Holloid Website

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Matthew Turner
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Holloid Website

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:19 am

There is now information about the Chess for Schools Project posted on the Holloid website. It is all quite interesting, but it is still very vague about whether sponsors are required for the project to proceed.

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Re: Holloid Website

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:23 am

An interesting take on the moves of the pieces from the Holloid website

Pawn –Can move forwards either one or two squares at a time. A pawn can only capture an opponent’s piece by moving one square on the diagonal.
Knight – Can move two spaces in any direction followed by a one space move to the right or left. Knights are able to jump over other pieces.
Bishop – Can move any number of squares but only on the diagonal.
Rook – Can move any number of squares along the horizontal or vertical.
Queen – Can move any number of squares in any direction.
King – Can only move one square in any direction.

I understand that 1. e4 c5 2. e6 is a very under-rated gambit against the sicilian.

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Re: Holloid Website

Post by Matthew Turner » Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:37 am

This is the whole of the section on British talent. I hope big Tony is looking down on it from somewhere, because I'm sure he would find it quite amusing.

British talent
In 1976, Tony Miles became the first ever grandmaster from the UK.

Raymond Keene followed this feat by securing the position of grandmaster a few months later.

The next 20 years saw a significant rise in high-level British chess players, lead by Miles and Keene. Other British grandmasters then followed.

The English Chess Team saw much success during the 1980s. The highlight was their second place finish at the Dubai Chess Olympiad in 1986. The team also claimed bronze at Haifa in 1976, Thessaloniki in 1988 and Novi Sad in 1990.

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Re: Holloid Website

Post by Ian Thompson » Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:51 pm

There are other things on the Holloid Plastics website that I wasn't aware of:

1. Kapsarov beat Deep Blue in 1997, winning the last 3 games after losing the first two. I always thought he lost the match by 2 games to 1 with 3 draws.

2. Their ultimate aim is to establish an English schools chess competition. Would that be in addition to, or as a replacement for, the Sunday Times/Times/Yateley Manor School event that been running since 1957?

I hope someone from the ECF gets in touch with them and helps them to correct, and improve, their website.

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Re: Holloid Website

Post by Alex Holowczak » Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:15 pm

While, I agree that it looks bad, is the target audience going to notice?

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Re: Holloid Website

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Re: Holloid Website

Post by John Upham » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:21 pm

I have drawn this matter to the attention of Caroline Morris and CM and corrections will be applied in due course.
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Re: Holloid Website

Post by Matthew Turner » Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:57 pm

I have just been looking at the Holloid website again. There is still nothing about the event at Wilson's School.
I also looked up the ECF and found that the information was taken directly from Wikipedia. I find this a little surprising.

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Re: Holloid Website

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:37 pm

"I understand that 1. e4 c5 2. e6 is a very under-rated gambit against the sicilian."

Indeed; the original Evans Gambit continued 2....dxe6 3 Qh5 Qa5 4.b4!? :P

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