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by Mark Page
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 4309

Re: Steve Berry

This is terrible news and I am totally shocked. Steve was a great friend of mine in the 80s and early 90s when we both played for Mitcham in the Surrey League, winning the title and the Cup on many occasions. He was always our board 1, except when we could cajole Peter Large to the board. As we live...
by Mark Page
Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2720

Re: London Chess Classic 2014

Having just seen the entry list on Chessbase for the Beijing Mind Games rapid/blitz (Dec 9-18), I can't imagine there are enough super GMs left for there to be a London Classic this year. Or at least not at the level we have been accustomed to. Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana, Grischuk, Nakamura, Anand, K...
by Mark Page
Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Andrew Jonathan Whiteley
Replies: 20
Views: 7440

Re: Andrew Jonathan Whiteley

I didn't know Andrew at all, but I did once play him in the London League, half a lifetime ago in 1989. The game was adjourned in a very complex position, and he sealed. Before the resumption, though, my flat in Clapham Junction was burgled, and the intruder decided to open the sealed move envelope,...
by Mark Page
Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess families
Replies: 70
Views: 7138

Re: Chess families

In the Germany v Ghana match in the 2010 World Cup, brothers George Boateng and Kevin-Prince Boateng were on opposite teams. Are there any similar examples from chess? I may be wandering a bit too far off topic here, but it was Jerome Boateng and Kevin-Prince Boateng who were on opposite sides. Geo...
by Mark Page
Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011
Replies: 11
Views: 2005

Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Dundalk is a 1 hour bus ride from Dublin airport with a fare of just €10 return. And thanks to Ryanair, you can get to this tournament for less than the cost of a decent curry! Sean, Your mention of Ryanair instantly made me think of Fascinating Aida's absolutely brilliant and hilarious song abou...
by Mark Page
Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Survey of league chess
Replies: 94
Views: 7238

Re: Survey of league chess

But the Birmingham league rules do cater for default times 13.2 A game shall be lost by default:- a) if a player shall fail to arrive at the venue for any session of a game before his time allowance has expired. So this is deliberate, although I don't think I'd like to have to wait 75 minutes befor...
by Mark Page
Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2011
Replies: 106
Views: 11097

Re: Gibraltar 2011

The big news of the gala dinner at the Tradewise Gibraltar was that Judit Polgar would play at the 2012 tournament. Her first open event in a very long time... Given Judit's shunning of all women-only chess events since - well, forever - I wonder if she will declare herself to be "male" for prize p...
by Mark Page
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: PLAYING CONDITIONS - NOT THE WORSE? SURELY?
Replies: 54
Views: 7783

Re: PLAYING CONDITIONS - NOT THE WORSE? SURELY?

Three or four years ago, when Whoberley (now Coventry) Chess Club played at the Standard Triumph Club, every match night at about 8.30 or so, a truly awful rock band used to start rehearsing in (I think) a basement room underneath us, at very loud volume. It was extremely difficult to concentrate, a...
by Mark Page
Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

In response to comments about late arrivals to the british championship - Last round, i was playing David Spence in the main championship (bd17). I Live in Thurrock (essex) , so its about an hour and 10 minutes drive to canterbury, but like everyday, i left early, around 11:30-12.00. On route to ca...
by Mark Page
Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Although I've never posted on here before, I feel in danger of being the only person in England who hasn't voiced an opinion on Rayner v French and I feel a need to have my say. I don't recall anyone using the word "responsibility" in any of the many messages posted on this thread - ie the "responsi...