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by Richard Bates
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Skilling Open
Replies: 33
Views: 1966

Re: Skilling Open

Matthew Turner wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:19 pm
Not meant to be harsh, simply meant to be good marketing
Whoosh! ;)
by Richard Bates
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020

Oh that's sad news. A familiar face (and for short period in my very early teens, familiar potential opponent) through 30 years of playing league and weekend chess. As above, I wouldn't have guessed he was quite that age, but then it is one of those strange features of being a chess player (particul...
by Richard Bates
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2606

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

About 10 years ago, all players found guilty were stripped of their titles also. Given my FIDE position at the time, I'm surprised that I didn't know about that. Do you mean you were completely unaware of the Myanmar scandal (which I thought was quite common knowledge (or at least gossip) at the ti...
by Richard Bates
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2606

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

Care to elucidate? Well the fact that he was British U14 champion is a bit of a clue! But he also once told me an amusing (for me) story about a tournament in Surrey once when we were a bit younger that i (as a relative 'superstar') turned up to play. He said he had some memory (being down on board...
by Richard Bates
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2606

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

If you want some serious possible candidates, although still not "that" late, i would suggest Keith Arkell (learnt at 13). Not sure when Mark Hebden started.
by Richard Bates
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2606

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

Justin, I had a number of names in mind, but I couldn't say for definite. The one that I'm 95% sure about is Mark Ferguson Don't think so. Care to elucidate? Well the fact that he was British U14 champion is a bit of a clue! But he also once told me an amusing (for me) story about a tournament in S...
by Richard Bates
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2606

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

Need to distinguish between people who started late, and were late developers (eg. who played a lot but were not considered anything special as younger juniors but suddenly make dramatic advances in late teens or later)
by Richard Bates
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2606

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

Matthew Turner wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:23 pm
Justin,
I had a number of names in mind, but I couldn't say for definite. The one that I'm 95% sure about is Mark Ferguson
Don't think so.
by Richard Bates
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Nick Mitchem 1973-2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1642

Nick Mitchem 1973-2020

In this horrible year that just gets worse and worse, it is with the greatest sadness that I relay the news, that will I suspect come to as a complete shock to many, of the passing yesterday of Nick Mitchem at the tragically young age of 46, having been in hospital for a number of weeks. Many across...
by Richard Bates
Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1324

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

Another factor could be the reducing strength of the junior events at the British; back when I was playing these (around 1990) the events where very strong; nowadays because they let any Tom, Dick or Harry into the championship has impacted this; back then it was extremely difficult to qualify, so ...
by Richard Bates
Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1324

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

Richmond Juniors? I am a great admirer of the wonderful work Richmond has done over the decades - and the Complete Chess Addict was my absolute favourite book as a child. However I felt, then and now, that clubs like Richmond are very good at developing a large pool of juniors who are competitive a...
by Richard Bates
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.
Replies: 34
Views: 1994

Re: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.

The numbers work for me. I think it's simply wrong to say that they only have any value for beginners. I would say that they are my fundamental starting point when assessing any position, and without them i would find it very difficult.

Although perhaps that's what's holding me back.
by Richard Bates
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Interview with FIDE President
Replies: 23
Views: 849

Re: Interview with FIDE President

I agree with Richard. I would have thought that a major attraction for a number of players in team events is that they (potentially) get FIDE-rated games without taking a week off work. But if deals are made outside the match, (e.g. captains agreeing all boards drawn) that does affect the rating sy...
by Richard Bates
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Interview with FIDE President
Replies: 23
Views: 849

Re: Interview with FIDE President

I should add, perhaps, that of course the above arguments aren’t absolute. There will of course be those who care little for rating anyway -so can be dismissed as a motivator, and who might anyway lose interest once team result is determined. Just as there are those who will try their best and fight...
by Richard Bates
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Interview with FIDE President
Replies: 23
Views: 849

Re: Interview with FIDE President

“Mystified” is perhaps laying it on a bit strong. I get the principle. However, I’m not saying that most people play 4ncl (or any team chess) solely for an individual rating. But they play for a range of reasons, one being that it is an opportunity to play competitive chess, hopefully against player...