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1  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: December 08, 2016, 04:40:57 PM

white to move , try not to stalemate black

2  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: November 30, 2016, 08:00:45 PM

live stream on now for tiebreaks
3  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: November 22, 2016, 01:28:17 PM

think he should have taken the draw , 1 pawn island is normaly better but those pass pawns on a & b file looked so strong , Carlsen gonna have to go for it in last 4 games
4  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: November 12, 2016, 10:42:45 PM
CarlsenKarjakin starts today and Chess24 will be my standard default for the viewing. Someone previously posted some good Twitch coverage aswell though.

was watching bit of coverage , know the twitch link gets a lot of hits , not sure if that is the one you mentioned
5  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: October 12, 2016, 03:59:50 PM

London Chess Classic @london_chess

Really enjoyed #Magnus - Award Winning Documentary. A must see for any #chess enthusiast. In UK Cinemas 25th Nov:
6  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: June 06, 2016, 05:03:56 PM
Mark Crowther Retweeted
David Llada ♔ ‏@davidllada 28m28 minutes ago

RIP, Viktor Korchnoi. I am honoured I had the chance to met you.

always thought he was a great player & ambassador for chess Robert James Fischer vs Viktor Korchnoi
Curacao Candidates (1962)  ·  Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack
7  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: December 19, 2015, 08:56:08 PM
my rating is between 1350-1400 and I cant seem to progress past that. Is there any like common mistakes or tips/ways of thinking that take you from a 1400 to a 1600 or is it just a case of playing lots/learning/studying etc?

one thing you should do that most of dont is blunder check before you move ,
other thing is playing online , I play on the internet chess club but 3 / 5 mins games & end up in time trouble , some sites like will let you play like correspondence chess & give you time to work through moves
8  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: February 02, 2015, 03:55:21 PM
Carlsen plays Englands no.1 Micky Adams tomorrow at GRENKE Chess Classic 2015

live Aronian vs Carlsen today with live commentary
9  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: November 08, 2014, 01:44:25 PM  2014 World Chess Championship - Carlsen vs Anand
10  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: October 25, 2014, 02:35:16 PM
Any help on my last question? Tal, McGlashan? Beuler?

Here's a miniature King's Gambit I just played. Didn't play the attack perfectly, but whatever.... it's fun to destroy someone in 13 moves.

I hadn't heard of KingCrusher, if you want a specific answer then just post a link to a relevant video. 

An example of how of how to analyse your latest game on a chess engine would be to open your chess software, cut n paste the list of moves and click the analyse button. Whatever move you're on in the replayer, the engine will analyse that position. To the right of the board you'll have the notation, below that a list of moves that are +/- x amount.

I don't know anything about free engines, all should be sufficiently strong and the latest ones will have more features than you can shake a stick at. One good feature to have is a database of GM games. Essentially it will form an opening book tree that you can keep at all times. For example after inputting the moves e4, e5 it'll say Nf3 is payed 88% of the time, f4 3%. Going down the f4 route it shows black's response as exf4 66%, Bc5 25%, etc.

KingCrusher is webmaster/owner of / (same site) his name is Tryfon Gavriel, & plays for Barnet Elizabeth & Muswell Hill chess clubs , ECF grade 212 & Fide 2128 & his youtube channel is

played him couple time on chessworld but not for several years , dont watch his video's much myself , prefer some of the GM/IM ones

11  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Chess thread on: September 26, 2014, 12:05:29 PM
nice if you could find it in blitz , not always easy in time trouble

I got 7.Rxh8 !!!
12  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Independence Referendum on: September 12, 2014, 10:36:56 PM
In the interests of impartiality I need to share this message:

Pubs specialising in cheap alcohol will thrive in Scotland regardless of independence. I never envisaged that.

Tim Martin admitted Scotland will need its own currency but dismissed fears over the massive reserves needed by the fledgling nation

Tim Martin makes loads of sence & Scotland could realy make a go at it & without the Banks & with their own currency they wont need huge reserves but for sure this is not what Alex Salmond wants even thought he should know beter

13  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Independence Referendum on: September 11, 2014, 03:48:30 PM

"The Governor noted that £15bn would be at the 'upper end of the range' that Scotland might reasonably inherit as reserves. Scotland would need a multiple of that.

Can you please explain something to me (genuine question apologies if it is a daft question):

If Scotland are to expect £15bn as their fare share of the reserves of the BOE and for a country our size a lender of last resort would need c£150bn (sure I read that as a number somewhere) due to the size of our GDP. Does this mean that the BOE reserves are currently far too little going by the same criteria for the UK or are we not getting our fair share?

i hadn't seen the £150bn figure but it must be close because of the size of the Scottish banks balance sheets, generally reckoned to be 10-15x Scottish GDP

that's consistent with Carney quoting a £15bn figure for reserves pro-rata from GDP

So the BOE isn't undercapitalised, and Scotland wouldn't be short-changed, its just there is a huge mismatch between the size (liabilities) of the Scottish banks relative to their GDP

H Q the banks in England, with BOE as lender of last resort and Scotland's reserves can be lower

if Carney is saying beyond this that Scotland will need more than any post-yes deal will apportion them, then this has to come from higher taxes and/or lower spending, both of which you'd think would be anathema to a left leaning independent Scotland.

so i would expect the post yes negotiating team to push for the highest reserve figure from ther BOE they can get

But the banks are all moving their regulated entities south so this reserves issue is crap, just like all the other crap that is being spouted.

there's no need to be rude. tends to indicate you think you are on the wrong side of a debate...

Scotland will need reserves anyway, right, to meet its obligations if income has a shortfall? (social security obligations go up, tax recepits fall for example...)i

so whatever the banks do the issue of what reserves might be allocated post-referendum is a valid one
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has raised questions about currency arrangements in an independent Scotland, saying the country would need stockpiles of sterling if it adopted the pound without an agreement with the rest of the United Kingdom.

That could threaten the spending promises of Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond, who wants a deal to share the pound and the BoE with the rest of the UK. Britain's main political parties have ruled that out.

and all Alex Salmond got to say is "I think the people of Scotland have moved beyond these warnings and these scaremongerings," he can never give a straight answer
14  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Independence Referendum on: September 11, 2014, 11:26:08 AM
Much of what I am seeing on social media this morning and from various conversations I have had last night and this morning the news that the likes of RBS/LBG want to leave is welcomed.  We are in the mess we are in mostly because of the casino banking operations. 

with the Banks head office going to London it would make it easier for currency union but you still have to give up some of your sovereignty as stated by Mark Carney

the real problem is that this is bad for Scotland , even having a Scotish Pound linked is not great , you need your own currency to have full control ie: print money & control inflation & then you would have a chance to create new jobs & bring new business & investments into Scotland with tax breaks like the smaller countries with in the EU does , without your own currency its unlikely you will be able to rejoin the EU & will have to pay the European Economic Area like Norway/Iceland does & even the UK will have to if they leave the EU , to the UK this would cost several billion a year if the torries get their way

15  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Independence Referendum on: September 10, 2014, 07:12:12 PM
Bit unfair to label rbs as a Scottish problem. It was the London boys trading the exotics!

HBOS over-leveraged in domestic lending as well, particularly self-certification mortgages

RBOS went nuts in the US

in general though, i do disagree with curnow's point that it was a Scottish bank problem, though they were part of it and remain over-geared

dont mean its a Scotish problem , it caused by selling mortgages by USA banks that knew they would default , & then taking bets on hem defaulting
the problem now for Scotland is the size of the banks , they need to be protected by the BOE & with independance expect they would move their head office to London
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