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by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 173
Views: 13353

Re: Where did I go wrong?

Most of what I know about the Benoni I learned from John Nunn's book. It's a bit out of date now, but most of the strategic advice still holds.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 173
Views: 13353

Re: Where did I go wrong?

13...Bh6 looks horrible. What on earth is the point? I guess I wanted to prevent f4-f5, by exchanging the dark-squared Bishops in case of f5. You really need to learn something about Benoni structures if you're going to play them. White's thematic advance is usually e5, not f5, and the g7 bishop is...
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 173
Views: 13353

Re: Where did I go wrong?

13...Bh6 looks horrible. What on earth is the point?
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 5860

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

We'd happily run a British Championship in London. Find us a suitable venue for a suitable price, and we'll talk.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 5860

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

The GMs probably wouldn't play in the British if there were no fees, no. GMs as a class tend to be rather risk-averse, and while they may be happy to gamble on the occasional weekender with only two nights' accommodation to find, a long event with eight nights' accommodation is another matter entire...
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2528
Views: 105632

Re: The English Language

Procedure and method are essentially equivalent in that sentence.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Probably a record?
Replies: 6
Views: 1020

Re: Probably a record?

Coulsdon sometimes run events where there's one morning tournament, one afternoon tournament and one evening tournament. Play in an event set up like that and you could potentially play three IMs on the same day.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2391
Views: 261575

Re: Media comments on chess

There already is an Elo system that someone's created for international football, though it is completely unofficial.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Is it copyright infringement?
Replies: 76
Views: 4801

Re: Is it copyright infringement?

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by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2528
Views: 105632

Re: The English Language

Your question about holes: the entity that creates holes is the act of white's playing a3. Your question about helpfulness: "quite" here simply modifies the intensity of the helpfulness, and doesn't speak to the manner of it. Your question about "the rule": I think we may be looking at definition 2a...
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2528
Views: 105632

Re: The English Language

This may be a sentence where the rule is an idiom; I'd need the first half of the sentence (or, if it's the whole sentence, the preceding sentence) to know whether it is or not. As a more general rule, law is rather more specific than rule ; for example, if I were talking about chess, a law would sp...
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2528
Views: 105632

Re: The English Language

My guess is that there should be commas around "of course", making it a parenthetical expression.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 5860

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

Actually, W-We prizes tend to reward good performance in the first half of a tournament, because that gives you a strong later field against which it's difficult to lose large quantities of rating points.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 3109

Re: Chess in Iran

Suppose I'm a 2300-rated Israeli FM. I enter a nine-round open; I have a TPR of 2450 after five rounds. In round 6, I get paired against some Iranian who refuses to play me. All of a sudden, through no fault of my own, my norm chances are gone. You'd be in the same position as if your opponent fail...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 3109

Re: Iran v Israel Chess

The whole concept of opt-outs is wrong. If you opt out of playing an opponent that you're paired against, you get defaulted. The problem with applying this so strictly is that, in many cases, a defaulted game can screw up the tournament not only for the loser, but also for the winner. Suppose I'm a...