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by Michael Farthing
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Rare 17th century book
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Rare 17th century book

I was struck by the fact that the front cover answers a question raised on this forum a few months ago. Has white always made first move? The cover suggests that at the date of this book first move went to whoever touched a piece first. Note to Rupert: Replies seem to be about chess trivia rather th...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Excelsior!?
Replies: 26
Views: 2990

Re: Excelsior!?

[Event "4NCL Division 1a"] [Site "Daventry, ENG"] [Date "2018.11.11"] [Round "2.31"] [White "Sreeves, Clement"] [Black "Rudd, Jack"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C10"] [WhiteElo "2358"] [BlackElo "2234"] [PlyCount "41"] [EventDate "2018.11.11"] [WhiteTeam "Alba"] [BlackTeam "West is Best 1"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2779
Views: 116041

Re: The English Language

The phrase says "static weaknesses" and both words surely must be taken together. A doubled pawn is a static weakness. It is a weakness that often stays to the end of the game and cannot be got rid of easily. For pieces, to take an extreme example to make the point, might be a bishop on f1 with pawn...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 332
Views: 23630

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Dunno - but their parents did.
by Michael Farthing
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 259
Views: 12725

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Why? After all, chess is embedded into Chelsea's ground.
by Michael Farthing
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 492
Views: 58847

Re: Cheating in chess

The Spartans ran their entire education system on this very principle. Boys were encouraged to steal, but if found out were beaten (for doing it badly). The incentive to make the attempt, however, was that their rations were kept short.
by Michael Farthing
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 73
Views: 4736

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:50 pm

Michael - we'll have to see if Niamh can play her game through Skype! Lol
In the absence of Niamh we only managed a 2-2 draw yesterday but I see she used her time more productively and my congratulations and best wishes to her for the rest of the tournament.
by Michael Farthing
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 492
Views: 58847

Re: Cheating in chess

I think there was a celebrated case quoted on this forum of a parent and child (in Israel as I recall) who had a "telepathic" act that gained notoriety when the child (might have been a teenager) played in a chess tournament and received his moves "by telepathy" from his father and unexpectedly won ...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF and the World Championship Match ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1073

Re: ECF and the World Championship Match ?

I suspect this may well not be a deliberate decision but simply that the volunteers and stretched office resources have not had the time to tackle this. Why not offer to put a page together (or more if you have the time and skills)? I would not be surprised if the offer were accepted.
by Michael Farthing
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2779
Views: 116041

Re: The English Language

The someone who told you that gave you a very good definition! The important word is "seemingly". I think the idea probably comes from the use of drums in battles to give courage to troops where previously there was (seemingly) none.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 73
Views: 4736

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

Look Matt, if it continues to be bad weather and a further postponement occurs, could you just fly Niamh back for the match against Bispham on Wednesday? T'would be gratefully appreciated and the weather is fine here.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 492
Views: 58847

Re: Cheating in chess

I hope, and suspect, that such steps will not be necessary. It does strike me, assuming the incident is as severe as it appears, that organisers, once made aware of the situation, will not be over-anxious to welcome the player concerned into their competitions. [Edit - moved a 'not' to make the mean...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 56
Views: 3891

Re: 4NCL International Congress

Somebody who won't be playing for a long time, if ever, one would hope His rd 8 win was a corker. Not bad for a 1200. Wouldn't have been out of place for a 2400 :roll: CCF, hhmm Wonder if his school gets informed? Can’t imagine they’d be too impressed... I wonder that this matter is being treated s...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2528
Views: 277386

Re: Media comments on chess

Paul Habershon wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:04 am
Another thing about CHUMP - as a feeble trick you can write it with joined up handwriting and turn it upside down.
Paul, with the exception of the Shrevas Royal affair, you have managed to generate what I think is the only post on this forum to have interested my wife. Congratulations!