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by Peter Sharpe
Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Has anyone ever given up chess?
Replies: 165
Views: 22122

Re: Has anyone ever given up chess?

Several of us have virtually given up on chess to play bridge e.g Peter Lee, Jonathan Mestel, myself and intriguingly, Jonathan Penrose, who plays at my bridge club at Welwyn.....although it is very much a pastime for him whilst Jonathan and Peter take it very seriously and do extremely well at Nat...
by Peter Sharpe
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Has anyone ever given up chess?
Replies: 165
Views: 22122

Re: Has anyone ever given up chess?

James Howell got the GM title and then gave up completely, not just competitive chess, but anything associated with chess. I had wondered what had happened to him. Saw him in the Romiley, Harrogate and BCF congresses in 1984. He seemed to have a very high concentration level when playing his games....
by Peter Sharpe
Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Concentration.......
Replies: 8
Views: 2068

Re: Concentration.......

Matt Mackenzie wrote:I do not know of any female chessplayer of that name. If you mean *Susan* Caldwell, however.........

(or, alternatively, Sheila Jackson?? Who does still play, a bit :) )

Sorry, I meant Susan Caldwell
by Peter Sharpe
Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Concentration.......
Replies: 8
Views: 2068

Re: Concentration.......

I think you well may be right Jon, but for completely different reasons, one would assume. a friend recalled that at a chess congress, in the early 1980s I think, so many men were circling around a game Sheila Caldwell was playing in . Sheila was wearing a low cut dress that day and my friend recko...
by Peter Sharpe
Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Complicate or simplify against a weaker player?
Replies: 9
Views: 1694

Re: Complicate or simplify against a weaker player?

I remember playing against a schoolboy in a rapidplay team tournament about 15 years ago. He played quite sharp and had the better of the opening. I then decided to play a positional sacrifice which would complicate things. My opponent gave a worried look and kept looking at me before getting my att...
by Peter Sharpe
Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES
Replies: 1360
Views: 68752

Re: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES

What has happened to all the exciting, sacrificial games we used to witness in the times of Mestel, Speelman, Nunn etc ? Had Mestel, Speelman and Nunn (all now over 50 years old) played in the 2011 BCC, would they play exciting sacrifical games? I notice that a lot of chess players play more positi...
by Peter Sharpe
Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF accept CJs resignation? - Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 3821

Re: Should the ECF accept CJs resignation? - Poll

However, in this instance we have an EDCA member, Christopher Kreuzer, who says that he might wish to attend the ECF AGM. I have known Chris for over 10 years (I have been an EDCA member since 1983) and have played matches against him (he usually wins!), so if he wants to attend the ECF meetings as...
by Peter Sharpe
Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF accept CJs resignation? - Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 3821

Re: Should the ECF accept CJs resignation? - Poll

No, you can't. Only "Full Members" can attend. Just to make life difficult, that's not as in the membership class "Full member". Basically, a delegate of anyone who is listed on the voting register is entitled to attend, and that's about it. He's got a better chance than most. The English Deaf Ches...
by Peter Sharpe
Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hats at the board
Replies: 30
Views: 4453

Re: Hats at the board

I remember playing a chess match in the North Midlands League for AGD against Sutton about 20 years ago. My opponent (i think his name is Robinson) wore a hat, a white doctor coat and walked barefoot. I remember he was playing in the Derby chess congress when there was a lot of snow that weekend an...
by Peter Sharpe
Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hats at the board
Replies: 30
Views: 4453

Re: Hats at the board

Sarah de Lisle wrote:Random - sorry - wasn't there a guy called Kevin of the Teachers who used to go around barefoot too? Or have I dreamed him?.
I remember he wore sandals when I saw him play in the chess congresses in the mid 1980s
by Peter Sharpe
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES
Replies: 1360
Views: 68752

Re: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES

saw Jones having a drink at the Tap (at Rail station) last night. Palliser, Wells and the Ledger brothers were there too. There is still time for Jones to get back there before the last orders!
by Peter Sharpe
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hats at the board
Replies: 30
Views: 4453

Re: Hats at the board

I remember playing a chess match in the North Midlands League for AGD against Sutton about 20 years ago. My opponent (i think his name is Robinson) wore a hat, a white doctor coat and walked barefoot. I remember he was playing in the Derby chess congress when there was a lot of snow that weekend an...
by Peter Sharpe
Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hats at the board
Replies: 30
Views: 4453

Re: Hats at the board

I remember playing a chess match in the North Midlands League for AGD against Sutton about 20 years ago. My opponent (i think his name is Robinson) wore a hat, a white doctor coat and walked barefoot. I remember he was playing in the Derby chess congress when there was a lot of snow that weekend and...
by Peter Sharpe
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2011
Replies: 208
Views: 15620

Re: British Chess Championships 2011

I'm reliably informed that Nick turned down a draw at some point. Perhaps surprising how often people like to predict players lacking the desire to play for the win on the forum. (of course doesn't stop people still piling in with criticism once the game is over with a draw agreed!) That's interest...
by Peter Sharpe
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Top chess players body language and habits
Replies: 11
Views: 2135

Re: Top chess players body language and habits

Surely, some deeper thought at the critical moments could only improve results?! Sometimes the reverse can be true. I sometimes end up rejecting a move I would have instinctively played, because a long period of thought has convinced me that another move is better. Sometimes the extra thinking just...