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by Jon Mahony
Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Daniel Kopec
Replies: 11
Views: 1740

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: 1785

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: 9481

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: 1615

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: 1615

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: 9481

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 ...
by Jon Mahony
Tue May 24, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manchester Summer Congress 19-21 August 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1779

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: 1256

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: 4189

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: 2810

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: 718

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: 4018

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: 3945

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: 3860

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: 3860

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?...