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by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8684

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: 511

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: 1263

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: 5889

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: 5889

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: 28339

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: 126
Views: 11146

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: 889

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: 21932

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: 21932

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 ...
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 126
Views: 11146

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

I, like many chess enthusiasts, would love to book tickets for the Match in London, especially as the venue looks great. However i wonder if it is wise to part with cash before we see what happens at the Sinquefield Cup? Just in case the match is suddenly 'transferred' across the pond From the list...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21932

Re: British Championship

Well, I predicted Adams before the tournament began, and on 2/2 he is still well placed. Of the leading players, McShane has dropped a point, and any of them could come unstuck in their individual games against Adams, whereas it is rare to see Adams lose against players outside the world elite. As e...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21932

Re: British Championship

Good luck to all those playing.
Am I right in thinking that this is the first new style British with the tail largely chopped off?
By way of a prediction I will stick my neck out and say that I think Adams will win, but it could be close over 9 rounds.
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

I don't think it matters much but I do choose the settings on my smartphone programs that omit the characters. Is that during the game? For my part, I don't mind whether the board has the labels or not, but if it does they should be the right way round. I guess its a touch of OCD in many chess play...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 28339

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

It would be nice to think that the Peruvian, and every other chess federation, would consider the merits of the cases made by each of the candidates and then choose which one to vote for. As they say, no votes have been cast yet.