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by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3131

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

"But I did have a game against a GM last year where he twice touched movable pieces without an audible j'adoube. (In one case he eventually did move the piece.) I just warned him in our friendly postmortem that the rule wording and changed and this habit could get him into trouble against a difficul...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Games worth a look - weekend 2
Replies: 12
Views: 1239

Re: Games worth a look - weekend 2

"Dan Bisby I watched Bisby's Saturday game, 'live', and thought his energetic take-down of Jack Rudd was exemplary. Enough to earn himself a night on the team Bisby - Rudd 1-0 But only now do I see that his Sunday demolition of Jon Speelman was even better! Startling stuff. If Leonard Barden hasn't ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 48
Views: 3131

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

"Incidentally, I just realised a random element which surely works in his favour - many of his opponents will just have played Carlsen in the previous round."

Good point! Reasonable number of decisive games and Vishy getting stuck in - what more can you ask?
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior opportunities in 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

" It makes sense to offer a major event in the morning."

But well-known senior, Anatoly Karpov, says that playing in the morning is "not correct"?
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tim Upton
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: Tim Upton

That's a shame, way too young. My games against him were entertaining, even though he won every time.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2155
Views: 230133

Re: Media comments on chess

OK - I'll try "quite often"! It was about 50 % last week.

Big Fat Quiz of Everything last night had a chess question in the first 15 minutes.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2155
Views: 230133

Re: Media comments on chess

I don't know if this counts, but Eminem's "River", featuring Ed Sheeran, comments:- "And she just wants to exact revenge and get back It's a chess match, she's on his back like a jet-pack" Well, yes. Perhaps we need a thread for chess in literature. But more on topic, "Tipping Point" (ITV 4pm Mon - ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior opportunities in 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

"If Hastings is in the frame for an English Seniors and that's not a bad idea, why not run it as a 7 or even 9 round event in the afternoon alongside the Masters?"

I agree.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2155
Views: 230133

Re: Media comments on chess

One was called "John", so he's a possibility.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2155
Views: 230133

Re: Media comments on chess

Last night's "Eggheads" featured a team which seemed to be not only a quiz team but a group of chess players from Horncastle area of Lincolnshire. I regret I did not recognise any of them.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27278

Re: Chess history trivia

"One of the very few things I like about 'My Great Predecessors' that which Kasparov put his name to, is the reverence shown towards Larsen. A great, great player but certainly not the easiest to understand." My father played 1.f4 with some success, but then Larsen started playing it and soon everyo...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14207

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

"If the committee vote is divided, clearly it does have merit. I think it is improper if the way the committee voted becomes common knowledge."

I agree - surely the most you say is that it was "unanimous" or by "majority"?
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to test one's chess level?
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: How to test one's chess level?

Get an experienced (but not necessarily strong) player to play some games with them. You can then guess a level, then change the opponent. Guess again. Repeat as necessary. It is not always easy. We had a new player who played great attacking chess and won splendid games... if he got out of the open...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 131
Views: 4930

Re: County Championship Consultation

"School coursework has now been abolished and so can no longer be a cause of not playing chess. Also, with the abolition of modules, it is now very rare for pupils to sit any GCSEs exams before year 11. Whether we will see any more of them playing chess is another matter." Yes I know - but it applie...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14207

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

" the fact that they gave Inarkiev his money back for lodging the Appeal was a surprise." Yes, I thought that. However, it may be more that if they said the appeal was frivolous, then they would be saying the arbiter was an idiot. If they declare the appeal not frivolous, then it sort of says the ar...