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by Martin Crichton
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons
Replies: 20
Views: 4382

Re: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons

David Shepherd....
suspect what you like. Never seen any of those kids before. I call a spade a spade. good to nip these things in the bud.
by Martin Crichton
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2974
Views: 323416

Re: Media comments on chess

how not to resolve a chess dispute:

do not brutally kill your opponent by stabbing him several times and bludgeoning his head and do not cut him open while still alive and eat his heart.

this falls outside of the rules of chess.
by Martin Crichton
Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons
Replies: 20
Views: 4382

Re: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons

yes very good point - I shall forward the info to the organiser. (edit email sent to organiser) Hopefully no infringements from the kid in question at future events

Regards
by Martin Crichton
Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons
Replies: 20
Views: 4382

Re: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons

Jonathan by my account I might be oversensitive? hmmm interesting theory lol been playing compeditive chess for 35 years now. I think I know a bad apple when I come across one. I am sure the people that were at the Osterley london rapid play know which kid I was talking about. I am merely highlighti...
by Martin Crichton
Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons
Replies: 20
Views: 4382

Re: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons

Slightly off topic but I played at a predominently junior orientated rapidplay event on Saturday where all but 3 of the entrants were juniors. I ended up playing 4 juniors - 2 of them were very promising and indeed one of the two trounced the IM that had entered in one of the rounds. The remaining 2...
by Martin Crichton
Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons
Replies: 20
Views: 4382

Re: Children at the chess club who need basic lessons

Hi Colin has something changed from the Pinner model? The old Pinner chess club model had junior chess from 6pm to 7:30pm and adult chess after 7:30pm It is not practical or fair on either the adults or juniors/novices/beginners to have them playing in the same room at the same time. I always though...
by Martin Crichton
Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings13-14
Replies: 129
Views: 10462

Re: Hastings13-14

Pretty obvious to me that Radonovic did his homework...seen that this Kenkin guy accepted several quick draws and offered a draw on move 11. Radonovic to be admired.
by Martin Crichton
Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings13-14
Replies: 129
Views: 10462

Re: Hastings13-14

Stewart wrote.. Similarly it is 40 moves in 90 minutes. A plays 1 e4 and B is present. But he sits there for 90 minutes without making a move until his flag falls. He is 'thinking' about his first move. A scores the point, B scores zero, but it is not a rated game. This actually happened in a high p...
by Martin Crichton
Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Chess
Replies: 48
Views: 6983

Re: e2e4 Chess

and in the blue corner we have John "the beast" Upham

and in the red corner we have Roger "the destroyer" de Coverly

place your bets

Roger 2/1 favourite but some late betting coming on John
by Martin Crichton
Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Chess
Replies: 48
Views: 6983

Re: e2e4 Chess

Roger agreed, yes the e2e4 events are medium sized but they are still dependant totally on Sean and carry the same risk as all the smaller single organiser events I've mentioned. The risk might be even greater as the larger the event the more draining it must be to manage and I'd guess that he must ...
by Martin Crichton
Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 94685

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

Martin Crichton >Is there any outlet taking bets on the outcome? Even at 200 to 1 on I'd put all my disposable income and spare change on Ilyumzhinov to win by a landslide.< If serious Martin, I strongly recommend you never, ever become a gambler. That statement breaks two cardinal rules. Also Kirs...
by Martin Crichton
Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Banning the Exchange French
Replies: 23
Views: 3154

Re: Banning the Exchange French

The exchange French is a great opening especially if your opponent is much higher rated than you. I will always play an exchange French against anyone rated 2100+ (below 2100 I will play for a win and play something else). Also don't forget Black tends to be better prepared in specific openings. If ...
by Martin Crichton
Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Chess
Replies: 48
Views: 6983

Re: e2e4 Chess

So who are the various event officials who help to make the events run smoothly? e2e4 events use recognised Arbiters, games inputters etc that regularly are involved in various e2e4 events. I've yet to see an e2e4 event run in the style of Kind Hearts and Coronets which is what you might be alludin...
by Martin Crichton
Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Chess
Replies: 48
Views: 6983

Re: e2e4 Chess

seems to me the weakness of the e2e4 events are they are basically a 1 man band i.e Sean Hewitt. That said they have lower overheads and can offer cheaper entry fees to players so its a balance / choice for players entering in advance. Sounds like some people want their cake and to eat it also. e2e4...
by Martin Crichton
Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begins
Replies: 1087
Views: 94685

Re: Kasparov vs Ilyumzhinov: the FIDE Presidency battle begi

Is there any outlet taking bets on the outcome? Even at 200 to 1 on I'd put all my disposable income and spare change on Ilyumzhinov to win by a landslide.