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by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Don't Understand Grading Calculation
Replies: 18
Views: 792

Re: Don't Understand Grading Calculation

"Then you have to know whether the 200 is the kind who thinks every game they win a Herculean effort worthy of a candidates' tournament, or the kind who assigns everyone below 195 to the same "idiot" category." Luckily, most are more sensible than that, and I would know what they were like before as...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Don't Understand Grading Calculation
Replies: 18
Views: 792

Re: Don't Understand Grading Calculation

I would ask the 200 how well his opponent played and provide an informal estimate of grade.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 8
Views: 310

Re: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival

One game was moved to allow a player to use a specific board. Mark Hebden arrived late (by arrangement) and the organizers usually find a volunteer from Guernsey to have the late start, rather than potentially annoy a visitor! I had a longer draw than David. We are the right colours to meet in round...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 8
Views: 310

45th Guernsey International Chess Festival

Not as strong as the Isle of Man...

http://chess-results.com/tnr447188.aspx ... art=2&rd=1

Live games should appear at http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg/fes ... stival.htm

But sometimes the first round transmission doesn't work as well as hoped.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 35
Views: 2200

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

"One arbiter who expected he might have to handle a similar problem this month made sure he had clear instructions from FIDE on how an equivalent situation should be handled, and communicated this to the Iranians more than a month in advance of the tournament. This meant everyone knew where they sto...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336882

Re: Media comments on chess

Friday Telegraph sport section. Headline, "Long relishes mastering 'game of chess' at Harlequins". Sean Long spent many years involved in Rugby League (which was openly professional) but wants a couple of years in Rugby Union (which is now openly professional after years of pretending to be amateur)...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 287
Views: 11383

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I don't think Luke will have much problem finding something to write about for his new column...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 287
Views: 11383

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I hope Elisabeth recovers quickly too.

Spare a thought for Gavrilescu who defended Q vs Q+hP for ages on the icrement, then blundered about 4 moves before the 50-move draw...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 287
Views: 11383

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

"The knockout is fine; it's the qualification by rating that's the issue. It's the only method of the four where playing extra chess games can make you less likely to qualify."

True - and rating is easier to manipulate than the other methods!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 287
Views: 11383

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

"Here's a ChessBase article to explain why he's doing what he's doing. Can't blame Giri, he's just playing the system. It's a rules problem which allows a player a better chance of qualification by not playing chess. Hopefully FIDE will sort that out before the next cycle." It's amusing to see that ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 287
Views: 11383

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Good win for Brandon Clarke.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 287
Views: 11383

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Sarin seems to be playing on the increment already (move 26). I'm assuming the clock times shown are right.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 32
Views: 2819

Re: Development Officer appointment

"Questions relating to the appointment process (and what happened when) should, in my opinion, be directed at the ECF officials who oversaw that process, not at those who applied for the position."

I agree.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336882

Re: Media comments on chess

"I'm particularly heartened by McCluskey's passion for chess"

A good candidate to be an ECF Supporter with his 140000 a year salary.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 287
Views: 11383

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Imagine losing in round 1 then getting black vs Anand as a reward. I'd love it, but not everybody would.