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by IanCalvert
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

In the interest of popular schadenfreude, perhaps this should be restricted to World Champions, GMs and IMs as victims but... The question is open and about , not necessarily quality games, where a much weaker player wins or draws against a stronger opponent; say a gap of at least 50 points ECF or 4...
by IanCalvert
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26339

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Did FIDE choose Vlad because he made Berlin famous ??
by IanCalvert
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans
Replies: 4
Views: 981

Re: Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans

Thanks to all.

Roger's suggestion for finding errors ,using the tablebase, was very useful.

The game went on for another 20 moves. Steven may have understood the ending better than me but i still had (just) one opportunity to win!
by IanCalvert
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans
Replies: 4
Views: 981

Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans

Fine in "Basic Chess Endings" , 1941, says ; "Where the three pawns are disconnected (two connected) it requires little argument to show that the Knight cannot hold them back." Averbakh & Chekhover , 1983, include an example from Palma de Mallorca 1972 where the knight holds. Yesterday in a league g...
by IanCalvert
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Random musing - scoresheet design
Replies: 11
Views: 1259

Re: Random musing - scoresheet design

My "New In Chess" scorebooks do not have an opening field. I assume German scorebooks and scoresheets follow the Dutch ?! :) In a Bronowski match (Insurance v Banks,27/3/2017) played at Standard Chartered a small picture of the great man was included at the top of the scoresheet. i can't help wonder...
by IanCalvert
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July Grades
Replies: 60
Views: 11290

Re: July Grades

It is great that the definitive grading list has arrived.

Does anyone have a cunning plan to reduce late submission of games to the ECF grading team ? :)
by IanCalvert
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 9108

Re: Motions: Regional Competitions

As a player born in Manchester who played junior chess in Merseyside and for Lancashire 40 years ago, I am amazed about these 21st century regional discussions. IMHO Going back to first principles, chess is basically an individual game. We play in representative club, league or regional teams for su...
by IanCalvert
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE
Replies: 19
Views: 2034

Re: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE

Apologies for my ignorance as a simple LL player but why was this cunning plan needed?
by IanCalvert
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship
Replies: 25
Views: 2546

Re: Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship

JustinHorton wrote:What made you think of him?
I was just supporting your earlier post: apologies if I got the punctuation wrong!
by IanCalvert
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship
Replies: 25
Views: 2546

Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship

I was surprised to learn that Luke hasn't won the British yet. There may well be better formulations of this question but... Given the corresponding World Championship debates, who are the best British players of twenty year periods going back to 1917, who have not won the British? I suggest that Lu...
by IanCalvert
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Health benefits of brain games
Replies: 37
Views: 4591

Re: Health benefits of brain games

Maybe it depends on how you play: Chess for Tigers is good ! : Chess for Heffalumps ?
by IanCalvert
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2017 Videos
Replies: 20
Views: 4477

Re: British Championship 2017 Videos

At the end of this 3rd preview video is Andrew's announcement that this will be his final year commentating at the British, having done it first in 1988, and for the last 20 years consecutively. To say it will not be the same again would be an understatement - you will be missed Andrew. For twenty ...
by IanCalvert
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'The Famous Eccles'
Replies: 31
Views: 2422

Re: 'The Famous Eccles'

Great finish, worthy of a Manticore,,,but maybe one loss too many for Eccles: alas disappeared from chess history?
by IanCalvert
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Double Fianchetto Bishops.
Replies: 6
Views: 851

Re: Double Fianchetto Bishops.

Double Fianchetto Bishops. I can’t think of a time I’ve done with this both bishops as I usually only want to do it when the bishop sits in front of my king for extra defence – or to get on with early development and aid castling.. Does anyone on here regularly put both bishops on the long diagonal...