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by Jon Mahony
Thu May 20, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Brighouse Rapidplay 2010
Replies: 2
Views: 625

Brighouse Rapidplay 2010

Hi All

Anyone know where I can get hold of an entry form for this year's Brighouse rapidplay? I can’t seem to find anything on Google.

Cheers
by Jon Mahony
Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 13358

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

Am I the only player who welcomes an opponent drinking during a match? He/she will obviously not be playing to his full ability as the game goes on. Would you complain if they opted to start a pawn down? I wouldn't! So IHMO if a chess player wishes to handicap themselves by drinking OTB we should b...
by Jon Mahony
Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Calderdale Congress
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: Calderdale Congress

Another one where I’ll end up playing one of the top seeds with black on the Friday night :roll: Always happens at Noel’s congresses because he ups the grading limit for the minor section a little.

See you all there whoever’s going :)
by Jon Mahony
Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 13358

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

There’s a quite strong player on the Yorkshire congress circuit (I won’t name names!) whose hands noticeably shake during the morning game when the bar is closed - he’s always got a pint with him at the board in the afternoon (and I’m guessing he’s had a few during the lunch break) and th...
by Jon Mahony
Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 13358

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

There’s a quite strong player on the Yorkshire congress circuit (I won’t name names!) whose hands noticeably shake during the morning game when the bar is closed - he’s always got a pint with him at the board in the afternoon (and I’m guessing he’s had a few during the lunch break) and the...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 13358

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

Personally I’ve been off the booze for a few months now because of an exercise regime I decided to undertake for the New Year - I must say it has improved my Chess a great deal, I’ve noticed my powers of concentration are much stronger - even if id just had a couple of pints before the game, I ...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 13358

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

I don’t see a huge problem with people drinking alcohol in moderation while playing a game - lets face it 99% of club matches (in the Yorkshire area anyway) take place in the upstairs room of a pub! Personally I’ve been off the booze for a few months now because of an exercise regime I decided t...
by Jon Mahony
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 5928

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

That was also a novel (originally printed in Russian) but I’ve not got around to reading that one yet... You mean Nabokov's "The Defence." That's the one :D Book was okay but the movie made me squirm. Melodramatic gestures like sweeping the pieces to the floor serve no purpose. And did you see wh...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 5928

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

I've also seen the Luzhin defence, although it doesn't exactly portray a good image of chess players :roll: That was also a novel (originally printed in Russian) but I’ve not got around to reading that one yet - if it’s anything like the film I don’t think I’ll bother, I saw it for the firs...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 5928

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

Hi Jon, Re the missing pawns in From Russia with Love. It's a moot point but: John Henderson, writing in The Scotsman, stated on Tuesday 12th December 2006. That the producers thought there was copyright on chess games so they removed two pawns to make the positional original. Cheers Geoff - I knew...
by Jon Mahony
Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 5928

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

How about the character "Kronsteen" in the film, "From Russia with Love?" By the way, McAdams must have been a real chump not to see the defence, 1. ... Ne6. That has to be the best Chess scene of all time - the character of Kronsteen is beautifully played by little known actor Vladek Sheybal. Kron...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Chess on TV??
Replies: 35
Views: 13797

Re: Chess on TV??

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Jon Mahony wrote: I just loved what Miles said to Short "“Congratulations… but don’t make a habit of it!”
He did, though :)
He did indeed :wink: I saw an old newspaper article recently, in which Short hinted that the rivalry got quite bitter on Miles’ part - I’d never heard that before!
by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Chess on TV??
Replies: 35
Views: 13797

Re: Chess on TV??

Seeing Tony Miles's brown leather jacket and wavey, side-swept, 70s hair again were moments of nostalgia I would happily have skipped. :D I was good to see Bill Hartston again, back as I remember him, and catch ancient glimpses of Jonathan Mestel and Jon Speelman. There's been quite a bit of discus...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Tournament questions.
Replies: 3
Views: 1114

Re: Tournament questions.

Not sure what category this comes under, gamesmanship I suppose: At the Manchester congress last year (in which I only played 2 games - long story) I was playing on the board next to this guy who was clearly loosing the position in his game - his opponent knew he had him so he was playing fast, sudd...
by Jon Mahony
Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Scandinavian Gambit
Replies: 23
Views: 3514

Re: Scandinavian Gambit

Her Majesty's Prisoners and Trappist Monks (the silent ones) these are the only people you can safely play postal chess against. The rest cheat. What about Quakers? Let your yea be yea, and your nay be nay... and all that. Besides, I play correspondence chess - via e-mail - and don't cheat. As far ...