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by Nick Ivell
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 9275

Re: Hastings

I want Gormally to win outright. He's shown a bit of desire. I also like the fact that he's made playing the focus of his chess, not coaching. I realise that coaching gives a more secure income, but there's a problem: when coaching becomes the focus of your chess, you almost inevitably become weaker...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 9275

Re: Hastings

All in all, a disappointing tournament. No one has taken it by the scruff of the neck. I wish Gormally well. At least he's been making an effort with the black pieces.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 9275

Re: Hastings

Never mind the Fried Liver, what about the Petroff? Or the Russian, as they call it in Germany and elsewhere. Even Gormally is playing it. The baleful influence of a world championship match, I assume.

An improvement on the Berlin, but only just.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 9275

Re: Hastings

I prefer Ivell - Cass, Liverpool 1973, which from memory went 6. Nxf7 Kxf7; 7. Qf3+ Ke8??

These are my fond memories of the Fried Liver, which I only ever played once. Nowadays I wouldn't have the bottle to give a piece up.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 9275

Re: Hastings

Oh dear - a fried liver that soon fizzled out.

A lot of draws from the Hawk too - almost as though he's not even trying to win with the Black pieces.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 9275

Re: Hastings

Fried Liver alert in the Petrov game.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Swapping pieces
Replies: 6
Views: 858

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: 858

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: 858

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: 7245

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: 858

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: 7245

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: 7245

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: 9275

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: 7245

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...