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by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2761

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Great results! Well done all.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1313

Re: One Hundred years celebration

"However the fact remains that an up and coming young player in Surrey, Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire (to pick just three examples out of that hat) is likely to have the chance to play for his county in a prestige event. If he's `unfortunate` enough to live in Buckinghamshire or Greater Manchester he...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2814
Views: 300722

Re: Media comments on chess

"There were probably no accompanying people in most later years (my impression from 1957-58 when I played in the Premier is that Keres came alone, and the same goes for Averbakh in 1960-61 and Botvinnik/Flohr in 1961-62) but there was definitely one in 1965-66. " I got the impression later that ther...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 18
Views: 936

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

""Chessplayers were generally men of intellect, but inordinate drink turned them into beasts. "

I think I enjoyed that even more than the reference to "so forgotten his dignity as to dance on the pavement".

Still, who can honestly say...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2761

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

"One further point: people talking about (the input of) games being 'neglected' did make me guffaw. This could only come from those who have never themselves contributed towards the Sisyphean task of getting historical games input and maybe haven't stopped to think about how much work is involved fo...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

"There are those who say that female chess players would benefit from such an approach. They are of course almost exclusively men." We could listen to the female players of course, rather than patronize them by saying we will give you a special place in the team to allow you to play. But it's the el...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

"Having been through this before they immediately issued all the chess players with ear plugs:" Last year they were aware there were sound checks for a concert later on, so they issued the earplugs before the start of the round. I thought the organization was very good. Thanks to Chris for the illum...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 60
Views: 3149

Re: April Council meeting 2019

"Incidentally, Azmaiparashvili turned up one day at a tournament I played in in February and made the ceremonial first move on board 1. His dress code was jeans and tee-shirt, or something similar."

Not good enough for an official.

Did he then retract the move and play something else?
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...
Replies: 5
Views: 666

Re: You Think English Juniors are Underrated ...

Wow! I think you can be quite proud of the draw...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

"When I thought of reasons people would have for being against this rule change proposal, I confess "How do we know what a female is?" wasn't one I saw coming." I only mentioned it as it was clear that the idea of allowing ineligible players in certain circumstances was already dead in the water. I ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: I've got a little list
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: I've got a little list

Wow - that's good. I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering if anyone here reads all of them.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

"The original is now kept in the basement at the National Museum and is not on public display but she didn't know why." That's odd. The set I saw in the museum was (I think) behind a screen so you couldn't touch it, let alone steal it. I like the padded bits on the table, so your elbows don't get so...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5563

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

"All of that said, Kevin is from the South, and not all that far from London - so it's not clear to me how he hasn't noticed the trend forming around him." I tend not to play English tournaments, maybe one a year, although I look at the results. The usual tournaments where I am arbiter are not FIDE-...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5563

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

"Every FIDE-rated event in England with FIDE-rated lower sections and their entrants seem to cope with this major crisis befalling them." FIDE-rated events are a very small minority of English tournament chess. I doubt anyone would expect sympathy - but I do have sympathy for the hard working people...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 72
Views: 3841

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

"Based on those replies, we had more than sufficient for one team (meaning that some people would be disappointed through being omitted) but not quite enough for two. " That is a very common problem - I've known near unanimous approval for entering a new competition, and near unanimous volunteering ...