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by Simon Ansell
Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 40121

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

...gone now if 80. Re7, I think.
by Simon Ansell
Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 40121

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

I suppose that knight would have eventually been exchanged on d4 in any case, but at least then you have a passed pawn and can dream of putting your bishop on e5 one day. Now it looks bad, but maybe it's holdable. Not fun, though.
by Simon Ansell
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 40121

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

Carl Hibbard wrote:Not really sure why they are playing on it's so dead now that one?
Well, it was almost dead but for some reason I can't fathom Danny's just moved his knight from d4; now it will be exchanged and he'll suffer.
by Simon Ansell
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 40121

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

41... Nc2 from Danny on board 1 is clever.
by Simon Ansell
Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 40121

Re: British 2015 Round by Round

seems to me that there is something for him to sweat about at the moment :o In Keith we trust, but it doesn't look great at the moment and his clock time might indicate he thinks the same Looks like it's been drawn, but isn't Keith completely busted there (move 29)? I'm not sure exactly how but Nb7...
by Simon Ansell
Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2015 Round by Round
Replies: 827
Views: 40121

Re: British 2015 Round 1

Hebden-Zhang is top board and Zhang has avoided the Barry with 1...d5 2 Nf3 Nf6. They are in a Slav (slow line with 4 e3). Impressed with Black's opening play in this one even if White is probably a little better now at move 39, I'm taking notes having suffered often with Black against Heb in this ...
by Simon Ansell
Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 4th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress
Replies: 17
Views: 3383

Re: 4th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress

The Paragon used to remind me of the hotel in The Shining :D. All it was missing was a hedge maze!
by Simon Ansell
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Colour split in league matches
Replies: 28
Views: 2287

Re: Am I just unfortunate?

I had a spell of roughly 80% Black in the London and Middlesex Leagues over 4-5 years recently, where the colours are decided by the toss of a coin. Richard Bates was the usual beneficiary of the Whites, so it was probably close to optimal for Hackney's performance as I'm relatively good with Black ...
by Simon Ansell
Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Warwick 2015 (British Championships)
Replies: 128
Views: 24768

Re: Warwick 2015

but how many national championships use a 5 hour session (I have no idea of the answer)? Via TWIC 74th Italian Championship - Time Control: 100:50:15+30spm(1) 85th German Championship - Time Control: 100:50:15+30spm(1) 67th ch-RUS Superfinal - Time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then...
by Simon Ansell
Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Warwick 2015 (British Championships)
Replies: 128
Views: 24768

Re: Warwick 2015

Let us discuss Roger's comments sensibly. It is obvious they have changed the playing time from 7 hours to 5 in order to follow the worldwide trend. This has happened bcause the increment of 30 seconds means players use their time more efficiently. It may be a worldwide trend in Open events, where ...
by Simon Ansell
Sat Nov 01, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Standards at chess clubs
Replies: 14
Views: 2346

Re: Standards at chess clubs

Several years ago I had to reprimand a player for disappearing to the bar during a DK match and ordering a coffee. Well there was some mirth at a DK-Hackney match last year when a DK player disappeared to the bar early in the game and, unprompted, bought his opponent a pint... of Coke. Needless to ...
by Simon Ansell
Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: PokerStars Isle of Man International 4-12 October 2014
Replies: 152
Views: 14933

Re: PokerStars Isle of Man International 4-12 October 2014

Another rapid loss for Granda Zuniga to an English player, although there doesn't look to be anything wrong with Bxe1 in the final position. An engine concurs and assesses it as only marginally better for Black. Has the wrong result been reported? It's correct, and yes the position is probably draw...
by Simon Ansell
Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Windows Annoyances
Replies: 10
Views: 2307

Re: Windows Annoyances

Other suggestions for limitations/functionality under Windows that drives people up the wall? Rather than first asking me, installing updates. You can configure Windows Update behaviour, why not turn auto-update off or set to "ask me first"? I think Windows 7 is a pretty solid OS tbh and don't have...
by Simon Ansell
Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Problems Accessing the ECF Grading Database?
Replies: 135
Views: 25152

Re: Problems Accessing the ECF Grading Database?

As a workaround, you should be able to see the data on Apple devices if you go direct to the search results page as below, bypassing the iframe environment. Just change the search strings in the URL appropriately. For example: http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/glist.php?find=ansell http://www.ecfgrad...
by Simon Ansell
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 56303

Re: Olympiad

Actually I didn't realise Gawain was our listed board 2, so dropping Nigel wouldn't have affected that pairing in any case...