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by Tim Spanton
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1946

Re: Old Chestnut

An easier way to control it would of course be to say, "Chess is chess - gender is irrelevant." There are those who say that female chess players would benefit from such an approach. They are of course almost exclusively men. Dieting aside, it may be possible to have one's cake and eat it if this W...
by Tim Spanton
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1850

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

It is interesting comparing ordinary continental swisses where, in my experience, pairings are almost invariably computer-generated with no favours asked (or at least none given) - it is not all that unusual for two players from England to travel hundreds of miles together only to find themselves pa...
by Tim Spanton
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2812
Views: 300565

Re: Media comments on chess

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:36 am
Tim Spanton wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:20 am
Richard Branson usually wears his wristwatch on his left arm, so unless he switched arms on this occasion there is no question of the pic being reversed
Very good, worthy of Perry Mason. Bang to rights.
Elementary, my dear Watson
by Tim Spanton
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2812
Views: 300565

Re: Media comments on chess

Richard Branson usually wears his wristwatch on his left arm, so unless he switched arms on this occasion there is no question of the pic being reversed
by Tim Spanton
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Seniors 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1706

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: 2332

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: 7401

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: 7401

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: 7401

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: 87
Views: 4973

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: 7401

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: 2812
Views: 300565

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: 87
Views: 4973

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: 87
Views: 4973

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...