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by Leonard Barden
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 127
Views: 9547

Re: End of an era

Paul Habershon wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:21 pm
Any predictions as to the Saturday chess columnist?
Chess — Winning. Move will continue to appear daily. The Chess column will now appear every Saturday with our new columnist,. David Howell. See below for ...
by Leonard Barden
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2873

Re: British Knock out 2019

The rapid ratings for this group of up and comings are an average 142 points below their standard ratings, so the tournament will serve to maintain this deflationary syndrome. I think this shows the urgent need for Fide rapid and blitz ratings to have a K=40 stage like the one that already exists fo...
by Leonard Barden
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: F. F. Russell
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: F. F. Russell

7167. Franklin Russell (C.N. 7160) Leonard Barden (London) writes: ‘In the mid-1970s I reported on that year’s Oxford v Cambridge match in my column in The Field. I received a letter from Franklin Russell, who told me of his participation in 1912-14. Cambridge could award half-blues but Oxford could...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup
Replies: 28
Views: 2131

Re: European Club Cup

Padova have won the final round, defeating the top seeds Alkaloid from Macedonia by 3.5-2.5 with five draws (including Mickey and Gawain) and a win on bottom board. Padova have won all seven matches, so gold for our intrepid pair to go with the world teams silver and the Euroteams bronze. The board ...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3122

Re: Shortest game

Not an organisation to be taken lightly. Decades ago I gave a simul there and the opposition was strong.. Did you play J C Thompson of Hippo fame ? Very likely, though I don't remember any individual games from that simul, just that it took much longer than was my norm then and that I had some defe...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3122

Re: Shortest game

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:18 pm
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:27 pm
About 35 years ago I played a colleague in the Government Chemists' Championship
The what? :shock:
Not an organisation to be taken lightly. Decades ago I gave a simul there and the opposition was strong..
by Leonard Barden
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup
Replies: 28
Views: 2131

Re: European Club Cup

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:55 pm


(edit) They've given up at move 236 (/edit)
Seems it's the fourth longest game in chess history, and would have been No2 if they had made another four moves....

https://www.chess.com/article/view/the- ... in-history
by Leonard Barden
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen quits Norway - reports
Replies: 5
Views: 535

Re: Carlsen quits Norway - reports

I daresay it happens with individual players in clubs all over England; and even clubs in leagues may withdraw because they don't like the rules/the people who run it/the amount of sugar in the tea in the AGM interval. Normally this does not involve the World Champion, admittedly... Nor £4.62m.......
by Leonard Barden
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen crushed 13.5-2.5 in Oslo world title match
Replies: 10
Views: 731

Re: Carlsen crushed 13.5-2.5 in Oslo world title match

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/nov/01/chess-magnus-carlsen-trails-after-defeat-by-wesley-so#comment-135056519 I have been waiting for someone to post about this, which is the culmination of the first worldwide 960 competition to feature serious prizes. I wondered whether this would happen b...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 127
Views: 9547

Re: End of an era

If I Google Carlsen v So, I get Chess24, Agadmator's YouTube channel, Chessbase, the official website, Chess.com, wikipedia, Chessbomb, Chessgames, the Guardian (!), and Twitch. Of all of these sources, Leonard's Guardian column forecasts the match rather than tells me the result. I just Googled Ca...
by Leonard Barden
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 9138

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

From a likely 1-3 an hour ago England v Russia has transformed with Jones escaping from defeat and Adams now in a +12 rook ending which if he converts will halve the match.
by Leonard Barden
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey
Replies: 12
Views: 735

Re: World U16 Olympiad Çorum, Turkey

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:45 pm
Roger Lancaster wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:34 pm
It says something when England can't send a team but Somalia can
It probably says quite a few things, some of which reflect well on English chess and some badly.
That's a touch cryptic. What are the things which reflect well?
by Leonard Barden
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 9138

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Howell has drawn and Jones appears dead level, so there should be four teams on 7/8 match points, with the forced round five pairings

Russia v Armenia

Ukraine v England
by Leonard Barden
Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 9138

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Great recovery by the team, since Adams was worse against the in-form Giri and Luke was busted but turned it right round with plenty of help from his opponent. Gawain is a dead draw and David should be able to hold.