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by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 26, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 3
Views: 296

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: 777

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: 777

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".
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 23, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 191
Views: 9543

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

"As I've had to report more than one post to moderators on account of defamation"

That's not true. You chose to report the posts! Give Carl a break.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 22, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 191
Views: 9543

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

"The Treasurer's main argument seems to be that there was no time to worry about being compliant with any regulations," Regulators don't like that attitude. I once told somebody that they were breaking chemical safety regulations and the response was, "We would be stupid to obey the regulations, as ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 22, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2185

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

"I was surprised that average grades were rejected. It would have made a big difference to potential participation from the smaller counties." Smaller counties might actually get a team out, assuming captains are available. I assume that getting more teams and players out is the desired result. As f...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 22, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Altibox Norway
Replies: 7
Views: 649

Re: 2018 Altibox Norway

It must be a while since Vishy Anand was the theoretical "bunny"...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon May 21, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2185

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

"Poor old WECU bringing up the rear again..."

I would imagine WECU has the lowest population of the Unions?
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 17, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2185

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

"It was way further than Trowbridge, Taunton way. Convenient for M5."

Ah, was it Highbridge then? That makes more sense as Trowbridge is bigger but in the middle of nowhere, motorway-wise.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 17, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackburne and the endgame
Replies: 18
Views: 912

Re: Blackburne and the endgame

"Good point, which renders Blackburne's claim - that he'd never met the ending in 70,000-80,000 games - pretty valueless because, unable to win it, he'd have been easily good enough to avoid the ending, even against an exceptional opponent" Yes - he was a strong player and the general standard was l...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 16, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2185

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

Trowbridge seems an odd choice, surely something just off the M4 (even M5) would be better? There was a match in Mark (a couple of miles off M5) last year, which seemed to work, although Saturday is "change over day" and there can be huge numbers of caravans!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 16, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackburne and the endgame
Replies: 18
Views: 912

Re: Blackburne and the endgame

"If you're a tilted player you should learn it to avoid the embarrassment factor associated with failing to win it! "

Hope you're back upright!

I had the ending in a QP finish and managed to amaze my team-mates by winning it in 3 minutes, partly as my opponent fouled it up.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 16, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2185

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

"How far did the Surrey players travel?" I didn't play but it would have been 110 miles, just over 2 hours (in theory) for me, but I am next to a junction on M25, it would have been worse for others, but our Cornish friends would probably have had a tougher time. One of the reasons I gave up county ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 15, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results
Replies: 43
Views: 2185

Re: Preliminary & Quarter Final Results

"I'm surprised no-one has worked out a mechanism for playing telephone matches using current technology."

Telephone matches were played many years ago, using an arbiter at each venue, so it should be possible. Whether it's desirable is another matter.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 13, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Half-point bye ... Why ?
Replies: 64
Views: 4781

Re: Half-point bye ... Why ?

The Surrey Individual used to be (maybe still is) scheduled at a game a week during summer, but with the odd week left free for adjournments(!) or rest days. Players do go on holiday or have other commitments. Half-point byes are more use when you have several games in a short time.