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by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38775

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: 796

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: 38775

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: 38775

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...
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Schedule
Replies: 23
Views: 1413

Re: world championship schedule

Is it possible to turn up on the day 9th & buy a ticket at the door? I have no idea when my Friday meeting will finish (1-2 pm) & the venue is about the same time travelling from my meeting to home. I looked at the TicketMaster website today and there were no tickets available for rounds 1-8, apart...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 297
Views: 15206

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Please can I nominate Nick Faulks for cynic of the year award? Roger has had his day.
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 15
Views: 683

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Interesting idea. Had to check it's not April 1st. Presumably a coincidence that this would favour Carlsen. It could also favour weaker players, who might be able to take a draw with white in order to randomise the result in the Armageddon game. The article compares chess to tennis, but I don't thin...
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 2003

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

With manual clocks at least, I thought you had to claim the win on time if your opponents flag falls, before you make your next move. If you make a move you lose that right. Therefore if you then make a move and your flag falls your opponent can claim the win on time, despite the fact that both flag...
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 85
Views: 6534

Re: London chess classic

I left open the other possibility, that Short might have declined. Why? Well, the tweets flying around at the moment seem to suggest that there is a bit more to it than personal differences of opinion as to who should be the next FIDE President! Though no doubt they will make up again, in the fulln...
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 85
Views: 6534

Re: London chess classic

Two places, eh? Either they have been listening to the crowds about Rowson, or Short and Malcolm have unaccountably fallen out over something or other. Why should Short and Pein's personal differences over FIDE elections have any bearing on whether or not the former might be invited to play in a ch...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 29728

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Richard Bates wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:37 am
What’s the value of clean stables if you’ve sold the farm?
Because you might still want to ride the horses?
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38775

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

Assuming that the match is going ahead in London, and I don't see any reason to doubt that it will, which round would people suggest for a single visit? Mike Gunn has already confessed to booking round 3, and says rounds 1 and 2 are not available, which is fine because the first couple of games were...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF membership discounts
Replies: 6
Views: 985

Re: ECF membership discounts

I think Roger is being pedantic, possibly parsimonious, but you can always rely on Andrew Z to rise to the bait, in defence of the beleaguered ECF.

I suspect that most of the rest of us are not terribly concerned either way.

Very entertaining, this forum. 😅
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 22965

Re: British Championship 2018

Given that Adams played all of the leading players, giving him 2 additional games would have resulted in his 11-round field being weaker, on average, than his 9-round field, so from his perspective this probably was the strongest he has played in. The same must also be true of the other leading play...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 22965

Re: British Championship 2018

Does anyone know what caused the change to the board two pairing in the last round of the British over 65 Seniors? On Board one Kevin Bowmer 5/6 was paired against Geoff James 5/6. On Board two Oliver Jackson 4.5/6 was due to play Tom Bimpson 4.5/6. When I arrived at the venue Bimpson was shown as ...