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by Nigel White
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1117
Views: 54358

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Typical! I have been avoiding Hungarian tournaments because Hungary is on our government's unclean list. Then today I get this from GOV.UK: "The FCDO* has removed Hungary from the Global Travel Advisory exemption list, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks." Hungary seems ahead of most ...
by Nigel White
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1117
Views: 54358

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Czech Airlines have just cancelled my flights for Pardubice for covid-19 reasons. (Chess) Life Not Returning To Normal. Are you able to go by train instead? I haven't specifically checked on this occasion, but the usual answer to that question is that it takes too long and is too expensive - a pity...
by Nigel White
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1117
Views: 54358

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Official homepage - http://www.czechopen.net/ Chess-results link - https://chess-results.com/tnr530505.aspx?lan=1&art=0&turdet=YES &flag=NO Note that Tim is in the B-Open. Sowray & Wiley in the GM A-Open. I was wondering if the Jan Zelezny entered in the B section was the great javelin thrower of t...
by Nigel White
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Adrian Jackson
Replies: 6
Views: 1617

Re: Adrian Jackson

This is very sad news. He was my son's physics teacher up until my son did his A levels last summer. I only knew him from parents' evenings and similar events. He once gave a talk at the school on the history of chess, as part of a series given by the teachers on topics of interest to them, to raise...
by Nigel White
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does being a team captain affect your grade?
Replies: 9
Views: 1190

Does being a team captain affect your grade?

I'm sure being a team captain can't be good for your grade. I can think of two sorts of reason why it can have a adverse effect: (i) Distractions during your own game. For example, chasing up missing team members or trying to arrange substitutes once the match has started. Or interruptions at crucia...
by Nigel White
Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 27431

Re: World Youth Championships

Additionally they were selecting board numbers and using the metal detector wand before the game on those in that pairing. If there were any other checks being carried out, they weren't publicised. There were also random post-game metal detector checks (I waa subject to one), inluding the lesser se...
by Nigel White
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 70
Views: 7454

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

My time at the Festival is now over for this year. I'm too exhausted to consider any of the quick stuff this weekend. I would like to give a big thank you to the organisers and arbiting team who performed professionally and competently throughout. When problems did arise, they appeared to deal with ...
by Nigel White
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 70
Views: 7454

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

The last year without registration, we had 20 defaults in Round 1. So we had to do something! Last year in the U1600 Weekender (for which no registration was required) in the first round on the Friday night over a quarter of all the games were shown as defaulted - and this figure will exclude succe...
by Nigel White
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 48
Views: 5288

Re: General Election 2019

Howard Berlin who is the Conservative candidate for Ilford North plays for Ilford Chess Club. I played him once in a league match a few years ago, but no nothing much about him.
by Nigel White
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess train
Replies: 11
Views: 2346

Re: Chess train

Might you be able to report back, post event, Nigel, possibly with some pictures? It was again a hugely enjoyable event, won by the German GM Michael Prusikin with an impressive 10/11. My modest 4 points was about in line with rating expectations, given that nearly a third of participants were rate...
by Nigel White
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess train
Replies: 11
Views: 2346

Re: Chess train

The Chess Train 2019 is held under the auspices of the Minister of Transport Vladimír Kremlík ... Surely the surname/family name is misspelt? Kremlik seems to have got himself in big political trouble by attending our departure today. He turned up early (before 9am) & seemed to have fun trolling th...
by Nigel White
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess train
Replies: 11
Views: 2346

Re: Chess train

We set off again tomorrow morning. Numbers seem to be a bit down this year, which I hope doesn't jeopardise its contiuance, given there were some doubts about its future last year which thankfully appear to have been resolved.
by Nigel White
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 70
Views: 7454

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

The last year without registration, we had 20 defaults in Round 1. So we had to do something! Last year in the U1600 Weekender (for which no registration was required) in the first round on the Friday night over a quarter of all the games were shown as defaulted - and this figure will exclude succe...
by Nigel White
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 17383

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:26 pm
Nepo held with White by Predke. I was intrigued on looking up the latter to see he was from Dimitrovgrad - how many Russian cities named after Communist leaders in the Soviet period have retained those names in the modern era? (Tolyatti is another one, I note.)
Kaliningrad is another.
by Nigel White
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 68
Views: 9046

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

But the rules on the Grand Prix web page say default wins are not counted, so the 20th 4NCL would only score 87 +4 = 91, I think.