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by Niall Doran
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How tight are you?
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Re: How tight are you?

I'm generally the one who does the driving. No-one has ever offered me petrol money, but then again, that's probably my fault for not asking for it! To be honest, there are so many other things that annoy me about my club mates, that chasing them up for petrol money would just be another hassle, so ...
by Niall Doran
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever
Replies: 26
Views: 5267

Re: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever

That's a genius review!
by Niall Doran
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is your favourite Chess Website to Play Chess on?
Replies: 14
Views: 1282

Re: What is your favourite Chess Website to Play Chess on?

I played on playchess.com for years, out of habit mostly, I never really looked around to see what else was available. However the constant lag and disconnection problems forced me to look for something better, and I stumbled across Lichess. What a revelation! The amount of effort that goes into tha...
by Niall Doran
Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A minor yet irritating point of chess etiquette
Replies: 16
Views: 2349

Re: A minor yet irritating point of chess etiquette

I think if players are asked nicely, at the start of the round, to reset the pieces at the end of the game, they'll do so.
by Niall Doran
Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A minor yet irritating point of chess etiquette
Replies: 16
Views: 2349

Re: A minor yet irritating point of chess etiquette

One thing for me is those helpful people who insist on putting the pieces back in the boxes on completed boards when there are still games in progress, usually mine, and usually during time trouble. Which happens for several reasons: - It's easier to get stuff put away when people are still around,...
by Niall Doran
Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A minor yet irritating point of chess etiquette
Replies: 16
Views: 2349

Re: A minor yet irritating point of chess etiquette

Short answer: couldn't be arsed.

Longer answer: Lack of respect for whoever has to tidy up at the end, and lack of pressure from their peers to encourage them to do so.
by Niall Doran
Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Scid vs. PC help
Replies: 6
Views: 1283

Re: Scid vs. PC help

Thanks for the help MSoszynski and Martin! You were right about me not wanting to do it that way, I'd already thought of doing it that way but I thought there might be something more efficient. Regarding the report, it seems very basic. Although I've just learned that I've a 57% score with White and...
by Niall Doran
Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Letting The Cat Out Of The Bag
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Re: Letting The Cat Out Of The Bag

I assume you're talking about openings that are dodgy but score well OTB? To be honest, if you're chatting with your club mates, you don't necessarily have to give away your whole repertoire. I've actually on occasion tried to show some risky lines to fellow players, but unless they play the exact s...
by Niall Doran
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Scid vs. PC help
Replies: 6
Views: 1283

Scid vs. PC help

Hi all. I'm using version 4.16, I have a small database of games that I want to filter in the following way: I want to select all my games as White and then use the Tree function to look through my openings to see which ones I do well/poorly against. So I open the game database, go to Search->Genera...
by Niall Doran
Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: French Championships
Replies: 1
Views: 494

Re: French Championships

As far as I can remember, anyone can participate in any of the different tournaments in the French Championship (Accession, Open A, Open B etc) regardless of nationality, with the exception of the very top tournament to determine the French champion. Unless the rules have changed recently.
by Niall Doran
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How good should you be to teach?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Re: How good should you be to teach?

I find over the board chess frustrating.... I can play a lot better online and recently beat a Very strong FM as well as having beaten candidate masters. Do you think this would make me suitable to teach chess even though I mess up over the board, or do you think the fact that my OTB play is so wea...
by Niall Doran
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uses For Unwanted Chess Sets
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Uses For Unwanted Chess Sets

Wouldn't be the first to use it as a chopping board! http://images.google.fr/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn3.volusion.com%2Fartgw.hyvvw%2Fv%2Fvspfiles%2Fphotos%2FCB01154-2.jpg%253F1466157357&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.chess.co.uk%2FChess-Recipes-from-the-Grandmaster-s-Kitchen-Val-p%2Fcb01154.htm&h=...
by Niall Doran
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues
Replies: 25
Views: 2176

Re: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues

Cool, I've done as much as the Greek U12 superstar from Athens!! And it only took me two years!

Still, I'm surprised by his answer, I honestly expected that the answer would be that he'd done a few bit and bobs from the books, without going through them methodically.
by Niall Doran
Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Paid and unpaid disparity
Replies: 30
Views: 2381

Re: paid and unpaid disparity

Obviously if you take the two groups, Working and Not Working, there will be some overlap in incomes between the high end of Not Working and the low end of Working. However if you look at the overall picture, people who are working earn, on average, a lot more. No system is perfectly 'fair', in this...
by Niall Doran
Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French tournaments
Replies: 27
Views: 2571

Re: French tournaments

While on the subject, can anyone recommend any tournaments in France (preferably within reasonable driving distance of Calais) suitable for strongish (ECF100-150 range) juniors, preferably during school holidays? Or Belgium/Netherlands, for that matter! List of future Fide rated tournaments here: h...