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by Stewart Reuben
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 19
Views: 1327

Re: Tony Buzan

Ian > a chess tournament with 30 of us simultaneously taking on a grandmaster who was blindfolded throughout. The master won every game.", There could be another meaning to that. The 30 players might have been playing one consultation game, several times. Surely most people think of the Najdorf 46 g...
by Stewart Reuben
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 19
Views: 1327

Tony Buzan

ANTHONY PETER BUZAN 2.6.1942 to 13.4.2019. This came as a real shock. He always seemed so full of life. Tony was probably best-known for 'mind mapping'. From the chess world's viewpoint perhaps best known for being one of the founders of the Mind Sports Olympiad, along with Ray Keene and David Levy,...
by Stewart Reuben
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2649

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Going to monthly grading is all about supporting the 'ordinary' player. I think it will lead to about 10-15% increase in competitive chess in a few years. Bridgeoverseas are also doing the ECF international senior activity. The grassroots players need their heroes. These are strong players, be they ...
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2666

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

I write my report on the European Senior Chess Championship on the ECF website. But it does not appear until the following morning.
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 2649

Re: April Council meeting 2019

We propose that the contribution to International Chess from the ECF’s own funds is capped at£30,000 per annum for 2019/20 through to 2021/2022 (for three years) after which it should be subject to review. It is grossly improper to tie the hands of the ECF AFTER 2019-2020. This part of that proposal...
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 4967

Re: How many casual players?

You would also need a carrot to encourage people to respond. Otherwise most of the responses would be from such as Paul Morphy.
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 4967

Re: How many casual players?

Angus > I've long thought the ECF should survey players (whether graded or not, members or not) < That would be a clever trick. To contact non-members, who are do not play organised OTB competitive chess. Some of those playing online, might respond to a message - if the sites cooperated. Those playi...
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Re: Chess in Newspapers

I suppose it is the gambler and scientist in me.
There is a percentage probability for any outcome.
by Stewart Reuben
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Re: Chess in Newspapers

IF it is genuine that the Daily Mail is considering started a chess column, we should all write in encouraging the initiative. Individually with different comments. But keep it short.
What is the email address for the Daily Mail?
by Stewart Reuben
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 4967

Re: How many casual players?

People should go forth and mulitply. The ECF might be willing to contribute to the cost. Think of the advantage for the local club. Downside, ensuring the sets are put away in the evening. I was in Hyde Park - in Sydney and observed how they did that by waiting around. A lorry came by and the sets w...
by Stewart Reuben
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 4967

Re: How many casual players?

allan How about encouraging councils here to instal chess tables in local parks? There is nothing to stop you, or anybody else, doing so. Of course our weather is not ideal and the game is not that popular in Britain. The last time I tried was local to me. An idyllic setting . The response was that ...
by Stewart Reuben
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2797
Views: 299927

Re: Media comments on chess

You are right. My offices in both were similar. Luke was not!
by Stewart Reuben
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2797
Views: 299927

Re: Media comments on chess

I was in Torquay the British Championshkhips in my office. I was talking to a journalist about pattern recognition and in walked 7 year old Luke McShane. i had a board and set and asked Luke to turn around. I then set up the basic smothred mate starting with Nf7+ and ending with Nf7#. I then asked L...
by Stewart Reuben
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2797
Views: 299927

Re: Media comments on chess

Ad in the Dily Telegraph - and possibly elsewhere - Opening gambit The community feel of Inspired Villages developmen can really be experienced in the clubhuse. The photo above features a man and a woman, both of mature year, playing chess. They bothhave a hand poised above the board, ready to move....
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 38
Views: 1788

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Francis. >underpromotion rule which said you could not underpromote if the resulting position was then zugzwang., That canot be correct. I doubt zugswang was known in the 14th century, With the modern laws, it is difficult to work out a position that would result in zugswang - if a promotion took pl...