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by Andy Stoker
Mon May 29, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Most Evil Chess Match in History?
Replies: 4
Views: 851

Re: The Most Evil Chess Match in History?

Depends how you measure them - there's this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seventh_Seal
by Andy Stoker
Mon May 29, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improvement plan for a senior
Replies: 24
Views: 2195

Re: Improvement plan for a senior

Many thanks Mr McKenna. I think I am tuning in to the nuances of this forum! Having taken it down from the shelf, and opened it for the first time in *many* years, I see that Beheim's book was revised by the marvellous Mr Barden "... bringing the story right up to the Hastings congress of 1961-2" - ...
by Andy Stoker
Mon May 29, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improvement plan for a senior
Replies: 24
Views: 2195

Re: Improvement plan for a senior

That's really helpful, Mr Hooshdaran. Thank you! I seem never to have passed on a few books from my youth ("My System"!, "The Middle Game" - Euwe and Kramer (2 vols), "Basic Chess Endings" (Fine), "Attack and Defence in Modern Chess Tactics" (Pachman) and "Chess with the Masters" Beheim. Perhaps I s...
by Andy Stoker
Mon May 29, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improvement plan for a senior
Replies: 24
Views: 2195

Re: Improvement plan for a senior

I used Google, Mr Hooshdaran. The English Chess Federation site says: "Following our consultation, the ECF grading team will use the formula of 7.5*ECF+700 = FIDE to rate games accepted by the International Rating Officer from 1st January 2014 – Brian Valentine, Manager of Grading" Thus, 170 = ~ 197...
by Andy Stoker
Sat May 27, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improvement plan for a senior
Replies: 24
Views: 2195

Re: Improvement plan for a senior

Thank you Mr Short - honoured to receive your advice. Remember watching your progress with awe at the 1977(?) Brighton British Championships ... just before I virtually gave up chess the first time. I need to research how to access the engines you mention - I'm sure Mr Google can advise me. (Later -...
by Andy Stoker
Sat May 27, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improvement plan for a senior
Replies: 24
Views: 2195

Re: Improvement plan for a senior

Thank you Mr Bates - that seems sound advice (last played for my county aged 17 :lol: ). However, I'm also keen to do some self-study - suits my preferred style - any suggestions for books, CDs etc?
by Andy Stoker
Sat May 27, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improvement plan for a senior
Replies: 24
Views: 2195

Re: Improvement plan for a senior

Thank you Mr Rudd - I suspect that would cost me more than I want to pay - but I asked so should follow this up - where would I find such a person - do people coach face-to-face, screen-to-screen or via emails or similar? (I live in Greater Manchester)
by Andy Stoker
Sat May 27, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improvement plan for a senior
Replies: 24
Views: 2195

Improvement plan for a senior

I am in my 60s - now approaching retirement - and thinking I will return to chess (last played seriously in 1976!). I am of reasonable strength - I've played in Quickplays (or are they Rapidplays?) - average less than 1 a year - and been given (highly unreliable) grades on that basis - in the region...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 Reykjavik Open
Replies: 68
Views: 7278

Re: 2017 Reykjavik Open

The Chess.com site also includes a video of an interesting interview with John Pigott. He reveals that, in the final position, Shirov had touched Pigott's queen - which meant that he was not then able to play ... Qh6 to continue exerting pressure
by Andy Stoker
Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Defusing the Demographic Time Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 2850

Re: Defusing the Demographic Time Bomb

Why assume that clubs in "church halls" are unfriendly with no refreshments, whilst clubs in pubs are convivial? Use of the kitchen or at least a kettle would surely help? Don't people do that? Although I once played OTB, I haven't been a member of a club since 1978 and play about 1 x quickplay (or ...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Drinking alcohol while playing.
Replies: 9
Views: 1383

Re: Drinking alcohol while playing.

Why on earth should it be difficult to buy a soft drink in a pub? We certainly shouldn't expect people to drive to a venue, drink alcohol and drive away I half-remember some anecdote (Tartakover) about a player feeling not too bad about a position, drinking a schnapps, seeing an attack, drinking a s...
by Andy Stoker
Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Limericks
Replies: 108
Views: 15616

Re: Chess Limericks

I'll delete it if I'm seriously asked to ... but would also be very surprised and disappointed. I like the idea that somebody important might visit this forum and trawl through the limericks for the chance of being offended
by Andy Stoker
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Limericks
Replies: 108
Views: 15616

Re: Chess Limericks

What?!
by Andy Stoker
Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Limericks
Replies: 108
Views: 15616

Re: Chess Limericks

When a K&P endgame looked dead
I decided to take it to bed
My girl wasn't willing
But I still wanted thrilling
So I triangulated wildly instead
by Andy Stoker
Mon May 04, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Royalty
Replies: 33
Views: 6498

Re: Chess Royalty

Apparently there is no link to Count de Monnyanrun