This was a great game, no doubt! Must say that Mr. Evans had to play for a win and took some risks!
As you say, prestige is a thing of the past, there's no practical reason for choosing ICCF over FICGS.
> I'm talking about the quality of the entry level players at different sites
Don't forget, there are still players playing without engines at all, to me the real WCH-candidates in this digital age (i mean, they know what opposition they face but still don't care...). Edit: And yes, as this was your point, they are also at ICCF...
> but paying good money and wasting years, to reach the level where you can finally draw your games against strong opposition, seems unwarranted.
Very true, especially as one main motivation - gaining an "official" GM-norm - is now a life-time project in 2018 (given that you don't have money/friends to lend you ELOs... not that this has every happened anytime anywhere! ). Maybe 2009 was the last "good chance", Papenin had a pretty good run... but even when you click through his games, he had nothing against the Petroff, nothing against the Gruenfeld, ... and nowadays he seems to play unmotivated or without engines as well.
>Don't forget, there are still players playing without engines at all
That's what I meant by "some people there simply appear to play whatever comes to mind", look at this game: 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e4 h6 6.Bxf6 Nxf6 7.e5 Nd7 8.Ne2 c5 9.c3 b5 10.a4 Qb6 11.a5 Qc7 12.Nc1 cxd4 13.Nxd4 b4 14.Bb5 bxc3 15.Qc2 Qxe5+ 16.Nce2 White has been lost already for quite some moves, and playing d4! From the moment we left "theory", he's been making one bad move after another. Not only is he playing without an engine, he's not very good and he's not giving his moves a lot of thought.
Sadly play-quality is not just low with the 18xx's, look at this GM-games of the top(!) boards Germany - Russia 2011:
Or am I missing something?
Sometimes i play good and sometimes not so good.
But now to the real nagging topics: Uly is posting on talkchess.com... please drop him a line to come back as we're all waiting... the corr-subform must live again!!!
This was correct i was playing over 100 games at once, and it was very challenging. I'm now down to a current level of 37 games.
Interesting, i will see if i can make contact with him again and let him know it's his move.
I am glad you are posting again!
> Maybe it's time for someone to start the WBCCC tours again and get all the old players back?
It's going to take some time to me in order to get updated but of course I am planning to play some games around. I would also be interesting in any tournament starting say some months from now
because I can't remember how it came out.
Regarding Pool or in that case Snooker: Do you know Ronnie O'Sullivan?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYqSATdr62Q
for me, kind of the main reason I took up chess. At least in chess, you take away the lucky draw on the river. Pool also has its share of luck. But they all are fun if you don't take them too serious!
> But they all are fun if you don't take them too serious!
I agree, enjoying your time&friends is most important!
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