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by Stewart Reuben
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3078
Views: 335757

Re: Media comments on chess

Justin >Not quite sure what point you're trying to make here<

Not really a point, just collecting media inputs about chess.
But, if you want one, publicity about females playing chess can be very valuable for promoting our sport.
by Stewart Reuben
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 24
Views: 973

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

Richard. I seem to have mixed two different threads which, from time to time, refer to the same problem.
by Stewart Reuben
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Website
Replies: 25
Views: 1675

Re: FIDE Website

There is also the matter of the English.
e.g. FIDE have said that they are waiving FIDE entry fees for veterans. For many years the term 'veteran' has not been used internationally. 'Senior' means 50+. Of course that is an area that interests me.
by Stewart Reuben
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 24
Views: 973

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

Nick Faulks>I'm sure nobody really cares about Spain refusing to play against Gibraltar,< Gibraltarians play as ENG, as do IOM. People would have to be very knowledgeable to know they were playing against somebody from Gib. Stephen Whatley? Is he not a student in England? Many Spanish players compet...
by Stewart Reuben
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Website
Replies: 25
Views: 1675

Re: FIDE Website

If "all eight players were known", how could they choose a wildcard given the size of the tournament is eight players?

Possibly the wildcard is a reserve in case somebody drops out.
by Stewart Reuben
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess train
Replies: 11
Views: 1424

Re: Chess train

The only British Rail Chess Championship took place in 1985, London to Edinbrough. Thus Stuart Conquest still holds the title.
by Stewart Reuben
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3078
Views: 335757

Re: Media comments on chess

A very attractive photo in Thursday's Daily Telegraph on page 14.
It shows two girls playing in the ECF Junior Female Championships in Blenheim Palace.
by Stewart Reuben
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2509

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Children often get cash prizes at chess congresses. So I ask them what they are going to do with the money. 'Oh, it will go into my savings account'. 'Who pays the entry fees?' They then start giggling. Silly little cash prizes do nothing. They don't encourage extra entries and nobody feels satisfie...
by Stewart Reuben
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 38
Views: 2586

Re: End of an era

Richard.
You are correct, it was the Express on Sunday in which Luke had his chess column. Probably aged 15. The old YearBooks definitely have their uses.
by Stewart Reuben
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 38
Views: 2586

Re: End of an era

Luke McShane first had a weekly chess column at a very, very young age. Indeed he may well have been thr youngest-ever regular columnist. It was in, I think, the Sunday Mail. Once at Hastings, the sub-editor rang urgently to make contact with Luke for him to give the blessing for the column. She sai...
by Stewart Reuben
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2509

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

At Eastbourn one year, Barry Wood awarded a bunny prize to somebody of mature years. Best swindle prizes have also been popular. But some work had to be done to decide the recipient. One of the value of prizes is that it validates your achievement. Talking to non-chesspayling friends. 'I won first p...
by Stewart Reuben
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2509

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Alison You might have liked the Evening Standard London Chess Congress. There cash high prizes were offered plus a huge number of donated prizes by companies. The first year, 1972, there was no way we could distribute them all in time at the prizegiving. Players were sent packets of 4 chess books th...
by Stewart Reuben
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4614

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

Calling the event a Grand Prix brings the ECF into disrepute.
by Stewart Reuben
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4614

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

When you have a choice of motives, between cock-up and conspiracy; history tells us that it is usually the former.
by Stewart Reuben
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2509

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Another matter. For non professional, non aspiring players, instead of having prize money, offer trophies. I only thought of that for the British Championships after I ceased to be in charge. It makes most sense for ECF events as 20% of the entry fees go to the government in VAT. The European Senior...