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by Reg Clucas
Sun May 27, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Clock advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1595

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: 867

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: 3859

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: 3859

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: 11844

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: 7148

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: 888

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: 2897

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: 1955

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: 11314

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 ...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Chess notation/topology
Replies: 7
Views: 2070

Re: Chess notation/topology

E Michael White wrote:
BPxN/K(Q)+
You don't need to specify "/K" because capturing the other knight would not be check! So BPxN(Q)+ is not ambiguous.
by Reg Clucas
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bunratty Chess Festival
Replies: 19
Views: 2433

Re: Bunratty Chess Festival

Jonathan Rogers wrote:Are you sure? I always thought Bunratty was unrated - which, frankly, explains why the chess is such fun to follow.
Well he is according to this - http://www.2700chess.com/
by Reg Clucas
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bunratty Chess Festival
Replies: 19
Views: 2433

Re: Bunratty Chess Festival

As a result of his showing in this tournament, Nigel Short is once again a member of the 2700 club on the Live rating list. Well done!
by Reg Clucas
Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones Issues in FIDE Events
Replies: 31
Views: 6416

Re: Mobile Phones Issues in FIDE Events

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Roger, there is another option that can be done for mobile phones, which is simpler than the above: Take the battery out!
There is an even simpler option - leave it at home!
by Reg Clucas
Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another dodgy chess allusion
Replies: 3
Views: 1284

Re: Another dodgy chess allusion

But, in desperate situations, we wrap ourselves up in our favourite blanket, that of the victim, and dust off our favourite tactic: the knight's move. On the European chessboard, all the pawns move horizontally and vertically. Only the Italian knight is able to cut through when you least expected. ...