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by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Toothill (1938-2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: John Toothill (1938-2017)

John and I were playing our fortieth game against each other in the internal club competition on Tuesday 21st when he took ill. Not surprisingly he was winning, having cannily, played as white a line I had told him recently I struggled against! I offered him a draw in the ambulance, but naturally h...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 11006

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Is this really the first thread on the event, about to start today? Have we forumites become so spoilt that we hardly notice it anymore? (If we represent the English community in any way, then AGON might regret the choice of London for Carlsen's title defence after all). There is also the English K...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17
Replies: 21
Views: 2189

Re: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17

There is obviously an inner plane-spotter in all chess players! One of my boyhood hobbies, I have to admit, but more tri-stars at Heathrow than skyvans at Guernsey.
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who may J'adoube ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

Re: Who may J'adoube ?

.. I would imagine he would be met with staunch resistance by the piecexit player who would complain most bitterly that the piece being 48% on one square is grounds to restart the entire game. Very good! If the rook on f4.52 were a pawn in a race in a blitz finish it would most likely arrive on f6 ...
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 32939

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

The biggest day of the eevnt in many ways, then. Certainly we can be excused for switching off during the relatively unimportant final, as the players themselves might do. Predictions for today? (Aronian and So for me). I have to agree - it feels more like a qualifier for the Candidates than an eve...
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who may J'adoube ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

Re: Who may J'adoube ?

JustinHorton wrote:White, because common sense says so.
And white, because he still has the move, not having pressed the clock.
Whether he adjusts it to f4 or f5 would depend on whether he were a remainer or a brexiter.
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: SCCU 125th Anniversary Match - Saturday 16th September 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1916

Re: SCCU 125th Anniversary Match - Saturday 16th September 2017

Many thanks to all of the organizers for putting on a very interesting match, the like of which most of us will not have played in before, and for the excellent venue and catering, and lastly to my opponent, for not taking advantage of my over-optimistic play and ultimately incorrect sacrifice!
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: SCCU 125th Anniversary Match - Saturday 16th September 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1916

Re: SCCU 125th Anniversary Match - Saturday 16th September 2017

Yes, agreed. Around 130 players at the last count, should be a good match.
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 15770

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

So what happened to that waiting list? :roll: Good point. That was detailed here (back in June): http://iominternationalchess.com/news-media/news/166-update-masters-entries-closed.html "There are 28 players on the reserve list who have completed an entry form and are hoping for a place to become av...
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 15770

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

David Sedgwick wrote:The Masters Tournament has a significant late entry.

http://iominternationalchess.com/player ... ew=persons
So what happened to that waiting list? :roll:
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 32939

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Apparently Carlsen lost today. Did anyone notice? :?: Yes, and not only that but Bu won. It looked like a good game by the Chinese player. It does not seem so unusual to see Carlsen lose these days, but maybe I am imagining it. I would not be at all surprised to see him win the return game with the...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Golders Green Rapid moving to new venue after 27 years!
Replies: 2
Views: 754

Re: Golders Green Rapid moving to new venue after 27 years!

After about 27 years (!) we are moving our monthly tournament to a new venue from October 2017 (reason: old venue has been leased to a nursery). Does this make Golders Green the longest running chess event at the same venue in the UK? I don't think so - for example, the Bourne End Congress has been...
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 32939

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Personally I find Carlsen's argument would have had more merit if he put his title at stake by participating in this event. Perhaps he did offer and FIDE rejected it but I think we would have heard that by now if that was the case. As it is in the next few weeks he could be eliminating rivals for h...
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 8455

Re: Motions

If we abandoned all eligibility requirements, what is the worst that can happen? I like playing for Surrey because I feel some vague affinity with the county. If it became just a brand name, and furthermore I expected that come the final stages I would be dropped in favour of a hired gun brought in...
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 127
Views: 8455

Re: Motions

C3.1. A player is eligible to represent a County in the Championship if the player meets one of the following criteria: (iii) Two months immediate previous and present membership of a club either in or affiliated to that County. Does this allow a county captain to get any player he wants simply by ...