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by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2181
Views: 235741

Re: Media comments on chess

"The curling rink has roughly the same temperature as Chorlton's venue during the winter, so yes "

Brilliant! Redhill's old venue was similar...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 55
Views: 4551

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

"When the current system was set up, ECF officials were in contact with the ICO about the data they collect, and the way it was used. The ICO were satisfied, and so when the occasional person wrote to the ECF, we know that the ICO is aware of and satisfied with what the ECF is doing under the curren...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 760

Re: Team Board Orders & Grades

"In the Coventry League, the rules have been tightened up and players must now be placed in strict order of playing strength. Teams are to keep to a constant board order." Teams should always be in order of playing strength. Unfortunately, too many people think that "Grading" = "Playing strength". S...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen vs Nakamura
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Carlsen vs Nakamura

As everyone else is ignoring this... See http://www.frchess.com/ A Chess960 (Fischer Random) match. So far there have been three draws and Magnus won the last game. Very entertaining commentary by Yasser Seirawan etc. I think it starts at 4 pm every day. Coverage is really good. Pulse meters (which ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2181
Views: 235741

Re: Media comments on chess

"After the start of the article you can read for free online it goes on to say that CSC pays its tutors roughly the same as a teaching assistant gets (£110 - £125 per day) and can't get enough tutors to satisfy demand." I think teaching assistants would be delighted to get that much! TAs get about £...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Phil Ehr
Replies: 19
Views: 3998

Re: Phil Ehr

"If he does it would make a pleasant change for a US president to receive the prize after doing something worthwhile rather than in anticipation and then have the world be deeply disappointed when he doesn't deliver." Nobel Peace Prize always seems to have been political, apart from going to Obama "...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE
Replies: 12
Views: 1176

Re: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE

Yes - the Kovacevic game has always been a favourite of mine.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New Berkshire Prospect
Replies: 20
Views: 1768

Re: New Berkshire Prospect

"Coming back to the juniors again: Wellington and Taunton have some juniors (most of them around 10 years old) currently but not sure what kind of coaching they receive." There's perhaps not so much school chess in Somerset as one school tends to dominate, so some of the others decide not to bother....
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New Berkshire Prospect
Replies: 20
Views: 1768

Re: New Berkshire Prospect

"When I moved to England (Somerset to be more specific) I was quite "shocked" to se that the league matches are played during the week." Somerset is well spread out and there are few clubs, so evening leagues perhaps don't make sense. It depends where you are of course. Some years ago I lived in Sut...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12048

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

I got hit by 9.c5 in a fairly similar position in a symmetrical English (Guernsey 2017 vs Dilleigh), which came as an awful shock as it looks so illogical. It is known in that line (but not by me at the time). Perhaps So was aware of that variation. Maybe Black should go Na6 instead of Qa5 after dxc...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Club Lost Property Policy
Replies: 12
Views: 2224

Re: Chess Club Lost Property Policy

"Most players if they lose something with make a phone call asking about it. Most captains will make a point of contacting the opposition too." Yes. We always have a look round the room before we leave. If there is anything we can't identify, we leave it with a note for the venue's owners. That shou...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Phil Ehr
Replies: 19
Views: 3998

Re: Phil Ehr

"What stage is the election at? Is Phil still campaigning to be adopted on the ballot as Democratic candidate?" I expect a lot of us are wondering that. According to his website, "Phil is a sensible Democrat who listens to opposing points of view, advocates effectively and will legislate for the int...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New Berkshire Prospect
Replies: 20
Views: 1768

Re: New Berkshire Prospect

"Government funding is only for the NHS, teachers and the public highways."

And wholly inadequate for all three, with no prospect of improvement.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Stan Cranmer
Replies: 9
Views: 1211

Re: Stan Cranmer

Very sorry to hear the news. He played at Redhill for a few years and was a thoroughly nice guy.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12048

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

"And have to consult the rules from time to time slowing up the game."

In fairness, the Laws seem to change every 5 minutes, and I don't see a problem with consulting them if necessary. Sometimes, you can even convince the players you're right by showing them the published Laws.