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by Nick Ivell
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3058

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
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3120

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: 3120

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: 3120

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: 3120

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.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup
Replies: 28
Views: 2130

Re: European Club Cup

Of course I can see that White had any advantage that was going, but it's hard to imagine that this kind of wood pushing is good for the game.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup
Replies: 28
Views: 2130

Re: European Club Cup

Is it just me, or were there no winning chances whatever for David in that endgame?
by Nick Ivell
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 2865

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: 40422

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: 40422

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: 40422

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: 40422

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: 40422

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: 40422

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.