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by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Health benefits of brain games
Replies: 22
Views: 1467

Re: Health benefits of brain games

"https://www.theguardian.com/science/bra ... s-that-bad" Yes, that's rather good. Apart from chess players, scientists can be credulous as well. I recall watching Uri Geller's appearance on Panorama years ago, and a trained scientist was saying how amazing it was when Geller did what many thought wa...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Maths/Stats Question
Replies: 103
Views: 6210

Re: Maths/Stats Question

Following the film thread...

I saw Paddington 2 today.

It may even be better than Paddington. I should warn potential viewers that it's a bit scary at times, but there is a disclaimer that "No bears were harmed in the making of ...", which is a relief.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 227
Views: 35556

Re: Cheating in chess

" Of course, this has to be done cum grano salis, and the random check strategy should be carefully evaluated by the OACC Board and Chair." Page 7, I love it when they say things like that. Stealing the comment from a Rumpole book, "Are you saying it's cum grano salis?" "In Peckham, they speak of li...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Elite Chess League
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: Elite Chess League

"With in-game Surprises"

I have enough of those already...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Correspondence Chess postcards
Replies: 0
Views: 125

Correspondence Chess postcards

I have about 350 of these, which I was about to put in the recycling, as I now play CC online. However, if anybody does play the old way, they are welcome to the cards, as long as the postage is paid. Please PM me if interested. I'm not holding my breath!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 12912

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

"I only wanted to watch it with the sound off while listening to the radio commentary."

Of course!
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 150
Views: 12912

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

"Then Sky got the rights and, like many friends and colleagues, I couldn't stomach paying money to those vermin. I discovered that life went on." A friend of mine felt like that about football - mind you he went a bit further and sat with his back to the TV in the pub when they were showing football...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2017-18
Replies: 22
Views: 1492

Re: Division One 2017-18

"Basic Chess Endings" is a classic. I think a few errors have been discovered over the years, but surprisingly few. It is well worth reading all of it at some stage!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 66
Views: 2619

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

"The first Israeli banned, and that should be the end of the event"

Absolutely. Didn't it used to be against FIDE statutes to ban people on racial grounds?
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 18
Views: 2012

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

"We had no contact with his widow but If you look back to my posting of Tuesday "

So you did, sorry, must have missed that one.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2017 - 18
Replies: 41
Views: 3194

Re: Div 3 North 2017 - 18

"Number Player Title Jnr. Nat. DM num ECF FIDE Grade Other Current 4NCL Restrict 1 Karas, Marek f SVK 14928558 2252 2252 2 Palecek, Peter SVK 14901773 2242 2242 3 Lintner, Igor SVK 14932970 2149 2149 4 Kanakova, Natalie wf CZE 350486 2117 2117 5 Skrabakova, Katarina SVK 293917E 14923971 2031 2031 6 ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 18
Views: 2012

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

I think DJ and Jean Rogers are no longer with us. I would be happy to be proved wrong of course.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remarkable chess career of GPS Coy
Replies: 2
Views: 211

Re: Remarkable chess career of GPS Coy

"I thought you meant he had played postal chess since the 1930s!"

I'm not sure when he started - happily the CS captain has been running the teams for 40+ years, so I'll ask him.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 5315

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

"Seems strange by modern standards that they would include people from a tournament 6 years previously, especially as there had been a World Chess Championship in 1951. Reshevsky did welll. Euwe finished near the bottom." There were not as many big tournaments then. It may also have been that the to...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remarkable chess career of GPS Coy
Replies: 2
Views: 211

Remarkable chess career of GPS Coy

GPS ("Philip") Coy won the Civil Service Championship in 1936, 1937 and 1957. This is good of course. Since his retirement, he has played Postal Chess for Civil Service, until now. Shortly after his 100th birthday (in May), he announced that he would not be playing any more postal. His rating is sti...