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by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 16, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 1918

Re: What if a player falls ill....

Seeing fire alarms were mentioned ("The Curse of Sedgwick"), I note that at a tournament David is controlling soon, the players' notes include a warning that there will probably be a fire-drill during the first two days. This seems remarkably prescient. I recall at one tournament where I was arbiter...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 16, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2835
Views: 303472

Re: Media comments on chess

https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2019/05/15/over-50s-can-boost-brain-function-by-regularly-doing-puzzles-st/ says doing word puzzles and number puzzles can boost brain function, although if you actually look at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/gps.5033 the abstract says, "Future work needs to d...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 16, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 1918

Re: What if a player falls ill....

"Correspondence chess, If a player dies, his games are adjudicated. "

In team events, you are normally allowed a substitute.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 15, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 172
Views: 5480

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

"Is that a reference to this from 2007?" Well spotted! Whilst I relaxed in the bar one evening, the others played 5-a-side football, and Andy Hammond damaged his leg. He was both surprised and relieved to discover that not only did Benbecula have a hospital, it was a very good one, with brand new sc...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 15, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four
Replies: 23
Views: 1251

Re: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four

" I recruit, you entice players to join you, he poaches."

"I offer the players the opportunity to play in a high-class team", surely?
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 15, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7462

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

"Possibly more likely is that the players themselves might not know what each other are getting, and publishing a gross figure would make it fairly easy for them to work out. Probably Malcolm negotiates fees on an individual rather than a collective basis (it’s not like the England football team whe...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 15, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 172
Views: 5480

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

"Does that really rank alongside, say, the Thanet Open? As a closed event, would the Civil Service event have qualified for the BCF Grand Prix of that year" No idea what BCF rules were. In CS championship, there were about a dozen regions, and two qualifiers were allowed from each region, each regio...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 14, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 172
Views: 5480

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

"1. Civil Service National champion 1991 Kevin Thurlow will validate"

Yes.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon May 13, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Psychology of Chess
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Psychology of Chess

As the Book Reviews section has disappeared, I'll mention it here. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328097627_The_Psychology_of_Chess By Fernand Gobet, described as "Professor of Decision Making and Expertise at the University of Liverpool, UK" I didn't think that was a thing, (the job title...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 12, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National Stages 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3429

Re: National Stages 2019

Thanks to Roger and Ian for confirmation. I never doubted my memory. Interestingly, Chris Dunworth had tried to get involved in Surrey Chess, but the then officers had firmly rebuffed him, so he went off and started the 4NCL. Surrey's loss I think. However, in an attempt to get back on topic, the Co...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 12, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National Stages 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3429

Re: National Stages 2019

"The suggestion that the ECF should protect their `flagship` event by imposing heavy handed penalties on any event that dares clash might be the most ludicrous thing I've read on this forum." No - not even close. "Is there widespread (or indeed, any kind of) agreement that the ECF Counties Champions...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 12, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 5 Questions about the ECF Academy Tender that need answers
Replies: 68
Views: 4687

Re: 5 Questions about the ECF Academy Tender that need answers

"I know of one lost bid - where miraculously all of the proposed team from our bid were mysteriously contacted by a headhunter the week after we lost - who it turned-out was working for the firm that won the contract. I've no idea who they actually proposed to do the work, if they then neede to stea...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 11, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season report, part one
Replies: 7
Views: 466

Re: End of season report, part one

Good report Jonathan - I hope you and Mike can negotiate terms for regular reports!
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon May 06, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ralph L. Barnett Memorial Tournament & Olive Chataway
Replies: 9
Views: 707

Re: Ralph L. Barnett Memorial Tournament & Olive Chataway

"Bruce Birchill had a particular interest in promoting Girls Tournaments. He felt that they were not being supported in Middlesex Chess. Know that he did organise Tournaments for Girls." Middlesex in return thought he was not supporting Middlesex! We have discussed the all-female County team elsewhe...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 04, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Coaches and junior organisers group
Replies: 11
Views: 1173

Re: Coaches and junior organisers group

"The software might allow a dedicated subgroup, " Probably - the Countdown forum had a secret sub-group, password protected, where the organizer and his cronies had discussions (many of which used 4-letter words) and the rest of us didn't know what was going on! More work of course, but Carl could h...