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by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Isle of Man International 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 588

Re: Isle of Man International 2019

"subject to a maximum of 35 players"

Interesting.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grade File Checker
Replies: 14
Views: 793

Re: Grade File Checker

"There is most likely something wrong with your Windows 10 installation."

That's almost certain - every time, I get a Windows update I know there will be another one, two or maybe three updates to correct all the things they have fouled up!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 45
Views: 4059

Re: New National Blitz event

I think whatever you are doing, you should try to encourage people to play.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 16
Views: 739

Re: The word rook and Persia

"Perhaps the more erudite members of the forum will know where the OED got all that from? I thought that the current shape of the piece came from a representation of a military howdah; I don't know where I got that idea from - maybe because I grew up near to the Elephant and Castle in South London."...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 18
Views: 1635

Re: Quit Stallin'

"Yes, but stallholders may be the ones hiring out the equipment as well, making money from that."

I have known stallholders lend the equipment free (or at very much reduced rates) in return for being allowed to run a bookstall.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2880
Views: 309041

Re: Media comments on chess

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... -book.html

Warning - you have to fight your way though considerable drivel, before finding, er, more drivel about Karpov - Korchnoi.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 67
Views: 3760

Re: Candidates 2019

"I know that my grumbling about Round Robins is becoming akin to Roger's grumbling about the membership system, but the Women's Candidates is a good example of why Round Robins - particularly of this length - can be a very poor format." But at least you know with round robins, you almost certainly g...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Champions' Names
Replies: 222
Views: 27005

Re: Champions' Names

"Richard Pert "is" Richard Giscard Pert but the Giscard was removed by Deed Poll according to Nick."

You don't need to use Deed Poll for forenames, so was the Giscard part of the surname?
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 71
Views: 3568

Re: Old Chestnut

"My employer says that if I'm going to drive more than 200 miles in a day I shouldn't do more than a total of 10 hours work + driving time." My employer wanted me to drive from Surrey to Stansted for a 6am flight to Berlin, have the meeting, fly back to arrive at Stansted at midnight, then drive bac...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1177

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

"In the interest of full disclosure, I strongly prefer Pepsi Max to Coca Cola. I hope that at future FIDE Congresses, I will not be prevented from drinking my preferred beverage due to the co-operation agreement. "

You will probably be escorted from the building...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4570

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

"If there were more 2200 to 2300 then there would me more entry fee funds to help with Gm costs and more willing to play when they see more gms in the field." Yes, it's ironic that last year lower-rated qualifiers were excluded from rating prizes, thus ensuring that at least some of them would show ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 18
Views: 1635

Re: Quit Stallin'

Having spoken to a couple of book stall organizers, they get a bit fed up with travelling a long way and setting up an impressive display, only to find people browse, but don't actually buy anything until maybe half an hour from the end. Or maybe they don't buy anything. Nowadays, you can use the in...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

"The BBC Master Game was entertaining, too, probably they had a rule that if a game was drawn it had to be replayed, because I don't remember many draws? In a tournament between equally matched players try 1 point for a win and nothing for a draw or a loss?" I'm not sure they had that rule, but some...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1177

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

"The benefits don't seem to include free Diet Coke for International Arbiters, not even those in Category A. "

Even FIDE doesn't have that much money...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

"In cricket, batsmen are hitting boundaries with too much ease," Because the authorities made life more difficult for bowlers, calling "wide" if it missed the leg stump by a nanometre, and making the pitches less likely to help bowlers. Tennis could be improved by changing the weight of the ball, so...