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by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Swapping pieces
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Swapping pieces

If you have the queen, try to exchange one pair of rooks. Tactics are more likely to work if the opponent's pieces can't easily defend each other. The point of general principles is that we can discuss them without reference to a particular position, though of course it's always better if we have a ...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Swapping pieces
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Swapping pieces

Q v 3 minor pieces would have been a better example. Not a common scenario, but it does happen. When facing a queen, I like to have my pieces defending each other! Of course, this may be just exaggerated respect for her majesty. I've noticed that the top players nowadays don't care much for material...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Swapping pieces
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Swapping pieces

Ok, how about this. Say you are fighting against a queen but with rough material equality. Rook, bishop and pawn will do. All 4 rooks are on the board. My positional principle would be to avoid an exchange of one pair of rooks. Why? To avoid accidents. A pair of rooks can defend each other, making a...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5324

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Good idea. New thread started. In the Howell game, I'm now pretty sure that I played Bd6 before Bf5. I would have been guided by the principle that I know d6 is the best square for one of my clerics; it's less clear where the other belongs. The game ended in a draw. It was the last round of the Brit...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Swapping pieces
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Swapping pieces

A spin-off from the QGD thread. I hope this one will be better tempered! I'm interested in the positional ideas behind swapping pieces. There are very few books about this - I think I have one by Shaun Taulbut, but that's about it. The QGD thread was all about offending the general principle of exch...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5324

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

I think we all like to talk about ideas. This forum is at its best when we do just that. Apart from its digressions, I've found this thread a fascinating read. At the risk of digressing myself - as I've admitted, I know nothing about the subtlelties of the Carlsbad - I'm interested in the general id...
by Nick Ivell
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5324

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

As we've seen in the game against Timman, the greatest player of all time (ok, that's a different discussion) voluntarily chose to preserve his light-squared, 'bad' bishop. So, there must be something to what Keith is saying...
by Nick Ivell
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7889

Re: Hastings

No disrespect to anyone involved - for example, I always enjoy following Gormally's games - but whatever happened to Hastings?

I only went once. On that occasion, Petrosian was playing.
by Nick Ivell
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5324

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

One thing I've had to revise is my concept of a 'bad' bishop. As a junior I thought it meant about 6 pawns on the same colour as the bishop. Then I realised that one pawn will do, so long as it's fixed and in the centre. As so often, it was the games of Robert James Fischer that taught me this. Spec...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5324

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

I've followed this discussion with interest. In some ways it's shown this forum at its best and worst. Worst? I like the discussion to be about chess. The stuff about pronouns is frankly irrelevant, but it's typical of this forum that we talk about anything other than chess. To the chess then. And h...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2882
Views: 309634

Re: Media comments on chess

Dominic Lawson makes the case for Magnus v Fabiano in the Daily Mail today. The best spin that can be put on it, I suppose.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 44210

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I've had a think about the championship matches of my youth, from 1972 to 1993. There may be an element of rose-tinted spectacles, but as I look back, all of these matches were full of exciting positions. Yes, there were problems: the mismatch in Merano, the run of draws in Karpov v Kasparov take 1,...
by Nick Ivell
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 44210

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I would expect the more talented player to win at skittles. Magnus is the more talented player. But the stronger player? He didn't prove it. They could have played 24 games of classical with no one winning. All in all an unsatisfactory spectacle, of interest to the connoisseur, but unlikely to bring...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 44210

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Ok, I'll come out and say it. My passion for chess was inspired by the Fischer - Spassky match (of course I'm referring to the 'real' match in 1972). Yes, the cold war politics added spice to the contest, but at the time I didn't even know what the cold war was. It was the chess that inspired me, ri...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 44210

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Magnus making a mess of the ending. Not on top form in this match. May still pull things round, but some decline or complacency seems apparent.