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by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 199
Views: 8159

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

J T Melsom wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:01 pm
And besides timely reporting of results isn't necessarily a problem - the list of events received for grading on the ECF website now includes an event from the London Dead. I wonder which membership category they are in?
That's funny. It's a typo for London Deaf. :D
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 1419

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Goodness. It might become a collector's item! :mrgreen:
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 15
Views: 1362

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

If we are talking academics who play chess, the list could get quite long. If you limit it to professors, the two mentioned here are a starting point, to which can be added Trevor Robbins (mentioned here and here ). Peter Swinnerton-Dyer Robin Matthews Trevor Robbins (Sorry for the side-track - anyt...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 2396

Re: Steve Berry

This is very sad news. I didn't know Steve well, but he was an invariable presence for Wimbledon in the Thames Valley League matches I played in against Wimbledon's first team. I would occasionally watch his games unfold and they were always interesting. Condolences to his friends and family. [Does ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4265

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:36 pm
The bottom line is that for professional people there is nothing more irritating than sloppy amateurism.
Oh, I am sure there are things far more irritating than that. It is part of being professional that you should be able to deal with a certain level of things that irritate you.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 72
Views: 12664

Re: New Year Honours List

As I recall it was always a difficult award to achieve, not significantly below IM. There was also, for a short while, a title of Candidate Master. I think the Candidate Master title existed for as long as the British Master title did. I assume it must have been abolished by 1995 otherwise I'd have...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Dominguez switches from Cuba to USA
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Dominguez switches from Cuba to USA

Cuban Grandmaster Leinier Dominguez now plays for the US Looking at the transfers for this year: https://ratings.fide.com/fedchange.phtml?year=2018 The notification for Dominguez's transfer went in on 17 September and took effect from 18 December. The cost was 3500 Euros (compare with the 5000 Euro...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 66
Views: 2620

Re: How many casual players?

Anecdotally, I see a fair number of people playing chess on their mobile phones/tablets while commuting. More people play the other games available on such devices. But does that make them a casual chess player? I can play pool, snooker, draughts, table-tennis, darts and so on. All of these are eith...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 3654

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Adams won two of the blitz games against Howell. All the other games drawn.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 33
Views: 3022

Re: London Chess Classic

Caruana won the final two blitz games, and Nakamura won the final blitz game after the penultimate one was drawn. That puts Carlsen back on top of the live blitz ratings (ahead of the upcoming World Championships). Carlsen is comfortably ahead in the rapids list. And about 7 points ahead of second p...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 33
Views: 3022

Re: London Chess Classic

Classical games all drawn again. MVL could lose the four blitz games and drop below Carlsen again. I *think* they play all the games regardless of the results, like in the British Knockout, but not sure.

Are all the games (Knockout and LCC) taking place on the same stage at Olympia?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 3654

Re: British Knock out December 2018

I got that wrong. It is McShane who is the defending champion. And they still have the rapids and blitz to play. That is all tomorrow.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 3654

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Looks like Gawain may successfully defend his title. Would be impressive if he did.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 3654

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:36 pm
Adams blunders his queen. Even Gordon would have converted this against Gawain.
:shock: I switch away from the game for a few seconds and miss that, and read it here first...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 3654

Re: British Knock out December 2018

About the semi-finals, the losers get £5000, while the finalists split the money £10,000 and £15,000, so a difference of £5000 when losing in those rounds. More money at stake than in the previous rounds. Though to maintain the pattern, the overall winner should really get £20,000.