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by chrisbeckett
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 47348

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

suggesting that one stalemate is fine to be a draw whereas another is "ludicrous"...is undermining the complexity of the game and the skill of the defending side....one of the Polgar sisters (Susan, I think) ingeniously escaping with a draw against Murray Chandler by tricking him into capturing her...
by chrisbeckett
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 47348

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Exactly, suggesting that one stalemate is fine to be a draw whereas another is "ludicrous" and should be rebranded as a win is, to me at least, undermining the complexity of the game and the skill of the defending side. I seem to remember one of the Polgar sisters (Susan, I think) ingeniously escapi...
by chrisbeckett
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New sponsor for british chess championship
Replies: 65
Views: 6526

Re: New sponsor for british chess championship

Wouldn't a potential knock-on effect of this prize structure be to encourage more players under 2050 to enter the Major Open and give that tournament a bit of a (much-needed) boost in terms of entries and strength in depth? It also says on the prize list from earlier that there'll be some rating pr...
by chrisbeckett
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New sponsor for british chess championship
Replies: 65
Views: 6526

Re: New sponsor for british chess championship

I'd say it's better to try and move a large amount of the tail from the British (hot-shot juniors excepted) into the MO to boost the status of both. The Major Open has had a strange field in recent years with a mixture of foreign FM/IM players not eligible for the British and sub 2000 players. Why ...
by chrisbeckett
Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New sponsor for british chess championship
Replies: 65
Views: 6526

Re: New sponsor for british chess championship

Wouldn't a potential knock-on effect of this prize structure be to encourage more players under 2050 to enter the Major Open and give that tournament a bit of a (much-needed) boost in terms of entries and strength in depth? It also says on the prize list from earlier that there'll be some rating pri...
by chrisbeckett
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 FIDE Women's World Championship (Tehran)
Replies: 178
Views: 12531

Re: 2017 FIDE Women's World Championship (Tehran)

I don't know if anyone else has made this point because I am blind drunk, but I don't really think the winner of the FIDE Women's World championship deserves the Fide Grandmaster Title. She really won't have done enough in my eyes. So winning the most prestigious tournament in the women's game whic...
by chrisbeckett
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Low graded players teaching chess
Replies: 46
Views: 3969

Re: Low graded players teaching chess

I'd have thought opening knowledge wouldn't really come into it as opposed to general principles like not bringing your Queen out early and getting castled etc. Sorry I replied to Jack first I like his avatar Dogmatically advising beginners not to bring the queen out early isnt good imho No problem...
by chrisbeckett
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 8535

Re: Hastings thread

Nick Burrows wrote:http://chess-results.com/tnr251584.aspx ... 821&snr=20

A good chance for an IM norm for Ravi. What score does he need from the last 2 rounds?
Hope he makes it - I'd have thought if he "only" needs a couple of draws he's got the right opponent for starters today...
by chrisbeckett
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Low graded players teaching chess
Replies: 46
Views: 3969

Re: Low graded players teaching chess

I totally agree with Andrew that chess teachers in schools don't have to be particularly strong, it's much more important to be an effective communicator and get the basics across well - especially if you're dealing with pupils as young as 5. The fact someone has a grade at all would, in most cases,...
by chrisbeckett
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Richmond Rapidplays
Replies: 53
Views: 8983

Re: Richmond Rapidplays

Hi Paul,

Any news on start times etc yet? Also Is there anyway I can enter online?

Thanks

Chris
by chrisbeckett
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Richmond Rapidplays
Replies: 53
Views: 8983

Re: Richmond Rapidplays

Hi Paul,

Is the April event happening?
by chrisbeckett
Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Women's World Championship match
Replies: 147
Views: 7661

Re: Women's World Championship match

After winning this match I think Hou Yifan can forget about playing women-only events. She has nothing to prove by playing the next knockout championship. Maybe they should include her in the Grand Tour. The interesting thing is that Hou Yifan has challenged whoever won the knockout stages (Ushenin...
by chrisbeckett
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2015
Replies: 195
Views: 14533

Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Chris, could well be wrong but assuming the game on there is a dummy - either that or Matt Baker (playing either side) is a lot better than most celebrity players
by chrisbeckett
Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental time controls
Replies: 41
Views: 4528

Re: Incremental time controls

I had another example recently, where my opponent blitzed out his first 20 moves in about 15 mins, meanwhile I`d built up a reasonable position using nearer 50 mins. By the time we reached the first time control the position was interesting and fairly level, with both players having two minor piece...