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by Francis Fields
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292126

Re: Media comments on chess

A chess story from BBC. Phiona Mutesi, who grew up in Katwe slum in Uganda's capital Kampala, has become the subject of a Disney movie. The Queen of Katwe tells how she dropped out of school early, but started playing chess aged nine, becoming a grandmaster. It stars Oscar winner Ny'ongo and British...
by Francis Fields
Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapid chess
Replies: 8
Views: 1677

Re: Rapid chess

I find that my rapidplay grade is sometimes higher and sometimes my classical grade. It depends what sort of player you are, do you see the moves quickly?
by Francis Fields
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Winning material imbalances
Replies: 6
Views: 1120

Re: @inning material imbalances

If you want to study the endgame have a look at this site:

http://thechessworld.com/learn-chess/3-endgame/
by Francis Fields
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues
Replies: 25
Views: 2434

Re: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues

In my fruit bowl I have apples and bananas and never tuck into the peppers.
by Francis Fields
Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues
Replies: 25
Views: 2434

Re: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues

Surely chess is a bowl of fruit - though you don't always know how ripe it is until you have bitten into it.

Apart from Dvoretsky my other book would have to be on endgames!
by Francis Fields
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues
Replies: 25
Views: 2434

Re: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues

I wouldn't recommend limericks to improve your chess but merely a light hearted relief after a win/loss. In case you didn't know the limericks were recited by Gyles Brandreth on Countdown - not a chess player as far as I am aware.

Personally, I think reading Dvoretsky is good!!
by Francis Fields
Mon Jun 27, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: First tournament in England
Replies: 11
Views: 1687

First tournament in England

I have heard that the first chess tournament held in England was Oswestry in 1652. The organisers announced it a year in advance so word would spread. The tournament was won by a Mr G Burton a blacksmith from Cheam with 31/31 !! According to the tournament book people were going up to his opponents ...
by Francis Fields
Sat May 14, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: TIME CONTROLS
Replies: 14
Views: 1876

Re: TIME CONTROLS

Historically, 'standard' chess has been slow.
by Francis Fields
Fri May 13, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: TIME CONTROLS
Replies: 14
Views: 1876

Re: TIME CONTROLS

'Standard' as in normal - the most popular type of chess.
by Francis Fields
Fri May 13, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Classical French
Replies: 34
Views: 3584

Re: Classical French

That's because it forces the situation.
by Francis Fields
Thu May 12, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Classical French
Replies: 34
Views: 3584

Re: Classical French

Sorry I meant 7. ...g6
by Francis Fields
Thu May 12, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Classical French
Replies: 34
Views: 3584

Re: Classical French

I have trouble with the French and find that the exchange leads to what can only be described as a 'dull' position. Recently I have had a couple of games beginning 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. h4 h6 . I have tried 7.Qh5 h6 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9.Qg5 but find the position difficult t...
by Francis Fields
Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Limericks
Replies: 108
Views: 14752

Re: Chess Limericks

I once played the anti Meran
Of this opening I was a fan
The game got complicated
With the theory I knew out dated
and ended up an also-ran
by Francis Fields
Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Limericks
Replies: 108
Views: 14752

Re: Chess Limericks

I know the player who calls himself Bob
Rumour had it he'd got a new job
Was this a ruse
Or just good news
We'll find out when he has a few more bob!
by Francis Fields
Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Limericks
Replies: 108
Views: 14752

Re: Chess Limericks

I once played chess in Ulaan Bator
My opponents face looked a bit sore
His teeth were as white as the pieces
I was wearing my breeches
And the game ended in a draw