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by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 30
Views: 1933

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:35 pm
What's the point
Assuming the question is in the context of the `substantive point` I referred to, the original question was whether there is too wide a range of obituaries being shared on this forum.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 30
Views: 1933

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

Firstly I agree that this thread does not belong here. This section is for deaths and obituaries, not discussion around them

Regarding the substantive point; there are arguments for and against such a wide spread of obituaries. One solution may be a separate section for `international obituaries`.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1127

Re: Question about arbiters

A related example would be where a player, swindled and subject to a forced mate next move (say a back rank mate where all they can do is interpose a piece), instead runs their clock down in spite. On one level, a player can use their time as they wish - but they also need to be told that this is n...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1127

Re: Question about arbiters

That's the same position I set up last night (for the sake of pedantry I had the mating bishop on f6). Justin is right to say that Bg8 would be the worst move on the board but a young beginner might conceivably do it without thinking, which was the scenario given. The point is that checkmate can be ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1127

Re: Question about arbiters

Interesting question Wadih - also something I have thought about doing when it becomes possible again. I may be at risk of incurring the wrath of the Arbiters' Union here, but I do feel that for lower level events a sort of practical wisdom at the board is more important than knowing the minutiae o...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 1875

Re: Ian Thackray

I have been asked to add the sad news that Ian Thackray's father did not long survive the death of his son and a joint funeral was held on 10th December.
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Michael Grattage
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Re: Michael Grattage

I'm sorry to hear this news. I played Michael Grattage at the Harrogate 4NCL a few years ago and he seemed a very pleasant man.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 86
Views: 5374

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix and Young players

I need your advice... I'd like to recommend Queen's Gambit to my junior students most of whom are of primary school age. Are there are moments that parents should be aware of whilst their children are watching? As you can guess, I've struggled to find the time to watch it but hope to do so. :D To e...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)
Replies: 13
Views: 3541

Re: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)

I finished watching the series last night. The show has consistently ranked in the Netflix top ten since it started streaming and it's irritating that something that might generate real interest in chess has happened when most chess clubs are closed. The best thing about the series was the authentic...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 1875

Re: Ian Thackray

I don't want to detract from reflecting on Ian's passing which has left Yorkshire Chess in shock. However regarding the question of `Mums and Sons` there are examples of chess playing families where both parents play or women masters with chess playing sons. However grassroots examples of a parent/ ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 1875

Re: Ian Thackray

In his notice on the YCA site Steve Mann makes the important note that Ian's late mother, Patricia Thackray, was active as a chess players in the 1990s making a rare mother/ son combination.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 1875

Re: Ian Thackray

Very sorry to hear this news. I didn't know Ian well but I corresponded with him when he sent in the results for his club and we played once at York. My thoughts are with his family.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1633

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

"I have noticed that talented juniors can scythe through U100 adults quite quickly but above that much greater tenacity is needed, particularly in endgames, and the junior often hits a wall at that point" Also true - I have encountered juniors (actually adults as well) who only want to play if they...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1633

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

Juniors in England drop chess after secondary school due to competing interests: I am sure this this is the same in all countries. And many persevered in the 80's, so what changed? There is no money in chess: I'd argue there never was, so doesn't explain the decline, nor why other countries have a ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 66
Views: 4646

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

People are willing to pay more for other hobbies, yes. Let's take ice skating, one is willing to pay a fair bit more than chess because ice rinks require a lot of people and expensive equipment to maintain. The idea that chess is on par with other regular sports is romantic, but not particularly gr...