English 960 Championship??

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John Upham
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English 960 Championship??

Post by John Upham » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:29 pm

Noting that Nakamura has recently won the World 960 Championship http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5626 I wonder if there is such a thing as the English 960 Championship or even British 960 Championship? :)

Would this be a welcome development? :?:

Perhaps Mike Surtees could become the inaugural champion? :D

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Re: English 960 Championship??

Post by Rob Thompson » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:12 pm

I would like it if there was such a thing. It would certainly be more interesting than watching many moves of theory at the beginning of every game (with some notable exceptions)
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Re: English 960 Championship??

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:00 am

Maybe it's just me, but I am afraid Chess 960 does nothing for me at all :?

And this stuff about "reams of opening theory" in regular chess is over-rated IMO - opening novelties at a relatively early stage are being unearthed even now (even in ultra-analysed systems like the Najdorf Sicilian and Semi-Slav)

Remember, "normal" chess was supposed to be "played out" in the 1920s, then the 1950s, and then........

It will never happen (not in any of our lifetimes anyway) and amen to that :D
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Re: English 960 Championship??

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:44 am

Personally I quite like watching lots of moves of theory. It builds the tension - who's going to surprise who? What have they found?
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