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by Nick Ivell
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 57
Views: 8226

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: 8226

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: 1486

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: 2056

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: 2056

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: 5554

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: 5554

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: 5554

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: 25968

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...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 25968

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I'm assuming that Caruana wins the tournament now. He deserves to; without setting the Thames on fire, he's played the most correct chess.

What are his chances against Magnus? I would say quite reasonable.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 25968

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Thanks to Roger for posting relevant positions from the previous round. All credit to Karjakin: his exchange sacrifice was brilliant. I'm always interested in what Nietzsche would term the 'human, all-too human' aspect of chess. And although the exchange sac doesn't seem to worry the engine, the fac...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 25968

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Certainly we should always include captures in our list of candidate moves. The problem is the follow up. When I saw ...Nxb4 suggested by the engine, I couldn't see the follow up. I suggest this is because ...Rd4 is a 'quiet' move - neither a check nor a capture. Quiet moves are always the hardest t...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 8627

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

Apologies if I've come late to this debate, but is the Chess24 broadcast actually illegal? I didn't know that. I suspect it's the best; I cannot imagine any better pairing than Peter and Jan. They bring an unmatched combination of knowledge and humour to the table.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 25968

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

By 'tactically weak' I of course mean in an absolute sense. I suggest this will always be a weakness of the human game. In a way, I'm pleased this weakness exists! I mention the Caruana - Aronian game because it strikes me as a typical example of our tactical weakness. I'm not even sure that lack of...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 25968

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Some interesting tactics in the Caruana - Aronian game. Indeed, I would say they come under the heading of 'undeserved tactics'. Black gets positionally outplayed, gets presented with a golden opportunity (...Nxb4, as suggested by the engine, allowing both rooks to get active with severe danger to t...