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by Richard Thursby
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 768

Re: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020

See https://www.chessgames.com/player/francisco_trois.html

The Kibitzer's Corner notes he spent 2 hours 20 minutes on a move.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Psychological Swindling and Book Tokens.
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: 'Psychological Swindling and Book Tokens.

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:07 pm
'Play Better Chess.' by Bill Hartston
You appear to be confusing
Play Better Chess, Leonard Barden (1980, second edition 1988)
Teach Yourself Better Chess, William Hartston (1997)
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 4349

Re: Closing Gambit

... neither the Soviet Union nor (to my recollection, would appreciate examples to the contrary) any other state had or has any particular track record in assassinating sporting figures who had defeated their own. Not quite the same, but there is the tragic case of Andrés Escobar after the 1994 FIF...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020
Replies: 13
Views: 983

Re: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020

My overriding memory is of him as a draw specialist. Most of our games ended as such somewhere between move 20 and 30.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Andrew W Hill 1939-2020
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: Andrew W Hill 1939-2020

This is sad news. Unlike the other contributors, I didn't know Andrew as a player, but rather as a captain. We were opposing captains in the Fleming Trophy matches (Beds v Bucks) when they started up again in 2012 at Andrew's initiative. He was extremely well organised, usually starting the arrange...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Andrew W Hill 1939-2020
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: Andrew W Hill 1939-2020

Sad to hear this. We crossed paths both home and away in the Buckinghamshire League in 1998-99. Unfortunately the matches were rather one-sided (Wycombe scored a total of half a game point across both matches if my score book from the time is accurate). In the first game, having castled on opposite ...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Changing political landscape
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: Changing political landscape

Far too many Nobel Peace Prize winners have a chequered past. I always find it quite ironic (if that's the correct use of the word!?) that someone who won the prize for their efforts towards Middle East peace also ordered the deadliest terrorist attack in Jerusalem in the twentieth century. Someone ...
by Richard Thursby
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spot the Mistake !
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Re: Spot the Mistake !

There doesn't seem to be any way to report this error to Amazon unless you have an account on the US site.

I feel I should be able to do a lot better than only recognise the first of the three actors in the fourth image.
by Richard Thursby
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Highly original and previously unthought of joke.
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: Highly original and previously unthought of joke.

The daftest newspaper on the internet Clearly not correct; that accolade belongs to one or more of the British tabloid media outlets. I don't know for certain (and somebody in the know please correct me), but if someone offered "Cheque, mate." as a method of payment at Chess & Bridge: The London Ch...
by Richard Thursby
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 278
Views: 12164

Re: Pedants United

'Thank you for practicing social distancing'. Practising please! S for the verb, c for the noun, as in to license/a licence. So the DVLA is a licensing authority. You can't hear the difference with those examples, but to advise/some advice is a good aide memoire. Possibly the creator of the signs u...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Violence on the chessboard
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Violence on the chessboard

[With apologies for being cryptic] I believe my club president (who may have co-authored a book mentioned earlier in the thread, where this story is possibly told) has a story of how his late predecessor as club president was involved in an altercation with his opponent during a Thames Valley League...
by Richard Thursby
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Kevin Hawkins
Replies: 11
Views: 1837

Re: Kevin Hawkins

Sad to hear of his passing. We played once in the Buckinghamshire League many years ago, agreeing a draw in a position where neither of us had much time left.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Minimum Grades
Replies: 95
Views: 15885

Re: Minimum Grades

The two entries for David Shapland are duplicates, I believe. I played against him when he played for Albany and then spoke with him briefly (not while either of us had games in progress) at a County Championship Finals Day when he was playing for Yorkshire. A few years ago there was a story of some...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

My school chess captain (170+ strength at peak) is now a vicar, but has not had a published grade for nearly twenty years and I don't think plays any more.
by Richard Thursby
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Blackpool and Fylde League
Replies: 6
Views: 1432

Re: Blackpool and Fylde League

Or rather, it was. Its TLS certificate expired three years ago. That link now has a permanent redirect to the league's page on ECF LMS https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/14087/home