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by Martin Benjamin
Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 12335

Re: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)

Playing in a club match (I was part of the away team) recently, the first hour of the match had been conducted to the backdrop of numerous conversations conducted in stage whispers, recurring coughs, the rasp of the loud automatic hand dryer in the adjacent lavatories, not to mention the chatter of ...
by Martin Benjamin
Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship
Replies: 17
Views: 2806

Re: World Championship

Following on from something I posted a few days ago, I thought Kramnik deserves credit for really trying to mix it up today (Sunday) for the first time with Black (aided by Anand's decision to play the more positive 6 Bh4 rather than the more cautious 6 Bxf6). He nearly got somewhere too. I notice t...
by Martin Benjamin
Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship
Replies: 17
Views: 2806

Re: World Championship

I was really disappointed by Kramnik's choice of opening in Game Seven, which reeked of caution. Is he just seeking respectability, damage limitation and preservation of ELO points from now on? I hope I am wrong and he gives it a proper whirl in the remaining five games. Better to lose fighting than...
by Martin Benjamin
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kramnik 10/1 to win game 7 with White (or even with Black!)
Replies: 25
Views: 10782

Re: Kramnik 10/1 to win game 7 with White (or even with Black!)

May be I am a quixotic middle-aged dreamer, and I know I am only a 170 woodpusher these days, but it would be nice to see Kramnik going for broke with Black from here on and playing something not totally unsound, but viewed with suspicion at the highest level (e.g. Clarendon Court, Benko, Albin Coun...
by Martin Benjamin
Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using ones own clock
Replies: 37
Views: 3121

Re: Using ones own clock

I am all in favour of digital clocks, particularly if used with an increment (e.g. 20 minutes plus ten seconds per move rather than all moves in 30 minutes, or 60 mins plus 30 seconds per move rather than 36 moves in 90 minutes) as this avoids quickplay disputes ("attempting to win by normal means" ...
by Martin Benjamin
Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two Unusual (?) Occurrences
Replies: 1
Views: 1316

Two Unusual (?) Occurrences

(This has already been posted on SCCU and Atticus forums, so apologies to those who have already seen this posting). In recent club matches, the following two events have occurred. I would be interested to hear if the first in particular had been experienced by anyone else. How best should these be ...