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by Tristan Clayton
Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Promoting a pawn early in a game
Replies: 24
Views: 2338

Re: Promoting a pawn early in a game

As white, I once had to let my opponent promote on move 9, capturing a Rook in the process, after botching the opening:

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 d5 4.Bb5 Bd6 5.f4 exf4 6.Bxg7 Qh4+ 7.g3 fxg3 8.Nf3 g2+ 9.Ke2 gxh1=Q

Somehow I still held on for a draw after 28 moves!
by Tristan Clayton
Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Chess an addiction?
Replies: 31
Views: 2901

Re: Is Chess an addiction?

Could I live without it? Yes.

Would I want to? No.

:wink:
by Tristan Clayton
Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: the longest no-losing streak.
Replies: 73
Views: 6341

Re: the longest no-losing streak.

Next month I will be starting a 9-game winless streak on the bottom boards of the Hastings Masters. :cry:
by Tristan Clayton
Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Brighton Congress : 12-14 November 2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2517

Re: e2e4 Brighton Congress : 12-14 November 2010

Sean, if this had been a few weeks ago, would you have considered using the FIDE Presidential election result as a fair and plausibly random way of deciding colours? :lol:
by Tristan Clayton
Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen drops out of race for World Champion
Replies: 90
Views: 8622

Re: Carlsen drops out of race for World Champion

FIDE have announced that Alexander Grischuk will replace Carlsen in the upcoming candidates tournament. (I wasn't available, unfortunately. :wink: ) In the announcement it also said: "FIDE has always been sceptical about World Championship matches instead of tournaments." I find this statement hard ...
by Tristan Clayton
Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Brighton Congress : 12-14 November 2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2517

Re: e2e4 Brighton Congress : 12-14 November 2010

Noooooooooo!!!!! Say it ain't so!

Someone tell me it's April 1st, please...
by Tristan Clayton
Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Copying and re-selling chess DVDs
Replies: 121
Views: 15055

Re: Copying and re-selling chess DVDs

I'd like to know where such merchandise is available. So I could avoid them, obviously. :wink: No, seriously, it's illegal and wrong and very, very naughty. Besides, you might think you're getting a DVD of Roman giving the latest GM-level theory and end up with a disc featuring me in a wig recommend...
by Tristan Clayton
Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership category?
Replies: 27
Views: 2695

Re: Membership category?

I wonder if the ECF (or any other chess federation) has considered offering Life Membership? I don't know how the cost of this would be determined - perhaps tiered according to age? - but it might be a useful way of increasing revenue in the short term if enough people could be tempted to sign up.
by Tristan Clayton
Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Hastings Pier
Replies: 6
Views: 1278

Re: Hastings Pier

This is a real shame, although I know the pier has been unused for some time, as well as being the subject of some local controversy over its ownership and future. Every year I stay at a B&B near the pier during the Hastings Congress, and have always thought it a pity it's not been used as a real at...
by Tristan Clayton
Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010
Replies: 334
Views: 38717

Re: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010

I'm totally confused. Am i correct that the "Busy person's" first 5 rounds are included in the Weekender, but without being able to win the prizes? I will probably enter the Weekender like last year - does this mean that i can put in my usual woeful performance, and still have the chance of winning...
by Tristan Clayton
Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010
Replies: 334
Views: 38717

Re: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010

What we 'busy persons' have got is effectively 5 rounds of the weekender (with no opportunity to win that tournament's prize money) plus - for an extra 75 quid - a maximum of four FIDE-rated rounds of chess. And for me it means taking 3 days' annual leave from work. The overall prize money for the O...
by Tristan Clayton
Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010
Replies: 334
Views: 38717

Re: 2nd London Chess Classic 2010

1.1 ... Where at least one of the players in the tournament has a rating 2200 or higher, each player must have a minimum of 120 minutes. I think that was the point Sean was making earlier, that for the first 5 rounds of the hybrid to be rated, there would need to be a 2200 restriction. You would al...
by Tristan Clayton
Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Vote for an ECF logo
Replies: 98
Views: 9528

Re: Vote for an ECF logo

Well, here's the best I could come up with after 15 minutes on MS Paint.
ECF logo.png
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And my design fees are very reasonable...

I'm also not keen on the two new logos, or indeed the old one.
by Tristan Clayton
Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Runcorn Congress : 24-26 September 2010
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Re: e2e4 Runcorn Congress : 24-26 September 2010

The new Runcorn Congress will take place from Friday 24th May - Sunday 26th September 2010.

Crikey! A four-month tournament.

Will the FIDE president have to intervene when the players get too tired? :wink:
by Tristan Clayton
Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Writing down your move......with a giant pencil
Replies: 60
Views: 4895

Re: Writing down your move......with a giant pencil

Next week I shall test the rules further by eating some yoghurt during the game.

Out of a bucket.

With a shovel.

:)