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by Nick Ivell
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 1810

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

That's the one! Well found, Justin. I was privileged to see it live. Must have been one of the games that inspired me, but unsurprisingly I didn't have Vlastimil's positional feel.

I gave it up in 1989.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 1810

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

Best game I ever saw in the Polish (which is no good) was by Hort. Must have been 1984, in the Bundesliga. It was an incredible dark-squared strategy, based on plonking his bishop on d4 and his queen on b2. I was never able to emulate this strategy during my 'Polish years'. Incidentally, no one ever...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 1810

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

I recall Erik Teichmann (whatever happened to him) open all his games at the British in 1985 with the Polish (I think we called it the Sokolski then).

This inspired me to experiment with 1. b4 for a few years. My conclusion? The Polish is no good.
by Nick Ivell
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25460

Re: Worrying times

This crisis is going to change the world, in large ways and small. Chess? I've no appetite for the online stuff. OTB? For a start, I can see the courtesy handshake going out the window. Hindu-style namaste, anyone? Let's face it, even in pre-Corona times, it was a recipe for spreading flu. We should...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 356
Views: 23378

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Yes, I sometimes wonder if the name of an opening matters.

'Adams essayed an English, perhaps making a national point' is the kind of thing we sometimes read.

I tend to think that the name of an opening is of no relevance whatever.

We certainly don't see Adams playing 1. c4 often!
by Nick Ivell
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 356
Views: 23378

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Interesting that Magnus knew at a glance that the Nepo ending was winning. Clearly operating at a different level to the other commentators.
by Nick Ivell
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 356
Views: 23378

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Normally I understand a game of chess.

Ding v Caruana? Don't get it at all, from Kf2 onwards.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17765

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

It's now clear that the most recent 4NCL weekend, absurdly titled 'weekend 1', was the calm before the storm. No announcement from the arbiters. Handshake as normal. The most serious thing we were worried about was cheating. And yet... In Preston station I had seen someone wearing a face mask. The f...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17765

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

I'm with the Professor on this one. 4NCL? I've spent my life playing chess in dingy dumps. Dark public houses. Depressing schools. And don't even get me started on Aston University. Now I will only play at excellent venues. 4NCL provides this opportunity. Problem is, the whole business model is pred...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 161
Views: 14112

Re: Hastings Congress

Is Bb2 really a mistake? Or have our opinions merely been coloured by Fischer's great performance in game 6 of the Petrosian match?

I don't know enough about these positions to comment.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In an alternate universe
Replies: 13
Views: 1550

Re: In an alternate universe

Kasparov. The greatest player of all time.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 8126

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

What an interesting thread. I'll throw in my opinion for what it's worth. I believe experience counts for very little in chess. Of course there are exceptions, like Korchnoi - it must be nice for Keith to be mentioned in the same breath. Nunn wasn't in the same league as Karpov. One of the best tact...
by Nick Ivell
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 11319

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I repeat: strong players do not emerge like Venus in the Botticelli painting. All this talk about online stuff is disingenuous. Most of those games have very little value. Absolute garbage, in fact. I return to Bob Beamon. Yes, his jump defied belief. But he was known as a strong, if inconsistent pe...
by Nick Ivell
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 11319

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

You don't get good at chess from nowhere. And Bob Beamon didn't come from nowhere, however amazing his leap (and it's one of the first things I remember).
by Nick Ivell
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 11319

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I actually liked Matt's 'non-apology apology.' As elegant an 'apology' as could have been given in the circumstances, I feel.