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by Nick Ivell
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 787

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

Then Boris moved on to the Tarrasch in the second match, with better results. I've played the Tarrasch at least 20 times in 4NCL. I can safely say that nearly all of my opponents have given it a sterner test than Petrosian did. Just shows how much opening theory has moved on, and how you can't just ...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 787

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

To while away the boredom of lockdown, I've been playing through some old world championship games. I don't recommend the countless Botvinnik v Smyslov games: not much entertainment to be had there. Anyway, in the first Spassky v Petrosian match I was amazed to see Boris punt 1....b5 in a couple of ...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 787

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

Going a bit off-topic now, but re Teichmann, the other thing I remember from Edinburgh 1985 is him listening to Pali motivational tapes DURING PLAY.

Wonder how many regulations that would fall foul of now??
by Nick Ivell
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 787

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

That's the one! Well found, Justin. I was privileged to see it live. Must have been one of the games that inspired me, but unsurprisingly I didn't have Vlastimil's positional feel.

I gave it up in 1989.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 787

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

Best game I ever saw in the Polish (which is no good) was by Hort. Must have been 1984, in the Bundesliga. It was an incredible dark-squared strategy, based on plonking his bishop on d4 and his queen on b2. I was never able to emulate this strategy during my 'Polish years'. Incidentally, no one ever...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 787

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

I recall Erik Teichmann (whatever happened to him) open all his games at the British in 1985 with the Polish (I think we called it the Sokolski then).

This inspired me to experiment with 1. b4 for a few years. My conclusion? The Polish is no good.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15828

Re: Worrying times

This crisis is going to change the world, in large ways and small. Chess? I've no appetite for the online stuff. OTB? For a start, I can see the courtesy handshake going out the window. Hindu-style namaste, anyone? Let's face it, even in pre-Corona times, it was a recipe for spreading flu. We should...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 18735

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Yes, I sometimes wonder if the name of an opening matters.

'Adams essayed an English, perhaps making a national point' is the kind of thing we sometimes read.

I tend to think that the name of an opening is of no relevance whatever.

We certainly don't see Adams playing 1. c4 often!
by Nick Ivell
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 18735

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Interesting that Magnus knew at a glance that the Nepo ending was winning. Clearly operating at a different level to the other commentators.
by Nick Ivell
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 18735

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Normally I understand a game of chess.

Ding v Caruana? Don't get it at all, from Kf2 onwards.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 14200

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

It's now clear that the most recent 4NCL weekend, absurdly titled 'weekend 1', was the calm before the storm. No announcement from the arbiters. Handshake as normal. The most serious thing we were worried about was cheating. And yet... In Preston station I had seen someone wearing a face mask. The f...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 14200

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

I'm with the Professor on this one. 4NCL? I've spent my life playing chess in dingy dumps. Dark public houses. Depressing schools. And don't even get me started on Aston University. Now I will only play at excellent venues. 4NCL provides this opportunity. Problem is, the whole business model is pred...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 12526

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: 1333

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: 5596

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...