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by Jonathan Rogers
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12523

Re: World Teams 2019

Luke wins, so it's a tough struggle to hold for Gawain if England want to win. On the other hand he might be the best man for the job - much of the success in the Olympiad was down to Gawain's resilience in bad positions. In fact, despite SF assessments, I would have thought that, in human chess te...
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12523

Re: World Teams 2019

The explanation is that Adams is not himself after two losses. We know this. An uneventful draw with White yesterday hardly boosted him. He was still set on securing a draw today and was not able to adapt. Still disappointing, but even a world class player is not necessarily a super hero. I am just ...
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12523

Re: World Teams 2019

It looks like we are going to do it. The form of the Olympiad continues! The only concern will likely be that the last time Adams lost two consecutive games (Dresden 2008) he preferred to rest the next game instead of playing Russia. Presumably he would be White in the next game though, and to my e...
by Jonathan Rogers
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12523

Re: World Teams 2019

It looks like we are going to do it. The form of the Olympiad continues! The only concern will likely be that the last time Adams lost two consecutive games (Dresden 2008) he preferred to rest the next game instead of playing Russia. Presumably he would be White in the next game though, and to my ey...
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Drunken Knights
Replies: 22
Views: 1878

Re: Drunken Knights

That's a great shame: sympathies for the management of the Club in particular.
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12523

Re: World Teams 2019

How did Sweden qualify? (or perhaps more realistically, did they qualify?)
by Jonathan Rogers
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986
Replies: 107
Views: 14081

Re: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986

I can spot James Cavendish next to Mark Walker Are we looking at the same photo? I don't see them. And whereas I can imagine that Mark might have been around given the locality and likely participation of his elder brothers, James Cavendish only "arrived" on the junior scene in 1983-4: 1982 was, I ...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 79
Views: 7154

Re: Division One 2018-19

Richard is quite right re wlldcards and registrations of players, though I don't see that I nor anyone else have suggested anything differently in this thread. It is helpful for Guildford to have fielded Adams and McShane already, of course. Not only has this helped them to make their large number o...
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2713

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

I knew it! When the case is made strongly enough that ordinary ECF members, many of them low earners, should not indefinitely be wholly or largely subsiding Michael Adams and Luke McShane, then a sponsor would be found - and of course it wouldn't be a reputable one, because respectable commercial ou...
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 79
Views: 7154

Re: Division One 2018-19

a good guess. They had been hoping to play her regularly but must still be hoping for a one-off appearance.
by Jonathan Rogers
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990
Replies: 9
Views: 901

Re: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990

The first week also coincided with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and Saddam's attempt to hold British citizens as human shields. Then the dramatic fracas between former friends which left one in hospital and headlines in the Sun. In the tournament itself, neither Speelman nor Adams coming close to th...
by Jonathan Rogers
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990
Replies: 9
Views: 901

Re: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990

Don't forget that the start of the event coincided with the murder (by the IRA) of the local MP, Ian Gow.
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2018-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1462

Re: Division Two 2018-19

curious pattern in division 2 a this season:

round 1 Barbican 2 2-6 Grantham Sharks 2
round 2 Gonzaga 1.5-6.5 Barbican 2
round 6 Grantham Sharks 2 2-6 Gonzaga

evidently everyone has good days and bad days ...
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 79
Views: 7154

Re: Division One 2018-19

Highly plausible hypotheses, except that I don't much expect to see Short.
by Jonathan Rogers
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 79
Views: 7154

Re: Division One 2018-19

I feel (reasonably) sure that the French required at least one French player some years ago, but if so then they would appear to have dropped it over the years. Perhaps times have generally changed on this "nominal nationality" point? Anyway, as many have said (including myself in CHESS in last summ...