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by John McKenna
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4134

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

How ironic would it be if FIDE agreed to rate games played at the above-mentioned time controls for all players and thereby finally allow "slow-play" ECF graded games to be FIDE rated. Not sure Alanis Morrissette would be too troubled by the irony. But watch this space - there has been increasing d...
by John McKenna
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: GH Hardy
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: GH Hardy

Being one of the foremost mathematicians of his day - and an avid cricket fan - chess, in any shape or form, certainly came a poor third at best. https://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2931.htm Perhaps Hardy dabbled more in chess problems than playing the game itself. https://www.chessproblem.net/viewtopic.p...
by John McKenna
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4134

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

If more decisive games are desired while maintaining a reasonable sort of standard, then the solution is to play a rapidplay time limit. There are intermediate options. Topalov has suggested that Classic games should now be played with 90 minutes each (so G/60 + 30 secs or G/75 + 15 secs). But FIDE...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 3550

Re: Falkland Islands

Nigel Short .The Falkland Islands Chess Club met for the first time at the Malvina House Hotel at 7.30pm on Monday. They will meet again next week.< The ECF can help particularly with teaching materials and possibly equipment. Stewart, that could mean the ECF have boards but no pieces, as yet, to g...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3028
Views: 126316

Re: The English Language

Imagine a footballer kicking a football around. Then think of the footballer as White and the ball as Black. White (the footballer is in control of Black (the ball) and can make B go where he wants. In other words Black has lost all control in the position and must reply specifically to whatever mov...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 67
Views: 3575

Re: Candidates 2019

Marrying one of the GMs who have consistently defeated her might help her improve and break through the 2600 barrier. How does that come across, Chris? She (2484) defeated Nepo (2492) with the white pieces in the 2004 World U-18 Ch. held in Heraklion. At that event she did exactly the same to Lawren...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: Sid Kirby

What Neil C wrote, above, is sad but true. What Ian T and Andrew Z wrote is interesting. Delving back a bit further - no sign of him in the paper ECF grading lists for 1996/7 & 1997/8. Yorks may have been hiding their lights under a bushel in those days (as Ian T indicates above), too, so he may hav...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sid Kirby
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: Sid Kirby

24C was his lowest grade - showing on the ECF's o/l grading d/b as July 2008 - but it's based on the highest number of games he played in a season. His other entries there show the less graded games he played the higher his grade got. RIP Sid I never knew you Though perhaps I did In any club on lowe...
by John McKenna
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 3550

Re: Falkland Islands

The Stanley Marathon - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Marathon (Note the nationality of some past winners.) If a small, but dedicated, group of older chess-playing and younger marathon-running Argies (perhaps including some vets) are reduced to sneaking into the main island via a third coun...
by John McKenna
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2877
Views: 308140

Re: Media comments on chess

23 May 2019 · The Salomon Atoll on the Chagos Archipelago. ...... It's a strategic piece of real estate in the chess game of global power, and ...
https://www.thejournal.ie/chagos-island ... 7-May2019/
by John McKenna
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 3550

Re: Falkland Islands

...and one in the Indian Ocean I believe.
Readers might venture to compare the treatment of that "one" and the Falklands.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagos_Archipelago
by John McKenna
Wed May 29, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3917

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Sterling wordsmith work, Michael! And, the whole point about those itty-bitty bitcoins is that they don't physically change hands. By the way, I've now realised that MJM could be a latter-day Spartan - … He commanded that all gold and silver coin should be called in, and that only a sort of iron sho...
by John McKenna
Wed May 29, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Definition of IMC
Replies: 15
Views: 1151

Re: Definition of IMC

What is this "AA" then?

To me it's either Alexander Alekine or Alchoholics Anonymous.
by John McKenna
Wed May 29, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress seeking sponsor
Replies: 3
Views: 966

Re: Hastings Congress seeking sponsor

If the "Awesome", above, wasn't by Justin I'd say it would be open to interpretation. However, knowing Justin's form as a crusading newshound, I'd say it means to him - yet another person of some prominence doing wrong and, in this instance, caught with his sticky fingers in the cookie jar. (Correct...