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by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 17, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 29
Views: 1579

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

"It was way further than Trowbridge, Taunton way. Convenient for M5."

Ah, was it Highbridge then? That makes more sense as Trowbridge is bigger but in the middle of nowhere, motorway-wise.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 17, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackburne and the endgame
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: Blackburne and the endgame

"Good point, which renders Blackburne's claim - that he'd never met the ending in 70,000-80,000 games - pretty valueless because, unable to win it, he'd have been easily good enough to avoid the ending, even against an exceptional opponent" Yes - he was a strong player and the general standard was l...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 16, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 29
Views: 1579

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

Trowbridge seems an odd choice, surely something just off the M4 (even M5) would be better? There was a match in Mark (a couple of miles off M5) last year, which seemed to work, although Saturday is "change over day" and there can be huge numbers of caravans!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 16, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackburne and the endgame
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: Blackburne and the endgame

"If you're a tilted player you should learn it to avoid the embarrassment factor associated with failing to win it! "

Hope you're back upright!

I had the ending in a QP finish and managed to amaze my team-mates by winning it in 3 minutes, partly as my opponent fouled it up.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 16, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 29
Views: 1579

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

"How far did the Surrey players travel?" I didn't play but it would have been 110 miles, just over 2 hours (in theory) for me, but I am next to a junction on M25, it would have been worse for others, but our Cornish friends would probably have had a tougher time. One of the reasons I gave up county ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 15, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 29
Views: 1579

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

"I'm surprised no-one has worked out a mechanism for playing telephone matches using current technology."

Telephone matches were played many years ago, using an arbiter at each venue, so it should be possible. Whether it's desirable is another matter.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 13, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Half-point bye ... Why ?
Replies: 63
Views: 4554

Re: Half-point bye ... Why ?

The Surrey Individual used to be (maybe still is) scheduled at a game a week during summer, but with the odd week left free for adjournments(!) or rest days. Players do go on holiday or have other commitments. Half-point byes are more use when you have several games in a short time.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 13, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapidplay disputes over position of pieces
Replies: 6
Views: 819

Re: Rapidplay disputes over position of pieces

I agree with Roger.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 12, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 114
Views: 6367

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

"I think we can chalk this up as a win for the humans. "

Thanks Alex - I'm grateful the 9 letters "HOLOWCZAK" never turned up on the programme...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 12, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 114
Views: 6367

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

The trouble with being a former competitor on "Countdown" is that I notice that "Glen Stark" is an anagram of "Strangle K", which should either worry Kirsan or me...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri May 11, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 114
Views: 6367

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

"Very much applaud Nigel Short's response to the FIDE Treasurer's letter of May 9, 2018."

I wonder when (if) we can expect a reply.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 10, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 114
Views: 6367

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Why would FIDE wait until UBS froze the account before trying to move it? Glen/Gary/X claims to be doing classified work for US Government. His employers will be a bit cross if that's true - the very fact that you're doing classified work means you can't say you are doing it. What Glen/Gary/X is doi...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 09, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 9976

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

"Absolutely, and most of them can't even notate their games properly." Yes - some even use "N" instead of "Kt". I am just going through some score sheets of a former President of Redhill CC (founded 1891, so not even close to earliest), and he used notation like "R-Ksq", instead of Re1/Re8, until he...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 08, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Ivan Bukavshin
Replies: 4
Views: 1152

Re: GM Ivan Bukavshin

17 mg/kg in body weight would be roughly 8 - 10 times the normal daily dose. Drotaverine has been around a while.

Whether accidental or not, it's a tragically early death.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 05, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 9976

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

Nice to see chess is an "interesting amusement". The club is only open to "gentlemen", which reflects the times. Nowadays, you get all sorts of ghastly urchins playing.