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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 339
Views: 17838

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Was 1. e4 d5 already known as the Scandinavian - or just the Centre Counter - when Larsen beat Karpov with it in 1979? Did it not depend on the language? Centre/er Counter being the norm in material written for native English speakers, but Scandinavian elsewhere? Later in the 1980s, the "Icelandic ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1306

Re: The Staunton Opening

Michael Farthing wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:45 am
I don't think he's got an opening directly named after him, so time to redress that wrong.
Staunton Gambit in the Dutch. 1. d4 f5 2. e4
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Event Cancellations
Topic: Event Cancellation
Replies: 22
Views: 1550

Re: Event Cancellation

The Easter WECU Congress at Exmouth announced cancellation a few days ago.

http://wecucongress.com/
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early game of P S Milner-Barry
Replies: 15
Views: 1610

Re: An early game of P S Milner-Barry

DoB is blanks so maybe it is a different person ? I believe Lady Thelma Milner-Barry played competitive chess. (edit) Although "The Times" thinks otherwise. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/thelma-milner-barry-lsmxsczcsbx (/edit) Perhaps being a BCF Director was enough to acquire a grading refere...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

John Reyes wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:11 pm
Will the 2019-20 County Championship go ahead
Unlikely I would think. I suspect we are looking at a general shut down until August at least, longer if the social isolation rules aren't relaxed.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Congresses Going Ahead
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: Congresses Going Ahead

Ian Thompson wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:40 am
If the ECF and FIDE Calendars are to be believed then most events are going ahead.
That includes the English Seniors, the 4NCL end May near Basingstoke and the 4NCL summer near Crewe.

Those plus the British in Torquay and the Olympiad in Moscow would seem in doubt.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 14001

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Well done - interestingly, the supermarkets I've seen seemed to have loads of booze, although not toilet rolls, flour, pasta or eggs (which puzzled me as well). Yesterday, as well as eggs and the other usual unobtainables, the big packs of lager had mostly sold out. Bread still plentiful, but it do...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 14001

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:56 pm
Talk in the aisles of Waitrose this morning was that this outbreak could peak in four months.
That would take us to the middle of July putting the British in question and leave the resumption of chess for the new season in September in some doubt.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 14001

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Kind of feeling a little better about withdrawing from Blackpool right around now. The tournament data is up the chess-results server http://chess-results.com/tnr524726.aspx?lan=1&art=0 It's not completely reliable as to who is taking part, given that you and your daughter are still included. Late ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3171
Views: 143310

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:45 pm

and how does turn of tide differ from turn of table?
Different metaphor, much the same usage.

Turning the tide is what you might see in a tidal river estuary. As low tide approaches, the river runs towards the sea, The tide then turns and the flow of water runs back inland.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 14001

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Is it likely the Blackpool Chess Congress will be the last 'large' chess event in England for the foreseeable future, due to low entries and cancellations? There aren't so many "large" events scheduled in the near future apart from the 4NCL Weekends and the Easter Congresses. St Albans, which attra...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3171
Views: 143310

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:46 pm

Yes, but I wonder what does it mean in chess context.
"Turning of the tide" is a long standing metaphor in the English Language, going back at least as far as Shakespeare. I don't think there's any specific chess only meaning.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Message from CJ de Mooi
Replies: 39
Views: 6224

Re: Message from CJ de Mooi

No he didn't - he said he defended himself when attacked. One of the contemporary newspaper reports at the time of the autobiography. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/eggheads-star-cj-de-mooi-i-suspect-i-ve-killed-a-man-10489195.html If his autobiography was legally vetted, it's surprising...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Brocklesby (1959-2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Re: Steve Brocklesby (1959-2019)

John Saunders wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:17 pm
I remember Steve as being a long-time member of the (long defunct) Mitcham CC in the 1980s and 1990s.
There's also a Bedfordshire connection as I have records of playing him in the 1978 and 1979 Fleming Trophy (Bucks v Beds) matches.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Women's Grand Prix, Lausanne 2020, 1 - 14 March
Replies: 19
Views: 1045

Re: Women's Grand Prix, Lausanne 2020, 1 - 14 March

Round 1 02.03.2020 Muzychuk, Anna — Muzychuk, Mariya ½ — ½ It was at least a different game this time from their historic usual. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Rd1+ Ke8 10. Nc3 Be7 11. h3 Nh4 12. Nd4 Nf5 13. Nde2 Nh4 14. Nd4 Nf5 15. Nd...