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by David Shepherd
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 327
Views: 19222

Re: World Teams 2019

J T Melsom wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:09 pm
Did Adams see the line would be a good question.
Did Adam's see what line?
by David Shepherd
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 327
Views: 19222

Re: World Teams 2019

J T Melsom wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:13 pm
But if I were a chess journalist I'd be interested in what Adams was thinking at the time etc.
Leonard's article here https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/ ... ampionship
by David Shepherd
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 327
Views: 19222

Re: World Teams 2019

Whatever the engines say - I don't think it is that straightforward in the Adams game - I think after Rb8, Re2 it would still require black to play very accurately. Of course black is better but it would be easy to let the advantage slip, particularly as the time control approached. Overall it is a ...
by David Shepherd
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 306
Views: 30731

Re: Arbitration question

I have never been enamoured with that rule. Of course we have not been told whether White first picked up the opponent's g pawn or his own f pawn. in my opinion, if the latter, the intention was clear. If it was first the g pawn, clearly that mut be captured with the queen. e.g. White Bc3 Kc2 Rf1. ...
by David Shepherd
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 6377

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

12 seconds for the 100m is not "moderate" for an adult male athlete. It is pathetic. When I was 16 I was Durham County schools champion in the triple jump and wondered if my 100m time of 11.0 seconds would also get me on the Durham team for 100m. Forget it. The two boys on the Durham team both had ...
by David Shepherd
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 16
Views: 3925

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

The following link is to an interview with him. He mentions in the interview that he was captain of the University chess team (about 25:50) https://www.sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1131073
by David Shepherd
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: London Junior oddity
Replies: 20
Views: 2939

Re: London Junior oddity

If you look at the results in round 6 she drew with Tarini Jayawarna, who has a similar FIDE rating which would suggest that it was not unreasonable for her to be in that section based on FIDE rating given that she had not qualified for the major. There was possibly an issue with seeding but these t...
by David Shepherd
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 4211

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

Thanks Alex, apologies if that was there originally and I missed it - that makes sense.
by David Shepherd
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 4211

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

I only had a quick read through, but one thing that did strike me was that it seems somewhat incomplete for the World Junior unless I am missing something (so for example qualification by rating/title).
by David Shepherd
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 7025

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

I think the main point is that overall the event does raise the profile of chess and does bring in welcome money for the top British players as well as the Chess in Schools and Communities initiative. It also provides young players with role models and the realisation that if they become the best th...
by David Shepherd
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 55539

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

No I don't think it would make a huge difference but it would make mistakes slightly more likely and probably make the flow of the tournament feel better. I find the idea that people might want the two players to play bad chess quite shocking. I think the chances of bad chess are far higher in the ...
by David Shepherd
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 55539

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

One of the things that could be tried is to reduce the number of "rest" days. So for example a format could be six rounds then a rest day, four rounds then a rest day, then two rounds. I can see how this would make the match shorter but not necessarily how it would lead to more wins unless older pl...
by David Shepherd
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 55539

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

One of the things that could be tried is to reduce the number of "rest" days. So for example a format could be six rounds then a rest day, four rounds then a rest day, then two rounds.
by David Shepherd
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 10472

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

One thing to remember when evaluating performances is that some countries publish more games of players than other countries. This gives the stronger players preparing the juniors more to work with.