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by Nick Ivell
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1816
Views: 158524

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: 15
Views: 579

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...
by Nick Ivell
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2656

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

The names being put forward are a long way from meeting the criteria put forward in the original post.

I would say it's about as likely as me running the 100 metres in less than 10 seconds.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2656

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

And I think Hawkins fits the latter category perfectly. Let's put this stuff to bed that he was a complete beginner as a teenager.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2656

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

I believe Rubinstein started late, but that was a different era.

If you want to be good, start early. This is as true now as it has ever been.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.
Replies: 34
Views: 2005

Re: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.

Attentive readers will recall the name of Martin Goldschmidt cropping up on the YMCA thread. Why do I resurrect the name of this long-forgotten player, more recently associated with the music industry? Because, in 1975, he did me a great service. He pointed out what he saw as my main weakness. Which...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 233
Views: 7777

Re: Pedants United

I really shouldn't be pedantic about Kramnik's excellent English, but the following snippet amused me:

'Black overtakes the initiative.'
by Nick Ivell
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 3084

Re: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

We seem to be a little short of knights.

Can I nominate Sir Leonard Barden?
by Nick Ivell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 301
Views: 19341

Re: Membership Renewal

Does anyone think that David and Gawain are spongers?

I hope not!
by Nick Ivell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 233
Views: 7777

Re: Pedants United

Neighbours has a lot to answer for.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 706
Views: 61903

Re: Chess history trivia

I don't think Hartston was particularly known for his prowess with Black. It's just that at Morecambe he hit a rich vein of form with Black - I remember it, because I was there.

The U-14 took place in the morning, giving me lots of time to watch the titled players in the afternoon.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 706
Views: 61903

Re: Chess history trivia

Hartston? Morecambe 1975?
by Nick Ivell
Sun Oct 04, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 301
Views: 19341

Re: Membership Renewal

I ask myself who the 0.5 pro was in 1970. Raymond Keene, perhaps? Was he only half a player?
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unusual Openings
Replies: 14
Views: 775

Re: Unusual Openings

1.... b6 is probably better against this garbage than against 1. e4, d4 and c4.

For the dangers of ...b6 against c4, please see Karpov's demolition of Tony Miles.

We're more used to seeing the freakish Miles win of 1....a6, but in fact, the game I refer to is rather more typical of their encounters.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 233
Views: 7777

Re: Pedants United

It kind of gets of gets on my nerves, like. And it gets on my nerves like, because it makes me feel very old like, because there is NO WAY I am ever going to speak like that, like never.