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by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National stages 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 988

Re: National stages 2020

As for Finals day, If England reach the quarter finals, they either play Friday 3 July in St Petersburg, or Saturday 4 July in Rome, kick off 8 pm UK time I think Not quite true; they could be in either of the other quarter-finals if they get through as a best third-placed team. If I were English t...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3262

Re: Shortest game

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:47 pm
...So the mates are better IMO.
Ok, so this was a mate in 9 moves, at the Berks & Bucks congress many years ago:

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nxd4 5 Qxd4 e6 6 Nc3 Nf6 7 e5 Ng8 8 Ne4 Ne7 9 Nd6 mate
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 66
Views: 12504

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

The franchise model actually seems to offer greater protection for keeping teams afloat, even if there is a much greater threat of franchises relocating to achieve that than in the football league system. You still don't want to get an old Wimbledon FC fan started on MK Dons. As a real live 'old' W...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40748

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Arkell and Howell both off the hook.

A great win for Andrew Smith, against Chris Ward.
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 5015

Re: Quit Stallin'

It's a lot longer than that since I was a congress regular, but it seems that, in general, congresses are smaller. Also, declining numbers of players means a smaller market, plus online purchasing.
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Mephisto Exclusive for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 758

Mephisto Exclusive for sale

Clearing out the house so this has to go. See eBay listing for details


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mephisto-Exc ... SwV3Bc-8dj
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 3333

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

Thanks John - that would be the house I remember playing at, although the address was no 28 - I have an old BMS score book and some score sheets, which have details about venue for hire etc. I doubt whether the outdoor chess set is still there- according to rightmove no 28 is now flats. It was defin...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 3333

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

She a had quite a large house in Sandhurst/Crowthorne, which was host to Berkshire county matches on more than one occasion, probably in the late 1970s. I think there were books and equipment for sale, which might be the shop John refers to. Very sad that ex-players can get cut off from the chess co...
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 4 round FIDE weekenders?
Replies: 11
Views: 1128

Re: 4 round FIDE weekenders?

Having not played a weekend congress for many years, the two things which might get me interested again would be avoiding 3 games in one day and avoiding Friday afternoon/night travel, both of which cannot be done at present, apart from at bank holiday and longer events. The downsides would be the l...
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement
Replies: 9
Views: 1172

Re: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement

Very sad day. Always an inspirational player to me, and very principled, for example in his work to reunite the different world championships.
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40748

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I am sure you are right.
The irony is that it used to be that the British Champion would get an invitation to play at Hastings.
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 47864

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Back at the board, Carlsen has played an unusual looking 9Bg5 in an English Opening, and Caruana is having a long think. Edge of the seat stuff.
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ian Wells memories
Replies: 7
Views: 1640

Re: Ian Wells memories

I was just about to say that I will dig out a game I played against Ian in 1981, but I see that it is already on John's database. It goes to show how many game from back then - not so much today - never got published. There are some great games in that database, not published elsewhere - keep up the...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 47864

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

24 games would be better, but the players might get a bit fed up, apart from the expense. Maybe we need a world championship like the 1948 tournament? I'm wondering if the Candidates Tournament format should actually be the World Championship format. That seems to generate what we want in terms of ...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 47864

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It sounds like a waste of £70 to me. I saw nothing on the official site, or the Ticketmaster site, to say that the £70 price would not get you access to the playing hall for the entire game - small print on the ticket itself does not wash, since you don't see that until you have stumped up the money...