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by John Upham
Fri Feb 23, 2024 1:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 478
Views: 46717

Re: Pedants United

Paul Habershon wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2023 12:45 pm
Browsing the news stand at WH Smith today. Daily Star front page main headline: Is there mice on Mars?
I suspect that this was a typographical error. Surely, the intended headline was:

Is there mince on Mars?

or perhaps

Is there mince in Mars?
by John Upham
Fri Feb 23, 2024 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock Bangers
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: Clock Bangers

I introduce many children into using DGT 2010s and am very careful to get them using the timers with respect. Most of the timer abusers are new to using them and see the timer as their opponent rather than their actual opponent. I give them the choice of pressing it gently or forfeiting the game and...
by John Upham
Thu Feb 22, 2024 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Opponents who "helpfully" write their name on your scoresheet
Replies: 32
Views: 1878

Re: Opponents who "helpfully" write their name on your scoresheet

I know!!!!! Tell me about it!!!!! For some reason this reminds of when, in the 1980s I used to send email messages appended with the same number of control-h characters as the number of characters in the message itself. I was inspired by the staring sequence of Mission Impossible. I'll let you work...
by John Upham
Thu Feb 22, 2024 10:33 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942

and as everyone knows, the Prime Minister was Stanley Baldwin.

From the times when the UK used to have great statesmen.
by John Upham
Wed Feb 21, 2024 11:47 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Supratit Banerjee
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Supratit Banerjee

Before everyone gets too excited we have news of another eight year old doing quite well:

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/8-old- ... 06286.html
by John Upham
Tue Feb 20, 2024 4:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2024 4:11 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Tunnel
Agreement to build it was made in 1964, so it probably amused the writers to put that line (no pun intended) in the script.

Yes, this was also my conclusion Kevin.
by John Upham
Tue Feb 20, 2024 3:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942

During the "Battle of Godfrey's Cottage" episode of Dad's Army, Captain Mainwaring advises Mrs. Pike to sell her "Channel Tunnel shares". I can find no evidence that channel tunnel shares were available for sale at that time or even prior to November 1987. However, I expect I am completely wrong. An...
by John Upham
Mon Feb 19, 2024 5:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: School Chess Club Risk Assessment
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: School Chess Club Risk Assessment

Try asking for terms of reference. When you have received them, you may find they answer some of your questions. I have done so already to no avail. I have to comply for Friday this week in order to hand the RA to Ofsted. I assume I will be marked as Inadequate, Requires Improvement, Good or Outsta...
by John Upham
Mon Feb 19, 2024 4:52 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: School Chess Club Risk Assessment
Replies: 4
Views: 219

School Chess Club Risk Assessment

One of my state schools has requested a risk assessment for a lunchtime school chess club without providing a form to complete. Has anyone else made something up off the top of their head as I appear to be expected to do so? I once almost twisted my ankle treading on a bishop and pairing board has f...
by John Upham
Mon Feb 19, 2024 3:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Supratit Banerjee
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Supratit Banerjee

Possibly the grant for the ECF from the DCMS recently secured by the good offices of Malcolm and Dominic might tend to suggest that the English NGB would be in a better position to provide funds to support elite coaching, travel bursaries, "conditions" and other levers. We might not be aware that th...
by John Upham
Mon Feb 19, 2024 11:58 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Hampshire EJCOA National Junior Championships Qualifier 2024
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Re: Hampshire EJCOA National Junior Championships Qualifier 2024

We now have 70 entries with spaces for more.

Please promote this event amongst your juniors

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hampshir ... 5041790127
by John Upham
Mon Feb 19, 2024 11:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 1294
Views: 119414

Re: Chess history trivia

MJMcCready wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2024 7:08 am
In which university was the final of the national county championships held?
Any particular year or has the venue been the same for each year?
by John Upham
Sun Feb 18, 2024 4:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?
Replies: 30
Views: 1380

Re: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?

Derek Sinclair wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2024 4:12 pm
Knight
Is this regardless of the position and / or pawn structure?
by John Upham
Sun Feb 18, 2024 4:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Supratit Banerjee
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Supratit Banerjee

As an ECF member I'm not feeling particularly proud of this transfer. Are you suggesting the ECF encouraged or facilitated the transfer in some way (beyond refusing to accept it, as I assume a federation would have the right to do for an undesirable player)? So what, either way? According to the FI...
by John Upham
Sun Feb 18, 2024 3:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?
Replies: 30
Views: 1380

Re: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?

Derek Sinclair wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2024 2:04 pm
I know it depends on the position but what piece do you prefer. :D
I suspect asking several actresses (if we are allowed to use that term) will provide the responses you seek.