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by Nick Ivell
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2002

Re: Peter Markland

I will always remember Peter's fine performance against Karpov. Ok, he lost - no surprise there.

It was a great fight. I was reading about Hugh Alexander in another thread. He wrote brilliantly about that game. He knew talent when he saw it.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fischer's overview
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: Fischer's overview

I suppose it depends what we mean by creativity. Playing through Bobby's early games, I am more struck by his vices than his creativity: the materialism, the narrow repertoire, his dislike of irrational positions. Some of these vices stayed with him for his whole career! Chess has moved on. Bobby wa...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fischer's overview
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: Fischer's overview

Is that not just opening theory though? The very think he was railing against in his semi-dotage? And talking of theory, his KID in the early days was pathetic! I've played through so many games where his dislike of cramped positions is evident. When I think of Bobby, I think of an immense tactical ...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fischer's overview
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: Fischer's overview

Bobby meant the fixing of games, which he had a bee in his bonnet about from 1962 onwards. He may have had a point. However, I don't believe Bobby was the best player in the world in 1962. An interesting conversation. He makes an argument for Fischer random. Then again, a lot of this is the rambling...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: How to Swindle in Chess
Replies: 53
Views: 2106

Re: How to Swindle in Chess

Berger. Larsen gives ...d5 a question mark, but I'm not sure it's that bad.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 285
Views: 13428

Re: Pedants United

I don't like 'whom', and think it truly antiquated, except after a preposition on occasion.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Feb 06, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: How to Swindle in Chess
Replies: 53
Views: 2106

Re: How to Swindle in Chess

Well Justin, at least the first owner read it!

Though I'm sure you have too. I love those Bell books with the red covers.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: How to Swindle in Chess
Replies: 53
Views: 2106

Re: How to Swindle in Chess

Moving on to more substantive matter than the condition of our books. I draw attention to a game no one ever talks about: Redolfi - Fischer, Mar del Plata 1959. Swindle or cheapo? I'm not even sure I accept Jonathan's interesting distinction (great article, by the way). One thing I am sure of is thi...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: How to Swindle in Chess
Replies: 53
Views: 2106

Re: How to Swindle in Chess

I like that tear in your book cover Justin.

Shows that the book (and it's a good one) is READ, rather than gathering dust, as so many chess books do.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 15
Views: 1081

Re: Demis Hassabis

Karpov certainly wasn't himself when facing 1...a6, but you would only play that against him once.

My point remains. Bishops are stronger than knights. Q & N is one of my prescribed circumstances.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 15
Views: 1081

Re: Demis Hassabis

Both the Exchange and the Winawer are examples of giving up a bishop 'for' something: doubled pawns, to be precise. I don't actually rate either opening and Fischer didn't play the Exchange often. He preferred the Spanish 'torture'. He wasn't at his best against the Winawer but, in my opinion, the q...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Forcing Chess Moves : The Key to Better Calculation
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Re: Forcing Chess Moves : The Key to Better Calculation

Re the Gallagher combo: I saw the first two moves in no time at all. Easy!

But then, Qh8+ didn't occur to me at all. I was looking for ways to continue the attack, not to reach a technical win on material.

Perhaps this shows that sacrifices are harder to spot when no capture is involved.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 15
Views: 1081

Re: Demis Hassabis

Also an article in the Sunday Times today: 'The kid from the comp'. I was interested in the importance Demis gives to the difference in the powers of bishop and knight. Is the difference that significant? Ever since Fischer and Karpov we have known that bishops are stronger than knights, except in c...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 184986

Re: Cheating in chess

The Morra gambit (I'm guessing Roger shares my dislike of the double-barrelled appellation) give us a chance to beat a heffalump. It was in this spirit that I gave it a whirl against Christian Bauer a few years ago. He hardly gave a thought about declining it. He played ...d3, which I believe is wea...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 16
Views: 933

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

I cannot believe David is 30!

Does he really play for Cheddleton? I thought he might have been poached, if I may risk a word which has caused offence on these pages before...