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by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 6099

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

"A shame to end with a match loss but a great team effort and at least one board medal."

Agreed!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 6099

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

Good luck to these juniors!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 105
Views: 5543

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

"I'm sure I remember Surrey County Chess Association having an Ethics Committee, because it cropped up in the first decade of this century during the Coulsdon Wars." I think it might go back to late 90s. There was a "Constitution and Rules Subcommittee" that was supposed to write the rules and a "Ru...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is our next Adams?
Replies: 22
Views: 2003

Re: Who is our next Adams?

"Like it or not, those guys are star performers from a very early age."

I more or less agree, but there are exceptions. It seems Lasker didn't even learn to play until he was 11 years old!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 54
Views: 3835

Re: County Championship Finals

"It would be an issue if the qualifying was before summer and the final stages in the Autumn" Yes I know - I was just commenting that it was easier before there was a grading system! However, if the qualifying (only necessary in some Unions) were in Spring, you could say that the gradings in force t...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Finals
Replies: 54
Views: 3835

Re: County Championship Finals

"I think (apart from possibly the Open), you do need to start and finish within the same grading year for eligibility purposes"

which of course wasn't an issue when the old system applied!
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is our next Adams?
Replies: 22
Views: 2003

Re: Who is our next Adams?

"There are many very talented older children of current primary school and secondary school age in English chess, several of whom I would happily wager will become grandmasters." Breaking a habit here, but I agree totally with the first bit, maybe more cautiously with the second bit... There will al...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 6099

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

"Looking at Jim's recorded game history, he's played the 3. d4 line before. He's actually played the Petroff more times than he's faced it."

He played 3.Nxe5 against me in 1976 and that worked quite well. 3.d4 is probably better.

There's some good stuff going on out there. Keep it up!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 370
Views: 47748

Re: Cheating in chess

"No, Yuri Garrett. Kevin's reference to " the head" was imprecise."

Yes - sorry, I posted too quickly...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 370
Views: 47748

Re: Cheating in chess

I am grateful to "Chess Arbiters Association" Newsletter for this comment from the head of the "Anti Cheating Commission", " “A player is allowed to ask for protection from an arbiter. Of course he can. There are two things he cannot do: write on every wall that XXX is a cheater (as this will likely...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships 2018 Live
Replies: 14
Views: 701

Re: County Championships 2018 Live

"And there was me hoping this thread would provide an escape from the madness seemingly affecting this green and erstwhile pleasant land. Ah well!"

At least I was talking about cricket!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships 2018 Live
Replies: 14
Views: 701

Re: County Championships 2018 Live

"The County Final also clashed with England's last QF in 2006 (v Portugal). My opponent thanked me for resigning in time for him to watch the match! (He meant it well)." Credit to you for taking it well! Early resigners have a choice of viewing today as England women are very well-placed against New...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Club bank accounts
Replies: 27
Views: 1543

Re: Club bank accounts

"The person concerned passed away in 2008 and was a town councillor at the time having been elected in 2007. His 2007 manifesto stated "until recently he was Treasurer of the British Chess Federation" which is about as far from the truth as you could get." Wow - I didn't know the bit about being a t...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Club bank accounts
Replies: 27
Views: 1543

Re: Club bank accounts

"An ex-Treasurer/Financial Director of the BCF certainly defrauded the Federation."

That's the one! (I assume there's only one...) Actually, both his next employers and the police were unhappy that he had been allowed to quietly resign, although I can see why the Federation acted as they did.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 14977

Re: Director of Women's Chess

"Andrew Zigmond wrote: ↑

I'm willing to bet nobody here pays £100 p/a for their club/ league chess ..."

You lose. Redhill subscriptions were over £100 in recent years.