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by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 112
Views: 4345

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

"Out of interest, how old was your opponent?" Early 20s maybe, I didn't identify the tournament, but it was the "Combined Services Championship", so no juniors were involved. The nature of many players' work makes it difficult sometimes to play OTB chess, therefore online chess is popular. (The even...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 112
Views: 4345

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I did play an ungraded player in round 1 of a tournament 2 or 3 years ago, who played really well initially, maybe getting worse in the ending, but still doing well enough to draw. This was his first proper game, (he was struggling with the notation) but he said he had been playing online a lot. He ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Christmas Quiz
Replies: 24
Views: 884

Re: A Christmas Quiz

Can we first establish if it's normal chess, not Chess960!?
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 710
Views: 82502

Re: Cheating in chess

"Yes, there were indeed other witnesses."

That certainly helps then!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3131
Views: 345048

Re: Media comments on chess

From Cricinfo site, 21/5/19 (only just seen it) "I had to choose between cricket and chess because it would have been difficult to pursue both. You can put it this way that I had 2% more interest in cricket" Yuzvendra Chahal on passing up the chance to be a chess grand master And https://sportstar.t...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 710
Views: 82502

Re: Cheating in chess

"For the record, I believe this account may appear in the newspaper serialisation of the book and not in the book itself." It might have been sensationalized for the newspaper. Relying on memory again, the book says that our hero was attacked and he defended himself, and the attacker ended up in the...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Christmas Quiz
Replies: 24
Views: 884

Re: A Christmas Quiz

Thanks all - evidently, I cannot remember every detail of the last 50 years of World Championships, although I had thought Korchnoi was involved. The games should still have been rated!
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Christmas Quiz
Replies: 24
Views: 884

Re: A Christmas Quiz

"Petrosian 4-3 Hübner"

Was that the one where Hübner resigned the match rather than play on two bad adjourned positions? I have always thought those games should have been scored (and rated) as losses, making the score 6-3.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 710
Views: 82502

Re: Cheating in chess

"For what it is worth, given the player verbally admitted he was cheating, I expect it would be non-trivial arguing that a subsequent cheating conviction would be a "first offence"." That would help - assuming you have contemporaneous statements from witnesses to that. And he might turn up with Elon...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Lander Arrasate Bedialauneta 1973 - 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 258

Lander Arrasate Bedialauneta 1973 - 2019

I only met Lander earlier this year when I joined Sedgemoor Chess Club. He was a good player, performing well on board 1, and affable. He encouraged other players and went through games with them, always happy to help. He always gave a cheery greeting when he met anyone and a cheery goodbye at the e...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 1764

Re: Development News (ECF website)

This is a pity as Carl P would have done a great job. I quite understand his decision though - it would be very difficult to do the job in such circumstances. Ordinarily, the job would now go to the losing finalist...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 710
Views: 82502

Re: Cheating in chess

"Just my view."

I agree. I quite accept what Alex says and it is understandable, but if the player does return and does something wrong, it will be a "first offence". If there had been some sort of investigation, the verdict on the previous case could affect that.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 29
Views: 3320

Re: Hastings Congress

"A ghastly and pointless perversion"

with extra or half-extra points!
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 113
Views: 5623

Re: World Youth Championships

"It should be easy enough to insist that a phone be placed on the table, or in a bag or pieces box on the table. That at least should prevent the once or twice a game, "what does Stockfish think", type of cheating." For those who only carry one phone! You can easily put a "burner" on the table and h...