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by David Robertson
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Really??
Replies: 14
Views: 960

Re: Really??

LOL. Which bit?
by David Robertson
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Really??
Replies: 14
Views: 960

Re: Really??

Heh, I thought it was just me hanging on last night :) We may be 60+ (& 70+) veterans for the greater part. But we rarely roll over. Our Saturday late-finishes ran to 60, 70, and 80 moves. As I write, it's nearly 5.00pm on Sunday. Most other matches in the Pools have long finished. But in SoA v AA, ...
by David Robertson
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 15
Views: 1655

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Peter Swinnerton-Dyer gets the full obit here . I never met him, but knew of him - by reputation, and by deed. He emerges well - a good man, a competent head of the UGC, and a committed liberal in the defence of universities and their Enlightenment values. We can't get enough of them these days. On...
by David Robertson
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2018-19
Replies: 12
Views: 1094

Re: Div 3 North 2018-19

Mick Norris wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:36 pm
Thanks David; tough weekend for SoA by the look of it
Yes, indeed. A state of affairs that has led to some disquiet among my colleagues. Why, they ask, do they get drawn against both undefeated teams in the same weekend? Still, we'll do as we always do, and lump it
by David Robertson
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Players wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 654

Re: Players wanted

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:51 am
The two female gaps have now been plugged
What?? :shock: :shock:
by David Robertson
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2018-19
Replies: 12
Views: 1094

Re: Div 3 North 2018-19

Rd 3 Saturday 31 White Rose 2 - Jorvik 32 Bradford DCA Knights C - Shropshire 1 33 3Cs 2 - Spirit of Atticus B 34 Manchester Manticores 4 - - - Cheddleton 2 35 Holmes Chapel - - - Bolton & Worsley 36 Manx Liberty 2 - - - Manchester Manticores 2 37 Bradford DCA Knights B - - - Manchester Manticores ...
by David Robertson
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

Fried Liver alert in the Petrov game The game, as played up to 9...Ke6, has been played at Hastings once before - in 1950 by Leonard Barden (v. Weaver Adams, 1-0 quickly). Barden chose the best response (6. d4 - the Lolli attack) and the best line thereafter (10. Qe4!? rather than 10. OO). When I l...
by David Robertson
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

Of course, the Fried Liver should never be played. One should always play the Traxler!! Haven't the most "exciting" lines in that been analyzed to a forced draw, though? Don't think so. I think 4...Bc5 wins by force. I stood down as Global Vice-President of the International Play-the-Traxler Commit...
by David Robertson
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

Fried Liver alert in the Petrov game Pffft!! Steward's inquiry called for there - draw in 14, by repetition. Sure, I gather Petrov is after a GM norm, and maybe has his reasons. But even so, he's repeated in a very strong position. The game, as played up to 9...Ke6, has been played at Hastings once...
by David Robertson
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 331
Views: 18996

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Mick Norris wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:34 pm
Interesting reported comment from Dubov

ChesscomNews tweet
Dani Dubov :shock: What a hero! I do hope it's a fair translation. My estimation of him just went through the roof!
by David Robertson
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4832

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Magic Magnus has got both his hands on this now. A win against Mamedyarov puts him on 15.5, a point clear of Duda with two to play
by David Robertson
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 18 November 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 950

Re: Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 18 November 2018

Venues cheaper/more readily available on Sundays? Chess tourneys are rarely arranged as we would wish; rather, as we can get
by David Robertson
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4832

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:32 pm
Now we'll see if the disappointment gets to him in the coming rounds
Prescient! It has. He's just dropped a piece to Wang Hao, a 4NCL Sunday morning blunder (Div 4 standard)

Poor lad - he's just blundered hopelessly in a R+B v R ending v. Nepo
by David Robertson
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4832

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Carlsen - Firouzja 1-0 Crushed
by David Robertson
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4832

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Fire on the Fjord! Carlsen - Shirov (blitz rd 5), starting soon. But fizzled out (0.5) :( Firouzja (remember him?) slaughtered Svidler again to take the lead with 5.5/6. Lead shared with forum-favourite, Jobava, who finds Blitz a whole sight more congenial than hanging around thinking in Rapid Firou...