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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 30, 2024 3:14 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jeremy Humphries
Replies: 2
Views: 643

Re: Jeremy Humphries

Not to be confused with the Bristol and former 4NCL player of a similar name who is spelt HumphREYS.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 29, 2024 12:28 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Confusing Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2039

Re: Confusing Openings

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 e5 3.Qd1 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.f4 In similar vein there''s a Latvian madhouse which starts 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Bc4 fxe4 4. Nxe5 d5 5. Qh5 The reversed version of this position can arise from the Alekhine 1. e4 Nf6 2. d3 e5 3. f4 Bc5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. d4 Qh4 The position at move 3 can also a...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 28, 2024 6:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Too much dishonesty in chess
Replies: 73
Views: 7984

Re: Too much dishonesty in chess

Paul Dupré wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2024 6:41 pm
Now both my 1st Jan 2024 ratings are 1915, so I'm getting worse. When will it end !!!
Were you aware that you will get a modest boost to your FIDE rating on 1st March 2024?
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by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jan 27, 2024 5:38 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Confusing Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2039

Re: Confusing Openings

There's a line in the Alekhine which reaches a position from the c3 Sicilian.

Alekhine


c3 Sicilian
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jan 27, 2024 1:32 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Confusing Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2039

Re: Confusing Openings

Another pair are the Scotch (Goring Gambit declined) and Chigorin. Scotch 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 d5 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. cxd4 Bg4 7. Nc3 Bb4 8. Be2 Chigorin 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. cxd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 e5 5. e3 exd4 6. exd4 Bb4 7. Nc3 Bg4 8. Be2 Authors of books on how to defend with 1. .. e5 agai...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 26, 2024 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I'm new to this forum, but not to chess.
Replies: 5
Views: 568

Re: I'm new to this forum, but not to chess.

If your anonymous opponent is playing to a 1600 standard, why does it matter whether they are really 1600 or are really 600 and augmenting their play? If the latter, why not 2600, which is just as easily achieved? With unsophisticated cheating the lower ratings might be all that's attainable. Like ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 26, 2024 11:56 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Confusing Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2039

Re: Confusing Openings

Youu can reach an Exchange French from the Icelandic Gambit. 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. d4 exd5 5. Nf3 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. d4 exd5 5. Nf3 The position can also be reached from the Petroff 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d3 Nf6 6. d4 d5 7. c4 With an extra plausible m...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 25, 2024 11:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I'm new to this forum, but not to chess.
Replies: 5
Views: 568

Re: I'm new to this forum, but not to chess.

I tried to play online chess, however I discovered there is a fair amount of cheating going on. Mainly because you don't know if they are using a computer to help them. It's very frustrating. Do you play at Blitz move rates? Five minutes for the whole game or equivalent with increments is a bit fas...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 25, 2024 5:15 pm
Forum: Rating Debate
Topic: FIDE ratings revaluation
Replies: 8
Views: 1747

Re: FIDE ratings revaluation

Are players and organisers of FIDE-rated events ready for this? The ECF Manager of Ratings, Brian Valentine writes in the current Chess Moves On 1st March 2024 FIDE will be making changes to its rating methodology, increasing the rating floor from 1000 to 1400 and condensing all ratings between 100...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 25, 2024 4:43 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: English Seniors 24th to 28th May 2024
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: English Seniors 24th to 28th May 2024

Phil Neatherway wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2024 4:29 pm
Does anyone know how much the 'preferential rate' is for a room at the venue?
You can email the venue on the address given. They came back very quickly. It varies night by night. It seemed to slightly undercut the booking.com price. You are less than £ 100 per night, but not by very much.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 25, 2024 2:11 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Confusing Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2039

Re: Confusing Openings

I suspect they mean something subtly different? If you learn openings by move sequences rather than knowing the tabiya positions, transpositions can trip you up. It can even apply to authors. In the 1970s book on the Pirc, Keene and Botterill discuss the Austrian attack with the line 1. e4 d6 2. d4...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Confusing Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2039

Confusing Openings

The sequence 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 should be well known. Black then has the choice of madness with 4. .. Bc5 or normal 4. .. d5. Against 5. exd5 there's a choice with normal being 5. .. Na5. Also possible but madness again is 4. .. d5 5. exd5 Nd4. The obvious 5. .. Nxd5 allows the sa...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 24, 2024 10:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Formats to be used in title tournaments
Replies: 13
Views: 881

Re: Formats to be used in title tournaments

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 10:08 pm
From the 1st March 2024, Schiller Format Events and Scheveningen Format Events* will no longer be valid for the awarding of FIDE Title Norms (FIDE Handbook B.01.1.4.2e).

Didn't they first make them invalid some years ago? They were then later reinstated. Was it Kirsan who brought them back?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 24, 2024 6:20 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Inaugural Wells Chess Congress 8th - 10th March 2024
Replies: 7
Views: 775

Re: Inaugural Wells Chess Congress 8th - 10th March 2024

It seems that from Brighton I would need to get a train to Bath and then have a bus journey of over an hour to Wells There also seems to be a bus route from Bristol. Many trains from London run through Bath anyway. Apart from Britsol, Bath looks to be the nearest Inter City rail station. I've done ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 24, 2024 3:18 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: English Championships 20th June to 23rd June 2024
Replies: 1
Views: 293

English Championships 20th June to 23rd June 2024

These have been just announced. It's Open and Women's as before and at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth again. Starts Thursday 20th June 11.00 am and the last round is Sunday 23rd June at 10..00 am https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-championship-series-2024/ Rating restrictions Open over 1900 ECF, W...