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by IanCalvert
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 9917

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: 2096

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: 2612

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: 2612

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: 47
Views: 6407

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: 4545

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: 2565

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: 919

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...
by IanCalvert
Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Merseyside leaving the NCCU?
Replies: 26
Views: 3535

Re: Is Merseyside leaving the NCCU?

Gareth T Ellis wrote:Merseyside is staying in the NCCU for now, having a volunteer to captain a county team.
As a junior player for Formby in the late 1960's and someone born in Manchester, I do hope Mersyside players can have dual citizenship especially when playing against the awesome Yorkshire Heffalumps!
by IanCalvert
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 77
Views: 14565

Re: County Championship Finals

"i do know that Lancashire will be putting a strong team out, ", John Reyes Assuming Lancashire Tigers are still typically/ on average outgraded by 10 points per board, I do hope all the Lancashire players remember to play like Tigers (maximising the probability of winning their game) rather than th...
by IanCalvert
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hardinge-Simpole: Two unfamiliar titles
Replies: 5
Views: 1278

Re: Hardinge-Simpole: Two unfamiliar titles

Roger Thanks very much for your post. It confirms to me what a loss the ECF library might be. (I am particularly interested in Fine's books on the psychology of chess players: my interest is in Tiger or Heffalump strategies before a move is made. A Tiger strategy involves trying to maximise the prob...
by IanCalvert
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ now agree)
Replies: 43
Views: 5621

Re: Bridge not a Sport

Maybe the partner abuse problem might be solved by a bridge variant where a carbon based life form player partnered a program ??
by IanCalvert
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Chess Forum Player of the Year 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1049

Re: English Chess Forum Player of the Year 2017

Jack

Will Homer Simpson (or possibly Magnus) , for contributions to popularising chess globally, be a possible candidate in 2018?
by IanCalvert
Tue May 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most embarrassing defeat ever...
Replies: 35
Views: 5135

Re: Most embarrassing defeat ever...

I guess losing to Mr.Bean would be embarrassing!