There is still little news I am afraid with regards to restarting the chess season, a few tentative emails have been passed around asking opinions on what members are in favour of, whether that be trying to restart the 29-20 season, or conclude it in someway perhaps via a playoff between ourselves and Atherton. Most likely it seems to me that the season will be written off with hopes of starting afresh again in the autumn.
I have been made aware lately that it has been some time since an update was published on this blog, sadly there is little to no fresh material avaliable for analysis from members, however Nick Burriss has kindly provided a nice game he played online recently with time controls set at 45 mins with 45 second increment. Personally I am often suspicious playing such long time controls against an unsupervised opponent, the obvious reason is people have more time to cheat, however equally annoying to me is that often having achieved a won position the opponents just stop moving! Leaving you sitting there watching a clock run down. Such behavior would get called out pretty quick over the board but sadly seems to be all to common online. Nicks game is below with his usual self deprecating analysis :
On the other end of the time control scale, Keith Maudsley sent in this nice win played at 3 mins each time controls I am told. From a quiet looking opening position Keith develops a strong kingside attack which ends in a nice checkmate.
Finally I had a couple of interesting correspondence games with Steven Jones, I ought to have won the first and was lucky to avoid a loss in the 2nd. Both games ended up as drawn. The London system game was most interesting which followed a similar pattern to a game I played against Mike Rotchell in the league season, Steven however captured upon c5 early which led to a more unbalanced game: