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by Nick Ivell
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 1789

Re: Jonathan Penrose

I think nerves, as well as age, may have caught up with Penrose. No sign of nerves in his demolition of Tal though. The indications are that he would have been a world-class player, had he devoted more time to the game.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 1789

Re: Jonathan Penrose

Thank you Roger. We can always rely on you to do the research!

So it looks as though Penrose was still our best player in 1970, and during what I called the interregnum it wasn't clear who was the best. For what it's worth, I think of Hartston as a more talented player than Keene.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 1789

Re: Jonathan Penrose

I don't give Keene too much kudos for his plus score against Penrose. The rise of the former corresponded with the decline of the latter. If asked, who was the more talented, I know who I would vote for. Which brings me to the interesting topic of 'best player in the UK'. I cannot really speak of th...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 1789

Re: Jonathan Penrose

I cannot explain Penrose's 33. Qb4. Perhaps Leonard is the best person to have a go. I know he was there; there's the famous photo of him next to a very dapper-looking Tal.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3189
Views: 152127

Re: The English Language

A move is a neutral term to describe what White and Black do alternately.

A thrust is an aggressive move.

A shot is a surprising and strong move; a term popularised by Bobby Fischer, I believe.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sexism in chess
Replies: 68
Views: 3004

Re: Sexism in chess

I agree we should worry about more important things, but given that we're talking about possessive adjectives, my preference is for 'their'. Better a grammatical imperfection than a clunky 'his or her'.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 150
Views: 12447

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

Ah yes, the early rook lift. Definitely not advisable when Black has replied 1...d5, but I saw it happen.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 150
Views: 12447

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

Rather better, I feel, than knights perched on a3 and h3, as used to happen in my 1970s school league.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Desprez Opening 1.h4
Replies: 9
Views: 369

Re: Desprez Opening 1.h4

The one thing you don't play is 1...g6, I would have thought. Almost anything else is good.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11253

Re: Hope for our society!

I make no claim for consistency here.

I'm relaxed about Alekhine being pronounced with incorrect stress.

But Medici with stress on the penultimate syllable? That gets me pulling my hair out.

Yes, I know I should have more important things to worry about...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 1789

Re: Jonathan Penrose

Everyone talks about the Tal game so I'm grateful to Roger for mention of the Fischer game, almost never seen in the anthologies.

Penrose was a pawn up against the great man, with good winning chances.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11253

Re: Hope for our society!

In my view, the natural way for us to pronounce Alekhine is with stress on the first syllable. After all, we don't even try to pronounce Sharapova properly (stress on the second syllable, I believe).
by Nick Ivell
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3189
Views: 152127

Re: The English Language

213 pages and still going. Quite remarkable.

A mistake may just be an inaccuracy. Question mark at best. A blunder merits a double question mark.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11253

Re: Hope for our society!

I agree the Alekhine question was poorly worded, but I still think it was easy. It's obvious what the question was getting at, and I'm not even an expert on Alekhine.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3189
Views: 152127

Re: The English Language

I don't think I would ever use the term pervasive prevention.

I'm guessing the meaning is similar to Nimzowitsch's prophylaxis - stopping your opponents doing what they want to do.