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by Richard Bates
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 18
Views: 800

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

David Williams wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:27 pm
Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:52 pm
I’m struggling. Is the definitely the correct position?
Yes.
White to play and win?

EDIT: very nice.
by Richard Bates
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 18
Views: 800

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

David Williams wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:56 pm

If you want to see a very special under-promotion to a bishop, try solving this study by Troitsky.
I’m struggling. Is the definitely the correct position?
by Richard Bates
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 75
Views: 2776

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The 6 monthly updates apply to longplay, not just rapidplay Sorry, I was unclear in my post (now edited)- I meant it should be trialled in rapidplay. There were 5 years of January rapidplay grades before January long play was introduced. In 2007 to 2011 the January grading list was only rapidplay. ...
by Richard Bates
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 75
Views: 2776

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

My instinct (happy to be contradicted with statistical evidence!) is that the current ECF method of calculation arguably lends itself better to a system of monthly updates “for fun”, but an anchored “official” grade that can be used reliably for things like year long competitions. The point being th...
by Richard Bates
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: London Chess Classic

Oops on board 2...
by Richard Bates
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: London Chess Classic

Brian Towers wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:29 pm
NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:40 pm
How did you delete that post without leaving a trace?
When you make a post you have a short period of time during which the delete function is available.
I don’t think it’s a period of time. It’s just until somebody else posts on the thread.

It’s called the “posting at 2am function”...
by Richard Bates
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: London Chess Classic

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:12 am
Round 1 pairings now available.

http://chess-results.com/tnr397648.aspx ... =1&flag=30

On boards 15 and 16 Flear v Flear was narrowly avoided. Instead, Christine faces Keith.
Happy with my own narrow escape ;)
by Richard Bates
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: All Roads lead to Rhodes
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: All Roads lead to Rhodes

Gotta be pretty confident to book flights to Greece in the first week of April!
by Richard Bates
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: London Chess Classic

Expect Guildford have signed them all up as part of their Brexit contingency planning.
by Richard Bates
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Supporter
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: ECF Supporter

Some people will find any excuse to complain.
by Richard Bates
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4679

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Here's a summary of some of the outstanding performances, of which there were many, from 'team England': in the 50+ Terry Chapman was very impressive in building up a score of plus 3 ( 7/11) to gain 31 rating points and finish 13= ( 17th on tie-break) in a group of mostly IMs and GMs. Philip Owens ...
by Richard Bates
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38698

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

In my mind it shows that chess has moved on significantly, and there are now a number of players capable of playing as well as the World Champion for a prolonged period of time, rather than the old days where over a match of this length, you could be reasonably sure the stronger player would outpla...
by Richard Bates
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38698

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Does this inability to win two of those two matches without the need for a tie-break impact his overall legacy and place in the historical chess pantheon in any way? In my mind it shows that chess has moved on significantly, and there are now a number of players capable of playing as well as the Wo...
by Richard Bates
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4679

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Keith unfortunately lost today. Also In the 50+ Jonathan and Ketevan Grant were paired and had a quick draw. Craig Pritchett is doing very well in the 65+. He just drew and has 7/10 but the leaders are setting a breakneck pace. Balashov and Jansa both have 8.5/10 so we shall have a new champion, on...