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by Jon Mahony
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2018 British Championship
Replies: 27
Views: 5322

Re: 2018 British Championship

Lol Bloody Hull town hall? :shock: Don't get me wrong I always enjoy the Hull congress but that's out In the sticks - anyone who knows me knows I aren't snobby, but dear god, I saw people with tattoos on their faces walking round that area last time I was there :wink:
by Jon Mahony
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 3126

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

I once made a fairly decent study of the opening, as I intended to start every white game with the Grob and every black game with 1.g5 (the Borg) at the British RP that year. I got hold of "Matricide Master" Claude Frizzell Bloodgood's pamphlet, and Michael "He don't play it like a Man" Basman's boo...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Now I've Seen Everything Dept - Scoresheets
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

Re: Now I've Seen Everything Dept - Scoresheets

Very amusing :) and yes despite only writing his own moves its a pretty decent first effort. We have a bloke in Leeds (who granted doesn't speak English as a first language) and he is incapable of keeping his moves in the numbered boxes, and takes up about 5 columns per move, by the time he has fini...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Low graded players teaching chess
Replies: 46
Views: 3700

Re: Low graded players teaching chess

I’d say its fine to start with, a lot of teaching kids in the beginning is basically the rules, basic tactics and most important keeping it engaging, so they don’t go back to their Xbox. I’m reasonably confident I could get a group of children new to chess, up to competitive standard, quickly. The t...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Server Abuse
Replies: 17
Views: 2256

Re: Server Abuse

At a congress last year, an opponent started telling me before the round, he was furious as he’d just got his Chess.com account banned. He’d forced a draw against a German guy which gave him the half point needed to clench a tournament, the German guy sent him several PM’s saying the English offend ...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotions for pawns during a match game
Replies: 38
Views: 2541

Re: Under promotions for pawns during a match game

I was the victim of this in a congress game last year - I’d turned down several draw offers, and eventually got into a position where I had 2 strong passed pawns but my opponent had an isolated PP ready to queen. I had calculated a very simple combo where if my opponent queened I won his existing qu...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2017
Replies: 122
Views: 7552

Re: British Championship 2017

I shall be pouncing and booking up both weeks, with a view to cancelling one if I decide I aren't playing the full 2 weeks. Didn't you notice the announcement earlier this year? The British in 2017 has been cut down to 9 or perhaps 10 days. Ooops, no I didn't Roger! Seems a little watered down does...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2017
Replies: 122
Views: 7552

Re: British Championship 2017

If this is confirmed I'm already looking forward to it (with one caveat which I'll come to). From a personally point of view Llandudno seems to be easily accessible (Harrogate - Leeds - Manchester Piccadilly followed by a two hour run down to Llandudno). I did have a look at what booking.com had to...
by Jon Mahony
Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapid chess
Replies: 8
Views: 1808

Re: Rapid chess

I tend to be a lot better at rapid chess that classical, I wish it were the other way round though!
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Daniel Kopec
Replies: 11
Views: 1473

Re: Daniel Kopec

Wow sad news, pretty young age to go! I remember an 80 grade player in the Leeds league a few years ago got obsessed with the Kopec Sicilian, made a thorough study of it and convinced himself he was going to beat Richard Palliser with it in a simul he was doing at the club (I think Richard let us ha...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best gambits
Replies: 20
Views: 1540

Re: Best gambits

I’d definitely agree with Benko as number 1 - black gets a totally equal and (if white isn’t accurate) better game, for a mere pawn, which to be honest I never really miss and often win a central pawn for later. I started playing it a year ago and have yet to loose with it in about 15 games. Sicilia...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The British at Bournemouth and Beautiful Boscombe (BBBB)
Replies: 48
Views: 8747

Re: The British at Bournemouth and Beautiful Boscombe (BBBB)

Shame Jon. You’ll be missed, especially after your exploits in last year’s rapidplay. Lol avoid getting Crocketted and come out half a point ahead of the field, then blunder my queen to a foetus in the next round to give it all back? Bit of an anti-climax that one :roll: :lol: There’ll be no sharki...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Works based Chess Clubs
Replies: 10
Views: 1343

Re: Works based Chess Clubs

Post Fisher boom period I suppose - once the excitement had died down many of the casual majority of players will have worked out they were never going to be that great and packed in, the clubs died off.
by Jon Mahony
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Works based Chess Clubs
Replies: 10
Views: 1343

Re: Works based Chess Clubs

I did think about trying to get some sort of chess club, or at least an annual tournament started in the NHS. But after starting a “feeler” thread on the NHS forum the responses of “Is that like draughts?” and “Can we do it on Xbox live?” dampened my ardour somewhat! Shame really, massive canteen at...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The British at Bournemouth and Beautiful Boscombe (BBBB)
Replies: 48
Views: 8747

Re: The British at Bournemouth and Beautiful Boscombe (BBBB)

Can’t make the British this year sadly - There was a big shake up at work, putting us in huge teams of 30-40 and now annual leave, in the summer months, is harder to come by than rocking horse sh** :evil: I shall be very morose catching up on the Andrew martin commentary online and remembering what ...