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by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 94
Views: 3245

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I think there are a fair number of players in England who predominantly or solely play online. I could be wrong...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 94
Views: 3245

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

"What about someone who plays most of their chess and most of their improvement in on-line chess, or any chess not captured by the ECF system? " I would have thought that covers a lot of players. "It was agreed that timely grading of players was a core function of the ECF and there was a clear deman...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sunway Sitges International 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Sunway Sitges International 2018

"There is also Alekhine v Pomar 1944 but that was only a draw."

One pupil at a school where I tried to encourage chess said his family included a great player. The boy said he was Pomar's grandson!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2627
Views: 282068

Re: Media comments on chess

Yesterday's "Have I Got News For You" featured a definition of Zugzwang.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Sunway Sitges International 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Sunway Sitges International 2018

And I saw Praggnanandhaa in action in Reykjavik earlier this year. "Remember the name", I said in a report I wrote. I can understand the family of Shreyas Royal wanting to stay in UK (and he has spent most of his life here), but I was never convinced by the argument that his chess development would ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 94
Views: 3245

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Part of the problem is that a lot of people put too much store in grades. When Richard Clarke started the system, he told people not to take it too seriously - it was a measure of past performance, not an accurate measure of ability. This is why he used bands of grades, e.g. 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b etc., war...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 94
Views: 3245

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I should have added that twice a year, I have sent internal club results to our tame grader (an ex-member of the club), and he has kindly processed the results. I don't know about him, but I won't be keen about doing that 9 times a year (we don't meet June - August), instead of twice. If the idea is...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2627
Views: 282068

Re: Media comments on chess

Friday's Telegraph sport section contained chess... An interview with Moeen Ali (recently rendered as "Maureen" by Sky Sports subtitles) revealed, "Tactically, he believes he is improving partly thanks to a rediscovered passion for chess." He was carrying a chess set around in Sri Lanka, but only Jo...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 94
Views: 3245

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I don't really care one way or the other. I do wonder who would use monthly grades. Leagues frequently have board order restrictions (e.g. 10 point difference treating the higher-graded player as "better"), or grading restrictions, e.g. Surrey has an under 145 division. Most captains and organizers ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on Eurosport this evening
Replies: 12
Views: 603

Re: Chess on Eurosport this evening

"Before one transmission I remember watching sone fencing and having no more idea what was going on than most people probably do when watching chess, which may be a point to bear in mind. People may often watch sport without any real idea what is going on." Yes - anyone for Kabaddi? And you frequent...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on Eurosport this evening
Replies: 12
Views: 603

Re: Chess on Eurosport this evening

"A lot of the sports that Eurosport shows could be considered fairly niche (particularly in the UK) so I’m not sure that chess is hugely out-of-place. "" Yes - I think rodeo events have turned up there! But Eurosport have shown snooker and their commentators shut up during the shot unlike BBC... So,...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Chess Chmpionship.
Replies: 17
Views: 1447

Re: World Chess Chmpionship.

There was coverage (error-strewn) on Have I Got News For You last night, repeated Monday.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38791

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

"Unless I am missing something, wouldn't that be from 1934 rather than 1948?"

Yes, that's fair - I was taking 1948 as when FIDE made the title (sort of) official.

If you got a time machine and told Steinitz and Anderssen (1866 result +8=0-6) that all games were drawn, I guess they would be shocked.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 677

Re: Celebrity identification

I've played Demis 6 times, but only in Rapidplay!
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4707

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

"Philip Owens gained 18 rating points with his score of 4.5/11."

Er, Owen Philips surely?

Anyway, well done all!