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by Tristan Clayton
Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Candidates?
Replies: 96
Views: 11308

Re: London Candidates?

I also wonder if anyone here actually attended the match in any capacity? I was there, as my favourite chess bookmark will confirm... http://i40.tinypic.com/5d3zh2.jpg I was there for Game 3, which was one of the many draws, but a fairly long one as Kasparov failed to break through Kramnik's Berlin...
by Tristan Clayton
Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Candidates?
Replies: 96
Views: 11308

Re: London Candidates?

Could there really be a candidates tournament coming to London? If you add that to the observation that those candidates who had played in the Classic would, presumably, welcome a candidates tournament with a similar format you may get a plausible story. Kramnik suggested the idea of holding a Cand...
by Tristan Clayton
Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not playing somebody for a long time
Replies: 14
Views: 2119

Re: Not playing somebody for a long time

"Twice in a few days" is nothing - at Hastings this year two guys played each other in a morning tournament and were paired against each other a couple of hours later in the afternoon tournament. PB That happened to me and Adrian Waldock a few years ago at Hastings! Luckily we each had one white an...
by Tristan Clayton
Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2011
Replies: 128
Views: 12528

Re: London Chess Classic 2011

R1 Open draw now up at: http://www.livechess.co.uk/classic/2011 ... index.html

I'll have my hands full on board 78, giving away 350 rating points.
by Tristan Clayton
Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The New Moderator
Replies: 23
Views: 3600

Re: The New Moderator

I thought the first step in running for high office was to declare "I have absolutely no ambition in that direction". (Hacker, 1984)
by Tristan Clayton
Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2011
Replies: 128
Views: 12528

Re: London Chess Classic 2011

I'll be there, for the first time for the whole tournament. My objectives, in decreasing order of likelihood are: 1. To avoid disgracing myself in the Open 2. To stop dropping rating points like cut-price confetti 3. To qualify for next year's main event Frankly I wouldn't rush down Ladbrokes to put...
by Tristan Clayton
Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: e2e4 Maximum Bonus
Replies: 7
Views: 1279

Re: e2e4 Maximum Bonus

When I saw this prize announced earlier it got me thinking... If this jackpot rolls over enough times, might there be an incentive for two players on 4/4 to collude and produce a decisive result, having agreed to split the prize? Perhaps the risk of the 'winner' reneging on the deal would prevent su...
by Tristan Clayton
Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Childish ECF Arbiter
Replies: 41
Views: 5036

Re: Childish ECF Arbiter

This has just reminded me of the last time I made a repetition claim, earlier this year. I wrote my intended move, declared to my opponent what it was, and that I was claiming a draw. He replied, "I'll think about it..." Did you say you were claiming a draw by repetition, or did you just say draw? ...
by Tristan Clayton
Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Childish ECF Arbiter
Replies: 41
Views: 5036

Re: Childish ECF Arbiter

This has just reminded me of the last time I made a repetition claim, earlier this year. I wrote my intended move, declared to my opponent what it was, and that I was claiming a draw. He replied, "I'll think about it..." Having followed this thread, I realise I should just have stopped the clocks an...
by Tristan Clayton
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Childish ECF Arbiter
Replies: 41
Views: 5036

Re: Childish ECF Arbiter

I think I'm about to expose my own ignorance here, but given that the correct procedure is to write the move and notify the arbiter of the threefold-repetition claim, what effect (if any) does the clock situation have? Given that notifying the arbiter, especially in a large tournament, is not an ins...
by Tristan Clayton
Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in adverts
Replies: 14
Views: 2199

Re: Chess in adverts

I like the Audi/BMW one very much, and it's no surprise to see chess being used to sell financial services and products where the intellectual side of the game is used to lend the company trustworthiness and gravitas. IT companies have also clearly seized on the opportunities an association with che...
by Tristan Clayton
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in adverts
Replies: 14
Views: 2199

Chess in adverts

I spotted this chess-inspired advert on my train home* tonight: http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/2041/chessadvert.jpg ...and it got me thinking that most uses of chess in advertising draw on the usual stereotypes of chessplayers as boring/nerdy/clever and the game as slow/dull/quiet. This one's** ...
by Tristan Clayton
Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Central London Chess Congress 4-6/November 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2456

Re: Central London Chess Congress 4-6/November 2011

Absolutely. Many thanks to the organisers for one of the most entertaining tournaments I've played in. My results were pretty dire, having to rely on a cheap trap to score my only win (against a child - shame on me...) Is it going to be a regular fixture on the calendar? Although the venue was noisy...
by Tristan Clayton
Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Gatwick International : 26-30 October 2011
Replies: 2
Views: 982

Re: e2e4 Gatwick International : 26-30 October 2011

Looking forward to this one a lot.

Haven't been to the venue before - is there a McDonald's nearby? :wink:
by Tristan Clayton
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Your 5 favourite books
Replies: 55
Views: 7945

Re: Your 5 favourite books

Two good books by Dzindi.. are Complete Reportoire for White and the other bizarrely for Black. What I like about these books is the clear and simple analysis, diagrams and tips. Dare I ask what happens when Dzindzi's complete white repertoire meets Dzindzi's complete black repertoire over the boar...