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by Jon Mahony
Tue May 24, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manchester Summer Congress 19-21 August 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1612

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 19-21 August 2016

Think I'll try and make it this year Mick, just going to investigate the holiday calendar at work now :)
by Jon Mahony
Tue May 17, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On last night's Odd Couple episode...
Replies: 16
Views: 1167

Re: On last night's Odd Couple episode...

In an episode of Monk entitled “Mr Monk and the Genius” Monk’s plucky girl sidekick sits down to play a game with an arrogant young GM on a park chess table, the girl sits behind black and moves first, opening with 1.f5, the GM responds by saying “Birds opening! like I haven’t seen that 10 times tod...
by Jon Mahony
Mon May 16, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do I do?
Replies: 39
Views: 3893

Re: What do I do?

Bit far for me, but I’d like to go :wink: no matter how many vids on the KID I watch, the black army under my control in that opening, always ends up looking like a draughts board before play has started :roll:

Go for it Sohil, sounds interesting!
by Jon Mahony
Thu May 05, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not paying the entry fee
Replies: 26
Views: 2564

Re: Not paying the entry fee

Soheil banned from Leeds :lol: Not that he'll be too worried.
by Jon Mahony
Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 3rd Millionaire Chess
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: 3rd Millionaire Chess

I’ve always thought the idea of the millionaire chess a bit gimmicky and getting increasingly tackier. It’ll never be in the leagues of say the WSOP main event, where these days anyone who finishes in something like the top 30 becomes a millionaire and the top prize is 5 million plus, I know which o...
by Jon Mahony
Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Book Discussions
Replies: 48
Views: 3671

Re: book discussions

I don’t recommend Rapid Chess Improvement by Michael De La Maza - there is a section of the book dedicated to the merits of shuffling your feet under the table during the game, to keep the blood flowing to the head.

It was bad :wink:
by Jon Mahony
Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quality of club venues
Replies: 34
Views: 3441

Re: Quality of club venues

Leeds CC has just landed on it's feet at our new venue, its a WMC type of place and we have an entire concert room to ourselves, you could hold a small congress in it - well lit with perfect tables and costing nothing but a £5.00 yearly membership to the place for each club member. We have had some ...
by Jon Mahony
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: What, exactly, is Alekhine wearing here?
Replies: 34
Views: 3118

Re: What, exactly, is Alekhine wearing here?

lol, okay gents, its just that I wondered what his intentions where (if he were allowed to have such things) and WHO is that third person, did Lasker suddenly look 20 years younger that day? It has been hand-coloured, I think, so that might make people look younger than they really are. (Has it bee...
by Jon Mahony
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: What, exactly, is Alekhine wearing here?
Replies: 34
Views: 3118

Re: What, exactly, is Alekhine wearing here?

I seem to remember reading an article about that picture, and it is indeed some sort of military uniform (because his job at the time had an honorary military rank?) I can’t remember now but it is something along those lines. Never noticed him looking depressed before - called time at the bar maybe?...
by Jon Mahony
Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)
Replies: 37
Views: 6559

Re: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)

I’ve been trying to track down any sort of release date on this, details seem very sketchy and have done for the past year really. Toby Maguire is a medium big draw name thanks to Spiderman, so you would expect some sort of general release for the film. I’ve got a suspicion like “Bobby Fischer agai...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any comments about this game I played
Replies: 13
Views: 1115

Re: Any comments about this game I played

2.Nf6 not one of Frank’s best ever ideas :) I used to get a lot of these in the minors when I was a QG player. It isn't loosing for black though, a couple of years ago a few CC players in the 2200+ grading area used it against me, with some early Queen moves soon after.
by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Jeremy Morse
Replies: 21
Views: 3528

Re: Sir Jeremy Morse

How good a player was he - looks like he gave up over the board chess a long time ago. Haven’t seen a single one of his games, can anyone enlighten us? My guess is not overly, strong it looks like he enjoyed puzzles more than playing, probably an after effect of the crossword composers brain. I won...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Jeremy Morse
Replies: 21
Views: 3528

Re: Sir Jeremy Morse

Morse (the detective) always had a Chess set on stand-by in his front room, and in one episode he was seen duffing up an old lady OTB, at the end of the story - When Lewis said "You could have let her win the Chess sir!" Morse responded scornfully "That's the worst form of deception Lewis". There wa...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Grading Cheat or Patzer?
Replies: 73
Views: 6635

Re: Grading Cheat or Patzer?

JustinHorton » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:09 pm Just on the money thing, we know that lots of people cheat online with computers. Lots of them. They don't make any money that way: they just get to win games and tournaments. This fact alone would seem to render null and void any suggestion that motives for...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Grading Cheat or Patzer?
Replies: 73
Views: 6635

Re: Grading Cheat or Patzer?

I agree that money won’t be the only issue; in fact I’d go as far as to say ego is the main one, especially at the higher levels. I know several major players that are terrified of busting the grading cap and ending up in the opens - the reason isn’t financial, as they rarely get a top prize in the ...