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by Mark Ashley
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3078
Views: 336628

Re: Media comments on chess

Saw a message on twitter from James O'Brien, a presenter on LBC radio where he said he met Kasparov last night. No further details.

https://twitter.com/mrjamesob/status/11 ... 03331?s=20

Anyone know if he has an interest in chess?
by Mark Ashley
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 39th Surrey Chess Congress Oct 4 - 6
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: 39th Surrey Chess Congress Oct 4 - 6

Hopefully, you will try to run the event again next year?
by Mark Ashley
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 39th Surrey Chess Congress Oct 4 - 6
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: 39th Surrey Chess Congress Oct 4 - 6

It is with regret that the Directors of the Surrey Chess Congress have taken a decision today that due to the low volume of entries received to date it is not viable to run the Congress this year. Different experiences in different parts of the country. The organiser of the Crewe Congress which fin...
by Mark Ashley
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2629

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I think back in the mid 90's there were some small tournaments run in North London (camden town?) that were run without cash prizes. I dont think they had many people attend (i didnt know of anyone who did) and i dont think tried to run more than 2 or 3 of the events (I think they may have been bi m...
by Mark Ashley
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5922

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:51 pm

Anyone want to go out on a limb and predict Ding Liren might be a difficult challenger for Carlsen to face?
I think Danny Gormally was saying two years ago that he thought Ding Liren would go on to succeed Carlsen as world champion.
by Mark Ashley
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: ACO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Replies: 5
Views: 467

Re: ACO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Incredibly popular with players from Germany judging by the entry list so far.
by Mark Ashley
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 2414

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Happy Birthday Leonard

Like Martin above, we've never met. But one of my most treasured books is a copy of Play Better Chess. It was my first chess book, given to me by my grandad many years ago.
by Mark Ashley
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on the canals
Replies: 14
Views: 1263

Re: Chess on the canals

I think this all sounds quite exciting. I would definitely love to take part if events on Trains/canal boats/cruise ships. I havent a clue how feasible it is though.
by Mark Ashley
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74903

Re: Cheating in chess

I've just read that Igor Rausis has been caught red handed with a phone. I thought he had just been mopping up much weaker players in tournaments, but i guess that may have just helped him cover up how he was doing it as people would expect a stronger player to outplay lower graded players. Is this...
by Mark Ashley
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74903

Re: Cheating in chess

I've just read that Igor Rausis has been caught red handed with a phone. I thought he had just been mopping up much weaker players in tournaments, but i guess that may have just helped him cover up how he was doing it as people would expect a stronger player to outplay lower graded players. Is this ...
by Mark Ashley
Tue May 14, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 13037

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

On the appearance fees breakdown, I wasn't aware that Malcolm Pein had said: The effect of the resolution, if passed, would probably lead to England fielding an open team of 1 grandmaster and four young amateur international masters. I am not sure if I mentioned it when it was first brought up, but...
by Mark Ashley
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 41
Views: 3787

Re: GRENKE Classic

Nimzowitsch getting a right pasting from Aronian and Vallejo Pons. By coincidence, either the same day as these comments, or the day before, i followed a link on another site that took me to Spraggett's old website to look at book reviews and the page i started on was an explanation by him as to wh...
by Mark Ashley
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 2491

Re: US Championship 2019

So loses and ends his unbeaten streak at 45 one short of Fisher's record Nakamura wins a 5th championship Amazing performance from Yu; gain of 96 rating points according to Chess Mind ; as she's already a WGM, I assume IM is the next target I think i read that she has the norms already so is presum...
by Mark Ashley
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 19
Views: 1891

Re: Piece values

I was listening to the perpetual podcast with Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan as guests which included a discussion about Alpha Zero. It was interesting to hear that AZ wasnt programmed with a numerical value for the pieces, raising the question as to whether or how that affected the way it played ...
by Mark Ashley
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3078
Views: 336628

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:17 pm
Mark Ashley wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:03 pm
Just saw on Twitter that Alexander Arnold Trent, a young promising right back for Liverpool
You may mean Trent Alexander-Arnold
hahha yes, i always make that mistake, thanks for picking me up on it.