You cannot give up on 1.e4 because of the 'damn French'.
And you cannot use the RHP grades either. The game was played July 2011.
His grade was 1866 your were then 1740. Your February 2011 grade was 1804.
I spoke to Jacob on Tuesday, I have to say he did not look well. There may
be more to the short draw than you think.
You don't understand McNab's play. Tell me about it. I did his games for Rampant Chess.
Those in the book were hand picked by me ('cept his Korchnoi game which he wanted in).
Those I picked I had an idea of what was going on. Some of the others.....no chance.
(Without looking at the game and I've not seen it. Kingside finachetto with Knights
appearing on f5 sounds like Stephan Gerzadoicz system. If you can get his book.
'Jounal of a Chess Original' then you are in for a treat.
Roddy M'Kay (I also did his games in R.C.) is a hero of mine so be careful.
He's a Scottish legend. He has a lot of natural talent and OTB inspiration
that is not something you can call up when you need it. If it don't come, it don't come.
Also he won't be keeping up with modern theory so the Birds is to sidestep that.
Alan Tate should be the next Scottish GM. Just needs a good run in the right company
so he can get the Norm. (I think he needs one more - I'll find out.)
I'll be seeing Alex on Sunday, not surprised you got one of his 'specia'l e-mails.
He and a lot of others give up a lot of spare time to make sure chess continues
in Scotland. It's only their errors that get mentioned, hardly any praise.
So when someone up's and complains about things and does not offer their
help or guidance, he tends to get a tad upset.
(I too have felt M'Farlane's wrath over another matter - stand clear.)
Go to the club closest to you - don't be such a grading snob.
And go in with an open attitude. The minute you arrive you will inherit a dozen
or so new friends. Chess friends. Chess friends are people you can rely on.
If it's the same weighted set and mat I have then this kit is brilliant to play on.
I found the board (green and white) a bit too bright. I dulled it with talcum powder.
You sprinkle a wee bit on and rub it right in. Works a treat.
When I was there Neil Berry took me to the pub and showed me his win v
top seed Oleg Korneev. Good game. Neil first plays a Nxg6 trick and a few
moves later offers his Queen for a mate in one.
After all the tactics in the opening Oleg offered a couple of draws. It did look
like he was getting back into game with his Queenside pawns and some
players may have caved in and agreed to a draw v a GM.
Not Neil Berry (he not nicknamed the Balerno Bull for nothing).
But it looked a hard win till Neil finally decided to play 38.e7! which allowed
him to activate his passed pawns. That front e-pawn had no Rook back up.
Once it was gone the pawns rolled on.
Funny thing in the pub. Graeme Kafka was with us and we were telling jokes
and having fun when suddenly Neil got out his mobile to see the next round draw.
Kafka v Berry! . The atmosphere kind of changed and Neil shortly left. (I see Neil won).
Here is the game I mentioned - The Balerno Bull is White.