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by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Notts Chess Congress / April 21&22 / First Prize £650
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: Notts Chess Congress / April 21&22 / First Prize £650

"I change "bye" to "See Arbiter" on my printed pairings. A young junior with the bye came up to me and was worried that he had to play me.

He'd obviously never seen me play. "

A wise precaution (the first bit). There was a chap called "Bye" who kept winning by default in tournaments...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Women's chess (1938 and 1993)
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: Women's chess (1938 and 1993)

"Does anyone have a complete set of all 6 of the 'Men of War' booklets? "

I do - but not to hand at present.

The "Men at War" could have been referring to Short and Kasparov specifically.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 923

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

"But then in those days you might have seen Ada Lovelace Byron ( poet Byron's daughter) working the equipment instead of Dave Clayton or Carl Hibbard !"

Dave and Carl should be honoured by the comparison!
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 923

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

"Obviously an arbiter would need to be deputed to accompany them to ensure they did not seek outside/electronic assistance. I am confident this procedure would meet with the full approval of many arbiters of my acquaintance." True - I recall (many years ago) leaving the venue with a colleague for a ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 923

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

"Perhaps by exercising their discretion to allow you to leave the playing venue during the game." Absolutely. At a tournament a couple of years ago, the drinks machine broke down, so I announced that the playing venue henceforth stretched along the footpath to the nearest corner shop (which had a dr...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 923

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

"Faz did have an over-optimistic approach to some endgames, notoriously against William Winter at Buxton 1950, where the position was heading for B and wrong colour RP v K late in the adjournment session when Faz refused a draw. Winter took umbrage and declared loudly "You can keep on trying to win ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Gashimov Memorial
Replies: 27
Views: 1608

Re: 2018 Gashimov Memorial

There was a 30 moves by each player rule in Reykjavik, so two 2000s were told they couldn't agree a draw after white's 30th move, so black immediately moved his rook one square and offered a draw and that was ok. Meanwhile, 2 GMs drew in 15 moves by repetition and I didn't notice any great excitemen...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!
Replies: 9
Views: 859

Re: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!

RP looked pretty solid at Reykjavik as well, although any risks looked well-calculated, and he had a good demeanour at the board. Nodirbek Abdusattorov was playing as well and I have written a report for a club magazine, where I (rather unhelpfully) say, "Remember these names".
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 65
Views: 6378

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

"Easy enough to do if a paper form, less easy if using on-line entry and it's been made a compulsory field."

You could invent one.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 292
Views: 42303

Re: Cheating in chess

You also have to beware of people accusing the opponent of cheating just because the "wrong" person is winning. I encountered one such where the 200 was losing to a 160 and screaming that the 160 must have cheated. When we looked at the score sheet, we noticed that the 200 played the opening really ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior opportunities in 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3970

Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

"Currently England have 44 players and 9 teams. We could instead have 10. The full list is on the ECF website."

That is impressive.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 246
Views: 12615

Re: County Championship Consultation

"'This is team chess though. It's dispiriting to play in a team which is getting crushed, particularly if it was a long journey' Does this also apply to club chess or are average rating differences regularly in excess of 40 points reasonable because its a relatively short travelling distance? " I ha...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2258
Views: 244113

Re: Media comments on chess

In a repeat of "Landscape Artist of the Year" (2015), someone was trying to draw Tower Bridge, roughly, without all the detail owing to time constraints. Frank Skinner said, "It's bit like speed chess", and then something like, "you don't have time to think too deeply, you just have to make a quick ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 52
Views: 2582

Re: FIDE internal fighting

"Astonishing" is a good word...

The English is frequently obscure, so much that I am not sure if the following is what they meant...

"Mr. Merenzon shows the budget of the New York match, they were in shock, even Mr. Filatov was in shock when he saw amounts for security and cakes."
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2258
Views: 244113

Re: Media comments on chess

"That sheds more light on Brian thn Danny. I am sure that noboy hated him. He remains one of the most affable of players. He did not pursue his chess career after a time.He went to work for the accountancy firm King & King run by Sid Kalinsky. He surrounded himself with many chessplayers. Both he an...