Search found 2929 matches

by Richard Bates
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 56
Views: 4364

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Can’t honestly say I’ve ever seen 2Q+p vs 2Q before!
by Richard Bates
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 56
Views: 4364

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Shreyas Royal is on 5/7. Just being shy of +4 W-We I think gives him a reasonable chance of a rating prize ;)
by Richard Bates
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 56
Views: 4364

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Thanks, apologies to Jack! Still seems strange to me that such an “easy” qualification route has been reintroduced!
by Richard Bates
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 56
Views: 4364

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

is this really the new qualifying criteria? https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/qualifying-regulations-2020/ (b) Other FIDE Rated Open Congresses (completed 1st July 2019 – 30th June 2020) with a field of 25 players or over Any player who achieves a TPR of 2300 or higher achieved over a min...
by Richard Bates
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2873

Re: British Knock out 2019

I believe that alcohol is frequently recommended in these situations. You were referring to Marcus Harvey losing the Armageddon game he only needed to draw, having had a winning position (e.g. failing to play 41.Rxc2+), then managing to lose? I'll quote the lone comment at Chessbomb on the game: Wo...
by Richard Bates
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 56
Views: 4364

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

I haven’t been paying attention - is this really the new qualifying criteria? One 4 game streak performing at 2400? In a tournament like this all you need is slightly shock result. In fact not even that if you beat a number of weakfish players. Have the ECF effectively now disowned the aims of the r...
by Richard Bates
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2873

Re: British Knock out 2019

Scrap that! I’m confusing myself
by Richard Bates
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2873

Re: British Knock out 2019

Hasn’t it already finished with Marcus white and a draw?
by Richard Bates
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment
Replies: 118
Views: 11244

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:34 pm
Carl Portman wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:30 pm
I knew you would be first to post (negatively of course) and just won £10 on the bet.
Who took the other side?
Surprised the odds weren’t prohibitive.
by Richard Bates
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2873

Re: British Knock out 2019

On the basis of published participants and pairings, Adam Taylor is going to be a bit overworked this morning!
by Richard Bates
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3122

Re: Shortest game

Has anybody won. or lost, a shorter game than mine? No, but only because when playing Jovanka in a rapidplay around 25 years ago I failed to resign after the moves 1. e4 d5 2.ed Nf6 3.c4 e6 4. de Bxe6 5. Nf3 Qe7 6. Qa4+ Bd7+ I was once, at a Barbican rapidplay (or possibly even Barbican Congress!) ...
by Richard Bates
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Proposal to reduce draw offers
Replies: 17
Views: 1183

Re: Proposal to reduce draw offers

There is of course another massively obvious flaw in the “idea” (let’s ignore what it would do for chess databases etc!). Player A is trying to win in, say, an ending, and plays on for hours trying to create the decisive breakthrough but just can’t find a win. Eventually they finally give up and off...
by Richard Bates
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Proposal to reduce draw offers
Replies: 17
Views: 1183

Re: Proposal to reduce draw offers

I made a counter-argument. A v B. A moves, offers a draw and presses the clock. B sits there. And sits there. With his flag hanging, he decides to swap colours. Now suddenly A has hardly any time to play the black position. I'm not sure that's fair. I assume you take your clock time with you! I dis...
by Richard Bates
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Choker - as bad as it sounds
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: Choker - as bad as it sounds

It’s a game. It combines elements of chess and poker. Surprisingly good fun after a few drinks. What’s the problem?
by Richard Bates
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 127
Views: 9547

Re: End of an era

Just because one (highly minority) sport has grown without free to air TV xposure Are you referring to basketball? If so, surely the point is that basketball, as in playing it, is not a highly minority sport, people just think it is. Ok fair point, I don’t know the figures. How about “non tradition...