
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 124
Views: 10184

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

As I understood it, one of the key aims of the "Holowczak qualification reforms" was to revitalise the Major Open as a tournament in its own right, because it was the natural home for players who enjoyed playing at the Congress (but now found it tougher to get into the British proper), as well as be...
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 124
Views: 10184

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

It's even a lot easier than the old route (before the clampdown on 'easy' qualification when Alex was Home Director) which was a 2400 performance I think. The old rule used to be that you were the highest placed player or joint highest placed player amongst those not already qualified. This rule st...
by Richard Bates
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 124
Views: 10184

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

We had a Grand Prix for last year's British. Nobody who qualified via the Grand Prix took their place up. This is why it was scrapped and replaced by the current route F. There will be discussions as to how well route F has worked, and whether we should stick with it, amend it, or replace it. I had...