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by Alistair Campbell
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2554

Re: General Election 2019

There is an Andrew Muir standing as an Independent in West Dunbartonshire. I assume that is the Scottish IM, and that he will be making better treatment of those with mental health issues a major plank of his platform. Andy previously stood in a similar constituency at the Holyrood election of 2016 ...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40648

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

"If Andrew Smith doesn't do a Bobby Fischer, I will eat my hat" In a nice sense I hope! I'm not that optimistic of 100 %, but he is a dangerous opponent, full of good ideas. For your amusement I attach [Event "Lewisham Quickplay"] [Site "?"] [Date "1999.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Smith, Andrew P"]...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40648

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I've just been trawling through Tim Spanton's blog site in search of (what I believed was) a promised map of Ireland. I was getting really really puzzled. Can I suggest to Tim that his link goes into his signature so that those of us with little brain don't get confused. https://proxy.duckduckgo.co...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 2286

Re: The word rook and Persia

Francis may have meant Samuel Johnson's famous dictionary, which he has mentioned before - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dictionary_of_the_English_Language Is this the same dictionary that famously missed out Contrafibularity, PERICOMBOBULATION, Anaspeptic, Frasmotic and Interfrastically ? The wo...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri May 31, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5491

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Well, I had a good time. It was a good day out, about an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, and slightly off the beaten track. Motorway closure meant a detour through darkest Fife, passing through Freuchie (of interest to the cricket enthusiast) and Auchtermuchty (ditto the accordionist). Organisation was...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Most pieces on the h-file
Replies: 5
Views: 761

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: 1604

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: 4984

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: 3037

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: 7028

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: 15308

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: 7028

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: 7028

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: 7028

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: 3126
Views: 344302

Re: Media comments on chess

From "the Scotsman"'s Weekend Crossword.

13 ac Fool's mate with pawn (5)