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by Richard Bates
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 945

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

It means the people who came 21st this year have now qualified?

EDIT: or maybe just theoretically rules people out but not people in.
by Richard Bates
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1294

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

I do wonder if there is potentially an element of the positive effects of Carlsen’s new “aggressive” black repertoire (and World Champ prep) wearing off. The other players are catching up and setting him problems (which is always inevitable in “sharper” openings) and he’s started to jump about and v...
by Richard Bates
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1720

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

Thanks, Roger. All tremble with trepidation at the mere thought of the arrival of Phonefinder General... Well there is this current practice of random “metal detector” scans being done of players at British tournaments before the game has started. I presume the point is purely symbolic, because if ...
by Richard Bates
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 599
Views: 70310

Re: Cheating in chess

If I saw anyone taking a photo of me over a toilet cubicle in England it would be citizen's arrest (committing an offence - indecent photographs) and straight on the phone to the police. They can explain in a police interview at the police station why they thought they had a legitimate reason to do...
by Richard Bates
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35514

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Banning snipers would create an existential problem for this forum.
by Richard Bates
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Riga Open
Replies: 7
Views: 743

Riga Open

http://chess-results.com/tnr394126.aspx ... ES&flag=30

Some people just can’t get enough chess.
by Richard Bates
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35514

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

So those on +1 in the Championship qualify. Those on 50 percent do not. No wonder the absence of the top players and lack of significant sponsorship. Is the press on rules LIKELY to encourage sponsorship for the next CHAMPIONSHIP. I don't really follow. How are the last two sentences related to the...
by Richard Bates
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35514

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Dan Fernandez had another shocker today to finish on 50%. Slightly surprisingly, at least to me, he only dropped 13 Elo points overall. He didn’t, he lost around 20. Still he was hardly alone in that regard. Liked the T-shirt he was sporting today though... “It’s a Daniel thing. I don’t expect you ...
by Richard Bates
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35514

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

The next 2600 is an interesting question. I tried to think of another sport where amateurs on the fringes of international class compete with hardened professionals. I thought of Michael Hutchinson in cycling time trialling, who was very dominant in domestic championships and very occasionally in h...
by Richard Bates
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 8
Views: 935

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

My personal contribution. I was in blissful ignorance of this for almost 20 years.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1283811
by Richard Bates
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35514

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Top board interesting as Ravi has played one of those systems against Mickey's 1 e4 e5 - in this instance the Scotch Four Knights - in which Black can equalise happily enough, but can't really get much play without straying onto iffy territory. That's nevertheless the way he's gone, and after White...
by Richard Bates
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35514

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Luke would be Lendl. Hebden and Henman go quite well together.
by Richard Bates
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35514

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Lots to do on a train to Torquay
by Richard Bates
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35514

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:17 pm
only one title, so he cannot be Murray. Not sure who he is instead. Will he be happy with Wawrinka? :) The tennis analogy does have its limits ...
Two surely? He’ll have to be Nadal. Left handed as well.
by Richard Bates
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 599
Views: 70310

Re: Cheating in chess

In the first game of this year's Turkish Super League, there was a game between WIM Filiz Osmanodja and IM Gunay Mammadzada. Filiz was white and after playing her 9th move, in a standard Sicilian, she went to get a coke from the downstairs cafe. Unfortunately, as she left the playing area without p...