Search found 1306 matches

by Alan Walton
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44865

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: 32
Views: 1494

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: 942
Views: 44865

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...
by Alan Walton
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Naylor 1972-2020
Replies: 21
Views: 3924

Re: John Naylor 1972-2020

Cracking event tonight, Firouja, Giri, Svidler, most of the top English players

Great show for John
by Alan Walton
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.
Replies: 69
Views: 2443

Re: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.

And also 5.... Qb6
by Alan Walton
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3733
Views: 408782

Re: Media comments on chess

Just seen a repeat of the Antiques Roadshow on Yesterday and there was a late 19th century chess clock shown

From Wigan chess club he mentioned that he posted it here on the Forum and somebody here offered £50, it was valued at £1,000
by Alan Walton
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3733
Views: 408782

Re: Media comments on chess

Technically, the prize money on offer is only available for a select few; if anything it is just a private wealth fund at present
by Alan Walton
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44865

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Perhaps the players/arbiters are being constantly tested, whereas spectators aren’t and they look a good distance away as well

I will always look at the positives rather than concluding the negative from pictures because we just don’t know
by Alan Walton
Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44865

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The Polish Women's Chess Championship Mokate 2020 is currently ongoing in Ostrów Wielkopolski. Did I miss something? Are we back to normal now? Maybe with the distance between players, good hygiene and strict rules around spectators then this should be fine; all-play-all have minimal interaction so...
by Alan Walton
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Winston Williams
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Winston Williams

Used to be great and slightly infuriating having Winston in the same team when we played for Bradford, he was always one move away from a brilliancy or a blunder Good memories especially the season we won the Woodhouse, in which he was an integral member of this squad (there is a good picture after ...
by Alan Walton
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44865

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

A comparison of the number of obituaries reported on this board in 2020 against those in 2019 indicates that chess player deaths have increased markedly since Covid19. Kind of journalism the BBC have been doing recently; anything to mention Covid as a correlating factor, with or without any evidence
by Alan Walton
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 17731

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

Nick Grey wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:34 pm
Suppose 80% of the teams consist mainly of players at high risk.
So glad I am not up north.
Well I am up north and I think my club will be fine; considering I am one of the older players at 45
by Alan Walton
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 44459

Re: 4NCL Online

Name them all, otherwise we end up going round in circles; these are players suddenly performing better than over the board; admittedly some players play better online, my rating is higher at blitz than my Fide rating, but some of the accuracy level go through the roof and there can only be one conc...
by Alan Walton
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheater or not - what do you think?
Replies: 25
Views: 2143

Re: Cheater or not - what do you think?

Agree it depends on the position and style of the game I had one game, one of those where pieces come off and quickly into a pretty equal drawn endgame, my opponent made one slight mistake and converted it; my acpl was lower than 10 with no inaccuracies, mistakes or blunders; even my opponents acpl ...
by Alan Walton
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1331
Views: 129057

Re: Cheating in chess

Yes, we can come to some pretty serious conclusions when an individual for whom we have lots of evidence that their playing strength OTB is (say) 1800 performs at 3000+ over a period, even a fairly short one, but not all disqualifications are of that nature - and can't be because not all cheating i...