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by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 23
Views: 1273

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

..... There is also this post today at chessgame.com by 'cardinal fang' (I' do not know who it is): "In England in the 70s I remember well how Leonard Barden would appear at junior tournaments with a roll of paper, and put up handwritten posters with up-to-date ratings of junior players - not just ...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2975
Views: 323950

Re: Media comments on chess

I am no expert but there are, I gather, also important distinctions between being autistic (at some significant point on the spectrum) and merely having autistic traits. Probably the vast majority of strong chess players show some of the latter, but it is not necessarily obvious how many also qualif...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Riga Open
Replies: 7
Views: 745

Re: Riga Open

But the English players are not playing each other at every opportunity.

Whatever happened to tradition?
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I don't see where anyone has said that. What have I missed? Lorin D'Costa - "[The arbiters] said it was the rules, however they kept dithering on this for quite some time as if they felt bad to make it, and I eventually asked if they could make a final decision as this was dragging on." Jonathan Ro...
by Jonathan Rogers
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Anyway, was any decent chess played today? Most of what I looked at (which maybe wasn't much) had a certain Saturday-evening-in-a-weekend open feel to it. That is certainly a good way to describe how Adam Taylor lost to Jack. One-sided nature of Wadsworth v Howell shows how hard it can be to sudden...
by Jonathan Rogers
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Adams won with Black in the British a few years ago, going back to my "1 e4 e5 works Ok for Adams when playing against a player of comparable stature" theme. Dull draw last year, though.
by Jonathan Rogers
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:04 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:27 pm
I am a bit confused that somebody professionally involved in chess doesn't appear to know this.
Yes, that surprised me too (regardless of the wider rights or wrongs)
see my post above.
by Jonathan Rogers
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I should imagine that over the last year, since the rule came into force at FIDE rated events, all sorts of very strong players have forgotten the rule. It takes a while for these things to sink in, and carrying a phone has been part of our everyday life for years before the rule came along; there l...
by Jonathan Rogers
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Justin appears to be referring to the news that Adams has drawn with Black again (with Justin Tan). ... and specifically, against an 1 e4 player (the real point of the previous post). If Adams had played Palliser and Tan with alternate colours these last two rounds, he would probably have expected ...
by Jonathan Rogers
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

...and that keith arrived late and played something like 1...b6 in the hope that Small (who had left the board) would not notice ? what memories we have!
by Jonathan Rogers
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Who will be the next player who will go above 2600? Hawkins, Pert, Gordon or Someone like Ravi Haria or Daniel Fernandez That question probably deserve a poll creating seems safe to say that If Nick was going to do it, he would already have done it - he is not exactly inactive, and he is not so you...
by Jonathan Rogers
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

But most tournaments that 2400-2550s win are still not GM norms, for want of titled opposition or maybe because 2560 performances do the job. Ask Keith how many Gm norms he has, even after he made the title in the early 90s! I'll bite and answer Jonathan's question , though I'm slightly too inebria...
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

recovery for Williams today and a bad day at the office for Ravi - I guess that might open up the U21 title race.
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

my memory might be deceiving me, but I wonder whether Small and Arkell played in the British in the early to mid 1980s, Small winning with f6-f7 discovered check?
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35556

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

It seems to be a recent trend that people are targeting forcing lines against him, Pert-style. Admittedly not the biggest handicap imaginable, no. But certainly relevant in the British - anyone under 2600 playing 1 d4 against him would frankly seem somewhat foolish, unless they have avoided 1 e4 for...