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by Nick Ivell
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 2333

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Happy birthday, Leonard. I still haven't forgotten the tips you gave me when you kindly used to go over my games with me.

That kind of advice is priceless.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38469

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I'm not consulting an engine - I never do - but I'm getting worried about Howell's position.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38469

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Is Adams still our best player? Yes, and by some distance, whatever the ratings may say. He has not just beaten people in this tournament - he has destroyed them.

Howell will overtake him at some point. That point is not now.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38469

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Weaker players than Adams find it pretty much impossible to meet his 1. e4. One is reminded of Karpov in the early 80s, when everyone was weaker than him, and Miles trying 1...a6? because nothing else worked.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38469

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Adams too good. His only vulnerability has been his inflexible repertoire with Black, but with a preponderance of Whites in this tournament, he has not really been tested. And I thought Gordon got a playable position against him!
by Nick Ivell
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38469

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Not much to say about the Adams game. OUCH.

With White he has been imperious. With Black, not so impressive.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38469

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38469

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

There is a difference between breaking the rules and cheating. Have the rules been broken? Yes. Is loss of the game a reasonable penalty? Absolutely. I don't know all the details of this case, but to attack someone's reputation (as alleged) is beyond the pale. There is no evidence of cheating or int...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13361

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I'm more concerned with the apparent fact that a cheater has been caught, than the propriety of the methods used. I think most members of the chess community will share my views. Almost certainly the phone was being used for nefarious purposes; and we all know that consulting a phone during play is ...
by Nick Ivell
Sun May 12, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Walden
Replies: 8
Views: 1657

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: 1849

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: 2347

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: 2347

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: 2166

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: 5722

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.