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by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: In a hot air balloon who would you rather be left with?
Replies: 15
Views: 1329

Re: In a hot air balloon who would you rather be left with?

"I voted for Malcolm Tucker. I don't know who he is but I didn't like the other options." Malcolm Tucker (played by Peter Capaldi) was a fictitious character in "The Thick of It", probably based on Alastair Campbell (I assume not the one above!). Tucker was a sort of mild-mannered version of Dominic...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A fragment from Chester 1934
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

"Sad to say, in the first round of the World Cheese Championship, Miss Reid (Leicester) fell victim to a sacrificial attack by MN Tal." Those of us living near Cheddar enjoyed that... "In passing, can I point out that Leicester had a player with the name, 'A. E. Passant'. I hope he gave his child th...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 51
Views: 2123

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

"You have to make it as difficult as you can for people to cheat in the first place." Yes - I'm sure you're right. If cheating is identified later, it's far easier to turn a blind eye as well, e.g. the Olympics where the home nation won a hatful of medals on the final day, and got many failed drug t...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Frank Winter : can you help?
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Frank Winter : can you help?

"Did he run the big Easter Congresses at the Hammersmith Town Hall as well?" That was the fore-runner of the Surrey events (although the latter started as summer weekenders I think, maybe in New Malden). I think he probably did run the Hammersmith ones. Not FW, but a colleague of his at Hammersmith....
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 250k posts
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: 250k posts

"Hopefully Roger will do post 250,000"

He's probably hoping to do that on his own!
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3935
Views: 430106

Re: Media comments on chess

"I think it's the Botez sisters."

Yes - and they appear on Eric Rosen's channel as well. (Actually there's a clue in the BBC thing as the name "Botez" appears on the screen quite early.)

They're spreading the word so good for them.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Frank Winter : can you help?
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Frank Winter : can you help?

I do recall a couple of incidents from Surrey tournaments he controlled in the early 70s probably. The time limit was 48 moves in 2 hours, followed by adjudication. Not everyone was happy with that, and after a long rambling opening speech, he told the eager participants (who were sitting waiting to...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Frank Winter : can you help?
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Frank Winter : can you help?

"Thanks Nick. Yes, Mike Gunn suggested to contact Martin Cath also. Do you have an email address?"

I doubt he has one...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3935
Views: 430106

Re: Media comments on chess

"Probably MacLeod"

Yes - I think one of the subtitles was wrong and I believed it...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3935
Views: 430106

Re: Media comments on chess

Secret Scotland, presented by Susan Calman was in Lewis/Harris recently (Channel 5). She met Margaret McLeod (Weaver), Ken McLeod of McLeod and McLeod (black pudding shop), Jane McLeod (step dancer), but someone not called McLeod at Stornoway Museum to look at Lewis chess pieces "on loan from the Br...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1311
Views: 68037

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

"I find Liechtenstein's anthem is strangely stirring"

I remember the stadium announcer before an England vs Liechenstein game explaining to the crowd what was happening. As the visiting supporters were outnumbered, I don't think they heard theirs!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 51
Views: 2123

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

"I'm not sure that there is a lot of point in your posting your questions on here. ECF Directors and Officers are unlikely to respond." I was going to suggest asking ECF first, to give them a chance to answer, but if you don't get an answer, (or you don't like the answer) then post here. "The Fair P...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Skilling Open
Replies: 30
Views: 1737

Re: Skilling Open

Some of those mugs are a bit scary. Imagine leaving one by your bed and waking in the middle of the night and seeing the mug illuminated by the moon.

Not too impressed by "Magnus Carslen Chess Tour Finals Mug" either!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 233
Views: 7669

Re: Pedants United

Lingerie - I assumed was langeree, where the "g" is sort of "zh"...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Wishes Peter Lee (21-xi-1943)
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: Birthday Wishes Peter Lee (21-xi-1943)

Interesting - nice to see everyone wearing coats in the Hastings video.

There are many "Hamilton-Russell" Cups of course.