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by Nick Ivell
Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Descriptive notation
Replies: 95
Views: 13069

Re: Descriptive notation

I feel old too! I well remember battling through 'My System' aged 15, and much good did it do me. I don't think I was unusual; that kind of book learning was the norm, as I recall, despite the stodgy translations. I still think there is a place for what might be called 'general chess education'. Bor...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Descriptive notation
Replies: 95
Views: 13069

Re: Descriptive notation

I was just asking. Since I stopped coaching 10 years ago, I have lost touch with what young players are up to. Luckily, I think most of the descriptive classics have been updated. I would not like to think people are missing out because they have not learnt descriptive. Which brings me on to a furth...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Descriptive notation
Replies: 95
Views: 13069

Re: Descriptive notation

I still miss descriptive. All my early study, for example 'The Games of Robert J Fischer', was from books in descriptive notation. I remember the trauma of switching to algebraic in 1976. I am still not sure I am over that trauma! Nowadays I compromise by using descriptive for captures - for some re...
by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New proposal for the draw problem
Replies: 37
Views: 2702

Re: New proposal for the draw problem

Is snooker exciting? In my opinion, no. But it is easy on the eye. In fact my grandma used to watch it in the 80s without having a clue about the rules, or the order in which the balls should be potted!
by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New proposal for the draw problem
Replies: 37
Views: 2702

Re: New proposal for the draw problem

There are draws and draws. I remember one game from the 70s - I think it was from the British U-21 championships - when both players set their pieces up again two ranks up the board!
by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 13435

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

I read somewhere that Liverpool CC was the oldest continually existing club in the world. Not sure if they are still going though.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New proposal for the draw problem
Replies: 37
Views: 2702

Re: New proposal for the draw problem

Chess is a draw! And we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that chess will never have a mass spectator market.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 5264

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

The Stean book is excellent.

Of course, no amount of study can make up for over the board experience. You have to play a lot to improve.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Has anyone ever given up chess?
Replies: 165
Views: 20795

Re: Has anyone ever given up chess?

Anyone remember Richard Borcherds? He was a promising junior in the 1970s, who gave up chess and became a distinguished mathematician. His Wikipedia entry gives his reason for giving up: he disliked the competitive element in chess. I imagine a lot of people are in the same boat. I wonder if Richard...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 5264

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

To get back on topic, rather than on RDK, I want to reiterate how important it is to READ chess books rather than keep them as part of the furniture. One feels very virtuous spending money on study aids, but spending money is the easy bit. Actually studying is something else. The same applies to pay...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 5264

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

Ideally, you rewrite in the light of later investigations. There is little evidence that Keene has done this. John Nunn had something to say about this in the introduction to John Nunn's Best Games , published in 1995. To summarise: although he had analysed and published many of the games previousl...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 5264

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

In fact I was referring not to Grandmaster Tactics, but to Grandmaster Strategy! I would rather read Keene on strategy than tactics any day. My copy of 'Grandmaster Strategy' is a very nice hardback from 1999. It contains 100 annotated games. That's the one I was thinking of. The annotations though...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 5264

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

In fact I was referring not to Grandmaster Tactics, but to Grandmaster Strategy! I would rather read Keene on strategy than tactics any day. My copy of 'Grandmaster Strategy' is a very nice hardback from 1999. It contains 100 annotated games. In any case these titles are misleading. For example, my ...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 5264

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

Yes, I like this thread too. So let's get it moving again. Going back to Mr Keene, I want to reiterate how good his book on Nimzo is. Anyone who wants to learn about positional chess should read this book. It is Keene's best - but not a book for beginners. I also own a copy of Keene's annotations of...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Complicate or simplify against a weaker player?
Replies: 9
Views: 1618

Re: Complicate or simplify against a weaker player?

Not quite on topic, but the concept of the positional sacrifice is very difficult for the younger player to understand. The first games I studied were from the Fischer - Spassky match in 1972. I vividly recall game 13, possibly my favourite game of all time. There was a temporary queen sac I found e...