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by Nick Ivell
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11699

Re: Hastings Congress

Is Bb2 really a mistake? Or have our opinions merely been coloured by Fischer's great performance in game 6 of the Petrosian match?

I don't know enough about these positions to comment.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In an alternate universe
Replies: 13
Views: 1236

Re: In an alternate universe

Kasparov. The greatest player of all time.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5131

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

What an interesting thread. I'll throw in my opinion for what it's worth. I believe experience counts for very little in chess. Of course there are exceptions, like Korchnoi - it must be nice for Keith to be mentioned in the same breath. Nunn wasn't in the same league as Karpov. One of the best tact...
by Nick Ivell
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8444

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I repeat: strong players do not emerge like Venus in the Botticelli painting. All this talk about online stuff is disingenuous. Most of those games have very little value. Absolute garbage, in fact. I return to Bob Beamon. Yes, his jump defied belief. But he was known as a strong, if inconsistent pe...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8444

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

You don't get good at chess from nowhere. And Bob Beamon didn't come from nowhere, however amazing his leap (and it's one of the first things I remember).
by Nick Ivell
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8444

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I actually liked Matt's 'non-apology apology.' As elegant an 'apology' as could have been given in the circumstances, I feel.
by Nick Ivell
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8444

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

At last! A proper discussion about cheating. Good to see Danny posting on the forum. We need people who have worked with engines properly, and who understand the game. There could scarcely be a more important issue. In fact it threatens to ruin the integrity of the game, just as my beloved general k...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 18524

Re: End of an era

That's just ritual courtesy on David's part.

Keene has not in fact written with distinction for many years.

I did admire Keene as a player, and his 'Reappraisal' is a great book - but all this was decades ago.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 18524

Re: End of an era

I finally got to read one of Luke's columns: 'the Saric Conspiracy.' The difference in quality, between this column and his predecessor's, is frankly embarrassing.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3754

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Thanks for your efforts, Neil. A whole era has been brought to life.

I hope, one day, that the 1970s will be recreated so lovingly. One thing is for sure: we had longer hair!
by Nick Ivell
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 14071

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

How long is this saga going to go on for?
by Nick Ivell
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4403

Re: Shortest game

Thanks for the Morra, Keith. I knew you wouldn't let me down!
by Nick Ivell
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4403

Re: Shortest game

Keith: you used to play e4, and sac pawns for fun? I look forward to seeing examples of any punts you have had with the Morra gambit (a way to win quickly with White, or lose slowly)! I went back to my roots a few years ago when I tried the Morra against GM Bauer in the 4NCL. It was no fun when he d...
by Nick Ivell
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4403

Re: Shortest game

Which brings me to the issue of resigning. When is it plain bad etiquette to play on? In the masterpiece quoted by me, White was facing mate or catastrophic loss of material. The only option is to retire to the bar. In the example quoted by Tim (strange how these disasters often befall White), White...
by Nick Ivell
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4403

Re: Shortest game

Part of my chess lore is that the shortest game between masters went 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nd2 e5 3 de Ng4 4 h3?? Ne3 0-1

Might be stretching the concept of 'master' though.