Search found 4457 matches

by John McKenna
Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Chess is a game"
Replies: 26
Views: 4282

Re: "Chess is a game"

Diogenes went around Corinth with a lamp in broad daylight looking for an honest man. Socrates scoured Athens for a man who knew what he was talking about. I think Peter knows what he's talking about and is speaking honestly. As in imperial Rome, however, our modern nation state thrives on bread (mo...
by John McKenna
Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:10 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: What is happening to Europe?
Replies: 31
Views: 3650

Re: What is happening to Europe?

I know this is in 'Not Chess' but P. Turland mentioned two wins in passing (Wed. 20:47). In the first 6.Nb3 seems obscure, I've no games with it. (Instead of 11... Nbd7, sharper but riskier for Peter was 11... b4!?) White went to pieces in the middlegame. The second had more content and if, instead ...
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another swindle...
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Another swindle...

To tell the truth (from score) at the end I still had 6 mins. and he 1 min. We had both been trying to avoid the draw - he to win on material and me to win on time. He didn't have to write since move 60 when he went to less than 5 mins. We were last to finish and shook hands at end. I think Angus is...
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another swindle...
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Another swindle...

OK, I stand corrected, Alex is right there was no increment.
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another swindle...
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Another swindle...

In 2010 it was 40 moves in 2 hrs. (then something like an additional 50 mins. but not added until time went to zero) with a 30 sec. increment from move 1. From memory and score that's roughly it. Quite generous.
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another swindle...
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Another swindle...

There was no 10.2 possibility as there was increment. At the end of the game in the file I think it states the game continued to mate but in fact I resigned after he played 86... Rf3+.
At move 59 the same material as Short-Carlsen exists for a couple of half-moves.
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another swindle...
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Another swindle...

I would be intersted if you want to post it up. The longest game I can recall of my own (recent) praxis is an 86 move effort McKenna-Paez 2010 LCC FIDE Open (7.61). I lost the same ending in Short-Carlsen from the Classic that just ended. Having K,R & P v. k,r & 2p I was defending with R from side b...
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 6527

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Thank you for that information and your personal experience of it, Ian.
PS I believe it was Rob T. who brought it up here first then Paul M. supplied further info.
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Draft Junior Selection Policy for 2012
Replies: 70
Views: 11404

Re: Draft Junior Selection Policy for 2012

Tournaments have been run 'under the auspices of the National Junior Squad' (see 'Yateley Manor: Sat...' thread) in the past. Where do they stand in relation to the new policy?
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 6527

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

According to recent posts about what is happening in America (see 'What is happening to Europe' thread) the threat to democracy, as always, is increasingly coming from the gov. and its arms. Meanwhile, Dear Leader is lying in state (a la Lenin) in Pyongyang, and there will be a memorial service for ...
by John McKenna
Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Chess is a game"
Replies: 26
Views: 4282

Re: "Chess is a game"

"Never give a sucker an even break." (W C Fields - his distinctive way of speaking and professed attitudes such as hatred of children and dogs gained him enormous popularity...)
'O tempora, O mores!
by John McKenna
Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Obituary - Christopher Hitchens
Replies: 11
Views: 5757

Re: Obituary - Christopher Hitchens

How about a female view to complete the picture?
www.politicalblonde.com
by John McKenna
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Chess is a game"
Replies: 26
Views: 4282

Re: "Chess is a game"

"Life is a gamble, at terrible odds - if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it." (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead)
by John McKenna
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: What is happening to Europe?
Replies: 31
Views: 3650

Re: What is happening to Europe?

Thought it was going to be a quiet run up to Christmas on the EC forum but the cat's out of the bag now.
PS Would like to say here that Rob Thompson was right in another thread about rubber bullets - found out that baton rounds have been used 60 times in the UK in the last 4 years!
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 6527

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Good to see Paul and Matt are in conchord on the state of the nation. I don't share their passionate belief, radical or otherwise, though. Deaths by starvation in N. Korea were probably not random but allowed to impact mainly on the dissident and lower orders. Just as the famines in Ireland and Indi...