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by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Desprez Opening 1.h4
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Desprez Opening 1.h4

A bit far, no? He might have been intending to transpose to a playable line in the Kings Indian defence. Worth waiting to see whether he does something like that rather than, say, 2..Ra7, I would have thought.
by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Desprez Opening 1.h4
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Desprez Opening 1.h4

The books are only too vague when it comes to meeting 1 h4 .... It seems to me however that if you know that your opponent will meet 1...e5 with 2 a4 d5 3 c4, then that is how you should play - Black is doing well after any of 3...c6, 3..d4 or 3..dxc4 here, but 3...dxc4 looks the most likely to puni...
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 69
Views: 4073

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Almost impossible though it apparently is to stick to the chess, the first division match last night was interesting and bodes well for the final, which I feel quite sure WILL take place. Presumably Gawain will play against his "real" 4NCL team? Richard Weaving must have made a huge score for his te...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Annoying message on Lichess
Replies: 9
Views: 650

Re: Annoying message on Lichess

sometimes I think my opponents are unjustly given these warnings, after positions have suddenly turned against them and they are probably genuinely trying to rescue them. Just shrug it off. We can't really expect automated systems to know much about this sort of (very human) thing.
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 69
Views: 4073

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

oh yes, at the top of the results table, silly me. One of Anglian Avengers and Watford to make the semis then! That also looks the hardest match to call, unless Warwick U are going to add Guildford to their list of "regular 4NCL" scalps. Any thoughts on the other two quarter-finals? Well done to Wo...
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 150
Views: 12495

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

Got it! We can all play on metallic demonstration boards, using poles to shift the pieces. Someone must have stored them safely somewhere in around the 1990s.
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3582
Views: 390845

Re: Media comments on chess

Feature film 'GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB' before the credits starts with two little sisters playig a chess game with a chessclock and everything. The game went by too quickly to see all the moves. It ends in announcing chckmate. Salander plays chess on and off throughout the series, but the best ches...
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gap between games by two players
Replies: 31
Views: 1453

Re: Gap between games by two players

John Moore wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:58 am

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Jonathan, I'll stick to games which have actually been played rather than speculating on the return of players long retired. Do you have in mind bringing back a crowd of golden oldies for Barbican?

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If they are reading, they are very welcome to be in touch with me !
by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gap between games by two players
Replies: 31
Views: 1453

Re: Gap between games by two players

Are you also limiting it to GMs who generally kept playing, or would, say, Steane get the record if he ever returns and plays a game against a GM of his vintage (or James Howell, Kumaran or the rest of the list of retired GMs)? I think there was a 23 year gap between Kasparov and Tseshkovsky playing...
by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 69
Views: 4073

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

oh yes, at the top of the results table, silly me.

One of Anglian Avengers and Watford to make the semis then! That also looks the hardest match to call, unless Warwick U are going to add Guildford to their list of "regular 4NCL" scalps.
by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 69
Views: 4073

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Alan Walton wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:08 pm
Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:58 pm
Is the event still continuing on Tuesdays, eg KO quarter-finals are tomorrow evening in div 1? I assume so, but cannot find confirmation via 4NCL website
Isnt the date and link on the front page, under the results table
at the risk of embarrassing myself, I still don't see it
by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 69
Views: 4073

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Is the event still continuing on Tuesdays, eg KO quarter-finals are tomorrow evening in div 1? I assume so, but cannot find confirmation via 4NCL website
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31865

Re: 4NCL Online

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:47 pm
Yeah I did wonder if Alex meant pigs
My sole contribution to this thread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v2exWrsGOc
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 69
Views: 4073

4NCL online - some chess!!!

I don't suppose it is any great surprise that any new online competition becomes a 35 page (and counting) thread about cheating. Nor is it any great surprise that little interest is paid to the actual competitive results and achievements, because that was also true of the OTB 4NCL... Still, trying t...
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed May 27, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 31
Views: 1750

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

Indeed. I hadn't played online at all before this crisis. I like to think I was curious rather than "disturbed" (!) by my experience, and suspicious games are clearly topical on this forum. I suppose you are right about 10 + 5 being a good time control for cheats, I hadn't really thought about that....