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by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ernest Jones, psychoanalysis and Morphy
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: Ernest Jones, psychoanalysis and Morphy

Some people think that Freud and his followers say more about themselves than about others...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Hare
Replies: 5
Views: 611

Re: Brian Hare

I recall playing at Hastings (probably 1988) and someone went up to him and said, "Hallo Brian", and he responded, "My name is Ben Shannon", there was then toing and froing of "You're Brian Hare!", "Oh no I'm not." etc. This caused much discussion amongst other players! He was obviously a character....
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Two annotated games
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: Two annotated games

Thanks for posting the games!
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4393

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

"However in reality the player that achieves this is likely to be a junior who has the potential to end up as a IM or GM, is that really the type of player that it is good to discourage?"

I don't want to discourage anyone.Do you want to make grading prizes winnable by juniors only?
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4393

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

"£300 for 11 games"

9 games actually!

The sliding scale of entry fees is not a problem for me. It's been around for years.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4393

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

"I remember when he first introduced large rating prizes, I was dubious about the merit of that. But I didn't know why. Later I realised it encouraged players not to become stronger and sometimes to sandbag by deliberately lowering their rating." I would have thought that people do that to be able t...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4393

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

"On the basis of the 34 entries so far, Kevin would face Mark Hebden in the first round." Bring him on! I take John's point about the treatment of weak qualifiers (like me), but I've now qualified for it twice in about 50 years, so I'm just happy to be there, as it is a real achievement. Last time, ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4393

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

"There'll presumably still be a quota of scarily underrated juniors out there They belong of course. Standard people who are just <2050 is another matter." Really? I qualified by finishing 3rd= with GM Korneev in a 7-round event. Juniors have a massive K, so their ratings can be randomly high as wel...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 295
Views: 16881

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

""Dr Aguinaldo Jaime, a senior Angolan government official, was head of Banco Nacional de Angola (BNA), the Angolan Central Bank, when he attempted, on two occasions in 2002, to transfer $50 million in state funds to a private account in the United States, only to have the transfers reversed by the ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 4393

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

"These prizes are for the main championship, which is not an 'open section' - so I guess the rationale is that they don't expect many people with ratings <2051 to qualify." And the new qualification rules are intended to reduce such qualifiers. There is at least one player <2051 who doesn't care abo...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 31, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Altibox Norway
Replies: 110
Views: 6509

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

"Has he ever lost a tournament from a point ahead?"

I vaguely remember a Gausdal, probably before he was a GM, where he started with 3 wins, then had a string of losses. Even if I have remembered correctly, I don't think that counts.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 30, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior opportunities in 2018
Replies: 65
Views: 5367

Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

"That should be the thing FIDE worries about - why is an unrated, unofficial, imitation event doing better than an official event?" A very good question... Don't official FIDE events demand higher-than-necessary fees from the organizers and first class travel for various officials etc? The players e...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 26, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 23
Views: 1740

Re: Batumi Olympiad

"It has a mascot."

And I assume the lady looking vaguely like Sue Perkins was the model. It is a jolly fine mascot, not sure why a turtle though? I suppose Justin's just grateful it wasn't a penguin.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 24, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)

Yes - there was no doubt that John was eligible. I hope he plays again before 2062! I only intended to drop the trophy off and run away, but I wanted to talk to John S, so that was fortunate. Unless there were any punch-ups (and that seems very unlikely) when I wasn't looking, the match was played i...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 23, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)

"Perhaps the surprise is that Surrey don't have a rule against it."

The rules are frequently ambiguous. Anyway, the "Inter-Club Tournaments Director" plays for Kingston! David Scott would be ineligible under Surrey rules to play on that board, but is regarded as "e188".