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by Michael Bennett
Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The British itself!
Replies: 704
Views: 40430

Re: The British itself!

Just for the record, Oskar Hackner is not 180/190. He's 202 and has been 207.
by Michael Bennett
Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The British itself!
Replies: 704
Views: 40430

Re: The British itself!

56...Rf3+ looked strong I think. But Ravi's played 56...Rxe4+ instead.
by Michael Bennett
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The British itself!
Replies: 704
Views: 40430

Re: The British itself!

Hawkins is playing Nick Pert today, not Hebden.
by Michael Bennett
Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best digital clock
Replies: 26
Views: 3085

Re: Best digital clock

Our club recently went for the DGT 2010 limited edition. We think it's nice-looking, and it was a little cheaper than the standard model: http://shop.chess.co.uk/DGT_2010_Digital_Chess_Clock_Limited_Edition_p/cb04558.htm And as mentioned up-thread you may be able to negotiate a discount for a bulk b...
by Michael Bennett
Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 35035

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Announced today: "The London Chess Classic 5th London Classic, December 7-15, 2013 I am delighted to announce that the 5th London Chess Classic will take place at Olympia from Saturday December 7th to Sunday December 15th. The 5th Classic will not feature top level Classical Chess, but it will be he...
by Michael Bennett
Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Kings Place Chess Festival 15 June 2013
Replies: 47
Views: 6271

Re: Kings Place Chess Festival 15 June 2013

I've imported the pgn files Adam has posted into Chess Microbase, so people can play through the games online. (There's also an 'Export' button for those that would like to import the games into their own engine.) http://chessmicrobase.com/m/rd0iwpy6 Congratulations to Adam and his whole team on an ...
by Michael Bennett
Sun May 26, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London League divisions
Replies: 10
Views: 1640

Re: London League divisions

Thanks for all the info John. I had never heard that some of those players ever played for Hendon, so it's good to be able to fill in a bit of our history. I only heard the sad news about Ken Davies - who I believe captained all our London League teams - when I took up chess again in 2008. From what...
by Michael Bennett
Sun May 26, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London League divisions
Replies: 10
Views: 1640

Re: London League divisions

I played my first London League game against Dave Rumens in 1978 (Wimbledon v Hampstead). Since then I must have played over 250 games, mostly in the 1st Division. Looking back over the opponents I played in the first few years I am surprised to see how many are still active. Matches were played on...
by Michael Bennett
Wed May 22, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League Champions!
Replies: 93
Views: 10967

Re: League Champions!

Congratulations to Joey and Gloucester!

Hendon 1 retained the Middlesex League title, with Hendon 2 finishing in 3rd place behind runners-up Kings Head 1.
In the remaining divisions, Kings Head 2 and Ealing 1 gained promotion to the 1st Division, while Albany 1 and Hendon 3 move up to Division 2.
by Michael Bennett
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Another Membership Success
Replies: 74
Views: 8204

Re: Another Membership Success

Summer leagues don't enjoy any great popularity in London and the South East... League players take a break from chess over the summer, or if they play at all, take part in Congresses. Not true for London. The City of London Rapidplay League, started 4 years ago, runs June - August and is very popu...
by Michael Bennett
Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Wood Green
Replies: 186
Views: 16916

Re: Wood Green

are you referring to IM Gyula Meszaros? Yes. I have nothing against him or his team personally, just that in a sporting sense playing your strongest player in two different teams (especially against the same opponent) leaves a lot to be desired. I appreciate that not all clubs have a large squad of...
by Michael Bennett
Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Player Strip Searched
Replies: 1173
Views: 112320

Re: Chess Player Strip Searched

I've read online that White played 73% 1st choice Houdini-3 moves, and took no more than 10 secs over each move.
by Michael Bennett
Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then
Replies: 177
Views: 11240

Re: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then

The fact the position is a tablebase draw is surely missing the point. Polgar lost R vs R+N. It's happened to lots of strong players. I lost it under time-pressure after a 7 hour game at the British Championship - maybe I should've just let my flag fall! Should Black hold the draw? Probably. Would ...
by Michael Bennett
Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then
Replies: 177
Views: 11240

Re: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then

Yes she did. [Event "It (cat.19)"] [Site "Dos Hermanas (Spain)"] [Date "1996.??.??"] [EventDate "?"] [Round "7"] [Result "0-1"] [White "Judit Polgar"] [Black "Garry Kasparov"] [ECO "B82"] [WhiteElo "?"] [BlackElo "?"] [PlyCount "180"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e6 7.Qf3 Qb6 ...
by Michael Bennett
Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should we scrap adjournments?
Replies: 220
Views: 14387

Re: Should we scrap adjournments?

What's the situation if one of the players is disabled? What's the situation if both are disabled? If one disabled player, he/she can insist upon an adjournment, as Colin has mentioned already. There are other players in the Middx League who do this, e.g. it happened in one of our matches recently....