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by Rob Thompson
Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The July 2015 Grading List
Replies: 45
Views: 7675

Re: The July 2015 Grading List

Early props would appear to go to Sam Chow, whose 16/18 for his first grade places him well into system-breaking territory.
by Rob Thompson
Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2772
Views: 115869

Re: The English Language

Installing feels more permanent.
by Rob Thompson
Sun Nov 30, 2014 2:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fischer Number
Replies: 138
Views: 16100

Re: Fischer Number

Off-hand, I can find an improvement for you: Nicky Chorley 1-0 Adrian Rutkowski (London League, 2014-11-26. Pretty happy with this win :D) Adrian Rutkowski 1-0 Victor Bluett (Surrey League, 2014-02-26) Matt Darville 0-1 Victor Bluett (Surrey League, 2013-04-10) Matt Darville 1-0 Daniel Staples (CCF ...
by Rob Thompson
Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen - Anand 2014
Replies: 414
Views: 35317

Re: Carlsen - Anand 2014

I would also be tempted to include Rapport as someone who could challenge Carlsen but may not get into the Candidates.
by Rob Thompson
Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2521
Views: 276927

Re: Media comments on chess

But why would that mean that it didn't have to follow the standard rules? I don't understand.
by Rob Thompson
Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Individual Chess Championship 2015 (Jerusalem)
Replies: 94
Views: 10514

Re: European Individual Chess Championship 2015 (Jerusalem)

It will be interesting to see if any players align themselves with the BDS movement regarding Israel and refuse to play. I think it's unlikely, but definitely possible.
by Rob Thompson
Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen - Anand 2014
Replies: 414
Views: 35317

Re: Carlsen - Anand 2014

I really don't like b5. But then, I have no idea what else to do in that position.
by Rob Thompson
Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen - Anand 2014
Replies: 414
Views: 35317

Re: Carlsen - Anand 2014

Yay, old sets again. How interesting.
by Rob Thompson
Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen - Anand 2014
Replies: 414
Views: 35317

Re: Carlsen - Anand 2014

It looks to me like this position has turned into a probing one.
by Rob Thompson
Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board minutes
Replies: 253
Views: 30545

Re: Board minutes

I believe that most of the outstanding minutes, or at least those that I originally produced the draft of, will be finally cleared up at the next board meeting. The exception to that may be the meeting at Birmingham before the AGM, since I have been ill recently and that delayed my production of a f...
by Rob Thompson
Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board minutes
Replies: 253
Views: 30545

Re: Board minutes

I'm really puzzled what the continuing difficulties can now be. Council took careful note of the sound advice recently given to it:: When Council elects an incomplete Board (as in 2012-13 with no chief executive), or a non-collegial Board (as evidenced in early 2014) or a Board comprised of good pe...
by Rob Thompson
Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL North 2014-15
Replies: 259
Views: 30883

Re: 4NCL North 2014-15

I think it comes from the fact that there are games between players on different boards.
by Rob Thompson
Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: PGN Technical question
Replies: 7
Views: 1351

Re: PGN Technical question

I always record draw offers, though to me this is to show that I've heard the offer as much as to have it noted for future reference.
by Rob Thompson
Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: PGN Technical question
Replies: 7
Views: 1351

Re: PGN Technical question

I don't think they're regularly used in published games either, which is probably also due more to tradition than conscious decision.
by Rob Thompson
Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: First Round Pairings
Replies: 10
Views: 2756

Re: First Round Pairings

AA3, Downend and The Rookies are in a triangular match.