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by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 75
Views: 2718

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: 75
Views: 2718

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: 2622
Views: 281381

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: 75
Views: 2718

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: 584

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: 584

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: 1416

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: 38688

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: 641

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: 4666

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!
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38688

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Bear in mind that Botwinnik never won a match as defending champion, drew in 1951 and 1954, lost in 1957 (winning return match in 1958), lost in 1960 (winning return match in 1961), lost in 1963. Spassky and Fischer did not win a match as defending champion. So from 1948 until Karpov in 1978, only P...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knights facing forwards.
Replies: 30
Views: 1863

Re: Knights facing forwards.

"Chequers was a Cafe in North London, the (now deceased) owner of which had some fights with the BCF and other parts of the chess establishment. It wasn't just controversial for printing Knights the wrong way round. From memory there was a Short v Kasparov 6 game rapid play match in the later 1980s ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38688

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I did umpire a hockey tournament final where the tie-break was sudden-death extra time, i.e. first goal wins. Two teams on a muddy pitch (and having played 4 games already over the weekend) were 1-1 at full time and then played a further 20 minutes getting slower and slower and weaker and weaker in ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knights facing forwards.
Replies: 30
Views: 1863

Re: Knights facing forwards.

I noticed this year that Henrik Carlsen has his knights facing diagonally inwards, so the g1 knight looks at a7 and the b1 knight looks at h7. I had one opponent who had them facing backwards, which is seriously disturbing.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38688

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

"You can't do that just drawing games, though "

But you can win the world championship match that way!