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by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ralph L. Barnett Memorial Tournament & Olive Chataway
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Ralph L. Barnett Memorial Tournament & Olive Chataway

Ralph Barnett trophy was normally contested by counties surrounding London, but some other Leagues had teams in it, e.g. Civil Service, North Circular League, possibly London League at times. It was run as a jamboree event. I last played in it several years ago, no idea if it still happens. I seem t...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 35957

Re: Chess history trivia

"The answer is Burton Ale."

wise man...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

"But all this is rather off topic so I'll end my comments there."

It has drifted a bit! Fantastic result in the event - congratulations to all involved.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: weird dream - arbiting confusion
Replies: 1
Views: 275

Re: weird dream - arbiting confusion

"when I got back to the playing area it was empty apart from my board and opponent and three arbiters (Nick, Kevin, Jack) all were not amused."

That's ok - we had dinner whilst we were waiting!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 35957

Re: Chess history trivia

Guinness was already there or maybe Truman's?
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

"Besides, as I observed last time this came up, when Isai Scheinberg wants to make a public statement explaining why he's on the Isle of Man and what should happen to the outstanding indictments against him, I'll take an interest in his defence. Until then he's just another fugitive from the law, no...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

Is online gambling illegal in this country?
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 11246

Re: World Teams 2019

"It must be an encouraging sign that this forum is already discussing how to get rid of sponsors rather than how to find them. I hope the ECF Board takes due note." er, yes - the poll here is currently 15-6 in favour of the sponsors, which suggests most people don't care one way or the other (and wh...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 92
Views: 4734

Re: Arbitration question

"He said he went to the supermarket to buy things." An amusing answer... I'd be inclined to default the player, especially now, when software is quite useful. I recall a Guernsey tournament, when the time-limit was still 50 moves in 2.5 hours. The affable Gibraltarian Alan Gravett was playing someon...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move

"Anastasia - I think. I have been trying to get the finish for years in a proper game and finally did it a couple of years ago"

And did it tonight in a friendly game...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move

Anastasia - I think. I have been trying to get the finish for years in a proper game and finally did it a couple of years ago.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Pirc defence
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: Pirc defence

"I'd say that's the point at which it's time to look a new coach."

It was only a friendly suggestion - his suggested defence to 1.e4 was much better than what I did and suited me well. Mind you, he is renowned for his expertise on openings.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Pirc defence
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: Pirc defence

I'm not saying it's no good. Many years ago, my coach commented that I was playing the Benko Gambit and asked if it were a good idea. I said my results were OK, and he said, "How many GMs play it?" "Er, not many - Lev Alburt, er…." His point was that the top players didn't trust it, so perhaps I sho...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Pirc defence
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: Pirc defence

Perhaps they do not think it is very good?
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Offering draws with a blunder or dodgy move

"What do people think of draw offers in a frankly lost position? My feeling is that it was poor etiquette."

Agreed!