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by David Robertson
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greenlandic Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 1886

Re: Greenlandic Chess

the largest one might even be growing Talking of which, and before Greenland or this thread are inundated by climate change or the actions of Carl Hibbard, I thought you might welcome having your attention drawn to this wonderful book . It describes the true adventures of Tete-Michel Kpomassie, fro...
by David Robertson
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 79
Views: 7337

Re: Division One 2018-19

Cricket's equivalent of losing to Guildford 7.5 - 0.5 :shock:
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this a win?
Replies: 34
Views: 2132

Re: Is this a win?

Either way, no matter the technical/legal points, the ethics of the game are being compromised here. It's a scrappy-ar$ed way to conclude a game. White is bust beyond redemption on the board and, absent the clock, should resign. But given the clock position, he'd like to offer an honourable draw on ...
by David Robertson
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 123
Views: 8326

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

You'd think the over-65s would be mad keen on monthly grades. After all, you wouldn't want to go on the Big Check Out without knowing your final grade
by David Robertson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 39
Views: 2192

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

From research I undertook over a decade back when organising the Liverpool tournaments, and consulting my notes now, I found that the first chess clock, of a style that we would recognise as such today, was invented by a watchmaker from Liverpool, of German heritage, called Amandus Schierwater. He o...
by David Robertson
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2880
Views: 309068

Re: Media comments on chess

Therefore if, for whatever reason, the BBC translator(s) did not want to use the word 'impasse' they should have used the word 'deadlock' , not 'stalemate'. 'Stalemate' is a mistranslation of ' impasse ' and implies a finality which, unlike a deadlock, cannot be broken - an idea that Macron firmly ...
by David Robertson
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 2083

US Championship 2019

Not much kicking off so far. But this rd. 3 game is one to keep you on your toes. Plenty of 'red'; but hardly surprising.

Shankland - Xiong
by David Robertson
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2880
Views: 309068

Re: Media comments on chess

The redoubtable and venerable philosopher, (Baroness) Mary Warnock, died a couple of days back. The Times carries a fulsome obituary . As I hope you can see from the online picture. she poses in a suitably studious and learned manner - in front of a chess board. And the chess board? Well, I can't be...
by David Robertson
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 79
Views: 7337

Re: Division One 2018-19

Tim Harding wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:39 pm
The main thing Hou Yifan would need to be concerned about is not to violate the terms of her visa. Rather than worry about it, simpler to say no?
Roger Emerson v. Home Office? Too close to call
by David Robertson
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Happy Norouz
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Happy Norouz

How lovely! I never heard about this.

A good time to start a New Year. Read more about it HERE

And Happy Nowruz!
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2880
Views: 309068

Re: Media comments on chess

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by David Robertson
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2018-19
Replies: 39
Views: 2966

Re: Div 3 North 2018-19

Is there still the option of running separate squads? That might be a way around it? We faced this problem a few years back after our 'A's got dumped back in Div 3N, joining our recently-formed 'B's. We were planning a third team too. So, at our National Strategic Planning Committee, held before ou...
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12856

Re: World Teams 2019

A word in praise of Luke McShane

He currently stands +3, and a draw in rd 9 will give him the Board 2 prize (if there is one). Given our second slot has been an under-performing problem for some time, Luke deserves plenty of credit for solving it.
by David Robertson
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12856

Re: World Teams 2019

Howell needs to turn round [+57.00] if he's to square the match. Probably won't, given he's playing on the increment
by David Robertson
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12856

Re: World Teams 2019

McShane has just blown all advantage, subject to his opponent finding a fairly straightforward reply (ha! which he didn't find; McShane retains his plus)

Howell is very close to a win though