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by Nick Ivell
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48339

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Draw. Magnus making no impression so far, and his lack of a 'strong serve' with White is all too apparent.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2018-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1916

Re: Division Two 2018-19

What did people think of the venue? Turned out that four of the Div 2 games were played in two separate, small rooms. I don't like this - atmosphere is lacking in such an arrangement. On the plus side, you're forced to concentrate on your game. And the silence was pristine. I was shocked at the nois...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 13753

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Leonard: Yes, that's the one. Szabo was there. I wouldn't describe your display as in any way secondary. After all, Szabo would not have sprung the Vienna trap on me!
by Nick Ivell
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 13753

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

I fell for that Vienna trap against none other than L Barden. Simul, London 1974. Bet he's forgotten though...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 8681

Re: Sinquefield Cup

To me, Magnus only has the air of 'primus inter pares' at the moment. A bit like Botvinnik in the 1950s.
by Nick Ivell
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 8681

Re: Sinquefield Cup

Great to see a Tarrasch at this level. It will have its time again. I can safely say that Naka's h3 is not critical; I wish people would play that against me!
by Nick Ivell
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 29494

Re: British Championship 2018

Can Gawain really grind out a win from this? I don't think so.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 29494

Re: British Championship 2018

Win for Luke. His play got stronger as the tournament progressed, a common phenomenon with people who don't play much. Lovely attack with equal material, showing the value of coordinated pieces. That's my prediction gone then.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 29494

Re: British Championship 2018

Draw for Adams when he must have been expecting more. Good news for him is that Howell appears to have no chance of winning. Indeed, his position is going from bad to worse.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 29494

Re: British Championship 2018

Update: looks as though Adams might be messing it up. Another sign that his form has not been scintillating, albeit good enough.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 29494

Re: British Championship 2018

It's looking like Adams is taking control. In the meantime, Howell has demonstrated nothing with White. So it looks like Mickey again. He had a huge slice of luck against Fodor (who seems to be crushing a perhaps tired Hebden), but no one else has shown much. Hence a deserving winner, if so it turns...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 29494

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: 29494

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: 29494

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: 9614

Re: Isn't this the time ...

I've never seen any reason to announce check. Is this really poor etiquette? I think not.