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by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board Playing strength
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: ECF Board Playing strength

Oh yes. sorry I am unused to Natasha being called "Regan"! I remember a report of her preparing the Kings Gambit in an Olympiad, back in the 1990s, and showing her preparation (as White) in advance. John Nunn would apparently wonder over, and (not realising this was "White" preparation) would say ho...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board Playing strength
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: ECF Board Playing strength

Which struck me as possibly the strongest ever 8 board team with reserves. The other mini-milestone looks to be as the first board in the shortish ECF history with a former Olympiad player in the mix, provided one disregards Nigel as not strictly speaking a director and Olympiad match captains as n...
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 672

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

FM was a joke. I can't imagine there's much argument there. He gave the great Botvinnik a scare, for starters. ... Did he miss something though, or not? Whether it was a scare perhaps depends on how far in advance Botvinnik saw ...c2+. I imagine the English spectators at the time must have been goi...
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 672

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

oh, it's my habit to leave research to others on this forum. We have RdC, after all.
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 672

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

FM hardly does him justice! (Needless to say). I remember him beating Sadler in 1990 (at the British) and Luke McShane in 4NCL in the late 1990s. They were already IMs by then. Goodness knows how old he was by then.
by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Botvinnik's world championship return matches.
Replies: 9
Views: 531

Re: Botvinnik's world championship return matches.

it was to be unlimited, first to ten (!!)
by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Botvinnik's world championship return matches.
Replies: 9
Views: 531

Re: Botvinnik's world championship return matches.

Euwe was praised by Alekhine for immediately announcing there would be a return match as he accepted the World championship. I don't think anyone expected Alekhine to play Euwe yet again in a further rematch after he regained the world title. After Alekhine's death control of the title eventually p...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12746

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

I’m just amused by the idea of an appeals panel being reduced from 3 to 2 as a result of one member having to recuse themselves for potential perception of bias - only for the resulting “panel” to be deadlocked with the only way of resolution being... to refer to the previously recused member! (who...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12746

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

What are the actual rules on disconnections, since they are evidently different from the everyday rule "bad luck, you lose" (since losing games like that is only for the hoi polloi, and not possibly applicable to elite GMs)? I am inferring that the distinction is whether the loss of connection was ...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12746

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

What are the actual rules on disconnections, since they are evidently different from the everyday rule "bad luck, you lose" (since losing games like that is only for the hoi polloi, and not possibly applicable to elite GMs)?
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12746

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

oh that can't be a good decision. Tough on India to lose in that way, but still...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12746

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

we knew they were well matched, but .... (did anyone even miss a win? A human win, that is, not whatever Koneru missed).

Predictions then! Come on! I'll take Russia.
by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12746

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Russia win their first match 3.5-2.5 against the USA although it was looking like 3-3 with Shankland two pawns up in an ending against Dubov. Looking at it from the other side, it would have been an impressive comeback from the USA to grab the draw if they had won that game in addition to salvaging...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12746

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Russia win their first match 3.5-2.5 against the USA although it was looking like 3-3 with Shankland two pawns up in an ending against Dubov. Looking at it from the other side, it would have been an impressive comeback from the USA to grab the draw if they had won that game in addition to salvaging...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12746

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Withdrawing in protest from a knockout is not particularly problematic as these things go; the only participant it harms is you yourself. It's different doing it in an all-play-all or a Swiss, where your action can have knock-on disruptive effects. That’s a fair point. 4NCL Online teams, take note