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by Richard Thursby
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Kevin Hawkins
Replies: 10
Views: 1173

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: 14833

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: 932

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: 3
Views: 641

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
by Richard Thursby
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 1493

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

World Champion Openings (1998 edition) by Eric Schiller. It has a large number of diagram misprints but was my introduction to the notable final game of the fourth Karpov-Kasparov world championship match. The section on openings in The Mammoth Book Of Chess by Graham Burgess. I won it in a tournam...
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check
Replies: 47
Views: 3050

Re: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check

David Sedgwick wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:42 pm
If I say that a Queen is attacking two pawns, does that [mean] that it could be attacking three pawns?
Correct. It is like the following: Some months have 30 days, some have 31 days. How many have 28 days?
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check
Replies: 47
Views: 3050

Re: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check

Of course, if a king is attacked by three of the opponent's pieces then it is definitely attacked by "one or two" of them (as in, there exist one or two opponent's pieces attacking it).
by Richard Thursby
Thu May 28, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is chessmastery.co.uk?
Replies: 13
Views: 900

Re: Who is chessmastery.co.uk?

Definitely a site to avoid using while it has a TLS certificate error.
by Richard Thursby
Fri May 15, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1918

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

I'm not saying it would, merely that, given that Mr Ivanov's wife, daughters and sisters will have the surname Ivanova, the two names should be considered together when calculating strength.
by Richard Thursby
Fri May 15, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1918

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 5:06 pm
Among current players Ivanov is the strongest surname I've found so far
Does that change if you take into account that a significant proportion of the population can't have that surname and extend it to include Ivanova?
by Richard Thursby
Thu May 14, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1918

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

It says a lot that it's on at 11:20pm on BBC2 on a Friday; hardly prime time viewing. It might have appeal to the Newsnight crowd. Personally I'd go for Bobby Fischer Against the World but I generally prefer documentaries over dramas (with some exceptions).
by Richard Thursby
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen vs three pieces
Replies: 29
Views: 2225

Re: Queen vs three pieces

Several examples here including an example by Nigel Short.
by Richard Thursby
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Prometheus - a new game
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: Prometheus - a new game

Helpfully for chess players the board is the same orientation. At close to £300, it might be cheaper to emulate the Beirut captives and make the pieces out of foil cheese wrappers instead (subject to being able to buy enough). However, based on the campaign query string parameters that Kevin left in...
by Richard Thursby
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 2851

Re: Announcing mate

Michael Farthing wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:53 pm
Was it a reputable or disreputable British Chess Champion?
That depends on your view of Andrew Jonathan Mestel.
by Richard Thursby
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 2851

Re: Announcing mate

In a quarter of a century of playing competitive chess, I have never come across this. I suspect it would be classed as a distraction in terms of penalty. As there is nothing in the rules about it, the question about being forced to play that line is null and void, or becomes a question of social et...