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by Neil Graham
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Chess and Bees
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: Chess and Bees

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:42 pm
"Who did Virgil Tracy commemorate ?"

Gus Grissom?
That's correct. All the Tracy brothers (Scott, Virgil, John,
Gordon and Alan) were named after U.S. astronauts.
by Neil Graham
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21
Replies: 16
Views: 650

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21

Week 4 First and foremost, congratulations to Aston Villa Jürgen Klopp. Ah Week 4 - best forgotten. Time to unusually early use my wild card - but let's get rid of Son (shown as injured), bring in Liverpool defenders and so on. Result - my Week Three team would have scored 52; my new team a miserab...
by Neil Graham
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1122
Views: 54973

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Regrettably, the local area being placed in "Tier 2" virus measures has meant Barrow Chess Club will close again for the time being. Sorry to hear that Matt guess we are Lucky in coulsdon still low infection rates . Just hoping they dont do the circuit breaker lockdown at half term as we are planni...
by Neil Graham
Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Postponement - official
Replies: 29
Views: 3391

Re: Postponement - official

I understand that option 1 as described in Mike's missive above (ie resumption in Nov/Dec of a new 20/21 season) won't take place. Option 2 (resumption of 19/20 season in late Spring 2021) is now the only alternative on the table. As discussed elsewhere on this thread prospects for this don't seem o...
by Neil Graham
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Congresses
Replies: 9
Views: 812

Re: 4NCL On-Line Congresses

Possibly because there are more alternative online events starting up. I've stopped playing online (although not because of my age!) so can't really assess whether this is true. However the 4NCL Online congresses do charge an entry fee so if there are comparable tournaments that players can enter f...
by Neil Graham
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 215
Views: 5383

Re: Pedants United

Perhaps this thread ought to be called Pedants Revolt rather than Pedants United. Or Pedants Revolting or even Revolting Pedants! Which reminds me of the joke about the leader of the Pedants Revolt who should have been called Which Tyler not Wat Tyler. This reminds me of the episode of Dr.Who where...
by Neil Graham
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Congresses
Replies: 9
Views: 812

4NCL On-Line Congresses

After three 4NCL On-Line Congresses and a 4th planned, it might be worthwhile looking at trends so far. Numbers have consistently fallen away as follows: Totals : 1st 172 2nd 149 3rd 107 with a matching fall in each category Open 59 ; 43; 22 Under 2000 41; 42; 31 Under 1700 72; 64; 54 With no OTB ch...
by Neil Graham
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1515
Views: 138828

Re: Cheating in chess

I am not particularly interested in what grandmasters think of each other. I am, however, interested in domestic chess on-line matters. As I understand it there were substantial problems with the Delancey UKCC junior tournament where juniors were disqualified, yet admissions were few and far between...
by Neil Graham
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 215
Views: 5383

Re: Pedants United

I really like meeting up with other pedants on this thread.
by Neil Graham
Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3824
Views: 417417

Re: Media comments on chess

65 photographs of Hampshire chess . There are some well known faces amongst them, but most are unknown to me. Some photographs are from the 1996 Hampshire Championship congress and some of the pictures of children are probably of King Edward VI School, Southampton players from the same period. Inte...
by Neil Graham
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21
Replies: 16
Views: 650

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21

Week 3 Even at 5-2, Leicester were in the 18-yard box. I am not going to give up, I am going to try to find solutions.” Pep Guardiola Last week's comments were rather curtailed as my grandchildren were stopping the weekend. I'm confident they could have put together a better squad than I have. As s...
by Neil Graham
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21
Replies: 16
Views: 650

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21

Week 2 Sorry folks - a really, really brief report. If you picked Son and Kane - result joy! If you picked Fernandes and sundry others - result misery! Consequently Barry Redburn (118). Paul Talbot (111) ad Mark Page (108) with 100+ points - mostly courtesy of the Tottenham two; Dave Ledger on 23 p...
by Neil Graham
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 215
Views: 5383

Re: Pedants United

Ann Haydon and Angela Mortimer were both Wimbledon singles winners in the 1960s.
by Neil Graham
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1122
Views: 54973

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Why does parts of North Wales come under the jurisdiction of the ECF for Chess purposes? I've always wondered. You can read about this in a book by the late Richard Furness arriving on Amazon this week:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cheshire-hundred-1888-1988-centenary-Association/dp/B0007BK0NE I recal...
by Neil Graham
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 22
Views: 793

Re: Music from the 80s

As there is very little chess to talk about I see we have started rambling on about other matters. Amongst my 80s CDs is the recommended It's better to travel by Swingout Sister. Which conveniently brings me on to another matter. Not too long ago I went to a performance by Jasper Carrott " Stand up ...