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by Reg Clucas
Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Etiquette when reacting to draw offers
Replies: 60
Views: 4910

Re: Etiquette when reacting to draw offers

Graham Borrowdale wrote:My opponents tend to come from no further away than Northampton rather than Kazakhstan, so I have not hit what was perhaps a cultural or language difference.
You don't have to go as far as Northampton to encounter cultural or language differences! :)
by Reg Clucas
Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Management Speak
Replies: 22
Views: 1936

Re: Management Speak

I am a fan of the music of Peter Hammill, which contains occasional references to chess. I particularly like the following sobering lyric from the song "The Comet, the Course, the Tail" -

"In the slaughterhouse all corpses smell the same
Whether queens or pawns or innocents at the game".
by Reg Clucas
Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Special events for the 100th in Torquay
Replies: 61
Views: 8840

Re: Special events for the 100th in Torquay

Most of us have heard of chess-boxing - how about a chess-running event? e.g. 5K run, followed by rapidplay tournament in which players receive a time allowance based on how well they performed in the run.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sofia Improvement for the Kosintsevas?
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Re: Sofia Improvement for the Kosintsevas?

No need for anything so elaborate - from the games quoted on the blog it would appear that neither sister has yet tried out ....Bf4+ !
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tal Memorial
Replies: 286
Views: 12606

Re: Tal Memorial

Ian Kingston wrote:Round 1 has started. Live games are at http://online.russiachess.org/#2012/06/tal2012/.
Anywhere the games can be watched without the accompanying video feed? I usually use chessdom, but they have all the moves garbled at the moment.
by Reg Clucas
Sun May 27, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Clock advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1551

Re: Clock advice

There is an interesting article in this month's "Chess" magazine on time trouble, its causes and some suggestions for cure. As a fellow sufferer I am hoping to put some of this to the test.
by Reg Clucas
Tue May 15, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chessbase
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Re: Chessbase

Mats Winther wrote:This close button doesn't turn up in Chrome, but you can just click on the advert and immediately press the browser's back button.
/Mats
The close button doesn't appear in my version of Firefox either, but a single click way to get rid of it is by using the browser's Refresh button.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pointless Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 3737

Re: Pointless Chess

If the question was "We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many Oscar-winning actors as they could", then I for one would just spout out the names of random actors, because I'd have no idea as to whether they were Oscar winners or not. I don't know whether they have a process for avoiding this ...
by Reg Clucas
Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pointless Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 3737

Pointless Chess

There was a chess question on the TV show 'Pointless' tonight - "We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many chess pieces as they could that can move diagonally". (For those unfamiliar with this show, the respondents are 100 randomly selected people). Predictably, the pawn got the lowest score, c...
by Reg Clucas
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Surrey Chess Congress in the 1970s
Replies: 80
Views: 11390

Re: Surrey Chess Congress in the 1970s

I can offer only a tiny snippet - I was in the same club (Metropolitan) as 'Amin' in the 1975 list. His first initial was 'A'. I think it stood for Ali, but not 100% sure.

I have happy memories of that congress as it was the first one in which I won a prize, albeit in the Minor section.
by Reg Clucas
Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 9 move checkmate
Replies: 59
Views: 6784

Re: 9 move checkmate

I once mated my opponent in six moves on Board 1 of a Bolton League match. Harry, that makes me feel marginally better about the following rubbish I played against you in a Manchester League match back in 1981 (I was White). A bit of a come down after feeling quite smug about managing a draw agains...
by Reg Clucas
Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 365chess.com
Replies: 2
Views: 848

Re: 365chess.com

Mats Winther wrote:I found that this site is very useful.
Yes, I use it regularly to find out where I went wrong in the opening!
by Reg Clucas
Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Spanish Counter Gambit
Replies: 3
Views: 2628

Spanish Counter Gambit

I have been playing the Ruy Lopez for many years, but had never heard of this gambit until last night, when it was played against me. To the uninitiated (which included me until very recently) it begins by Black playing 3...d5?! The first few moves of my game were as follows - 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3....
by Reg Clucas
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Assistants at the board
Replies: 12
Views: 1915

Re: Assistants at the board

Many years ago I played against a severe cerebral palsy sufferer in a congress. He was wheelchair bound, had no use of his hands and had very impaired speech. His 'assistant' was also playing in the congress, and had arranged with the organisers to always be seated at the board next to his friend. M...
by Reg Clucas
Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Candidates?
Replies: 96
Views: 11037

Re: London Candidates?

I see Malcolm Pein has said that the London Chess Classic could be in doubt as a result of the Candidates Matches taking place in London around the same time as well. Why not hold the 'Classic' in another city like Manchester or Birmingham? I think the point is nothing to do with location, but the ...