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by Alistair Campbell
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 18647

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

David Sedgwick wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:33 pm

Alex?
Sorry, I thought I'd read somewhere that Alex M was involved but on reflection this may have been in a more remote capacity.

I have been reliably informed that he is safe and well.
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 18647

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

I hope Alex and Andy can get home safely. (And everyone else, obvs)
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 12518

Re: Hastings Congress

Anyone know what happened on board 45, Zheng - Patrick ? Black's position is a bit nasty but that is to be expected after 4...Lc5 I suppose. Something went wrong with the transmission. White won, but in considerably more than 8 moves. That's not what happened. Patrick's mobile went off [snip]. Alex...
by Alistair Campbell
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 48
Views: 4489

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: 550
Views: 43706

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: 550
Views: 43706

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: 2624

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: 5637

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: 874

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: 1678

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: 5237

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: 3160

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: 7665

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: 15552

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: 7665

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....