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by John Curtis
Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Energy drinks during a game
Replies: 19
Views: 2868

Re: Energy drinks during a game

Beer
by John Curtis
Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Away player excluded
Replies: 50
Views: 4476

Re: Away player excluded

In Bristol we are friendly with other teams, have a chat before the game, and a pint afterwards. Are we doing something wrong?
by John Curtis
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 13435

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

The club I play for, Bristol & Clifton Chess Club (formerly Bristol Chess Club), founded 1829, claims to be the oldest club outside London. Any earlier ones?

http://www.chessit.co.uk/Centenary/Hist ... ifton.html
by John Curtis
Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: no recognition for finalists
Replies: 38
Views: 8070

Re: no recognition for finalists

Several years ago I won 4NCL 'player of the year' (div 3, I'm not that good). I received a small trophy, which was nice, but it wasn't engraved, which wasn't so nice. I was told I could get it engraved myself if I wanted! Years later it sits on a shelf, still unengraved. At least when people ask wha...
by John Curtis
Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Etiquette of resigning
Replies: 107
Views: 11093

Re: Etiquette of resigning

I've been pretty lucky, not had to deal with some of the nonsense listed here. I've had one person walk off without shaking hands, but that's it. I always try to have a few friendly words with my opponent before a game, maybe that helps.
by John Curtis
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Etiquette of resigning
Replies: 107
Views: 11093

Re: Etiquette of resigning

What's happening to our lovely game?

The etiquette of resigning is quite simple:

Smile
Hold out your hand, and congratulate your opponent on a good game
Offer to buy your opponent a drink
(if they're a proper lady/gentleman they'll buy you one - winner buys is the rule)
by John Curtis
Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is it rude / insulting not to resign?
Replies: 104
Views: 7351

Re: Is it rude / insulting not to resign?

My rule for resignation: Resign if you're sure that your opponent will beat you in the given position

Addendum to rule: Resign earlier if the bar's open
by John Curtis
Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 12047

Re: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)

I'm in favour of the draconian approach too. The most important thing however is clarity in the rules. The upcoming (closed) Bristol League Congress rules leave no room for doubt: "ALL MOBILE PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF. Owners of phones found to be switched on during play will lose their game, and a ...
by John Curtis
Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The grading of adjourned/adjudicted games
Replies: 28
Views: 4452

Re: The grading of adjourned/adjudicted games

I’m against adjournment and adjudication for any games, and don’t believe they should be graded. A game should be between two players, not between two players, their computers, their friends and anonymous adjudicators. I understand the arguments for adjournment, especially regarding the decline ...
by John Curtis
Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Drinking at the board.
Replies: 5
Views: 1438

Re: Drinking at the board.

Perfect subject for my first post! Beer and chess go very well together in my opinion. I try to avoid drinking (while playing) at the 4NCL, unless we get past the first time control in a placid position, when I may have a pint. League and tournament chess is different, I'm rarely seen without a beer...