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by David Gilbert
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 25th 4ncl Congress!
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: 25th 4ncl Congress!

Woo Hoo again!
by David Gilbert
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1706
Views: 97530

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Just received from the 4NCL: I’m very pleased to say that we’ve booked 4-star conference centre hotel Woodland Grange in Leamington Spa for our 25th 4NCL Congress on 9-11 July 2021. This will be our first OTB 4NCL congress since the start of 2020 if restrictions are indeed lifted on 21 June as we a...
by David Gilbert
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: The ACO is back!

We must be doing something right? At least the Money Markets seem to think so. The pound’s been on the rampage against the euro (and the dollar) over the past few weeks, and tourist bookings have surged over the last couple of days. When I first posted here on 22 December 2020 a pound would buy just...
by David Gilbert
Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remarkable chess career of GPS Coy
Replies: 6
Views: 1203

Re: Remarkable chess career of GPS Coy

I posted earlier on the the topic of D.G.Mackay. I noticed on the old winners band for the George Barstow Cup the name of GPS Coy. Kevin had missed a year! Remarkably he was also Civil Service Champion in 1970. So over a period spanning 34 years he won that championship four times. Phenomenal!
by David Gilbert
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: DG Mackay
Replies: 30
Views: 1662

Re: DG Mackay

In confirmation of Kevin's post earlier. The Barstow Cup is awarded to the Civil Service Champion. Sir George Barstow was a Senior Civil Servant at the Treasury when Winston Churchill was Chancellor. The winners band on the Cup was full and we had to replace it last year. Here's the old band with D....
by David Gilbert
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: DG Mackay
Replies: 30
Views: 1662

Re: DG Mackay

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by David Gilbert
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: The ACO is back!

Looking for things to take my mind off the cricket. If this was chess we’d resign! So checking this morning’s updated list of ACO registrations there are now 203 names for the three dates and these no doubt reflect the degree of confidence for 2021 as the year goes on. 11-20 May 2021 (Crete) World A...
by David Gilbert
Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: The ACO is back!

Hi David What are views about flights hold back or not for the time being It’s really for individuals to make their own decisions. You don’t have to pay for your accommodation until your arrival at the hotel (and you can cancel without penalty up to three days before that) and the ACO will refund y...
by David Gilbert
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: The ACO is back!

Having been locked out of over-the-board chess for nearly a year, there appears to be an increasing confidence in the ACO’s October Seniors in Crete. By this morning the number of registrations had grown to 104 with now thirteen English names on the list https://amateurchess.com/participants-2021/. ...
by David Gilbert
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Patrick Ribbands
Replies: 10
Views: 1466

Re: Patrick Ribbands

Golly! How dreadful. Those who knew him will remember a long beard and a dry sense of humour. He'll be missed not just in Cambridgeshire but on the congress circuit too. He joins the sad ranks of our losses over the last year. We didn't even get the chance to say goodbye.
by David Gilbert
Fri Feb 05, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: The ACO is back!

Hi David Looks just what i need after a year of no OTB Have just entered and hoping for the best by October Good to have you on-board John. You’ll be one of the top seeds in Group E, so great things will be expected. No pressure then! We should have a good crew, currently numbering ten of the 91 re...
by David Gilbert
Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior Tournaments in 2021
Replies: 28
Views: 2540

Re: Senior Tournaments in 2021

It may be that enough British players will have been vaccinated by May for the earlier event to get sufficient entries in May I'm very confused by all of this. Are you thinking that players who are not vaccinated will not be allowed into Greece? It’s a plan Nick. At the moment (and until Tuesday mo...
by David Gilbert
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior Tournaments in 2021
Replies: 28
Views: 2540

Re: Senior Tournaments in 2021

I updated my Seniors news and calendar pages at www.chessmail.com today. The Bad Woerishofen organisers were to have made an announcement on Monday about whether their festival in early March (which includes a Senior tournament) can go ahead next month but they have now postponed this to 10 Februar...
by David Gilbert
Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: The ACO is back!

The updated entry list was published yesterday https://amateurchess.com/participants-2021/ . Registrations have only been open for a fortnight and already there are 145 entries across the three dates. Most popular by far is the Seniors at the wonderful Fordele Hotel Resort in October with 79 names, ...
by David Gilbert
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: The ACO is back!

Details of the ACO competitions in Crete and Rhodes are now available https://amateurchess.com I can recommend the Fodele Beach Resort in Crete. A brilliant place for a chess holiday. Leave your ham sandwiches at home, but don't forget your speedos and plenty of sunscreen.