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by John McKenna
Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Cappelle International 2012
Replies: 64
Views: 6619

Re: Cappelle International 2012

I say that and immediately they (Sanikidze & Negi) agree a draw!?
by John McKenna
Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Cappelle International 2012
Replies: 64
Views: 6619

Re: Cappelle International 2012

A couple of boards in the top ten drawn. Still plenty of play on board 1 (Harikrishna-Gharamian) and despite reduced material black (Negi) may be in a bit of danger of losing.
by John McKenna
Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Cappelle International 2012
Replies: 64
Views: 6619

Re: Cappelle International 2012

One or two of the top boards already seem a bit drawish. A little further down young Nyzhnyk looks like he's prepared to go through contortions with black (Ns on a6 & b6) to try and unbalance the opening. And (missing man) Bauer has made it to board 9 despite nil points for the first two rounds.
by John McKenna
Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Cappelle International 2012
Replies: 64
Views: 6619

Re: Cappelle International 2012

I'd like to second what David says above. Andrew Whiteley is also on 4.5/8, and Gerald Parfett on 4. Live games in 5 mins.
by John McKenna
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.
Replies: 75
Views: 7126

Re: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.

From Daily Telegraph 8/3/12 - "Thousands of places are being stripped from traditional universities and handed to polytechnics under government reforms... As part of a Coalition attempt to drive down fees 20,000 have been 'auctioned off' to those charging less than £7,500 p.a. New universities such...
by John McKenna
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Cappelle International 2012
Replies: 64
Views: 6619

Re: Cappelle International 2012

I'd just like to echo what Peter D. Williams posted above and to add my thanks to Peter Turner for making it an even livelier event. I am sure there will be many more norm chances for the younger players in the not too distant future. And with the help of coaches like Neil leading the way titles can...
by John McKenna
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Candidates?
Replies: 96
Views: 11264

Re: London Candidates?

Malcolm Pein: ... I'll have to consider the effect of FIDE's move on the Classic, which I suspect cannot be held in its current form this year.
(Daily Telegraph 8/3/2012)
by John McKenna
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: new version of the chessboard display: VARIATIONS supported
Replies: 30
Views: 2862

Re: new version of the chessboard display: VARIATIONS suppor

Regarding a game I posted early this morning - Matt Mackenzie >... what game is it actually??< My margin was too small to contain even the name of the PGN file, which is SG-PHN and it's from 1993 Gausdal. I also omitted 16.Bxd4 before Qd6 in the Levitt-Groszpeter variation (thanks to Mick Norris for...
by John McKenna
Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Cappelle International 2012
Replies: 64
Views: 6619

Re: Cappelle International 2012

A very good morning to all. Yes, Peter, it is good to be prepared, play one's best and let the results and norms follow, as I am sure they will. (Preparation would be short if I had Samuel's opponent. My outdated d/b has only 2 games B31 & 36 both from 2002 BUT with black not white.) Hope that all t...
by John McKenna
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: new version of the chessboard display: VARIATIONS supported
Replies: 30
Views: 2862

Re: new version of the chessboard display: VARIATIONS suppor

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.O-O b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.dxc5 bxc5 10.Ne2 Nbd7 (10... Bg4 11.b3 Nc6 12.Bb2 d4 13.exd4 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Nxd4 15.Nxd4 cxd4 16.Bxd4 Qd6 $14 {Levitt-Goszpeter 1988 Copenhagen} (16... Nh5 $14 {Gligoric-Keres 1959 Bled})) 11.b3 Bb7 12.Bb2 Qe7 13.Ng3 Rfd8 14...
by John McKenna
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.
Replies: 75
Views: 7126

Re: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.

Yes, Alex, I was going to look for the answers but you beat me to it. I suppose your interest in baseball has something to do with it being, perhaps, the most stats-rich sport. There is an interesting Chessbase article by Jeff Sonas regarding the recent, sad, demise of Mikko Markkula - a man I had n...
by John McKenna
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.
Replies: 75
Views: 7126

Re: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.

I'm almost speechless, Alex. I've watched baseball in Japan and asked some fans to explain ERA and never got a proper answer. Does the DH take the place of the pitcher in the batting lineup? If so it must mean that 'all rounders' exist in only one league. Under which rules do they play the World Ser...
by John McKenna
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Cappelle International 2012
Replies: 64
Views: 6619

Re: Cappelle International 2012

Best wishes to all for tomorrow, Peter.
Noticed that I misread the pairings this morning. Bauer and Kurnosov played on adjacent boards. The former drawing and the latter winning.
by John McKenna
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Cappelle International 2012
Replies: 64
Views: 6619

Re: Cappelle International 2012

Peter, please add my hearty congratulations to Samuel as we share the same club (and sometimes the opposite extremes of the same team). Sorry to hear that Neil & George could not get results. Missed the live games today but hope to see some on Fri. Thanks, again, for giving us a view of what's happe...
by John McKenna
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.
Replies: 75
Views: 7126

Re: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.

Perhaps the answer to your friends' Cambridge placement dilemma would be for the universities to allow a trading places scheme along with clearing. And here is your baseball starter for 10, Alex. What is ERA, and a 5 point bonus for which team member does it relate to. And, finally - what useful pur...