Search found 749 matches

by Simon Brown
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 42770

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Equal worst with Rf1, but lost anyway
by Simon Brown
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British predictions for FUN people
Replies: 27
Views: 2653

Re: British predictions for FUN people

OK. Five to get more than 6½

Gormally, Keith Arkell, Hawkins, Hebden, Williams.
by Simon Brown
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 98
Views: 18737

Re: Dave Rumens

Sad news. I first met him in 1978 or 79 when he was in the quest for the Grand Prix, in Totnes - I won, luckily, but he was very generous in defeat. A few years later I was his match captain at Hampstead and he was a joy to have in the team - totally reliable, a big smile win or lose and always on h...
by Simon Brown
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4337
Views: 475115

Re: Media comments on chess

Disappointing clue in the Times crossword today; "Maybe castle's staff (3)"
by Simon Brown
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4337
Views: 475115

Re: Media comments on chess

I've only seen that show once (which was enough) but if I recall you get extra marks for spotting the "Impossible" question, hence the title.
by Simon Brown
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most embarrassing defeat ever...
Replies: 35
Views: 5511

Re: Most embarrassing defeat ever...

Berks* 3.12.94 Middx* MV Houska 208 (B) 0 1 K Shovel 230 AP Smith 200 0 1 SH Berry 220 PS Cooksey 197 0 1 PJ Sowray 213 HW Murphy 179 1 0 RJ McMichael 208 J Houska 173 1 0 SD Brown 208 DS Tucker 171 ½ ½ PS Cawte 208 PS Janota 174 0 1 RG Wade 190 JT Munday 171 0 1 M Lyell 197 JE Hickman 167 0 1 A Tri...
by Simon Brown
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: INTERNATIONAL SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES 2017
Replies: 21
Views: 5295

Re: INTERNATIONAL SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES 2017

For those who may be interested, Sabadell is a reasonably pleasant city with a nice market, but otherwise unremarkable. But in August it will be hot, 30 degrees at least during the day.
by Simon Brown
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 FIDE Women's World Championship (Tehran)
Replies: 178
Views: 15129

Re: 2017 FIDE Women's World Championship (Tehran)

Found it with two moves to spare. Or just having a laugh?
by Simon Brown
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 225
Views: 22252

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

I don't believe long-retired players should qualify on their old titles. Why is that? I don't think you need worry about that. Long retired players are that for a reason, and I as one wouldn't want to risk not performing to at least a reasonable level. Too embarrassing. In addition long retired pla...
by Simon Brown
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: is the Vienna game sound?
Replies: 50
Views: 9588

Re: is the Vienna game sound?

Before I shifted to d4 I played the Vienna, because I wanted the option of playing f4 later, which is prevented by 2 Nf3. At lower levels it also has the benefit of not being that well known, so now and then you may get 1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 Qg4 which is great fun. Leonard Barden will no do...
by Simon Brown
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: is the Vienna game sound?
Replies: 50
Views: 9588

Re: is the Vienna game sound?

Thanks Roger

The main game I recall went 7..Qd4 8 d3 Bb6 9 Rf1 Nf6 10 Rf6 d6 then spot the continuation. Perhaps Roger can pgn that as well?
by Simon Brown
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: is the Vienna game sound?
Replies: 50
Views: 9588

Re: is the Vienna game sound?

Before I shifted to d4 I played the Vienna, because I wanted the option of playing f4 later, which is prevented by 2 Nf3. At lower levels it also has the benefit of not being that well known, so now and then you may get 1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 Qg4 which is great fun. Leonard Barden will no dou...
by Simon Brown
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Smart moves: London’s new Chess Club bar
Replies: 17
Views: 2469

Re: Smart moves: London’s new Chess Club bar

If Malcolm is involved it's worth checking out. As it's near my office I'll drop in at some stage.
by Simon Brown
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: toughest mate in one puzzle
Replies: 51
Views: 4563

Re: toughest mate in one puzzle

Thanks Roger, I see it now!
by Simon Brown
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: toughest mate in one puzzle
Replies: 51
Views: 4563

Re: toughest mate in one puzzle

Maybe I had another senior moment, but I looked at the first one for five minutes and couldn't see it. And still can't. However the second one took seconds - it's easy to see that there are no obvious moves, so the less obvious one jumped out quickly, for me anyway.