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by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7475

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

I've got several hundred chess books and about 30% of those would come under the heading of general improvement guides. Generally I have found these books disappointing and very few have taught me a lesson which I recall. I just tried to write down a list of books which I found useful and out of 8 t...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 27
Views: 2774

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

In fact Surrey have nominated the Open and U140 teams for the next stage (whatever that is).
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 1945

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

I've got a book by American Master Joel Johnson which promotes 1. ...b5 as black's main defence. I tried it out down the club without much success. Watson and Schiller in "The Big Book of Busts" describe 1. b4 as "a Mickey Mouse opening based on a few tricks".
by Mike Gunn
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 2946

Re: Announcing mate

Just saying Mate? rather than Mate! would seem to be the solution.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25877

Re: Worrying times

Even at the rate of one every 5 minutes there are going to be 100,000 lost kids wandering around out there every year which seems a bit on the high side...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE ID
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: FIDE ID

It is only a problem in the sense that the database could contain dodgy data. This is hardly the end of the world ...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE ID
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: FIDE ID

For several years when I looked up my FIDE rating on the FIDE site I would type in my FIDE ID and get back two names: one was my own and the other was a player from Vietnam who had a FIDE ID with several more digits than mine, but had my FIDE ID embedded within it. I took this as a sign that there i...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 362
Views: 24609

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

I'm not holding anything against Radjabov, but you can't unplay the games that have already been played. Are you suggesting that all of MVL's games be discounted and Radjabov plays the 7 others before the event is restarted? Danny G's solution is obviously the way to go.
by Mike Gunn
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 362
Views: 24609

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Radjabov had his chance and decided not to play, I don't see why he should be given another chance this year. All credit to Grischuk for speaking his mind about the situation, it would have been good to see the other players doing likewise.
by Mike Gunn
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 18116

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

(for an initial period of 3 weeks)
by Mike Gunn
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 18116

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

There is an item on the ECF website (with today;s date) recommending that (evening) leagues suspend activities from now.
by Mike Gunn
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 20125

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

Surrey CCA has produced some advice, particularly in relation to County Chess, which can be seen on the Battersea club website.
by Mike Gunn
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 25
Views: 3620

Re: January Grades are out

I think what went wrong can be deduced from the following which I have extracted from the grading website help files: "How is "most recent 30" interpreted if a game has been reported late and graded in the "wrong" period? Answer: the game will be listed under the grading period in which it was repor...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 175
Views: 21059

Re: National Chess Library closure

The latest statement on the ECF library would appear to be the following item from the board's strategy statement presented to the AGM in October this year: "Work with De Montfort University Leicester to manage the transfer of the library from the Office to the DMU Special Collections facility."
by Mike Gunn
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 3458

Re: David Welch

This is sad news. I will miss him.