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by John McKenna
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

at the 40th move According to chessbomb.com it was 85 moves SNIP At move 40, the stockfish at that site thinks White is about a pawn worse. In round 2 GM Q. Le was laid low with his 2nd black in a row. At present I have only 30 moves of Xiong-Le and imagine Le was not long in giving up the ghost. H...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:13 am
Very impressive opening game from Howell, I thought.
Yes, David won a rook for knight, but at the 40th move (the end, it seems) Shankland had two knights for rook and two pawns.

Either Shankland lost on time or his position was worse than it looks?
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

Vietnamese GM Q. Le - not resting on his laurels - has come hotfoot from China where he just won, outright, the Asian Continental Ch.

https://en.chessbase.com/post/le-quang- ... mpionships
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 16
Views: 747

Re: The word rook and Persia

I'll just say, in mitigation, that Francis posted this in General Chat.

If it had been posted in Chess History the criticisms would be justified.

Chess Questions might have been a better place for it.
by John McKenna
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 16
Views: 747

Re: The word rook and Persia

John (and Peter), I am not responsible for the contents, or lack thereof, of Dr. J's legendary lexicon. 'Rook', Francis, came into English through Arabic rukh via Persian from the Sanskrit word for a chariot ratha . Thanks for the encouragement, Nick. Tim (and David) may be sticklers for the actual ...
by John McKenna
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 16
Views: 747

Re: The word rook and Persia

Francis may have meant Samuel Johnson's famous dictionary, which he has mentioned before -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Diction ... h_Language
by John McKenna
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4298

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

How ironic would it be if FIDE agreed to rate games played at the above-mentioned time controls for all players and thereby finally allow "slow-play" ECF graded games to be FIDE rated. Not sure Alanis Morrissette would be too troubled by the irony. But watch this space - there has been increasing d...
by John McKenna
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: GH Hardy
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: GH Hardy

Being one of the foremost mathematicians of his day - and an avid cricket fan - chess, in any shape or form, certainly came a poor third at best. https://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2931.htm Perhaps Hardy dabbled more in chess problems than playing the game itself. https://www.chessproblem.net/viewtopic.p...
by John McKenna
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4298

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

If more decisive games are desired while maintaining a reasonable sort of standard, then the solution is to play a rapidplay time limit. There are intermediate options. Topalov has suggested that Classic games should now be played with 90 minutes each (so G/60 + 30 secs or G/75 + 15 secs). But FIDE...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 3587

Re: Falkland Islands

Nigel Short .The Falkland Islands Chess Club met for the first time at the Malvina House Hotel at 7.30pm on Monday. They will meet again next week.< The ECF can help particularly with teaching materials and possibly equipment. Stewart, that could mean the ECF have boards but no pieces, as yet, to g...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3028
Views: 126585

Re: The English Language

Imagine a footballer kicking a football around. Then think of the footballer as White and the ball as Black. White (the footballer is in control of Black (the ball) and can make B go where he wants. In other words Black has lost all control in the position and must reply specifically to whatever mov...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 67
Views: 3767

Re: Candidates 2019

Marrying one of the GMs who have consistently defeated her might help her improve and break through the 2600 barrier. How does that come across, Chris? She (2484) defeated Nepo (2492) with the white pieces in the 2004 World U-18 Ch. held in Heraklion. At that event she did exactly the same to Lawren...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 714

Re: Sid Kirby

What Neil C wrote, above, is sad but true. What Ian T and Andrew Z wrote is interesting. Delving back a bit further - no sign of him in the paper ECF grading lists for 1996/7 & 1997/8. Yorks may have been hiding their lights under a bushel in those days (as Ian T indicates above), too, so he may hav...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 714

Re: Sid Kirby

24C was his lowest grade - showing on the ECF's o/l grading d/b as July 2008 - but it's based on the highest number of games he played in a season. His other entries there show the less graded games he played the higher his grade got. RIP Sid I never knew you Though perhaps I did In any club on lowe...