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by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 14606

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:32 pm

But as has been said here, not exactly a piece for nothing.
Indeed - and “better player gets dodgy position then ends up winning anyway” is hardly an unknown phenomenon. We just usually see it 1000 points down the food chain, that’s all.
by Jonathan Bryant
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 14606

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Barry Sandercock wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:28 pm
Martin Carpenter wrote:
He mostly put it down to starting to play 'old mans' chess.

What is 'old mans' chess ? I'm 87,so maybe I should be playing it !
Dunno - but I think it’s safe to assume it doesn’t mean punting the Dragon against Carlsen as Gawain has just done.
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 14606

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Carlsen did his best to mess things up against Kramnik, I see ;) Oh I don’t know. He was never going to lose that endgame. Seems to me that after an 11 minute think for 29 Rc1 it’s much more plausible that he foresaw 33 g5 (and no doubt the idea of 38 g4 too) knowing that it would be a trivial (for...
by Jonathan Bryant
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of games with the French
Replies: 13
Views: 1092

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: 1092

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: 2835
Views: 303531

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: 10891

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: 2835
Views: 303531

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: 10891

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: 10891

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: 10891

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: 10891

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: 10891

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: 10891

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: 37
Views: 3939

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...