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by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Frodsham Congress, 5th-7th February
Replies: 2
Views: 979

Re: Frodsham Congress, 5th-7th February

This excellent Congress, played at the pleasant venue on the outskirts of Historic Market town of Frodsham is a definite quality event, and I`d urge support from our Northern contingent, and those further afield. A good weekends chessing is assured.. A wonder into the town for a browse or food and ...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Grading Cheat or Patzer?
Replies: 73
Views: 6628

Re: Grading Cheat or Patzer?

Yes, perpetrated in a famous simultaneous display by a nobody against a group of titled players I believe. You mean this one - http://en.chessbase.com/post/derren-brown-s-che-trick-once-more-with-feeling ? I saw that on Youtube recently, I don’t think that is what is been talked about here though. ...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The January Grading List is out!
Replies: 35
Views: 4681

Re: The January Grading List is out!

We’ll I’ve managed to go down… by a point! It could have been worse, after a string of pretty good results I allowed the very pleasant, but decidedly modest graded Margaret Rowley from Harrogate CC to get a draw out of me in the Yorkshire league - I bit her hand off for that too as it was a lost en...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The January Grading List is out!
Replies: 35
Views: 4681

Re: The January Grading List is out!

We’ll I’ve managed to go down… by a point! It could have been worse, after a string of pretty good results I allowed the very pleasant, but decidedly modest graded Margaret Rowley from Harrogate CC to get a draw out of me in the Yorkshire league - I bit her hand off for that too as it was a lost end...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using a computer in correspondence chess
Replies: 49
Views: 7725

Re: Using a computer in correspondence chess

To be honest I think computers have more killed than improved correspondence chess - I’ve tried taking it seriously many times on various sites and by post. But it just becomes too much like hard work when you can tell your opponent is using computer analysis and / or endless databases, the games ju...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing early moves fast to avoid time trouble. (long games)
Replies: 22
Views: 2120

Re: Playing early moves fast to avoid time trouble. (long games)

All this been said do take care, it’s much better to be in time trouble than to end up in a terrible position and / or material down from the start, if you know the move order fine, but if things start to a bit wayward, take a moment or two. I screwed up a Colle recently as white when my opponent pl...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing early moves fast to avoid time trouble. (long games)
Replies: 22
Views: 2120

Re: Playing early moves fast to avoid time trouble. (long games)

I usually bash out the opening pretty quick, especially as white, it’s very rare I find myself out of my 4 prepared systems (depending on blacks responce to 1.d4) an opponent would have to play something totally unexpected (1.b5 or something) to throw me. As black I sometimes take a bit more time to...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 240
Views: 39483

Re: Chess on TV

Peter Williams >I think you should write a book about your life < You may not know that one of my books is 'Poker 24/7 - 35 years a proker pro.' Cathy Rogers thought it should have been chess and poker, but who would have bought that? I don't think an autobiography of my life in chess would sell at...
by Jon Mahony
Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: how long many years do grade calculations take into account
Replies: 7
Views: 1020

Re: how long many years do grade calculations take into account

I'd totally missed that message, I hope all is well with Richard :)
by Jon Mahony
Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: how long many years do grade calculations take into account
Replies: 7
Views: 1020

Re: how long many years do grade calculations take into account

I notice the ECF grading page didn't get it's November update, still on october. I assume it will all be done for the new grade in Jan now.
by Jon Mahony
Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you pay for a title?
Replies: 56
Views: 7719

Re: What would you pay for a title?

Back to the original thead, i believe that a lot of people I know who learnt chess online don't really care for titles unless it is grandmaster or at a push international master. If I was good enough for a title I wouldn't say no, but I shant be bothering sending my tenner off to the ECF for my clu...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 240
Views: 39483

Re: Chess on TV

The commentators would then have something to analyse, but a lot of GM games, seem to have long thinks around the move 6 mark. A more commentator friendly time limit would be to give players ten to twenty minutes at the start and then get an extra two or two and a half minutes every move. Unless ad...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)
Replies: 37
Views: 6548

Re: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)

Please, no spoilers!! :!: (for both films, but more for the Star Wars one) Indeed, goes without saying!! I shall be letting the crowds die down, not like 1999 when me and my school mates cued up to see the first showing of Phantom Menace for 4 hours :roll: Was it worth it? Well 3 words Jar Jar Bink...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you pay for a title?
Replies: 56
Views: 7719

Re: What would you pay for a title?

in my opinion it is padded out. It could have been condensed into a pamphlet one tenth of the book's size... the tactics puzzles in it are a waste of space. I think the general idea of drilling tactics puzzles continuously is very true and ive definitely improved due to following it in my opinion. ...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)
Replies: 37
Views: 6548

Re: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)

Does anyone know if the Bobby Fischer film 'Pawn Sacrifice' has gone on general release in the UK? I saw scheduled dates of 4 December, but haven't seen it listed anywhere yet? Bit worrying. I know there have been advance showings in the UK and reviews, but have I managed to miss it or has it just ...