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by Michael Farthing
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: most pieces on the back rank late in the game?
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Re: most pieces on the back rank late in the game?

[Event "Irish Championship Major"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.07.29"] [Round "2"] [White "Crichton, M."] [Black "Buckley, M."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A25"] [WhiteElo "1934"] [BlackElo "1723"] [Annotator "Crichton,M"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. c4 Nc6 2. Nc3 e5 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 B...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 37924

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I've just been trawling through Tim Spanton's blog site in search of (what I believed was) a promised map of Ireland. I was getting really really puzzled. Can I suggest to Tim that his link goes into his signature so that those of us with little brain don't get confused. https://proxy.duckduckgo.com...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 37924

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Does anyone know when Malcolm Pein last played at the British (would he be responsive to a personal enquiry)? Malcom tells me: You or anyone may reply on my behalf. The last time I played was 1997 I think. Played Ward Gallagher Speelman Conquest Bates Emms Sasikiran. Remember being smashed flat by ...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 19
Views: 1826

Re: Piece values

I always thought there was something fundamentally wrong with the Game.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12929

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Such a rule has a benefit of protecting against small-but-finite probability events that have no bearing on chess skill. Suppose a GM is playing a 1400 rated player. There is a small probability that the GM has a phone or watch that goes off or alternatively that the lower rated player is cheating ...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 12929

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:15 am
But how often are blue moons?
Every 2 to three years - not as rare as people think. The next one is due on Halloween next year.
by Michael Farthing
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 3041

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:11 am
Paul Buswell's memory is totally blank.
That's very harsh Stewart!
by Michael Farthing
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 1902

Re: The word rook and Persia

Were we? How is it different from saying that we are confused in Europe because the English say 'yes' the French say 'oui' and the Germans say 'ja'? Though on the chess front we remain just as "confused" as ever. Take England and Germany: England Germany Pawn Farmer Knight Jumper Bishop Runner Rook ...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THIS
Replies: 8
Views: 1655

Re: I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THIS

The essential feature is correct: the queen is on her own colour.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 4521

Re: Quit Stallin'

It seems to me manifestly an objective fact that Joey has admitted there are a scant few books that are really good and worth owning. It may, of course not be an objective fact I suppose: perhaps someone has impersonated Joey and made the admission vicariously without him knowing. But I doubt it.
by Michael Farthing
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2630

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

Ah! Quis sarcasmiet ipsos sarcasmes? Ecco videmus.
by Michael Farthing
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2630

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

I think Paul has missed a slight bit of sarcasm.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 4351

Re: Falkland Islands

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:08 am
Well, it's more that it's that I'm not interested in people yapping about provocations, which may be thrilling for the kind of people who want to be provoked, but less so for anybody else.
:shock: :roll:
by Michael Farthing
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 4351

Re: Falkland Islands

I'm bemused by the criticisms being made of the UK, the Falklands, the ECF and FIDE. Argentinians of various descriptions have organised a tournament on foreign soil and submitted the results for grading as if played on Argentinian soil "innocently?" The Falkland, the ECF etc have drawn this to the ...
by Michael Farthing
Wed May 29, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5337

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

I doubt that many coins change hands, but a slight rewrite might make the sentence more plausible:

It revolves around money - as now do most man-made things - but there's more to it than just the bit coins.