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by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Does this include wins on default?
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: English Events in MegaBase ?
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: English Events in MegaBase ?

"I was thinking that CB trawled for them."

And accidentally change "annotator" from whomever it was to "Chessbase".
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 599
Views: 70108

Re: Cheating in chess

"One being present at the board for most of the game or at least in view and the other not producing moves allegedly far above the rating. The latter is subjective though and losing titled players have been known to make accusations. " Yes - I have to walk around a bit (or at least stand) as I have ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1652

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

"It was not a typo"

Ah, I didn't expect one from you - I can usually trust your precision and accuracy. I've only just got the pop song, and will now go and look up who sang it!

Now done - can't mention him...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35412

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Opening names are a problem, and frequently weird. After many years of being an authority on chemical names, I quite enjoy Caissic nomenclature. I recall a book on the Benoni, which said in the foreword that it meant "Son of Sorrow", unlike "Benjamin" which means "Son of Joy"(?) John Saunders did a ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1652

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

"So stereotypical English arbiters need not jump up and down waiving the Laws and its preface in the air." I know it's a typo, but I think you mean "waving"! Arbiters should definitely not "waive" the laws... I regard the start of the round as the start of the game. After I have delivered a preferab...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1276

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

"Going back pre-Hearn, snooker's nadir is considered to be 2005/06"

Yes, anything involving Hearn needs its own scale of nadirness!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35412

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

There are dubious connotations involving bishops as well.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: Rook Odds Rules.

"'Atwood apparatus'"

It bothers me that all those times I used a funicular railway, I never knew a chessplayer had been so influential in its creation.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35412

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

"I have deleted Charlie's latest post on the grounds that it was, if not necessarily libellous, arguably close to being so, and I'd rather not get the forum involved in such an action." The latter point is a good one. May I propose that this always applies? I would ask Charlie to carry on posting - ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Machines Like Me And People Like You by Ian McEwan
Replies: 0
Views: 162

Machines Like Me And People Like You by Ian McEwan

Usually known as "Machines Like Me". The book describes an alternative history where UK loses the Falklands War in 1982, but AI and computer technology are incredibly advanced. There are other changes, like Tony Benn being leader of the opposition. The narrator is Charlie, who has been lucky to avoi...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35412

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

"Clearly the over 65 Championship and perhaps the over 50 Championship should be increased to nine rounds."

That would be better than a blitz play-off...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35412

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

"It sucks the way the military treats its personnel - we are not even at war, they literally just move people around at random to dick them about and make sure they know they are being controlled ! No wonder it is getting harder and harder to recruit people these days, most of the guys I know in the...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 135
Views: 11077

Re: Arbitration question

"The alternative is that the arbiters sit at their desk with their eyes closed."

That has been known...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 135
Views: 11077

Re: Arbitration question

"In this case I observed that both kings were in check by it being drawn to my attention by the players, who informed me that the kings had both been in check for some time. What should I have done? If “observes” is to be interpreted as “has knowledge that”, then I should declare the game drawn. If ...