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by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 15
Views: 573

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

John Upham wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:33 am

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However, do not despair Jonathan. As Philip Madoc famously once said in "The Deadly Attachment" ...Your name will also go on the list! :lol:
Oh that just reminds me of the Dad's Army episode (of "don't tell him, Pike!" fame)
by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 15
Views: 573

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

I cannot believe David is 30! Does he really play for Cheddleton? I thought he might have been poached, if I may risk a word which has caused offence on these pages before... He now plays for Guildford, well he did this season Further investigation reveals the following : "David started his 4NCL ca...
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1356

Re: What's GM short doing?!

I agree with Soheil. See separate thread

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by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE General Assembly 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 1035

Re: FIDE General Assembly 2020

I haven't given much thought to this, but won't let that stop me: 1) I share the general distate for the policy of the Iranian chess federation and can see that it flatly defies gens una sumus 2) but what will actually be achieved by such a measure? I can think of only two possibilities: a) Iran are...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 92
Views: 6331

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

I should think that, judging from the reports on this thread, it was unwise for MP and CF to question NT. There was surely already an uncomfortable feeeling of Tim being part of their "group" which, if all elected, would have rather a large effect on Board deliberations; and if so, questioning Tim's...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3939
Views: 431017

Re: Media comments on chess

well, surely the long article in the Guardian today on cheating in online chess, including the UKCC, should get a mention?
by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board Playing strength
Replies: 7
Views: 644

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: 644

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: 920

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: 920

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: 920

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: 633

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: 633

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: 14301

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: 14301

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 ...