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by Adam Ashton
Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does publishing games give anyone an advantage?
Replies: 82
Views: 7496

Re: Does publishing games give anyone an advantage?

I thought in the article he said the other junior was his pupil?[/quote]

Right you are. I'm sorry I misunderstood, I thought that the whole point that he had been part of some coaching group with Lorin. So in fact there weren't any grounds for offense whatsoever :?
by Adam Ashton
Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does publishing games give anyone an advantage?
Replies: 82
Views: 7496

Re: Does publishing games give anyone an advantage?

In this context it is clearly being used to describe a move that looks logical enough but does not consider the long term aims of his position. Anyone with experience coaching juniors will know exactly what he means as this is very common(yes it happens at adult too but not so much). There is nothin...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 32041

Re: Road to Grandmaster

I'd say generally that on-line coaching is not treated very seriously by most coaches. That said you can always learn something from strong players of course. If you can find a good coach face to face you'd be much better off. Skype may be a decent alternative I've never tried it, given where you ar...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Your 5 favourite books
Replies: 55
Views: 8201

Re: Your 5 favourite books

Endgame Strategy - Shereshevsky (when I was starting out found Kosten's more basic 'winning endgames' quite useful too) Practical rook endings - Mednis Probably out of print now but remember Phil Adams lent me a very ancient looking copy. All the need to know positions. Secrets of grandmaster chess ...
by Adam Ashton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adding chess to the school curriculum
Replies: 107
Views: 10346

Re: Adding chess to the school curriculum

I doubt there are any in secondary school either! However I accept that by secondary school specialist teachers would probably be required as in music/art etc. Is there any reason to limit the debate to full GCSE subject or nothing?
by Adam Ashton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adding chess to the school curriculum
Replies: 107
Views: 10346

Re: Adding chess to the school curriculum

Actually with a proper curriculum to follow the chess knowledge of the teacher need not be that high at all. If you try rephrasing that sentence by inserting "history" or "mathematics" or "chemistry" in place of "chess", you can perhaps see the problem with it. I can assure you we don't have nobel ...
by Adam Ashton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adding chess to the school curriculum
Replies: 107
Views: 10346

Re: Adding chess to the school curriculum

I'm surprised at the negative reaction from people on here. I think chess occupies a similar position to music and art in educational terms, undeniably beneficial whilst not strictly necessary. I don't see any reason why it couldn't be offered as an optional alternative to these subjects at any leve...
by Adam Ashton
Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open
Replies: 29
Views: 4503

Re: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open

I'm sorry but I have great sympathy with the people he played in those early rounds. Of course the players are affected even if it doesn't end up rated(Norm chances gone for a start). Given the effort and expense people put into chess I don't really see the funny side.
by Adam Ashton
Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:34 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open
Replies: 29
Views: 4503

Re: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open

I doubt you'd be amused if you were one of the people who had their tournament ruined by this guy.
by Adam Ashton
Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES
Replies: 1360
Views: 63719

Re: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES

Well counterplay with the h-pawn was prob a better chance than this but perhaps Pert was simply winning after all. Completely overlooked the obvious Rf8 :)
by Adam Ashton
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES
Replies: 1360
Views: 63719

Re: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES

Perhaps Pert should have played a4 earlier, b5! was a good move. Was there anything better than Rf7?
by Adam Ashton
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES
Replies: 1360
Views: 63719

Re: BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - THE GAMES

Hmm if Short walks his King to d7 the Qxc5 somebody mentioned may actually occur!
by Adam Ashton
Tue May 03, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Bolton Easter 2011
Replies: 7
Views: 3077

Re: Bolton Easter 2011

Congrats to Don Mason! Banking on beating the 13 year old in the last round didn't quite go to plan :)

Was impressed with young McPhillips play throughout. Interesting to see how he does in the British if he takes up his place.
by Adam Ashton
Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: The Pool Sucks
Replies: 99
Views: 8088

Re: The Pool Sucks

Yes, that's still fair. In phase 1 of the competition, you were in the bottom 4, and thus entered the relegation pool. In phase 2 of the competition, you were in the bottom 4, and thus were relegated. The 4NCL takes place over 11 rounds it isn't two completely seperate competitions(and if they are ...
by Adam Ashton
Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: The Pool Sucks
Replies: 99
Views: 8088

Re: The Pool Sucks

I'm not a fan of the 'pool' system either. I don't think Wigan would calmly accept it if you removed a win over Man Utd from their results and told them they should have beat West Ham! There is no justification for completely disregarding earlier results in the same division/season. If 12 teams isn'...