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by Alistair Campbell
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2014 Schedule
Replies: 124
Views: 13736

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: 66
Views: 2647

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: 66
Views: 2647

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: 66
Views: 2647

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: 2697
Views: 287886

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: 34133

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: 2697
Views: 287886

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: 34133

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: 34133

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: 1734

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: 1734

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: 5084

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: 2031

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: 10511

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: 10511

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 ...