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by Andy Stoker
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58217

Re: Chess history trivia

A wallow of Hippos?!
by Andy Stoker
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Top 10 chess players in the world 1967-2020
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Top 10 chess players in the world 1967-2020

Attractive graphics, if you like that sort of thing.
I'm not smart enough to comment on the numbers used - others will be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spjp49HFd84
by Andy Stoker
Fri May 22, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2994

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

Not clear what else could have been done - the grades we have are FIDE grades. Last time I looked, I think >800 in my section (<2000) so I guess ~4000 players in total. The IM mentioned has just joined with a freakishly low rapid grade
by Andy Stoker
Thu May 21, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Checkmate Covid-19
Replies: 18
Views: 1230

Re: Checkmate Covid-19

Ah yes, Leicester City and the Villa. I was there in 1976 when Chris Nicholl scored all 4 goals - in a 2-2 draw http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/aston_vi ... -1976.html
by Andy Stoker
Thu May 21, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2994

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

I assumed the Rc7 loss was a mouse error (Rd7 intended?)

I had thought the initial ratings shown were tournament performances - apparently not.
by Andy Stoker
Thu May 21, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2994

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

Interested to see at least two FMs in this <1700 group. Clear that there is not a consistent correlation between national (ECF) grades and the FIDE grade. My standard and rapidplay grades are both ~175 yet my FIDE grade is 1723 - no problem in this case. A quick glance at some of the other UK player...
by Andy Stoker
Sun May 17, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 17740

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

A league I play in is considering the feasibility of re-starting on 1st September. My initial response was that this is entirely unrealistic - but I now wonder if this might have some legs - anything we speculate would have to be severely tested by developments over the next few months and I am sure...
by Andy Stoker
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?
Replies: 40
Views: 2895

Re: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?

CHOD may have wished to hide the title of "Head of Research" - which could be of particular interest to enemy investigators

Nice work to discover this.
by Andy Stoker
Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44516

Re: 4NCL Online

Successful accessing chess.com now - but still struggling - with LiChess. I seem to get on the site OK but cannot start a game... I'm logged in - it displays my user name - but I am unable to play a game. If I try to play against the computer, I move a pawn but it does not register on the scoresheet...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44516

Re: 4NCL Online

Ah ha! On chess.com, I randomly changed the "connect" detail to the last option (cannot find it again to explain what it was!) - and I got in. Hoorah Looking forward to playing in some of the events being organised.
Thank you again for the help
by Andy Stoker
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44516

Re: 4NCL Online

Many thanks for the prompt reply, Adam.
I've tried all you suggest - cleared browsing data, cookies etc
Used Chrome, Edge, IE
Failed with all .... I'll keep on trying at other times
by Andy Stoker
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44516

Re: 4NCL Online

Not NCL-specific - but don't want to start a new thread. I had left off online chess until this weekend - was a regular at chess.com. However, I now find I cannot connect to either chess.com ("Cannot connect because of your internet connection..") or LiChess (try to start a game but just get a whirl...
by Andy Stoker
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OTB chess still being played...
Replies: 3
Views: 971

Re: OTB chess still being played...

The obvious opening! The rooks are waiting. No great winds indoor or there could be a knight-in-gale
by Andy Stoker
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 362
Views: 24666

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Spassky lost the first game of his quarter final against Keres in 1965 https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=80065 - this link also includes reference to Spassky's interview with Barden, in which he says "he regarded the 1st game, a loss, as the most satisfying of the match: "I made a very go...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Notes - major downscale
Replies: 16
Views: 2571

Re: Chess Notes - major downscale

In passing - George Orwell asserted confidently that the work appearing under the byline of Frank Richards (Billy Bunter and others) could not possibly have been by one author - only to find that he was mistaken (http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2011 ... hards.html)