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by Jon Underwood
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9607

Re: ECF Online County Championship

"On the other hand I do worry(?) that the demographic playing county chess doesn't hugely overlap with the one playing online. Dunno." That is a good point. Having played chess in Surrey for years, where there were about ten clubs within 30 minutes' drive, and it was feasible to also play other lea...
by Jon Underwood
Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9607

Re: ECF Online County Championship

My view, which I think there was a least some sympathy with, is that if it happens again the format should be somewhat similar but with a knockout/plate structure. Eight rounds would be far too many in anything approaching normal times. I'd also like to place on record my thanks for the hard work of...
by Jon Underwood
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9607

Re: ECF Online County Championship

I do too as I appreciate a lot of work has gone into this, but it will reinforce the view that the internet is for blitz.
by Jon Underwood
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9607

Re: ECF Online County Championship

It ain't happening, is it?
by Jon Underwood
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9607

Re: ECF Online County Championship

That would be my feeling. Anyone who wants to play should be allowed to continue I guess. I don't know.
by Jon Underwood
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9607

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Now people asking me what to do when their game was disconnected after half an hour.
by Jon Underwood
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9607

Re: ECF Online County Championship

I would think the arbiters are going to have their work cut out. Several games already started.
by Jon Underwood
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 166
Views: 9607

Re: ECF Online County Championship

Speaking as a captain I found it approximately ten times more stressful and time consuming than organising a team and playing in an OTB county match. I really miss the social aspects, travelling, meeting people and so forth. But it is chess, although not as we know it (and we won our match by 1 poi...
by Jon Underwood
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 27
Views: 2774

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

The West Country is the oldest part of the country by a fair margin (retirees). London the youngest so holding some kind of competition when older people might not want/be able to play ought to benefit the SCCU teams (and Manchester) at the expense of WECU one, which is probably only Devon. We'd cop...
by Jon Underwood
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 27
Views: 2774

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

Is there a wider list available yet?
by Jon Underwood
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 26840

Re: World Youth Championships

The match description gives me a vivid recollection of a rapid game I played about 30 years ago in which my opponent took 8 minutes on the game, a very exciting game in which I had little idea what was happening. My opponent seemed to find tactic after tactic but, unlike the Southbourne game, I jus...
by Jon Underwood
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 26840

Re: World Youth Championships

because sometimes you need a big shift in attitudes and this is one of those times. Why do you need a big shift in attitudes? It's against the laws of over the board chess to consult external sources during the game, and always has been. I agree with previous posters though that you have to establi...
by Jon Underwood
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 26840

Re: World Youth Championships

This thread was pointed out to me by someone I had told about Declan Lovelock a while ago. I think my phrase was he is either the greatest natural talent in the history of chess, or... not.
by Jon Underwood
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 26840

Re: World Youth Championships

He obliterated me with an attack worthy of a strong grandmaster in his 6th OTB game. The key move was a knight sacrifice moving it to a square where it could simply be taken. I've played a few GMs and never seen anything like it. He thought for as much as a minute which was more than all of his oth...