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by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 10239

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

TWIC report I glanced at Firoyzja - Kovalev at around move 16. I’m sure most forumites around my age will remember the line from Kasparov - Karpov games amongst others. I played it myself for a decade or so. I was amusing myself with the thought that Kovalev had played ... c4 a move early by mistak...
by Jonathan Bryant
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 5905

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:55 pm
- but not if written on a separate piece of paper.
“It’s a different bit of paper not the scoresheet so I can make notes on it” was part of Wesley So’s defence IIRC
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 21978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:27 pm
You can get a peek inside here.
I think I’ll pass, thanks.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 21978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

"...to deal with all the alternative move orders that the reader is likely to meet. Lakdawala can't be bothered to do any of these things." People who buy opening books looking for a quick fix deserve to be treated like this. I don’t disagree with this per se. I couldn’t pass any comment on the qua...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 21978

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Lakdawala is the Mrs Brown’s Boys of chess book authors
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7097

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Father Christmas got me a copy of the book. I was very much looking forward if it as I’m quite the Rowson fan. The books, the NIC reviews, his contributions in the commentary room at Olympia. But I’m afraid I’ve found the early pages very heavy going. Still, I plough on. No definitive judgement form...
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 254
Views: 27664

Re: End of an era

I had a Brief email exchange with this guy a while back. It was one of those when you ask for supporting evidence for an assertion made and they answer “well there’s lots of it ... “ and then give a long strange discourse on topics about which you haven’t asked. So you ask again and the same thing h...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 254
Views: 27664

Re: End of an era

There was probably a bit of checking each other's work but essentially the Pirc was by Botterill. There's a flavour of there being two different authors. There's a line which runs 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Bc4 which is included in the Austrian Attack chapters. Also 1.e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6...
by Jonathan Bryant
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 254
Views: 27664

Re: End of an era

The Spassky-Korchnoi book came out in 1978, which means it preceded by a year one of my all-time favourite Keene books, The Openings In Modern Theory And Practice. Oh yes - fair point. And there’s the evolution of chess opening theory which I think was published in the mid 80s - an interesting idea...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 254
Views: 27664

Re: End of an era

When did the really "roguish" stuff start - his producing an instant book on the 1978 WC match when he had not only promised Korchnoi he would not do so, but actually signed a contract to that effect? Even the notoriously "tolerant" chess press in this country ran with that a bit IIRC. CHESS did. T...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 2694

Re: Development News (ECF website)

It adds credibility to a theory that the delay in appointing a Development Officer was down to internal feuding between ECF Directors as to who was the favoured candidate. Count me as one of those who had assumed underneath the headline argument, this was ultimately a symptom of a wider conflict be...
by Jonathan Bryant
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 2694

Re: Development News (ECF website)

John Swain wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:00 am

Carl's resignation letter ....

He might as well have handed that to the interview panel rather than his “credo”.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 254
Views: 27664

Re: End of an era

I seem to recall that the "map of Ireland" was more the shape of Lancashire. The alleged victim was from Lancashire. However, if the accused said he invented the diagrams to confuse people then it doesn't actually matter what it depicts. The ‘map’ can be seen here:- http://streathambrixtonchess.blo...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER STATEMENT
Replies: 11
Views: 1466

Re: ECF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER STATEMENT

Carl Portman wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:01 pm
I appreciate that this is not an ECF Forum (I do not think it has one!)
Probably just as well not to reopen that particular can of worms
by Jonathan Bryant
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3626
Views: 398114

Re: Media comments on chess

A main story in today's papers is that playing board games helps keep your memory sharp in old age. However there are more references to Bingo than chess and the Telegraph delights in telling us that "bingo was just as good as chess, cards or crosswords for improving thinking skills." . Anyway off ...