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by Lewis Martin
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:57 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Championship
Replies: 72
Views: 10704

Re: European Club Championship

1...Rc1 does not work since 2. Kh5 Kf5 can be followed by 3. Kh4 etc. The point of the rook on the third rank is that it prevents the white king going to g3. Er, surely: The other key move is Bf5. For instance, 121. h6, Rc1; 122. Kh5, Bf5. Black can also play the moves in the opposite order. Heh, y...
by Lewis Martin
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3507
Views: 384489

Re: Media comments on chess

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
You've kind of given it away. 'K' (for Kasparov).

How about this sequence?

MVVGABBTMMMVMAMAJE

What is the next (and last) letter in that sequence?
The answer was 'W' for Wilhelm.

So what were the quibbles Tristan and John had?
Shouldn't one of the B's be an R?
by Lewis Martin
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15790

Re: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones

What's wrong with that? Done at the board these actions might be offputting to the opponent, but away from the board are they any worse than reading the Evening Standard? I've done that. I once had an opponent who read War and Peace (at the board) while waiting for me to move :( How about eating at...
by Lewis Martin
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Championship
Replies: 72
Views: 10704

Re: European Club Championship

I don't understand how Black wins in the final position if White just tries the obvious idea of pushing his h-pawn. 8/4R3/2r1b3/7P/5kpK/8/8/8 w - - 5 121 As above, some move like Rc1. It would make for an interesting endgame study as how the winning position was created. Following on from this, it ...
by Lewis Martin
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mickey to reach new heights?
Replies: 12
Views: 1612

Re: Mickey to reach new heights?

According to http://www.2700chess.com/ our very own Mickey Adams is just a few points from breaking his all time peak of 2761 from last year. Great to see that in his 40's he's as good as ever. Onwards and upwards Mickey. Peak rating, but not peak ranking. A fine achievement indeed, but would you r...
by Lewis Martin
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stalemate wins in K + P versus K
Replies: 23
Views: 3647

Re: Stalemate wins in K + P versus K

Arguably, it isn't fair that a pawn up so often leads to a draw. /Mats Why is this not fair? Chess is a game of skill, and being a pawn (or any piece) up is almost immaterial compared to the nature of the position. (Also with regards to a sacrifice as mentioned by RdC above) Excellent defence shoul...
by Lewis Martin
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tactics practice
Replies: 72
Views: 8303

Re: Tactics practice

Yes, agreeing with Jack. Seems to be a forced mate in 4.
by Lewis Martin
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3507
Views: 384489

Re: Media comments on chess

Heh. More people recognised Karpov than Carlsen? That is surprising. But more people recognised Carlsen than Kramnik. Well, not by much, but still, Vlad-the-nearly-pointless? I wonder which chess world champions would have been pointless? Smyslov is probably the least-known among chess players. Amo...
by Lewis Martin
Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:44 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Chess Championship S50
Replies: 205
Views: 27135

Re: World Senior Chess Championship S50

Keith, I couldn't agree more about the juniors and in 12 months time it will be much more attractive to enter tournaments that are riddled with juniors (most these days) as playing these kids you are essentially on a hiding to nothing...you gain nothing for beating them and lose a stack for drawing...
by Lewis Martin
Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Chess Championship S50
Replies: 205
Views: 27135

Re: World Senior Chess Championship S50

Off topic, but with regards to Chris R's post: was the World top 10 ever listed with 3 English players? I.e. Nunn, Short and Speelman. They've obviously flirted with it a few times, and while I'm sure there were 2 at the same time, were there ever 3?
by Lewis Martin
Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate
Replies: 103
Views: 16303

Re: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate

Martin Regan wrote: What pomposity.Why not resign on principle then?
You have also forgotten one of the most famous sayings in chess.

"No-one ever won a game by resigning" - Tartakower
by Lewis Martin
Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate
Replies: 103
Views: 16303

Re: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate

Jack Rudd wrote: My official position, as the ECF Manager for Disabled Chess, is that I am concerned about this potential appointment. What pomposity.Why not resign on principle then? Martin, what a ridiculous statement. Jack has simply stated what his capacity is, with regards to the ECF and voice...
by Lewis Martin
Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate
Replies: 103
Views: 16303

Re: Dominic Lawson: Presidential Candidate

Roger - that is something I didn't know, but a quick google suggests that visually impaired seems to be the more widely accepted phrase now. I believe that's the expression on the sign I've seen Peter Richmond wearing. On Peter's badge it says: "Eyesight impaired" which is different from "visually ...
by Lewis Martin
Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Chess Championship S50
Replies: 205
Views: 27135

Re: World Senior Chess Championship S50

He did play in the Delancey Blitz at Richmond a couple of months back but no games seem to be available. However, given the distance between him and the rest of the field he seems in fine form! http://results.tournamentdirector.co.uk/tournamentview.asp?Service=&Style=&Tournament=4204170668F14265B40...
by Lewis Martin
Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2800+ Elo Average for 2nd Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 66
Views: 9608

Re: 2800+ Elo Average for 2nd Sinquefield Cup

Everybody knows Carlsen is the best player in the world. A formal title from FIDE to say you are World Champion means nothing in such circumstances - and if you disagree I challenge you to name from memory those guys who won their title between 1993 and reunification. Be cross if you like - and I u...