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by Nick Ivell
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 26367

Re: British Championship 2018

I'm sticking with Howell, although no one seems on great form to me. Strange how Hawkins never gets a mention now. Of course he's not going to win this year. Maybe he's doing too much coaching. You can excel at coaching or playing; you cannot excel at both. Indeed I suspect that coaching lowers the ...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 26367

Re: British Championship 2018

Think I backed Howell first.

Misplay a rook ending, you draw. Misplay a queen ending, you get mated. I've seen it so many times.

Howell is playing the most convincing chess by far, but it's early days.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 26367

Re: British Championship

Worth taking a look at the Larkin statue in Hull station. A fine piece of work. Misanthropic Phil chose Hull as his place of abode for its remoteness, so 'friends' such as Kingsley Amis couldn't visit him. Sadly Phil showed no interest in chess, cricket being more his thing. How delightful to see so...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Isn't this the time ...
Replies: 61
Views: 8225

Re: Isn't this the time ...

I've never seen any reason to announce check. Is this really poor etiquette? I think not.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Biel 2018
Replies: 72
Views: 4831

Re: Biel 2018

Typical Magnus grind. There has never been a more accurate player. Not sure what Navara was doing chucking his 'h' pawn.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 7301

Re: County Championship Finals

Why do we do it, knowing what we can almost certainly expect? I've been turning out for more than 40 years. I even remember the uncongenial surroundings, the endless corridors of Aston University. I offer a few reasons: Residual loyalty. The most important reason in my case. A chance to meet up with...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 7301

Re: County Championship Finals

I wasn't there in 2013 but it does indeed sound like the same venue. We actually stopped at Leamington Spa for a spot of lunch - an inspired idea. There was certainly no benefit of air con in the side room set aside for the Open event. It was also rather a cramped room. Same old story. I turn out fo...
by Nick Ivell
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 7301

Re: County Championship Finals

Playing conditions for the Open were a disgrace. A typical example of what has made me fall out of love with county chess over many, many years.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships 2018 Live
Replies: 14
Views: 1336

Re: County Championships 2018 Live

A great day. Thanks to Bill O'Rourke for driving the mini- bus. There's a pattern developing here. Two years running, red rose beats white on board count; two years running, I swindle a draw against the same opponent two pawns down. Amazing luck.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Evil puzzle
Replies: 19
Views: 1888

Re: Evil puzzle

Personally I've no interest in this kind of 'problem' relying on illegal moves. This is chess, not draughts or Go.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Evil puzzle
Replies: 19
Views: 1888

Re: Evil puzzle

I don't get this. What's the point of a Dutch defence where the second move is illegal??
by Nick Ivell
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Chess Classic 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 5233

Re: GRENKE Chess Classic 2018

Jan!!!

Curacao was not 1958. It was 1962.

On a point of pedantry. For those of us brought up on Bobby's games, the cities of his tournaments have an almost magical ring.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Chess Classic 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 5233

Re: GRENKE Chess Classic 2018

Still possible for Caruana to save a complicated ending but, if I was part of 'team Fabi', I would still be worried about what this game may portend.
by Nick Ivell
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Chess Classic 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 5233

Re: GRENKE Chess Classic 2018

Worrying signs for November. Caruana got nothing from the opening and is being outplayed. No doubt he is tired, but I do worry that he is one of those players who NEEDS to get an advantage from the opening...

A lot of work needed over the next few months!
by Nick Ivell
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24615

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Veering off-topic now this excellent tournament has ended, I was impressed by the standard of English of all the competitors. How is it that English appears to have become the 'lingua franca' of the chess world? I remember when Karpov came to England in 1977 - his English was almost non-existent. He...