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by Nick Ivell
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board

Ah, sorry, I meant 28. Rd1. Things clearly turned a bit later.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: Adams wins SEVEN straight over the board

Looked to me as though Black was pushing all the way through. If White has to play 38. Rd1, he must be worse.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 144
Views: 2746

Re: Pedants United

Full stop goes inside the bracket if the brackets contain a complete grammatical sentence. So punctuation correct in the previous post (if I can end with a sentence without a verb, but at least this gives me a chance to put a full stop after a bracket). Devotees of this thread have missed their voca...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 18
Views: 500

Re: Music from the 80s

Let me put in a word for the Pixies. Doolittle was a great album.

The best British band were the Smiths.

'There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more.'
by Nick Ivell
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Postponement - official
Replies: 28
Views: 2797

Re: Postponement - official

The virus will have certain advantages over the next few months. Same as flu in that respect.

I can't see myself going back to shaking hands at 4NCL. If anything is a vector for infection during the flu season, that must be it.

And yet in the good old days we never worried about it, did we?
by Nick Ivell
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Julian Farrand
Replies: 23
Views: 2650

Re: Julian Farrand

Chess hardly gets a look-in there!

And that's just how it should be. Of few people can it be said, as of Korchnoi, that chess was their life.
by Nick Ivell
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 651

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

It was thrilling watching John and Paul analyse together. Their lines were not always correct, perhaps, but the ideas were incredible. People sometimes think of John as a high-class hacker, but there was more to him than that. I remember him showing me a game of Flohr's to illustrate a weakness on d...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Postponement - official
Replies: 28
Views: 2797

Re: Postponement - official

I'm not hopeful, even about option 2.
by Nick Ivell
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 875
Views: 41311

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I feel for the organisers but it's now clear to me that we shouldn't even be thinking about OTB for the rest of 2020, and probably a fair way beyond.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.
Replies: 69
Views: 2352

Re: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.

Never played it. Might be ok against the Caro, but you can't expect anything with it against the French.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 651

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

FM was a joke. I can't imagine there's much argument there.

He gave the great Botvinnik a scare, for starters.

If John had a weakness, it was a tendency to over-rate his position; but he was a very fine player indeed. I learnt a lot from him.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 651

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

An excellent tribute. What a wonderful player John was.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?
Replies: 11
Views: 501

Re: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?

I only mentioned three things to back up my opinion that the online stuff is fundamentally UNSERIOUS.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?
Replies: 11
Views: 501

Re: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?

Let me cut to the chase here.

OTB is chess. Online isn't.

Cheating, mouse-slips, disconnections? I rest my case...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 144
Views: 2746

Re: Pedants United

Maybe we should add 'variety' to our list of collective nouns.

Better than 'murder', I suppose...