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by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 1584

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

It's a minor point, but Nigel Lawson wasn't actually a member of Major's Cabinet; he was a backbencher during his first ministry and not an MP at all during his second.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 17
Views: 1632

Re: Division One 2018-19

Well, at one stage in the match, it looked as if we might win it.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 21
Views: 801

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

Well, if the winner is already a Candidate, you pass the baton on to the runner-up, and so on. That's the same as the principle already was for these things: if one of the World Cup finalists also finished in the top two in the Grand Prix, one of the Grand Prix places went to the person who finished...
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1830

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

CCF runs FIDE-rated league chess, but you're right that it is quite rare in this country.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6139

Re: Hastings

Serious, heavyweight strategy board games created these days tend to weigh in at around the three-hour mark.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4232

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Michael Farthing wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:36 pm
[Is there any congress where a hotel could reasonably be described as a 'sponsor''? I doubt it very much].
Gibraltar. They publish a list of the sponsors, and the Caleta Hotel is one of them.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Opening Novelty in the QGD on move five
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: Opening Novelty in the QGD on move five

That's quite a common idea in the Queen's Gambit these days, but I don't think I've seen it in that exact position.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2963
Views: 120777

Re: The English Language

No, it means in this particular rook ending.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 18 November 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 816

Re: Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 18 November 2018

I think the North has a fair amount of Saturday league chess, which will tend to push rapidplays onto Sundays.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 10
Views: 816

Re: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2963
Views: 120777

Re: The English Language

The word "actually" in that construction usually carries an implication of "there is some other thing that is plausible, but untrue", and the true statement is contrasted with the untrue but plausible one.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 185
Views: 7626

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Internal club competitions are the sticking-point here because of the prevalence of the "post a crosstable up on the wall and people fill in results when they play them" method of reporting results. It's hard to get monthly updates when the tournament organizer doesn't know what month a game was pla...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 185
Views: 7626

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

The thing about visitors from overseas is not that we care about getting their grades right for its own sake, but that we care about getting their grades right so that English players get appropriate credit for ECF-graded games against them.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 185
Views: 7626

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Well, any foreign junior who plays the occasional ECF-graded event, for one.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4232

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

I can actually name a sponsor of this event this year, which is more than can be said for any previous year. Behold the Lohia Foundation.