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by Nick Burrows
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapid play event
Replies: 60
Views: 4760

Re: Rapid play event

How the hell does this popularise chess? There are many players who play in just 1 or 2 events per year. There are many curious players who are considering trying a congress. This puts a large firm barrier in their way. " 6 games of chess please " " That will be £42 young man" " I think i'll just p...
by Nick Burrows
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gibraltar International 2012
Replies: 79
Views: 10194

Re: Gibraltar International 2012

Why not simply by best rating performance as they do for the individual board medals at the olympiad? Seems straight forward and objective, and the person who had played the best chess- Hou Yifan - would have won.
by Nick Burrows
Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gibraltar International 2012
Replies: 79
Views: 10194

Re: Gibraltar International 2012

Oh, they changed the result...
by Nick Burrows
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gibraltar International 2012
Replies: 79
Views: 10194

Re: Gibraltar International 2012

Korchnoi 0-1 Bisby :D
by Nick Burrows
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gibraltar International 2012
Replies: 79
Views: 10194

Re: Gibraltar International 2012

[Event "Tradewise Gibraltar"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2012.01.24"] [EventDate "2012.01.24"] [Round "1"] [Result "0-1"] [White "Emil Sutovsky"] [Black "Craig A Hanley"] [ECO "C63"] [WhiteElo "?"] [BlackElo "?"] [PlyCount "66"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O d6 7. Qd3 a...
by Nick Burrows
Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book
Replies: 23
Views: 2839

Re: Chess Book

Arshad Ali wrote:
Nick Burrows wrote: The great classic that is hard to get hold of is Psychology in Chess by Nikolai Krogius
There are used copies floating around. I have two copies myself, acquired at different times over the years.
You'll be happy to loan one of them to me then :twisted: :wink:
by Nick Burrows
Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book
Replies: 23
Views: 2839

Re: Chess Book

Incidentally - it might do more for many players to read a book on sports psychology than one on Chess. Many are beaten by the number next to their opponent's name before even sitting at the board. Any recommendations? Two fantastic books addressing chess psychology are Jonathan Rowsons:- The 7 Dea...
by Nick Burrows
Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book
Replies: 23
Views: 2839

Re: Chess Book

Improve Your Chess Now - Jon Tisdall Apart from learning how not to think like a tree, how did this book help you exactly? It made me really think about thinking. Rowson points out that reading (consuming) chess books is mainly acquiring knowledge about chess rather than increasing ones skill at pl...
by Nick Burrows
Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book
Replies: 23
Views: 2839

Re: Chess Book

My System - Nimzovitch - believe the hype!
Improve Your Chess Now - Jon Tisdall
by Nick Burrows
Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: h4
Replies: 30
Views: 3401

Re: h4

I believe i remember Brett Lund beating Harry Lamb at the Chorley Congress around 1997 with 1. h4

(Sorry Harry)

Harry took me to my first ever chess tournament when i was at primary school..

(Thanks Harry!)
by Nick Burrows
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trent and Gordon Commentary at the Classic
Replies: 65
Views: 5978

Re: Trent and Gordon Commentary at the Classic

I hate to knock the guy, as i appreciate he is on the whole contributing to the appeal of Chess to an outside audience, but i don't enjoy Lawrence Trent's commentary. I prefer Stephen's because he talks about the actual chess in a clearer and more engaging way. I have found myself enjoying Conquest/...
by Nick Burrows
Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:51 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Chess for Zebras
Replies: 13
Views: 2662

Re: Chess for Zebras

Malcolm Peacock wrote:
David Sedgwick wrote:Jonathan Rowson's books do seem to polarise opinion a lot - you either love them or hate them.
I love them.
Me too. I've been reading lots recently, and Rowsons' are 2 of my favourites. As Paul says, they will be appreciated more by those with a philosophical bent.
by Nick Burrows
Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How good do players really want to become?
Replies: 15
Views: 1896

Re: How good do players really want to become?

As in other areas of life what is important is the felt quality of the process, not the result. To much 'attachment' to the result massively hinders performance during an actual game also. There are many players who are not particularly 'naturally gifted' but make great strides of improvement. I sus...
by Nick Burrows
Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stewart Haslinger live from Holland
Replies: 4
Views: 853

Re: Stewart Haslinger live from Holland

I like Stewarts position after move 18 - seems to have Nimzowitchian restraint of those French pawns..