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by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 91
Views: 6885

Re: Director of Women's Chess

"It’s a pity - to say the least - that nobody seems to have thought, “hmmm this might look a little bad so perhaps we should adopt a proactive strategy in explaining the reasons behind it.” " Well, yes. A friend of mine was appointed to a very senior post in the company for which she worked, and the...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 16
Views: 960

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

"Our AGM was the best attended in years with a dozen officers appointed."

Wow - what are they all doing!?

I meant the results were disappointing in the Surrey League. I'm glad there's lots of enthusiasm.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 91
Views: 6885

Re: Director of Women's Chess

"You really think that's an appropriate comparison?" I'm just asking a question. "I've only seen one incident in British chess so far where any sort of ruling was needed on the subject of trans players - the 4NCL ruled that a trans woman counts as a woman for the purposes of their one-player-of-each...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 91
Views: 6885

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Let us assume for a moment that "women's chess" is a thing that requires a Director. It would seem logical that a female Director should be sought, but not essential. Surely, if there is a post, you want the best candidate? I can't be bothered to look it up, but I assume the Director responsible for...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 16
Views: 960

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

"To (slightly) extend Kevin's principle: all systems favour big clubs ..."

True of course - but average grading systems are frequently introduced with a claim that they help smaller clubs.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 16
Views: 960

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Mike Gunn said, "The system I would favour is divisions based on an average grade criterion. This gives more flexibility in the selectiion of teams and should also give more competitive divisions and closely contested matches. However, I have failed to persuade anyone else of the merits of this idea...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ernest Jones, psychoanalysis and Morphy
Replies: 8
Views: 454

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: 731

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: 487

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: 4729

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: 4729

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: 4729

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: 4729

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: 4729

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: 305
Views: 18284

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 ...