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by Nick Ivell
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 15
Views: 965

Re: Demis Hassabis

Karpov certainly wasn't himself when facing 1...a6, but you would only play that against him once.

My point remains. Bishops are stronger than knights. Q & N is one of my prescribed circumstances.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 15
Views: 965

Re: Demis Hassabis

Both the Exchange and the Winawer are examples of giving up a bishop 'for' something: doubled pawns, to be precise. I don't actually rate either opening and Fischer didn't play the Exchange often. He preferred the Spanish 'torture'. He wasn't at his best against the Winawer but, in my opinion, the q...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Forcing Chess Moves : The Key to Better Calculation
Replies: 1
Views: 270

Re: Forcing Chess Moves : The Key to Better Calculation

Re the Gallagher combo: I saw the first two moves in no time at all. Easy!

But then, Qh8+ didn't occur to me at all. I was looking for ways to continue the attack, not to reach a technical win on material.

Perhaps this shows that sacrifices are harder to spot when no capture is involved.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 15
Views: 965

Re: Demis Hassabis

Also an article in the Sunday Times today: 'The kid from the comp'. I was interested in the importance Demis gives to the difference in the powers of bishop and knight. Is the difference that significant? Ever since Fischer and Karpov we have known that bishops are stronger than knights, except in c...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2152
Views: 179660

Re: Cheating in chess

The Morra gambit (I'm guessing Roger shares my dislike of the double-barrelled appellation) give us a chance to beat a heffalump. It was in this spirit that I gave it a whirl against Christian Bauer a few years ago. He hardly gave a thought about declining it. He played ...d3, which I believe is wea...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 16
Views: 868

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

I cannot believe David is 30!

Does he really play for Cheddleton? I thought he might have been poached, if I may risk a word which has caused offence on these pages before...
by Nick Ivell
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 3405

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

The names being put forward are a long way from meeting the criteria put forward in the original post.

I would say it's about as likely as me running the 100 metres in less than 10 seconds.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 3405

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

And I think Hawkins fits the latter category perfectly. Let's put this stuff to bed that he was a complete beginner as a teenager.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 3405

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

I believe Rubinstein started late, but that was a different era.

If you want to be good, start early. This is as true now as it has ever been.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.
Replies: 34
Views: 2369

Re: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.

Attentive readers will recall the name of Martin Goldschmidt cropping up on the YMCA thread. Why do I resurrect the name of this long-forgotten player, more recently associated with the music industry? Because, in 1975, he did me a great service. He pointed out what he saw as my main weakness. Which...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11804

Re: Pedants United

I really shouldn't be pedantic about Kramnik's excellent English, but the following snippet amused me:

'Black overtakes the initiative.'
by Nick Ivell
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 3454

Re: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

We seem to be a little short of knights.

Can I nominate Sir Leonard Barden?
by Nick Ivell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 301
Views: 20384

Re: Membership Renewal

Does anyone think that David and Gawain are spongers?

I hope not!
by Nick Ivell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11804

Re: Pedants United

Neighbours has a lot to answer for.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 706
Views: 62864

Re: Chess history trivia

I don't think Hartston was particularly known for his prowess with Black. It's just that at Morecambe he hit a rich vein of form with Black - I remember it, because I was there.

The U-14 took place in the morning, giving me lots of time to watch the titled players in the afternoon.