Search found 137 matches

by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London System
Replies: 20
Views: 2385

Re: London System

Irrespective of the merits of the system, I sometimes wonder if players of the white pieces actually enjoy the games.
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Playing opponents born the longest time apart
Replies: 28
Views: 1203

Re: Playing opponents born the longest time apart

Ok, so around 44 years ago I might have played someone aged 70, DOB say 1906, and last year I played a 12 year old, DOB 2007, which is a difference of 100+ years. Hypothetical example, but is that what we are looking for?
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Andrew W Hill 1939-2020
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: Andrew W Hill 1939-2020

Very sad news. I knew Andrew as match captain of Bucks, in which capacity he was very welcoming to me when I was looking for some more chess having just moved to the county. He was clearly a big family man, once telling me that he was expecting a ‘deluge’ (of family) arriving the following day. As K...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Double Check and Mate
Replies: 14
Views: 1494

Re: Double Check and Mate

I think this is the only one I have had, but at least the double check was performed by a pawn capture: [Event "City of London Open"] [Date "1981.02.21"] [White "D.J.Watts"] [Black "G.E.Borrowdale"] [Result "0-1"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. a4 Nbc6 8. Nf3 Qa5 9....
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Disturbing king and queen position
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: Disturbing king and queen position

Thanks for posting those nostalgic photos John. I was present at the centenary Varsity match (got a decent draw against Watson); your photo reminded me of John Cox's amazing barnet at that time. Happy days. Yes, have to agree with that - thanks John. The photo taken at Lloyds Bank is a who’s who of...
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harry Golombek games
Replies: 71
Views: 4503

Re: Harry Golombek games

John Upham wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:40 pm
It is well known that Rolls Royce and Bentley were meticulous in their screw alignment.
Well, you learn something new every day! Hopefully they are still being meticulous, but hopefully not using steel cross-head screws to hold their cars together.
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun May 10, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Options for Season Completion
Replies: 15
Views: 925

Re: Options for Season Completion

It does obviously all greatly depend on when we're allowed back to play though... Not even that simple - it will also depend on when people are prepared to play again. If players don’t have the stomach for the risk, then even if premises open again leagues will be decimated. I think the most likely...
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 368
Views: 28420

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

and when did the Ruy Lopez start getting referred to as 'Spanish'?
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 3358

Re: The French System

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:08 pm
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As a result, chess in the UK cannot hope to compete even with France at chess, although they're no match for us at cycling and swimming.
So how did the 'English chess explosion' of the 1970s come about - was it entirely the Fischer effect and Leonard Barden's junior training?
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 2611

Re: Birth v Rating

My (dormant) rating has been stuck at the last year of the last millennium for a number of years. My ECF grade (if you exclude the leading 1) is likely to coincide with my age before long, at least until the ECF tinker with the numbers, by which time the aim will be to keep it above the current year.
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National stages 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 2004

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: 61
Views: 6843

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: 83
Views: 20909

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: 553
Views: 52837

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: 6306

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.