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by Michael Farthing
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Suitable defence for average club player against 1. d4?
Replies: 108
Views: 17566

Re: Suitable defence for average club player against 1. d4?

Hmmm, the Dutch is fine if Black knows what they are doing! If not, expect a few short sharp defeats :oops: Mmm. Tried that in my youth too. In fact, it's my only game on chessbase. [I lost: Not quite a short sharp defeat. More of a slow, certain defeat]. Care to post it on here to share your embar...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Suitable defence for average club player against 1. d4?
Replies: 108
Views: 17566

Re: Suitable defence for average club player against 1. d4?

Matt Mackenzie wrote:Hmmm, the Dutch is fine if Black knows what they are doing! If not, expect a few short sharp defeats :oops:
Mmm. Tried that in my youth too. In fact, it's my only game on chessbase. [I lost: Not quite a short sharp defeat. More of a slow, certain defeat].
by Michael Farthing
Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:57 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Suitable defence for average club player against 1. d4?
Replies: 108
Views: 17566

Re: Suitable defence for average club player against 1. d4?

Hi all! I've been playing the KID against 1. d4 (also against 1. Nf3 and 1. c4, weather permitting) since I began playing over ten years ago, but I'm starting to think that maybe it's an unsuitable opening for the average club player, as there are tonnes of variations and it's quite theory-laden. I...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3049
Views: 330358

Re: Media comments on chess

I think that may be the first time I have seen Putin or indeed any other Russian leader compared to a chess player. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was quite a good chess player. A photograph exists of him playing Maxim Gorky. Supposedly, he used to play against Arthur Ransome of Swallows and Amazons fame. C...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3049
Views: 330358

Re: Media comments on chess

If you tried to assess the number of people who played scrabble last year by examining the size of scrabble clubs people would think you were crackers. How is chess different? I don't think it is, but if you wanted to know how much interest there would be in a Scrabble world championship, you would...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3049
Views: 330358

Re: Media comments on chess

Do you believe that there are 6 million people who have played chess in Britain in the last year? The context was one of those market research surveys, where they take a smallish sample and presume it to reflect the country as a whole. If there are 6 million who have played chess, where are they pl...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: We're goin' to Vegas!!!
Replies: 68
Views: 8049

Re: We're goin' to Vegas!!!

Colin Purdon wrote:
Gordon Cadden wrote: The newspaper was the Daily Mirror, and the writer was William Connor, using the pen name Cassandra.
No wonder he lost the case, using that name.
But why bother sueing him? No one could possibly have believed anything he said!
by Michael Farthing
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3037
Views: 131706

Re: lack of

Positions arise in the Hedgehog and similar systems where White has the first four ranks, the next one is empty and Black has the last three. This leaves Black with a lack of space by any definition, but games of the last forty years have demonstrated the resilience of the Black position. Indeed, w...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3037
Views: 131706

Re: lack of

Hello. What does the following terms mean? lack of space lack of development lack of mobility Do they mean complete lack of, or not having enough of something? Is there a more relaxed version of these expressions? Thanks in advance Seeing that no one is taking this question seriously I'll have a go...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014
Replies: 267
Views: 15677

Re: ECF Council Meeting 12 April 2014

It's been given earlier in the thread Matthew
by Michael Farthing
Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Sean Hewitt resigns
Replies: 83
Views: 10848

Re: Sean Hewitt resigns

Horton knows bugger all about the stuff he writes about. He has no idea of the real world, nor of the pragmatic approach that a number of the directors took to this whole affair. He knows nothing of the length that Phil Ehr is prepared to go to for his mate Andrew Paulson. He has no idea that Pauls...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Barriers to participation
Replies: 27
Views: 4524

Re: Barriers to participation

Do you know of any such cases? Personally, I don't but perhaps I don't know enough players to for my experience to be a meaningful sample. Having D.O.B. is a reasonable request from a FIDE rating point of view isn't it? It provides a simple guard against mistaken identity, and may also help (a litt...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Mr Bruce Birchall
Replies: 35
Views: 12740

Re: Mr Bruce Birchall

This topic is now old, but I am a newbie here. I met first met Bruce in 1964 when aged 11. He was 18 and Captain of Chess at Nottingham High School, then, as now, a strong chess school. That strength was largely due to Bruce's untiring efforts: a school team for every year group; an internal inter-f...