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by Tim Spanton
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Seniors 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: English Seniors 2019

Some of us are already committed to Jersey
by Tim Spanton
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 39
Views: 2018

Re: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

Adam Raoof's Hampstead tournaments have a time control of 60mins + 30secs increment (apparently Fide allows such games to be rated as long as no player is over 2200). Three games on a Saturday is not a problem.
by Tim Spanton
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:21 pm
Tim Spanton wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:46 am
Hi Tim,

Good Blog, you say this is the 30th consecutive time of playing in the congress over New Year. Is this a record for Hastings.
Probably not, but I pity the poor chap who has a sadder record
by Tim Spanton
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

A GM at Hastings (non-playing) was saying he thought Petrov-Sulskis looked like a pre-arranged draw
by Tim Spanton
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

Yep, my opponent pointed out the "draw" afterwards, although he was not sure if it was drawn.
I've written it up at my blog:
https://beauchess.blogspot.com/
by Tim Spanton
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 75
Views: 3591

Re: How many casual players?

Justin Horton wrote: "My gut feeling is that if we were to divide players into three groups, with •the first being OTB tournament and club players (regardless of whether or not we also play online) •the second being online players who do not play tournament and club chess, and •the third being casua...
by Tim Spanton
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

My rating needs updating too!
by Tim Spanton
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2719
Views: 292680

Re: Media comments on chess

The latest Private Eye's Dumb Britain section quotes the following exchange from an ITV show called The Chase -
Walsh: The Budapest Gambit is an opening in which board game?
Contestant: Monopoly.
by Tim Spanton
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 75
Views: 3591

Re: How many casual players?

It would be interesting to know at what time of year this market research was carried out. For many people, I suspect, chess comes in the same category as Monopoly and Scrabble can do - games played to fill in idle moments over Christmas and the New Year. So a "last month" question asked in January ...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 75
Views: 3591

Re: How many casual players?

"the YouGov survey figures said 2% of the adult UK population play chess (casually) at least once a week (either against a person or a computer)" I have a friend who plays chess overseas half-a-dozen or more times a year, but certainly does not play "at least once a week." Indeed, I doubt if Magnus...
by Tim Spanton
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 75
Views: 3591

Re: How many casual players?

"How many casual players?" Millions sounds a perfectly reasonable figure to me. In my experience it is extremely rare to come across someone who admits to not knowing how to play chess. Most people, on finding out I play in chess tournaments, say they know the rules but don't play very often. Settin...
by Tim Spanton
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2719
Views: 292680

Re: Media comments on chess

No, not if, as I suggested, it was in a private chat.
I don't actually know that was the case, but that was the implication during the telecast (which has just finished BTW)
by Tim Spanton
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2719
Views: 292680

Re: Media comments on chess

Presumably it was said during the week when the TV play-caller and his colour guys get a chance to sit down face-to-face for private chats with the head coaches of the teams they will be covering on the coming Saturday
by Tim Spanton
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2719
Views: 292680

Re: Media comments on chess

No, the quote is what they reckoned he said (I assume he was talking about Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson, but I wasn't certain of that so I did not include it)
by Tim Spanton
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2719
Views: 292680

Re: Media comments on chess

Yes, in as much as it was a commentator on ESPN SEC reporting what Kirby said