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by Roger Lancaster
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 0
Views: 110

Division 4 South - 2019-20

Watford Chess Club entered the 4NCL in 2017-18 and followed up with a second team last year. If there's anyone out there in the Herts/Bucks/Beds/NWLondon area who is interested in joining a local club with a view to playing in 4NCL, please get in touch - you can PM me. We'd be particularly (but not ...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Rules 2019 - 20
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: 4NCL Rules 2019 - 20

I'm speaking from memory but I think there is a proposal to have a blitz tournament on the Saturday evening, in which case I'd guess it's intended to bring forward the start of Saturday's round to ensure the round finishes before the blitz begins.
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 609
Views: 71130

Re: Cheating in chess

Was the interview conducted in Russian? The ChessBase article is a translation of the Latvian but, although both interviewer and interviewee were fluent in that language, it's extremely probable that both also spoke good Russian. So the interview could indeed have been conducted in Russian, transla...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 609
Views: 71130

Re: Cheating in chess

Psychologically interesting, I thought, that he referred to not having received a copeck/kopek from the Czech federation when, of course, it's the Russian national currency (100 kopeks = 1 rouble) rather than the Czech.
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 1566

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Craig Pritchett wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:33 am
Many happy returns, Leonard! You have done so much for chess over the years and the quality of your chess journalism in The Guardian continues to set the very highest standards to all chess writers, bar none.
I'd go along with that!
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Gillman
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: Brian Gillman

Can anyone shed any light on Brian ? I suspect that Brian Gillman may have been the teenager, a leading member of the county junior team, whom I played in the Middlesex junior championships in 1961 or 1962. I had no more recent contact but, if Brian Gillman was about 73 when he died, he's probably ...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1351

Re: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?

IQ isn't a figure, it's a percentile in the population spread. On that basis, you might perhaps estimate Carlsen or Kasparov as being in the top 0.1%. Possibly. Maybe. Actual IQ "scores" are meaningless since they depend entirely on the actual test. For instance, in the two main tests for Mensa – t...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team
Replies: 13
Views: 1404

Re: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team

I wouldn't disagree as to the effectiveness of different media, Eric, and I gave up on my local paper once I found a better way to wrap my fish and chips, but others may find their local rag useful. For those people, I suspect the issue I raised may still apply. Local newspapers are a great source ...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 609
Views: 71130

Re: Cheating in chess

It is blindingly obvious to me that he should have been stripped of all titles and ratings, and started again as a new player. This idea was rejected by ACC on the astonishing ground that it might somehow benefit the player! Nick, any insight as to the manner in which the ACC felt it might benefit ...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team
Replies: 13
Views: 1404

Re: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team

I wouldn't disagree as to the effectiveness of different media, Eric, and I gave up on my local paper once I found a better way to wrap my fish and chips, but others may find their local rag useful. For those people, I suspect the issue I raised may still apply.
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team
Replies: 13
Views: 1404

Re: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team

Great name Good luck One issue with these clever invented names is they tend to kill off opposing teams' chances of getting any local publicity for their feats. A local paper may be amenable to reporting the results of a match against (say) Manchester or Cambridge University which are identifiable ...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35586

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I then was told my opponent, Mr Storey, had asked them to follow me. Clearly, based on what's been said here, the arbiters had no option but to award the game to Charlie Storey. What seems curious to me, although it's been unremarked upon here, is why - assuming Lorin is correct in what he says abo...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors
Replies: 22
Views: 966

Re: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors

Sorry to introduce chess into this, and it's a bit off-topic, but... I organized car hire today for my trip to Guernsey in October and discovered a bit of small print that says in the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK drivers will have to produce an international driving permit as well as their licence...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 3rd WATFORD JUNIOR (u-12) RAPIDPLAY, 29 JULY
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: 3rd WATFORD JUNIOR (u-12) RAPIDPLAY, 29 JULY

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