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by David Robertson
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

I strongly recommend Ward - Derakhshani where the youngster may have blown his best chance by rushing in Ward's time-trouble. Still better, as I write, but awkward now [-1.42 #41]

[later] hhmm...lad needs to work on his R endings. [-0.11 #45]
by David Robertson
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:46 pm
I’ll go for a winning score of 7.5/9. Don’t know who will get it
I do
It's easy
Adams
by David Robertson
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

Colossal swing of fortune in Eggleston - McShane :shock: At #34 Luke was [-4.35] but lost ten moves later
by David Robertson
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

18 g4 in Adams v Arkell, a typical "obvious move when you see it" but which only Adams and a few others actually play naturally It's becoming more widespread, these outrageous efforts to transgress the basic principles of sound play. Does anyone recall this disgraceful display by Kramnik a few mont...
by David Robertson
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

It's not very hard to distinguish between John G Coopers when one of them (165) is a member of your 4NCL squad; when another (219) is WLS & IM, and plays for a rival squad; and when the third (195) is from Hull from where he rarely ventures far, chesswise (to my knowledge)
by David Robertson
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

Congratulations! Han Yichen (184, NED, Forest Hall Newcastle) on becoming British u-11 Champion. He knocked over Rajat Makkar (190, FRA, Reading) in this morning's final round to finish 6/6
by David Robertson
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

It's been a good game by Jack in Ghasi - Rudd. I was very impressed by Ghasi when watching some of his games in the English Rapidplay some months back. But Jack has made him look pretty lucklustre today. Likely he'll have won by the time I've finished this
by David Robertson
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

Boo! Zapolskis - Adams I'm sure Mickey was all-set to play the Traxler. But Zapolskis punted the extremely spoilsportish 4. d3, and now the game resembles something often seen in the local primary school
by David Robertson
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

er, what is the link to follow the games? https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/british-chess-championship-2018/1/1/1 Or: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2018-british-championship (which will take the same feed) I find Chessbomb can sometimes be a better experience because one can bring up ...
by David Robertson
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

Heh, train journeys and Hull ...I was late getting away: Not till about one-twenty on the sunlit Saturday Did my three-quarters-empty train pull out, All windows down, all cushions hot, all sense Of being in a hurry gone. We ran Behind the backs of houses, crossed a street Of blinding windscreens, s...
by David Robertson
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 21282

Re: British Championship

I'll start it off!

It's already started off. The u-11s are ready for rd.4 tomorrow led by an enfant de FRA from Reading, graded 190 :shock:
by David Robertson
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Isn't this the time ...
Replies: 61
Views: 6714

Re: Isn't this the time ...

I seem to be rather worse than I was at age 23 You probably aren't in fact. It's all still there, or mostly; it just needs 'waking up'. Practice may not be sufficient on its own - you'll need to get back studying the game. But, in chess at least, performance decline is a slow process ceteris paribu...
by David Robertson
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 375
Views: 20023

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

That's interesting, because "grey cardinal" is presumably a Russian phrase translated into English, despite the French "eminence grise" being more commonly used in spoken English Translated by a machine probably. I'm near to finishing the reading of an excellent book on translation from which the f...
by David Robertson
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Isn't this the time ...
Replies: 61
Views: 6714

Re: Isn't this the time ...

I'm pleased to have gone up 11 This is a fantastic achievement. Remarkable. And at your age too. Congratulations! Where do you find the energy, the commitment, the creativity, the inspiration? And then there's that relentless search for improvement; the stubborn refusal to bow before the Grim Reape...
by David Robertson
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Master points
Replies: 16
Views: 944

Re: Master points

Didn't we have a ruck about this 'Master point' nonsense in here a decade back. I distinctly remember vast scorn being heaped on the term Chess Maestro for players who would barely know one end of the board from another. I'm surprised ECF hasn't sunk the entire lot in a deep ocean trench. Then again...