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by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

"Kevin Thurlow wrote: ↑ You alos get people wandering off when it's their move. And what's wrong with that? As long as the player doesn't leave the "playing area" (article 11.2.3.2). Your local league does have a rule defining the "playing area" for each venue, doesn't it? No? Well, you're in good c...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

"A draw offer which doesn't comply with the FIDE Laws isn't actually illegal in as much as there's no penalty unless it's made in such a way as, in the arbiter's opinion, to annoy or distract an opponent." We had a good example in the Surrey League, where a player graded 190+ made his move, then 30 ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292163

Re: Media comments on chess

Great stuff - the 1966 Hastings with Botwinnik et al was the first I attended.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Richard GR Harris
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Richard GR Harris

That is a shame - I played him a couple of times in the 80s (and saw him thereafter) and he was a nice guy.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 30
Views: 1024

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

"Surely there would be a minimum qualification standard or qualifying events?" There is for other sports, but IOC tends to trust the countries entering athletes. Remember "Eric the Eel"? Chess was a demonstration sport at a Winter Olympics wasn't it? A couple of GMs sat in a café playing chess, so p...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 30
Views: 1024

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

They should certainly bring back poetry.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

I update my scorebook game by game, but copy the version I've just put on the database. I forgot to mention in my example above that one player promoted to an upturned rook - in fairness to him, it was the last game and efficient people had cleared all the sets away, and also it got captured immedia...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

I guess a friendly reminder the first time, restarting the clock (unless increments are used) the second time, with a firm suggestion they comply with the laws of chess. I would tend to demand 2 minutes the second time. I think it also depends if you think they're doing it deliberately or are just c...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz
Replies: 17
Views: 812

Re: 1st Brainstormchess weekender 23-24 Feb + 11th Brainstormchess FIDE blitz

"I will update this on the online entry form immediately."

It is very nice to see someone asking questions and then taking the answers seriously!
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 959

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

"I can confirm that University student unions are the most bureaucratic and inefficient organisations I ever come into contact with. They're notoriously inflexible and unpragmatic."

However, they are a shining beacon of brilliance compared with Warwick University's management...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2036

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

"I'm not sure "it's different when they're given us money" is a very impressive rationale." I agree with that bit. I was thinking of USA trying to extradite some lad who hacked into the CIA or FBI (or similar) computers, presumably as they used "password" as the password. They should have offered hi...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2036

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

"I have to say that, for as long as our government is happy to take huge amounts of revenue from tobacco sales, it has never been clear to me why chess tournaments should not accept money from the same source. " Well, yes. And if alcohol came along now, it would probably be banned on safety grounds,...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2036

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

"Or, are we saying that there is a limit - be it DCS2 or novichok - and we make a judgement as to where the line is drawn." I agree - I was trying to make that point on the Sunday AM post. Sponsorship from tobacco companies in some sports was decided to be evil, but acceptable if they had small logos!
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Tables : http://www.4ncl.co.uk/data/tables_1819.htm
Replies: 7
Views: 639

Re: Tables : http://www.4ncl.co.uk/data/tables_1819.htm

"Why don’t people contact the 4NCL direct on such things? Does it improve their own self-esteem by publicising other people’s (usually hard working volunteers’) perceived shortcomings?"

That's chess sadly.