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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 14158

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: 3176
Views: 143515

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: 6288

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: 446

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: 1047

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...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3389
Views: 365768

Re: Media comments on chess

But evidence requiring of significant additional corroboration to be accepted as something close to the truth. The allegation was made during Korchnoi's lifetime. From http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/The-KGB-Plays-Chess-p3686.htm Not only does it not have any games or diagrams, but in the first...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Similar positions from a different move order
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: Similar positions from a different move order

The position after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 d5 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. cxd4 [FEN "r1b1kbnr/ppp2ppp/2n5/3q4/3P4/5N2/PP3PPP/RNBQKB1R b KQkq - 0 6"] can also arise from a Chigorin. 1. d4 d5 2, c4 Nc6 3. cxd5 Qxd5 4. e3 e5 5. Nf3 exd4 6. exd4 In the Scotch move order, play frequently continues with ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE March List
Replies: 0
Views: 282

FIDE March List

The FIDE March ratings are now on the FIDE website,

There's a "but" though.

It would appear only the first round of last weekend's Warwickshire FIDE Open has been rated. That's highly unusual, as normally tournaments are either there in their entirety, or not at all.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 10
Views: 882

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Since the first chess algorithm was written by Alan Turing in the 1950's, the chess computers have relied on calculation to improve their strength as the computers got faster. Until Alpha Zero, they also had to use the rules their programmers taught them. So they would calculate ahead and then chec...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Jamboree Pairings
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Jamboree Pairings

The term "Hutton pairings" rang a vague bell. A Google search unearthed this material on the ECF site https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/roundRobinPairings.pdf Without proof, I'd suspect that was written by Stewart Rueben. Jamboree pairings have a long history, old BCF yearbo...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 25th 4NCL Weekend Congress
Replies: 5
Views: 801

25th 4NCL Weekend Congress

The dates and venue for this have been announced.

It's on the weekend of 10th to 12th July at the Wychwood Park Hotel, Crewe.
http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_25.htm

I think that's a venue previously used for Division 3 North.

Any thoughts or local recommendations?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 18715

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

My guess is that all Chinese citizens means all Chinese citizens. There is a real foundation for the ban, so the other players might object to a breach. Statement by FIDE. https://www.fide.com/news/369 It appears the Russian ban only applied to the wrong kind of visa. This ban does NOT affect offic...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 18715

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Breaking news that Russia is suspending all Chinese citizens from entry starting 20 February as a temporary anti-virus measure. Which would set up a test case for how much influence the FIDE president and the major sponsor have with the Russian authorities. In extremis, perhaps a re-enactment of Fi...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 264
Views: 25182

Re: Why did he did so?

What is the point of 38.Re7+ in: [Event "Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/2R3p1/p7/5P1p/4k2P/r5P1/6K1/8 w - - 0 38"] You might have to ask Magnus! At a guess it's to do with nudging the King out of the zone where it can catch the a pawn. But there may be some deeply ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Briish Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 11
Views: 2013

Briish Championship Congress 2021

It appears Blackpool is a possible venue. From https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Minutes-of-the-135th-Board-Meeting-of-the-English-Chess-Federation-V1-2.pdf Following discussions with Guaranteed Events AE has visited Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool as a potential venue fo...