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by Andy Burnett
Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 31118

Re: Road to Grandmaster

Will needs to do is talk to a certain J Hawkins another north east player who has gone from 130ish grade to our latest IM. He would probably be able to give him some ideas what he needs to do. The Hawk has shown what can be achieved. How many of you on here would have given J hawkins a cat in hells...
by Andy Burnett
Sat Oct 09, 2010 7:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 31118

Re: Road to Grandmaster

This thread is rather tragic. He's being written off at the grand old age of 21. He's not being written off, it's just that most of us appreciate how strong Grandmaster level is. If he got rid of the girlfriend, perhaps he'd have a chance. By the way, I'd appreciate it if someone who understands Pa...
by Andy Burnett
Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 31118

Road to Grandmaster

This item has just appeared on ChessBase Road to Grandmaster 08.10.2010 – Can a 21-year-old Class A player become a grandmaster on command? Will Taylor of Bridgwater, UK, rated around 1900, believes he can. The English bookmakers William Hill believe he can't and offered odds of 25:1 against it ha...
by Andy Burnett
Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)
Replies: 838
Views: 45047

Re: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)

Jones' position just looks so easy for White to play. If White ever gets Nf5 in, it's all over! Edit: A glimmer of a hope after 23. fxg4. At least that's one less open file to worry about. 23 Bh6 looked completely crushing. 23.fxg4 looks suspect to me. 23.f4 keeping the g-file 'open', or 23.Bh6 as ...
by Andy Burnett
Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)
Replies: 838
Views: 45047

Re: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)

Lets hope Gawain has been taking lessons from Chris Ward in this position Unfortunately it's a line that Ward neither plays, nor advocates in his books :( I'm really surprised at the amount of time both players are consuming, considering this is still (well?) within the bounds of theory. Hopefully ...
by Andy Burnett
Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)
Replies: 838
Views: 45047

Re: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)

So, does anyone have a clue what's going on in Gawain's dragon or it is just chaotic? Also looks like Smeets is playing the Short system against Short. Not sure what the latest theory is on this position (after 17...Re8) but Kasparov doesn't like black's chances too much. In his 'Revolution in the ...
by Andy Burnett
Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Well known Liverpool chessplayer jailed
Replies: 45
Views: 4892

Re: Well known Liverpool chessplayer jailed

Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Michael Jones wrote:Holmes tended to have little time for sports and recreation in general.
He was quite fond of cocaine - that keeps a man busy.
Thought it was opium he enjoyed?!
by Andy Burnett
Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)
Replies: 838
Views: 45047

Re: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)

Is 18...Rxf2 an option in Howell's game? 19.Nxf2 Nxg3 20.Qg4 Bxf2+ and Nxh1 or something similar - looks scary to me
without an engine

Ok, apparently not 18...Rf7 played.
by Andy Burnett
Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)
Replies: 838
Views: 45047

Re: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)

What do your engines say to 21 Qh6 Rg8 - forced - 22 Rf4 threat Qh7? I can't see anything. Just ...Qf8 defends that I think?! The queen can block on h6 if white sacs. I'm more worried about a slower or trickier version of the same tactics, e.g. Rf5 with the idea of e5, then Qh6 (when Rh5 becomes po...
by Andy Burnett
Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)
Replies: 838
Views: 45047

Re: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)

Alex Holowczak wrote:Howell looks to be in a bit of trouble; is he?
I don't have an engine running, but I wouldn't touch his position with a bargepole. :(
by Andy Burnett
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)
Replies: 838
Views: 45047

Re: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)

http://ugra-chess.com/livegames?gameid=100106018&ln=en&tmnt=1 Adams - Carlsen: ???? is that a real chess opening???? I'm pretty sure I played something similar when i was about 3 years old! If it has a name, it's called the North Sea Defence. I don't know why either. Someone I've never heard of wro...
by Andy Burnett
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)
Replies: 838
Views: 45047

Re: 39th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (the chess)

http://ugra-chess.com/livegames?gameid= ... =en&tmnt=1

Adams - Carlsen: ???? is that a real chess opening???? I'm pretty sure I played something similar when i was about 3 years old!
by Andy Burnett
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A new twist on mobile Phones.
Replies: 180
Views: 16361

Re: A new twist on mobile Phones.

I play golf and the rules are easy, play the ball as it lies. Easy. But in a recent US major Open golf event a player was told at the end of the final round that he was not joint winner as he had grounded his putter in a bunker (which did not look like a bunker) and therefore lost large amounts of ...
by Andy Burnett
Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Discuss revised England teams for 2010 Olympiad
Replies: 300
Views: 23039

Re: Discuss revised England teams for 2010 Olympiad

Yes it's the same player, and last year (at a guess) for the name change? I'll try to check it out for you.
by Andy Burnett
Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Discuss revised England teams for 2010 Olympiad
Replies: 300
Views: 23039

Re: Discuss revised England teams for 2010 Olympiad

I think I read somewhere that it's Denmark who are missing Nielsen as he is Norway's coach!?