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by Alistair Campbell
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Most pieces on the h-file
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Most pieces on the h-file

I had this position last night as black.


White has just played 28.Bh5. It was tempting to return the favour with 28...Bh8!

Any other examples of such a cluttered h-file?
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Academic theses on the subject of chess
Replies: 13
Views: 1063

Re: Academic theses on the subject of chess

As previously mentioned in the Obituaries thread, Danny Kopec's PhD thesis is here
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3517

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

There is an article on the French Chess Federation website at http://www.echecs.asso.fr/Actu.aspx?Ref=11653. The "600 million" claim doesn't feature there either, but Bachar Kouatly is quoted as follows: "Bachar Kouatly a rappelé les chiffres clés des échecs: • 10% des Français savent jouer aux éch...
by Alistair Campbell
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 2401

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

We might also, I guess, choose to make a comparison between different percentiles rather than rankings as such, or all kinds of other riffs on the stats. Is the number hundred chessplayer a good comparison with the hundredth-placed golfer, or judoka? I do not know. Perhaps we need to know how many ...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 4971

Re: How many casual players?

Justin Horton wrote: "My gut feeling is that if we were to divide players into three groups, with •the first being OTB tournament and club players (regardless of whether or not we also play online) •the second being online players who do not play tournament and club chess, and •the third being casu...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2014 Schedule
Replies: 124
Views: 14593

Re: British Championship 2014 Schedule

To update this thread, I note that Joe has just been awarded the FM title. Congratulations to Joe (and my personal thanks to those who worked hard behind the scenes to deliver this).
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 4971

Re: How many casual players?

Now for “casual” players. Look around you – how many people do you see that could be secret players? How many of your friends play on-line regularly, that you didn’t have marked down as a chesser? How many times have I seen people playing “casually” in the pub? Never. Then you go to the wrong pubs....
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 4971

Re: How many casual players?

With regard to the number of casual players: I guess it depends what you mean by a “casual” player. I would classify anyone who has played OTB in a club or in an organised event as a “serious” player (although they may no longer be active). Incidentally, I would consider myself an active and serious...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 4971

Re: How many casual players?

In the latest Board (125th) minutes Malcolm outlined the key points from the paper and supporting note. Malcolm said that it was critical to reach out to the millions of casual players who do not currently engage with the ECF, Where does he get that count from? Is it on the same scale as the 600 mi...
by Alistair Campbell
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2812
Views: 300505

Re: Media comments on chess

From "the Scotsman"'s Weekend Crossword.

13 ac Fool's mate with pawn (5)
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 37163

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:13 pm
Alistair Campbell wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:42 pm
Alan Tate may make progress (again!) to the IM title
Alan currently off to a good start in Anogia, his round 4 game is in progress chess24live
Good spot - a bad result today, but overall a decent tournament and 20 points closer. I hope he can keep the form up next week, is it?
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2812
Views: 300505

Re: Media comments on chess

Geoff, The Chess players Thats MY review from Edinburgh fringe last year and YOUR comments Bob At this year's Fringe I saw "The Marilyn Conspiracy", a play set in Marilyn Monroe’s apartment in the hours immediately following her death, with the cast, of whom all have some connection with the star, ...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 37163

Re: Batumi Olympiad

And of course, there will be chances of WFM titles for the women. I hope you're right, but 6/9 is quite a target. Also, it tends to depend upon other team members not doing very well. Good point. Alan Tate may make progress (again!) to the IM title (I think he was badly advised when he got to 2399)...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 37163

Re: Batumi Olympiad

The teams are out . USA are the top seeds in the Open section which is the first time since the break up of the Soviet Union and clearly are heavy favourites to defend their title. Carlsen not playing but Anand back after a break of over 10 years. England are 8th seeds , Ireland 65th Scotland 68th ...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?
Replies: 35
Views: 1922

Re: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?

My view has that, as far as possible, each individual's view needs to be approximately equal, rather than each Federation's view. The US Electoral College, for example, doesn't really achieve this very well but it does attempt to address it; it's a compromise between that aim, and the aim of making...