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by Craig Pritchett
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1735

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: 2516

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: 2516

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: 2516

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: 26
Views: 3064

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: 2516

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: 2516

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: 26
Views: 3064

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...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record
Replies: 25
Views: 3918

Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Birthday wishes echoed from Scotland. Leonard, keep up your excellent chess reportage!
by Craig Pritchett
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

Thanks, Alex. I think that this provides a much fuller picture. For all the reasons I gave in my previous post, however, not least the fact that the existing qualification bars are set in a way that (quite rightly) encourages those 65+ players who meet them to play in the strongest possible competit...
by Craig Pritchett
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

Sorry, Kevin. Alex hasn't explained it, at least not fully. Why womens', u-21, u-18, 50+ and sundry other rating prizes, but no 65+ prize, although this is a major FIDE senior age classification, in which continental and world championships are held annually? Ian's point is interesting and maybe the...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

While I don't wish to make a big point about this, can anyone explain why in addition to the separate 50+ and 65+ British Championships, there are (rather good) prizes for competition among 50+ players who prefer to enter the 'main' Championships yet no prizes for 65+ players who do the same? This h...
by Craig Pritchett
Fri May 11, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP

In above, it should, of course, read 'Russian' not as inadvertently written late at night 'Soviet' veterans association. If editor can change this and delete this post, as I'm now too late to do this, I'd be grateful!
by Craig Pritchett
Thu May 10, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP

For me, too, a very sad loss. I first played against Vasiukov in a simul he gave in Glasgow in the mid-1960s. Since then I've played against him and analysed with him many times in international senior events. He was not just a dangerous and enterprising opponent who retained considerable strength i...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930
Replies: 12
Views: 1165

Re: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930

interesting character and some excellent research but is there really any hard evidence that a teenaged Chambers, ether born c. 1845 or c.1842, actually played Morphy at Birmingham 1858? No game or mention of his name, eg in the Loewenthal book on Morphy.