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by Ian Kingston
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Trump and Russia
Replies: 9
Views: 1126

Re: Trump and Russia

NickFaulks wrote:The Chinese respect power. They will be starting to believe that they are dealing with someone who will follow up on his words, not just a bag of wind like his predecessor.
Or you could look at what the Obama administration actually did in 2016.
by Ian Kingston
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292126

Re: Media comments on chess

Brian Kilcline in the Guardian : When Kilcline signed for Swindon Town in 1994, he politely declined the Premier League club’s offer to put them up in a local hotel and instead decided to live on a canal. “Lynn must have looked at 50 narrow boats because the criteria was I had to be able to stand u...
by Ian Kingston
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 169
Views: 16338

Re: National Chess Library closure

Brian Towers wrote: No longer true.
Yes, I'm well aware of what Google can do. I was working on the assumption that the ECF wouldn't have quite the same capabilities as a multi-billion dollar corporation.
by Ian Kingston
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 169
Views: 16338

Re: National Chess Library closure

Apart from the copyright issue, there is also the practical problem that in order to get the pages to lie flat on a typical scanner most books have to be dismantled. Otherwise you ended up with a distorted or illegible inside margin for each page. This may not be a problem for books where there are ...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4016

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Having once worked at OUP and had a discussion about the Companion with the in-house editor (I was trying to get him to commission more chess books - I failed), I can confidently state that the editor concerned did not have sufficient knowledge about the game to make the above scenario plausible. I...
by Ian Kingston
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4016

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Michael Farthing wrote:But of course, Ian, my scenario was a tad tongue in cheek.
:)
by Ian Kingston
Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4016

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Oxford Companion Contributor: Pulling's counter-move Oxford Companion editor: Not exactly English that, is it? Don't you mean counter-attack? Oxford Companion Contributor: Oh, OK then.. Who knows? Having once worked at OUP and had a discussion about the Companion with the in-house editor (I was try...
by Ian Kingston
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: xkcd
Replies: 5
Views: 2210

Re: xkcd

Resurrecting this ancient thread with the latest xkcd: https://xkcd.com/1800/
by Ian Kingston
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 225
Views: 18114

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

Jonathan Bryant wrote:Neither of scenarios you cite - whilst real enough per se - are related to qualifying logic.
Indeed - but the provision seems reasonable for amateur players.
by Ian Kingston
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 225
Views: 18114

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

Jonathan Bryant wrote:I’ve never really understood the logic of deferred entry.
I would imagine that it allows late qualifiers who have already made clashing holiday arrangements etc. to play, or for those qualifying unexpectedly to save up for an expensive fortnight (as was).
by Ian Kingston
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 2017
Replies: 166
Views: 10311

Re: Tata Steel 2017

JustinHorton wrote: Did anybody else play in that tournament once that was in the hospitality suite at Forest?
Yes - Nottingham Congress 2004 and 2005 (and possibly earlier - Neil Graham would know). There were problems with the low sun in the early evening as I recall.
by Ian Kingston
Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2796

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

Further, under A4 we have The FIDE Swiss Rules pair the players in an objective and impartial way, and different arbiters or software programs following the pairing rules should arrive at identical pairings. which precludes the use of randomness at any point. Given that any kind of ranking (includi...
by Ian Kingston
Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2796

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

but FIDE rules preclude it. You keep saying things like that, but when challenged you're never able to point to the actual rule which you claim exists. From the FIDE Handbook: C.04.2 General handling rules for Swiss Tournaments : 2 Before the first round the players are ranked in order of, respecti...
by Ian Kingston
Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292126

Re: Media comments on chess

Roger de Coverly wrote:Another BBC piece
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30006019
That's from two years ago, and mentioned on this very thread: http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php ... 70#p149470

Not a peep, yet, from the BBC about Carlsen–Karjakin.
by Ian Kingston
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 34980

Re: Chess history trivia

I think Jim Plaskett was a little older when he left school. I played him in a school match on 6 December 1977, when he was 17 years old.