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by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of games with the French
Replies: 13
Views: 914

Re: A couple of games with the French

That said, if you’re looking at what positions to play, the usual recommendation is to play Open Games with 1 ... e5 when you’re starting out. I think that’s the best way to go. If opponents are going to play against the French in a "non-book" manner, doesn't Black get easier positions to play than...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of games with the French
Replies: 13
Views: 914

Re: A couple of games with the French

I was thinking actually, about positions that might suit me best: those that are simple and clear .... If that’s what you want your should probably consider taking up a different game :wink: FWIW I don’t think you played the opening of game 2 that played. Compare your choice with Heine Nielsen’s ag...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2486
Views: 271427

Re: Media comments on chess

Ray’s in Private Eye again
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 10048

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

A more traditional grinder’s choice from the Norwegian Lad today: an Exchange Slav. Albeit via the curious 1 Nf3 c5, 2 c3 d5 3 d4


Anybody will to take a punt at explaining the point behind White’s second move?
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2486
Views: 271427

Re: Media comments on chess

Why is an advert being discussed here?

Anyway back to media comments on chess, there’s a brief reference to its history as a chess venue in this review of Simpsons >>

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... ant-review
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 10048

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:51 pm
It's looking like Magnus thinks he can play anything against Mickey and get away with it.
The evidence - 2010 Olympiad apart - does seem to be on his side
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 10048

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Isn't it just a reverse Lenningrad Dutch with a tempo up? Is he perhaps a little overconfident in playing it at such a high calibre opponent? It’s easy to be wise after the event, of course, but given Carlsen’s massive score with White against Adams it does seem a bit odd to start messing around li...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 10048

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:34 pm
Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:18 pm
Well, 1 f4 is an unusual Grinders’ Choice
Reverse Dutch is pretty solid, if you're confident that Black won't try 1...e5.
"Solid" and knights on a3/h4 don’t fit together that easily to my eyes.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 10048

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:16 am
Magnus is clearly not at his best. I'm wondering if the era of the 'grindathon' is over...
Well, 1 f4 is an unusual Grinders’ Choice
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 10048

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

In successive moves from move 78 in the opposite coloured bishops ending v Gawain Jones, Luke McShane has moved his bishop from e2-d1-c2-b1-a2-b3-c4-d5-e6-f7-g8-h7-g6-h5-g4 before making the mighty leap on move 93 from g4 to e6 without taking a pit stop on f5. Normal service resumed with B from e6-...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 10048

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Despite being the exchange up, the chessbomb stockfish thinks Nigel is worse. Alternatively Alan Merry found a strong exchange sacrifice. Interesting opening choice from Merry in game 2 given Short’s association with the 4 Knights. Curious that Shott should repeat the line that Speelman played agai...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Health benefits of brain games
Replies: 26
Views: 2553

Re: Health benefits of brain games

It is most likely that the reasons for improving or not improving have little to do with the act of playing chess. But those who are able to improve, generally have to play chess to improve. I’m quite sure that for "getting good at chess" playing a lot is necessary but not sufficient in and of itse...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The right way to teach chess
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: The right way to teach chess

... the correct way to teach chess. There is a book with almost this exact title - The Right Way to Teach Chess to Kid s - by acclaimed author Richard James. It costs a whopping £2.99 on kindle via amazon. I would suggest anybody with an interest in teaching chess - to children certainly and probab...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 14822

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:58 am
"I only wanted to watch it with the sound off while listening to the radio commentary."

Of course!
Yeah that was the problem with cricket going to satellite. Even if you were prepared to pay the money it messed up the synchronisation.
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 14822

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

I think you could probably justify it on that basis in Round 1, despite simultaneously charging $10 for it. But not if it continues. Well each to their own. FWIW I’d disagree. Probably more to the point Peter Doggers - who had actually paid the money - disagreed and asked for his money back. Obviou...