Originally posted by Fat Lady
27. ... e5 looked OK to me, but I was less happy about e4 and e3. Anyway, I thought John gave a good account of himself against a very strong player. Gawain Jones plays very imaginative chess which is very effective against non-super GM opposition and he's my favourite to win the title.
There's a great little program called PGN Extract which can strip out those annoying clock time comments:
It's the featured game of the day on the championship website, Andrew Martin gives his opinions, and suggests an opening improvement. He points to the e5-e4-e3 sequence, and describes e3 as "a move too far". The video takes 16 minutes and is worth a watch.
if they take the video off the englishchess site then it's also here:
My rating dropped as well, it's now 119 (D); which is a lot better than I thought it would be: last season was miserable I won 2, drew 5 and lost 12
- happily Atheneum 3 went down a division and league 4 is a lot easier than league 3.