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by Leonard Barden
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 1469

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

Nick's memory is accurate. I took 64 and other Soviet magazines for many years, and the postal delivery for 64 was always very quick as it was for Tal's magazine Sahs from Riga.
by Leonard Barden
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

Memory errs. It was 19...Nf6 that Botbinnik played very calmly. Litttlewood at first didn't understand, then when he saw the point went into a long think in search of a resource. Botvinnik didn't get up from his chair but sat there patiently waiting, and a couple of times adjusted his tie, which was...
by Leonard Barden
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

FM was a joke. I can't imagine there's much argument there. He gave the great Botvinnik a scare, for starters. ... Did he miss something though, or not? Whether it was a scare perhaps depends on how far in advance Botvinnik saw ...c2+. I imagine the English spectators at the time must have been goi...
by Leonard Barden
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1293

Re: St Louis Chess9LX September 11-13 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... -encounter

Round 1 NOW Firouzja v Kasparov

Round 2 (approx 8.30) KASPAROV v CARLSEN
by Leonard Barden
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 98
Views: 16626

Re: Dave Rumens

I think that might have been the Barnstaple Open in which the organisers made a big play of encouraging the sponsor by advertising Cutty Sark Whisky in all Bars. I think that message was in the programme. Unfortunately the PR department's message to the delivery team somehow didn't arrive or got ign...
by Leonard Barden
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 1469

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

I concur with Tim, Bob had very clear handwriting. The opening variation is the setting for a famous anecdote. It was played with 4...Ng5 4 d4 in Bronstein v Bernstein, USSR v France, Paris 1954. Bronstein was only level from the opening but managed to squeeze out a win in a long game. However when ...
by Leonard Barden
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 838
Views: 39621

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Hastings could still be staged this year using the format of 1939-40, the first of the war years before the blitz, as a model:https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=79968. It could be filled almost entirely by GMs and IMs who are Hastings regulars or have a local connection. It would not need ...
by Leonard Barden
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 838
Views: 39621

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Not if the venue has CoViD-19 Secure status. How is that defined? https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/903464/staying-covid-19-secure-2020-230720.pdf It does refer very specifically to workplace so the Northumberland Open might be stretchin...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Violence on the chessboard
Replies: 14
Views: 718

Re: Violence on the chessboard

These days there are some who disapprove of this sort of thing. There are even, believe it or not, a few book reviewers who get very angry when they read a sentence like "Alekhine destroyed every stick of furniture in his hotel room, in a near psychotic rage". Is there the slightest evidence that t...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Gibraltar Chess Festival 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: Gibraltar Chess Festival 2021

I understand that the Gibraltar organisers were having preliminary meetings last week to try and assess their options, so probably nothing is decided yet. The Gibraltar government is the chief sponsor, so they will tread carefully.
by Leonard Barden
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Wolfgang Uhlmann (1935-2020)
Replies: 14
Views: 1306

Re: Wolfgang Uhlmann (1935-2020)

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:14 pm
Might have thought ChessBase would have had some sort of tribute up by now.
https://de.chessbase.com/post/wolfgang- ... -gestorben
by Leonard Barden
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12581

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

I advise careful study of the final two moves of both armageddon games. White's 38th in the Germany v Hungary game, if Chessbomb has it right, is especially notable. Whether by accident or design it was very likely an excellent choice since one move later Black overstepped while White had all of th...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12581

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Don't think you can blame it on a single match, the overall performance is what matters. Some of the eight senior players, men and women, were below or well below their best form but all eight managed a plus score overall from the B and top group matches. In contrast, three of the four juniors had m...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12581

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

So, the now traditional 1-5 score. Given that this is likely to be the England team's only international event in 2020, it is disappointing that probably only Jovanka and Gawain played to near their best standards. Others seemed underprepared. Didn't Howell do quite well too? (I haven't checked). Y...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12581

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

So, the now traditional 1-5 score. Given that this is likely to be the England team's only international event in 2020, it is disappointing that probably only Jovanka and Gawain played to near their best standards. Others seemed underprepared.