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by Andrew Bak
Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: toughest mate in one puzzle
Replies: 51
Views: 3595

Re: toughest mate in one puzzle

Barry Sandercock wrote:The solution is an illegal move ! No wonder I couldn't get it.
The puzzle apparently dates from before the time any official rules existed and thus there was an ambiguity about whether the piece you wanted to promote to had to be the same colour or not.
by Andrew Bak
Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: toughest mate in one puzzle
Replies: 51
Views: 3595

Re: toughest mate in one puzzle

Here's one that might leave you scratching your head a bit! White to play and mate in 1.



If you want to see the solution, you can find it out here
by Andrew Bak
Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Definition of Super Grandmaster
Replies: 57
Views: 3376

Re: Definition of Super Grandmaster

I'd like to see a title for players that have qualified for the Candidates at some point in their career. These players are the real creme-de-la-creme and typically demonstrate consistent performance at a high level. Having this method for awarding the title also has the benefit of removing any argu...
by Andrew Bak
Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 7873

Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

And at the other end of the table, a fantastically consistent performance from Mohammed Ali Dima, scoring 0/15 in the Rapid and 0/21 in the Blitz . Can't have been easy for him to turn up each round, especially as he was dispatched by the 'lesser' players in rounds 4-6 in the rapid and 5-7 in the b...
by Andrew Bak
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2016 Round by Round
Replies: 356
Views: 21114

Re: British 2016 Round by Round

Why is Mark Hebden on a fixed board?
by Andrew Bak
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British 2016 Round by Round
Replies: 356
Views: 21114

Re: British 2016 Round by Round

Simon Brown wrote:Slightly unfortunate finish in Waddington-Harvey....
Ouch - that calls for a few stiff drinks
by Andrew Bak
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Predict a Result- British Championship top four boards
Replies: 141
Views: 7401

Re: Predict a Result- British Championship top four boards

I thought about deviating on board 2 but Howell seems to have a time scramble every game and usually seems to come through them with a victory.
by Andrew Bak
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Predict a Result- British Championship top four boards
Replies: 141
Views: 7401

Re: Predict a Result- British Championship top four boards

My Round 2:

Adams win
Howell win
Jones win
Pert win
by Andrew Bak
Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A study-Like draw
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Re: A study-Like draw

I'm a KID player and I don't often see the plan of ...c6 and ...b5 so early but you seemed to get a pretty decent position from it especially when he let you play ...d5. Why couldn't White just take the rook after 14...d4 though? After 20.Bd2 I'd have traded the dark squared bishop. This is usually ...
by Andrew Bak
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Predict a Result- British Championship top four boards
Replies: 141
Views: 7401

Re: Predict a Result- British Championship top four boards

Draw
Howell win
Jones win
Pert win
by Andrew Bak
Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Is The Daily Mail talking rubbish?
Replies: 9
Views: 1549

Re: Is The Daily Mail talking rubbish?

Native English speakers have 20,000+ words or so in their vocabulary - that's quite a big headstart on someone who doesn't speak any English.
by Andrew Bak
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Is The Daily Mail talking rubbish?
Replies: 9
Views: 1549

Re: Is The Daily Mail talking rubbish?

Scrabble is just a game like any other game.

I think it's remarkable that someone that doesn't speak the language involved can reach such heights.

The Daily Fail always sensationalises stories which is why I refuse to visit its website
by Andrew Bak
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Paid and unpaid disparity
Replies: 30
Views: 2546

Re: paid and unpaid disparity

The clubs I'm part of that charge subs have a similar waged/non-waged distinction but we don't exactly send the bailiffs round to people who are waged but might be struggling.
by Andrew Bak
Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016
Replies: 98
Views: 7403

Re: European Youth Team Chess Championships 2016

I assume juniors being under-graded and unreliably graded is equally a problem in other countries as it is here?
by Andrew Bak
Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Bandar Anzali, Iran
Replies: 41
Views: 6304

Re: Bandar Anzali, Iran

Kevin Thurlow wrote:"The English Chess Forum is one of the few websites which I frequent that isn't blocked."

Wow!
Maybe Soheil asked the government for special dispensation so he could ask endless questions about English vocabulary.