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by Chris Goodall
Sun May 13, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapidplay disputes over position of pieces
Replies: 6
Views: 1328

Re: Rapidplay disputes over position of pieces

Kids, man. Hopeless. Every gamesman knows that when you send your king flying across the board, you replace it one square further from the action.
by Chris Goodall
Mon May 07, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2923
Views: 317161

Re: Media comments on chess

I don't like citing that record to demonstrate my value as a person, that's all. Then don't do it. Perhaps in turn you could tell us what chess you organise. Pay attention, Nick. Or alternatively, grow up and tell me what your actual problem is with me instead of this knee-jerk sniping about everyt...
by Chris Goodall
Sun May 06, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2923
Views: 317161

Re: Media comments on chess

I could point to any number of places where UKIP's representatives have said such things, but I shan't, because Carl has requested an end to the politics nonsense. Sticking to the topic of chess though, I know I'm not the only one who thinks the superhero culture is bad for English chess. "I organis...
by Chris Goodall
Sun May 06, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2923
Views: 317161

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 9:51 am
Maybe bring this particular thread back to appearances of chess in the media?
Excellent plan! No need to bring up the topic of local election candidates who aren't going to garner enough votes to even register in their local media.
by Chris Goodall
Sat May 05, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2923
Views: 317161

Re: Media comments on chess

Chris Goodall: I think it ill-advised to bring implied negative comments on players' private and legal political beliefs to a chess forum. PB I wonder why you never hear Labour or Tory supporters explaining that their beliefs aren't actually illegal. It's almost as if Kippers understand that a poli...
by Chris Goodall
Sat May 05, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2923
Views: 317161

Re: Media comments on chess

What is it with chess players and UKIP? We don't even have the "anti-establishment" excuse any more, since the establishment co-opted UKIP's single policy. If you support UKIP in 2018, it's because somewhere along the line your ideal Britain has fewer dark-skinned people in it than it has today. And...
by Chris Goodall
Thu May 03, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2923
Views: 317161

Re: Media comments on chess

In the violent aftermath of the Brexit vote, one of the images being shared with the whole world was of some blokes at Monument metro station holding a banner that read "Stop Immigration | Start Repatriation | NF". That's NF as in National Front. They stood next to the big yellow M to make it obviou...
by Chris Goodall
Thu May 03, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 24516

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

An interest point - I think I would agree that international success can be a boost to grassroots chess, but oftentimes, luck and various factors of convenience may be more salient than whether producing a super-GM reflects that the underlying structures/local chess is booming. I would maintain tha...
by Chris Goodall
Thu May 03, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 24516

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

It's true that the paucity of Norwegians didn't stop Carlsen becoming World Champion, but that's a simple lottery paradox. Drawing any individual winning ticket in a lottery is an extremely unlikely event, one that you could say with 95% confidence won't happen. And yet, at least one such extremely ...
by Chris Goodall
Wed May 02, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Winning without doing anything
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: Winning without doing anything

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 5:10 pm
Don't forget that the Bishop on d6 can go to f4 with check
and then back to h6 to cover g7.

And then I say to the spectators "D'oh, I didn't see the knight on f6" and win all their lunch money.
by Chris Goodall
Wed May 02, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Winning without doing anything
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: Winning without doing anything

It's not, because 11.dxe5 and 12.exd6 wins the piece back Not after Nd7-b6 it doesn't, as the now defended Knight on d5 shields the d file allowing a recapture on d6. If all those pieces are safe, I'm going to be annoyed with the chess gods. Bc4 if queen takes, or Qd4 (forcing f-pawn to move) and t...
by Chris Goodall
Wed May 02, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Winning without doing anything
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: Winning without doing anything

Is 10.Nd5 on? Same idea as the game but without giving Black the tempo to chase the bishop away? 10 dxe5 has to be played first, else the Nd5 is just hanging to the Nf6. It's not, because 11.dxe5 and 12.exd6 wins the piece back :P but Black can go 11...Nxe5 if he doesn't like that, so it amounts to...
by Chris Goodall
Tue May 01, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Winning without doing anything
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: Winning without doing anything

Moves like 10.f3 are encouraging to see as Black I have a rule of thumb for these tension-free positions: find the least productive move on the board (which doesn't just lose material). If it turns out to be the same move you were about to play, play something different. Is 10.Nd5 on? Same idea as ...
by Chris Goodall
Tue May 01, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 24
Views: 2442

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

I mean, if you want to convince me that 7...e5 is playable based on that game, there's the small matter that Shankland flattened it... Because he was the better player, rather than any fundamental defect in that particular line? What would it have looked like if Shankland had beaten Liang because o...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Idea for Caro-Kann players
Replies: 24
Views: 2442

Re: New Idea for Caro-Kann players

John Moore wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:18 pm
We will see whether more strong players (much stronger than you and me) play the idea.
John Moore wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:18 pm
I doubt that Liang played the best line against Shankland
:? So is there any point us patzers discussing opening theory, or not? Or only when we agree with you?