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by Mick Norris
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 195
Views: 12942

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I'm mildly consoled by the thought that it could have been Jeremy Corbyn trying to run things instead. Yes, I assume that must be what many people are saying, rather than taking personal responsibility for the consequences of voting in the current shower Thousands of unnecessary deaths and major ec...
by Mick Norris
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 10730

Re: Invisible pieces

........ So, maybe in the meantime, we could try and listen to what women players are saying, stop arguing about whether they are wrong, and actually try and do something about it Well said, Mick! I would go further and inquire not just what female players (like the anonymous author) are saying - c...
by Mick Norris
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Improvement: It’s all in the mindset
Replies: 18
Views: 1384

Re: Chess Improvement: It’s all in the mindset

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:05 pm
Though that blurb doesn't mention it, Hymer is also a pretty decent player himself.

(this does get said in the review, tbf)
More importantly, Barry's a nice guy, and interesting to talk to, as I discovered when sitting next to him at a Manticores curry at Doncaster 4NCL a couple of years ago
by Mick Norris
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 10730

Re: Invisible pieces

I was trying to think of examples of the Norwegian effect (Norway has far too few players to generate a World Champion). I'd imagine that the efforts underway in Norway e.g. Gausdal helped when Magnus came along; and the efforts due to Magnus may entrench chess in Norway Prior to that, would you ha...
by Mick Norris
Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1620
Views: 88811

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

It would be interesting to know the approximate numbers in each group to determine how far down the list I am. To answer my own question for ages, but not clinical conditions: UK Age Dist.jpg (source Office for National Statistics Principal projection - UK population in age groups ) Please also see...
by Mick Norris
Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1620
Views: 88811

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:08 pm
One might wonder whether it will be permitted to open up Senior tournaments before other forms of OTB chess. Arbiters of similar ages to the participants presumably needed as well.
Yes; the English Seniors was postponed at end April, maybe 12 months on it would be possible?
by Mick Norris
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Best of Chess
Topic: Splat!
Replies: 8
Views: 5384

Re: Splat!

I quite like the game that gave Nepo the Russian Championship today, with a win from forum favourite Dubov, Daniil vs Karjakin, Sergey 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. b4 Bb6 7. e5 Ne4 8. Bd5 Nxc3 9. Nxc3 dxc3 10. Bg5 Ne7 11. O-O h6 12. Bh4 O-O 13. Re1 Qe8 14. Bb3 a5 15. Bf6 a4...
by Mick Norris
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 10730

Re: Invisible pieces

Mark D Podlesak wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:47 pm
Thanks for pointing this article out Justin. Possibly the best written I've read on the subject.
I'll second that

Clicking through to the forum discussion at the end is a bit depressing though, which makes the article's point somewhat
by Mick Norris
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1620
Views: 88811

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Nor indeed whether certainly and provisionally cancel each other out in that sentence Given the 2020 British is going ahead "in some form" i.e. online, I think we can be certain that the 2021 British will go ahead Assuming that both Matts are referring to OTB 2021 British, I'd expect it is provision...
by Mick Norris
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Sunway Sitges 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 934

Re: Sunway Sitges 2020

by Mick Norris
Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Andrew P Davies 1960 - 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Andrew P Davies 1960 - 2020

Sadly I have to announce to you all the passing of one of Staffordshire Chess’s most loyal stalwarts – Andrew Davies. Andrew P. Davies was born in March 1960 at New Cross Hospital, which was one of the two main hospitals in Wolverhampton at the time. He was the youngest of a family of six. For many ...
by Mick Norris
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4151
Views: 449027

Re: Media comments on chess

"Paris Olympics 2024 Break Dancing IN but Chess OUT!" Going back to this, at least break dancing requires strenuous physical activity. A point against it is that it presumably depends entirely on judges' opinions of how well you have done it, like ice dancing, gymnastics etc. And judges do get thin...
by Mick Norris
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timeline for 2800 ratings
Replies: 106
Views: 27882

Re: Timeline for 2800 ratings

Nepomniachtchi reached his peak live rating yesterday, 17th on the all time list; third in the world

He has 3 rounds of the Russian championship left to gain 6.6 rating points

EDIT he drops back to finish at 2789 going into the Tata Steel Masters in January
by Mick Norris
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4151
Views: 449027

Re: Media comments on chess

Sorry, not had much sleep!
by Mick Norris
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4151
Views: 449027

Re: Media comments on chess

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