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by Alistair Campbell
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2626
Views: 281875

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: 982
Views: 33198

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: 2626
Views: 281875

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: 982
Views: 33198

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: 982
Views: 33198

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: 1575

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...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?
Replies: 35
Views: 1575

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

FIDE introduced a rule some while back that it was necessary for a territory to be eligible to compete in Olympics under its own name for its Federation to become a FIDE member. Had these rules been in place in the past, they would have excluded Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Guernsey, Bermuda, Hong Kong...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4976

Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Yes 2430 or above will do. So if he doesn't draw with Boggy he doesn't get a norm? Seems a bit harsh after such a fantastic performance! FWIW I agreed the calculations. It was sufficiently close that had they used November ratings rather than December ratings, I suspect he would just have needed to...
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Toothill (1938-2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 1930

Re: John Toothill (1938-2017)

I’m sorry to hear this. John (I think he pronounced his surname “Tootle” rather than “Toot – hill”) was a regular supporter of the Oban Congress. I’m sure I saw him there on his bike, but I don’t think he cycled all the way… I played him once, in 2005. I was impressed by his willingness to play for ...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Squads for European Team Championships
Replies: 136
Views: 10340

Re: Squads for European Team Championships

Oh, well. Always look on the bright side of life :( We may not have matched our seed. But we did finish Top Island, putting Crete, Iceland and the Faroes in their place And we have established a high water mark to motivate the swarms of ambitious younger players clamouring for selection. Oh, wait.....
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Squads for European Team Championships
Replies: 136
Views: 10340

Re: Squads for European Team Championships

Some very interesting views on match tactics and strategies. I suspect this is an underdeveloped area. In football, if you have a slender lead and possession of the ball in stoppage time, it is orthodox thinking to take the ball into the corner and run down the clock. [Unless you have a penalty, as ...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 31652

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

These arrangements are the norm in poker tournaments. Really? The players privately even out disparities in prize monies? Why? The big secret is that poker players don't like gambling ;) In relation to chess, I would guess that the danger is that it might cause trouble with the taxman. Essentially ...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118457

Re: The English Language

John McKenna wrote: it is French and means payment to a feudal superior.
I've never heard the word prestation before (and the spell-checker doesn't like it). Is it like some sort of ECF membership?
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118457

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:What's the difference between 'solemnity' and 'seriousness'?'?
I would have said (off the top of my head) that solemnity implied seriousness (but not the other way round). So one could laugh at a matter, but still be treating it seriously.
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let's Bring Back the Old Rules
Replies: 43
Views: 3739

Re: Let's Bring Back the Old Rules

In the thread on Bxc6 in Spanish Stewart thinks 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Ke2 ? is possibly the worst ever move. I agree but 3.Ke2?? in the Centre Counter (Scandinavian) is another candidate. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Ke2 rnb1kbnr/ppp1pppp/8/3q4/8/8/PPPPKPPP/RNBQ1BNR b kq - 0 3 This reminds me of the following gam...