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by Craig Pritchett
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 19
Views: 622

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Many happy returns, Leonard! You have done so much for chess over the years and the quality of your chess journalism in The Guardian continues to set the very highest standards to all chess writers, bar none.
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 1386

Re: Swiss Pairing Systems

1976 The National Bank of Dubai Evening Standard London Chess Congress had 250 players for 6 rounds. Bojan Kurajica was the lone winner with 5.5./6. Fake news!? Or simply some other tournament?! I can quite categorically confirm that I finished outright first in that 1976 Bank of Dubai / Evening St...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Aleksandr Kuindzhi
Replies: 8
Views: 943

Re: Aleksandr Kuindzhi

Intrigued, I contacted a German friend, whose origin is Czech and who knew Janata when they were both youngsters in Prague. He says that mutual friends told him that Michael Janata died of cancer and confirmed that he had studied Arabic and Swahili. A sad loss.
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 4086

Re: Falkland Islands

Isn't the FIDE response only likely to annoy the Argentine Federation? And perhaps quite rightly. Given the clarification of the actual (measured and not inappropriate) ECF interest in chess in the overseas dependencies (which are not FIDE members), by an earlier (1 June) post by Angus French to the...
by Craig Pritchett
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Aleksandr Kuindzhi
Replies: 8
Views: 943

Re: Aleksandr Kuindzhi

Kuindzhi is sometimes spelled Kuyindzhi so check both on databases. He's played quite a few world senior and euro senior championships, certainly including 2016. I played against him in the 2011 world seniors where he had a 2400+ rating - a draw, he played a highly risky Schliemann Defence (or is it...
by Craig Pritchett
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 3536

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

Titles and norms can certainly be made at senior and euro individual champs by top three finishes and, of course, if you score a regular IM or GM norm by rating it counts. Not sure of all details but certainly winning world seniors = GM title if you haven't already got it .... Vladimir Okhotnik and ...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 6291

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Thanks, Tim, for the wider 'British' plug. Keti's result was especially good at her first 50+ entry. For the record, this wasn't my 'best' result in these events although I don't keep (close) track of these things. The vagaries of the pairings in such large Swiss events mean that I only gained a rel...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3311

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

Eric's death saddens me, too, although I've been as aware as many others that his health had been very poor for quite a long while. He was indeed a very calm, intelligent, many-sided, creatively talented and simply likeable person, who I first met when he invited me to play at an International tourn...
by Craig Pritchett
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 3456

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

Thanks, Michael: I did indeed rather miss the additional phrase in 3.8.2 re: castling - to the effect that castling is 'counted' as a move by the king (although I still find that a somewhat counter-intuitive notion, not least because most of us castle not just to play a desirable king move but also ...
by Craig Pritchett
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 3456

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

As 3.8.2 (thanks, Michael) in fact already actually defines castling as a king and rook move (albeit 'requiring' the king to be moved before the rook), I guess that all I'd suggest is that 4.4 c (quoted very early in this thread) requires some further amplification. As 4.4 c makes clear (in the cont...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 3456

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

Stewart/Geoff Just to tie up my thoughts on this: I'm quite happy with the current rule that requires a king move (only) on illegal castling. I think the rules should, however, spell out that this is based on a convention that in effect considers castling to be a king move (and not a uniquely dual k...
by Craig Pritchett
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 6291

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Tim: very quickly, yes such a payment request has gone out to at least one other of the Scottish entrants but I haven't (yet) had one. It is irritating that the organisers apparently won't accept credit cards, as this has been pretty well 'standard' even in cases where the organisers 'required' all ...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 3456

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

Stewart - I rather like your idea that all (illegal move!?) transgressions receive a 2 minute penalty in classical time-rated games … not least because as you suggest it is easy for arbiters (and I'd add players) to remember and in retrospect it's probably a reasonable enough penalty in most, if not...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 3456

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

This is indeed interesting in a variety of ways that flag up implications for the laws of the game … in the modern age! My doubt is about the modern-day validity of a rule which appears to legalise castling on the opposite side in the event of having illegally castled on the other (4.4. as quoted ab...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 6291

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Thanks, as ever, to Tim for consolidating all this useful information for all of us who play in the events. Modesty, however, forbids me to accept that I am the top-rated British player in the 65+ championship, as Tim suggests, 'as usual'. While it probably is true that I have been the top-rated Bri...