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by Alan Walton
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 15
Views: 573

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:34 pm
I cannot believe David is 30!

Does he really play for Cheddleton? I thought he might have been poached, if I may risk a word which has caused offence on these pages before...
He now plays for Guildford, well he did this season
by Alan Walton
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2591

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

Another one is Matthew Webb but stopped playing past few years I think. He went from 94 in 2000 to 178 in 2010 and 192 in January 2014 but then 247 in 2018 Year of birth 1986. so first played graded chess at age of 13 or14 but didn't get really good until well into his mid to late twenties and earl...
by Alan Walton
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2591

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

I think you are younger than Mark? so if you were an established player and Mark was board 50 then that suggests he was a late starter, so it may well be that it was 11. At the 1993 U18 Team National Rapidplay Champs; Mark played Board 2 for Surrey (board one may have been Blair Connell) I thought ...
by Alan Walton
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1356

Re: What's GM short doing?!

The point is Israel does exist in the eyes of the IOC and thus FIDE I suspect pressure is being applied by the IOC to stop the current situation, and want to follow the Judo line and suspend Iranian federation But I also agree with what Jonathan said, and is unlikely to change the Iranian government...
by Alan Walton
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: U.S. Elections 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 661

Re: U.S. Elections 2020

I've been idly following Phil's prospects here for some while. District 1 is a rock-solid REP seat. Yet the local polling has, these past several weeks, been calling it far, far closer than 65-34; never 'too close to call' though. The incumbent, Gaetz, is a rancid piece of work. But clearly, the vo...
by Alan Walton
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

Another factor could be the reducing strength of the junior events at the British; back when I was playing these (around 1990) the events where very strong; nowadays because they let any Tom, Dick or Harry into the championship has impacted this; back then it was extremely difficult to qualify, so ...
by Alan Walton
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

Another factor could be the reducing strength of the junior events at the British; back when I was playing these (around 1990) the events where very strong; nowadays because they let any Tom, Dick or Harry into the championship has impacted this; back then it was extremely difficult to qualify, so w...
by Alan Walton
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

I think the sense of community goes a long way. In England it’s less likely that young people are in friendship groups with other strong players the same age, especially the further north you travel in the country as the talent thins out enormously. The power of friendship groups is explored in Bar...
by Alan Walton
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 106
Views: 7682

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I think we have to remember the Spanish Flu affected the age group of 20-50 predominately, which were already in a bad position after 4 years of arguably one of the biggest conflicts in history Covid is a different virus, affects predominately the older population I personally think some of the mode...
by Alan Walton
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Chess and Bees
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Re: Chess and Bees

I think this title is missing a r
by Alan Walton
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Czech Open Pardubice September 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 1722

Re: Czech Open Pardubice September 2020

Rocco was born 2003, so 16 or 17 and thus a rare sight these days, an English junior travelling far in search of opportunities and rewarded by success. He already showed promise in the 2019 British Championship where he defeated Wadsworth and Fernandez in the first two rounds before dropping back t...
by Alan Walton
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68858

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Well Oldham is a hotspot with 118 per 100,000; but the area I live in has only 20 per 100,000; but we get tarred with the same brush
by Alan Walton
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The new Monthly grades are out
Replies: 36
Views: 2427

Re: The new Monthly grades are out

It is just basically the normal grade using the normal conversion of ECF*7.5+700
by Alan Walton
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1330
Views: 68858

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

After all, very few decided to avoid tournaments due to flu concerns, even though it kills a significant number of people every year and is highly contagious. It's because the risk was deemed acceptable. The fact that you can get vaccinated against flu might have something to do with it. ...and I s...