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by Andrew Stone
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer
Replies: 9
Views: 1014

Re: Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer

I went last night. Thought it well worth going to. Did wonder what it would be like, when in films etc. the chess scenes normally involve the players spending more time staring at their opponents than the board, playing at blitz clip and rarely pressing the clock or writing the moves down. At the en...
by Andrew Stone
Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Photo of St Bride's, former London chess venue
Replies: 19
Views: 2666

Re: Photo of St Bride's, former London chess venue

Fine win from my Great-Grandfather on board 24 no doubt! Given I play about board 5 or 6 for Middlesex now it might look as if I am better than him. I am far from convinced though- far more people turned out in those days for county chess and I would definately struggle to make board 24 of a full st...
by Andrew Stone
Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: IM Colin Crouch
Replies: 48
Views: 13726

Re: IM Colin Crouch

RIP Colin. I was his captain at Pinner for many years and he was exactly what you wanted- very reliable and very strong.
by Andrew Stone
Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 6015

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Happy Birthday Leonard! Hope I have your energy when I am 85. Hope I get to 85!
by Andrew Stone
Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2014
Replies: 45
Views: 6702

Re: Gibraltar 2014

Today's puzzle: why did black resign in the final position? [Event "Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2014 "] [Site "The Caleta Hotel - Gibraltar"] [Date "2014.02.05"] [Round "9.111"] [White "Holleland, Sigve"] [Black "Andersen, Daniel"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "1812"] [BlackElo "1941...
by Andrew Stone
Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 33205

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

I don't understand all of Andrew's reservations about a play-off. There couldn't be as many as ten players on 4/4, surely. If you wanted a round robin with the six players or so, it should be possible; and you could at least say that if they are more than two players still tied, then the top rated ...
by Andrew Stone
Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 33205

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

By the way, it’s really no concern of mine, but I do think this tie-break sucks. At least make it a blitz play-off between qualifiers. Anyone of my strength who had made it to 4/4 would have had to beat two or even three 2550+ GMs, whereas Istratescu hasn’t had to play any, by virtue of being t...
by Andrew Stone
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 33205

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Highest rating is the tiebreak. Seems to have been a disappointing day for the 2600's but still likely to be two of them taking the spots. A cracking day on the live boards, helped no doubt by the differences in ratings and as JR has said the need to try and get to 4/4
by Andrew Stone
Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 33205

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Keith Arkell wrote:Agreed Andrew. Ok then what about if a wealthy 2600 qualifies, who doesn't like rapidplay?
A wealthy 2600? This is chess we are talking about!
by Andrew Stone
Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 33205

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Presumably if a qualifier for the rapidplay prefers to stay on and complete the International Open ( eg if he is an IM on line for a GM norm who doesn't need the money) then he will be allowed to play on and the 3rd highest rated on 4/4 will take the place instead? It looks highly improbable anyone...
by Andrew Stone
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spoiled opening preparation
Replies: 37
Views: 4783

Re: spoiled opening preparation

I find preparation fairly useful. If it doesn't work out then you have done some work that you should have done anyway but couldn't be bothered to do. It is also very useful for sorting out what you feel about your openings. It is easy to look at something and decide you will give it a punt. Only wh...
by Andrew Stone
Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Team Chs in Warsaw
Replies: 239
Views: 14987

Re: European Team Chs in Warsaw

How is it possible to get into ridiculous time pressure when you get an extra 30 seconds a move? First time playing the new time control in 4NCL today, and 2 of the 6 boards were lost on time before the first time control - I have sympathy with the players, playing for your country is fantastic pre...
by Andrew Stone
Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Team Chs in Warsaw
Replies: 239
Views: 14987

Re: European Team Chs in Warsaw

I rather wonder what the rest of the team think about the performance of our board 4 today - a hugely talented player who, not for the first time, turned a fairly level position into a loss by getting into ridiculous time pressure. How is it possible to get into ridiculous time pressure when you ge...
by Andrew Stone
Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Team Chs in Warsaw
Replies: 239
Views: 14987

Re: European Team Chs in Warsaw

http://en.chessbase.com/post/etcc-08-medals-defined-tomorrow Very unfair article in chessbase. Has a photo of Kanwal Bhatia, the women's board 4. It says "Kanwal Bhatia's below 2000 performance has certainly not helped". Now to the casual reader this would appear like she had had a shocker. Not sure...
by Andrew Stone
Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: UK Start Time of the World Championship Games
Replies: 13
Views: 1717

Re: UK Start Time of the World Championship Games

Yes I also fast forward through a lot of the dead time in football matches Graham. Means you can watch a whole match in about 20 mins. The same can be done to an extent with chess commentary- either jumping ahead when the position is boring or when one of the players is having a long think and the c...