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by Leonard Barden
Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GM tv performances in the 90s and a documentary from the 80s
Replies: 15
Views: 967

Re: GM tv performances in the 90s and a documentary from the 80s

What event is that they are holding the cup for? The event was the British Lightning team championship 1987, staged near Forest Hill, south-east London, and won by the England under-16 team (pictured) with I think 7/7, defeating London University in the deciding match where Adams won a French again...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: How to Swindle in Chess
Replies: 53
Views: 2170

Re: How to Swindle in Chess

Not in the slightest absurd or disrespectful, Leonard. Luke McShane was until recently an amateur, so was Mestel even when winning three British Championships. I already made it clear that amateurs can be dangerous and talented, and as good as many "professionals", so really ... at the most this is...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: How to Swindle in Chess
Replies: 53
Views: 2170

Re: How to Swindle in Chess

I was doubtless inaccurate about almost every detail EXCEPT that I do regard the opponent to have been an amateur! You can have talented and dangerous amateurs, if i didn't believe that, why did I make so much effort with Barbican 4NCL? Absurd and patronising choice of word for Theo van Scheltinga,...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Happy Birthday GM Raymond Keene OBE (29-i-1948)
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Re: Happy Birthday GM Raymond Keene OBE (29-i-1948)

In 1974 on the exact same occasion (final day of the IAPS prep school championships at the Dragon School, Oxford) against very similar opposition I scored 100 wins and six draws. The opponents included Julian Hodgson and William Watson, and I knew about Ray's result so in the late stages was conscio...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lord Dunsany
Replies: 15
Views: 999

Re: Lord Dunsany

Dunsany seems around a 130-140 player judging by this game.
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 263
Views: 12180

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:06 pm
When did Carlsen last lose a game at normal time limits to a player rated below 2700, and when to a player rated below Esipenko's present 2677)? (I tried to look it up on Chessgames but there's no way of filtering out the rapid and blitz games.)
Pelletier 2566 Euroteams Reykjavik 2015.
by Leonard Barden
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lord Dunsany
Replies: 15
Views: 999

Re: Lord Dunsany

In reply to 1) above, I played in the Hastings Premier in 1950-51 when Dunsany at the opening ceremony read his poem which began "Silence. And Silence still" and ended "the chessboard, like the sea, has untold mysteries". At least, that's the official version. But I was troubled by it because my per...
by Leonard Barden
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)
Replies: 37
Views: 2361

Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

I was under the impression that Leonard hadn't played competitively between 1962 and 1972. I retired after Ilford 1964 when I finished a poor last in the England Olympiad team qualifier, returned at Hammersmith 1969 (equal 2nd behind Keene) and then played around 6-8 weekenders a year until 1972. M...
by Leonard Barden
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)
Replies: 37
Views: 2361

Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

iSLINGTON OPEN 21-23 November 1969 1 Hans Ree 5.5/6 2-7 LUBOSH KAVALEK, David Levy, Leonard Barden, Max Fuller, George Botterill, Peter Lee 5/6. The game Kavalek v Barden took place in round 4 or 5. We had both dropped half a point, so Lubosh needed a win to stay in contention for first. I was Black...
by Leonard Barden
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 263
Views: 12180

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Interesting round one pairing...... https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jan/15/magnus-carlsen-facing-challenges-both-old-and-new-at-chess-wimbledon Harikrishna (1) v MVL(14) Esipenko(2) v Duda (13) Grandelius (3) v Donchenko (12) Caruana (4) v van Foreest (11) Giri (5) v Tari (10) Wojtaszek (6) v...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 13916

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

Who is Peter Finn?


1959 rating, seeded 23rd, 22 years old, 3.5/4 and paired with Adams on top board tomorrow, outplayed IM Wadsworth tonight and GM Hebden in round 3, only draw was with GM Lalic, TPR 2697.....
by Leonard Barden
Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1724
Views: 98948

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

None of you seems to mention the First Saturday round robin tournaments in Budapest. They have been proceeding on schedule. There is never any scheduled for January. Quite right, Stewart, and what is more Keith Arkell played in a First Saturday two months or so ago, announcing it advance here and w...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT
Replies: 21
Views: 1461

Re: Gawain Jones in European semi-final 7pm TONIGHT

Historic moment, probably best ever English success in online chess.....