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by Nick Ivell
Sun May 12, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Walden
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Brian Walden

Sad news.

I've no idea how good a player Brian was. I do remember him speaking at the Karpov simul in 1977. He said 'your games, Mr Karpov, will survive as long as the game is played'.

He was right there!
by Nick Ivell
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move
Replies: 17
Views: 1656

Re: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move

The first time I played the late George Ellison, doyen of Fylde chess, I was 12 years old. He was a much stronger player than me at that time. Nevertheless, he ending up in a stone-cold lost same-coloured bishop ending a pawn down. I was coasting to victory. Then he offered a draw! I found the coura...
by Nick Ivell
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book Collections
Replies: 21
Views: 2089

Re: Chess Book Collections

My only rarity is 'Mr Blackburne's games at chess'. Published in 1899, and reassuringly descriptive. I picked it up for a song in a second-hand bookshop in Edinburgh.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book Collections
Replies: 21
Views: 2089

Re: Chess Book Collections

I have a few hundred. Sorry to be vague, but I'm not going to start counting them now.

My favourites are those that inspired me back in 1972: Alexander's book on the Fischer - Spassky match and, of course, The Games of Robert J Fischer.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 2019 Varsity Match
Replies: 9
Views: 1511

Re: 2019 Varsity Match

It doesn't look as though Hou has anything. That kind of pawn sac is not what I would call percentage chess as White, as it's going to require brilliant calculation to make anything of it.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 5096

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Draw. A 'grind' becomes frankly boring when no serious winning chances are generated. At one point Magnus just seemed to be going round in circles.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 5096

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

A Magnus grind is now in progress. R and 4 v R and 3, pawns all on the same side. I thought the best defensive set up was h4, not g4 - am I missing something?
by Nick Ivell
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Really??
Replies: 14
Views: 1197

Re: Really??

Fantastic win for Atticus. I can't really explain our margin of victory yesterday. The teams were evenly matched. The stars were favourably aligned for us!
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7752

Re: Hastings

The Gormally effort appears to be fizzling out. Shame. He deserved to win this.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7752

Re: Hastings

I want Gormally to win outright. He's shown a bit of desire. I also like the fact that he's made playing the focus of his chess, not coaching. I realise that coaching gives a more secure income, but there's a problem: when coaching becomes the focus of your chess, you almost inevitably become weaker...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7752

Re: Hastings

All in all, a disappointing tournament. No one has taken it by the scruff of the neck. I wish Gormally well. At least he's been making an effort with the black pieces.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7752

Re: Hastings

Never mind the Fried Liver, what about the Petroff? Or the Russian, as they call it in Germany and elsewhere. Even Gormally is playing it. The baleful influence of a world championship match, I assume.

An improvement on the Berlin, but only just.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7752

Re: Hastings

I prefer Ivell - Cass, Liverpool 1973, which from memory went 6. Nxf7 Kxf7; 7. Qf3+ Ke8??

These are my fond memories of the Fried Liver, which I only ever played once. Nowadays I wouldn't have the bottle to give a piece up.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7752

Re: Hastings

Oh dear - a fried liver that soon fizzled out.

A lot of draws from the Hawk too - almost as though he's not even trying to win with the Black pieces.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7752

Re: Hastings

Fried Liver alert in the Petrov game.