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by Mark Howitt
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38949

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I do wonder about Adams' choice of openings sometimes... and it's not nice to see him slide in rating. Still I reckon he does have a chance of winning it, I think it will be him or Howell.
by Mark Howitt
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38949

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I'm still following chess... interesting to see if Adams can win this one.

Still get a lot of traffic from this site to www.markhowit.blogspot.com - over 112,000 views now.
by Mark Howitt
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 9th- 25th January 2015
Replies: 103
Views: 12691

Re: Wijk aan Zee 9th- 25th January 2015

Looks like an interesting tournament so far!
by Mark Howitt
Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 131
Views: 23106

Re: London Chess Classic

Looks like a good event so far!
by Mark Howitt
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who will win in Tromso?
Replies: 57
Views: 5987

Re: Who will win in Tromso?

Yep he's definitely not average... he's been doing very well overall in the past few years but recent form is worrying. He is 49 remember. If McShane became active he could even play in the next European Championship. However if he doesn't- and I would assume he probably won't at the moment- there i...
by Mark Howitt
Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who will win in Tromso?
Replies: 57
Views: 5987

Re: Who will win in Tromso?

The quite sad fact is it could be Short's last Olympiad if McShane wants to play the next one. He may not want to play of course and Short may improve but there's that possibility. I think once you get past 40 it's definitely tougher for chess players. It seems some of the top class ones can handle ...
by Mark Howitt
Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 54768

Re: Olympiad

When you think about it though, chess is not really a 'team' game. That thought of giving up just becaue the team had lost never really entered my head when I was playing, although I did want the team to win. I was focused on my result. Chess is a very individually graded game unlike team sports lik...
by Mark Howitt
Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 54768

Re: Olympiad

It's a funny world. I remember in Huddersfield chess club quite a few years ago... Greg Eagleton who had only just learnt the game (he had a really low grading... about a Yorkshire grading of 50) and I beat in a match a bit later knew the bishop and knight ending and I was a bit 'unsure' about it- i...
by Mark Howitt
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 54768

Re: Olympiad

I would keep the same team tomorrow assuming Sadler still wants to play as he has been so far.
by Mark Howitt
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 54768

Re: Olympiad

I think England have been quite lucky with the last two pairings.

Pretty good chances tomorrow- rest Short and play Jones instead... someone might have might have mentioned that earlier ;)
by Mark Howitt
Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 54768

Re: Olympiad

I would have kept the same team that played against Germany but still hopeful of a good result today. May well be a case of holding on the top two boards and aiming to win on the bottom two.
by Mark Howitt
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF CEO in Aberystwyth
Replies: 43
Views: 7336

Re: ECF CEO in Aberystwyth

There have been plenty of examples of companies using chess to promote themselves as 'smart'. However they seem to understand they don't need to sponsor the ECF to use chess imagery. That's probably another reason why they use it- cheap to do!
by Mark Howitt
Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 54768

Re: Olympiad

I see Germany have a 'new German' Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. Seems that players can just pick a country and play for them now in many cases. I know Naiditch wasn't born in Germany either and don't think Fridman was. Hope England get a good result.
by Mark Howitt
Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF CEO in Aberystwyth
Replies: 43
Views: 7336

Re: ECF CEO in Aberystwyth

I mean... just shows how out of touch ECF officials are. Are 'corporations' put off sponsoring football- plenty of violence, racism etc there. Plenty of 'negative forums'- more than this one. Nope. They sponsor it because it's financially worth it for them. It sells. The English Chess Federation has...
by Mark Howitt
Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF CEO in Aberystwyth
Replies: 43
Views: 7336

Re: ECF CEO in Aberystwyth

"Don't want to deny people free speech... but you have to moderate it in some way."