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by Graham Borrowdale
Sun May 10, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Options for Season Completion
Replies: 15
Views: 493

Re: Options for Season Completion

It does obviously all greatly depend on when we're allowed back to play though... Not even that simple - it will also depend on when people are prepared to play again. If players don’t have the stomach for the risk, then even if premises open again leagues will be decimated. I think the most likely...
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21346

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

and when did the Ruy Lopez start getting referred to as 'Spanish'?
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 2859

Re: The French System

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:08 pm
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As a result, chess in the UK cannot hope to compete even with France at chess, although they're no match for us at cycling and swimming.
So how did the 'English chess explosion' of the 1970s come about - was it entirely the Fischer effect and Leonard Barden's junior training?
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 2089

Re: Birth v Rating

My (dormant) rating has been stuck at the last year of the last millennium for a number of years. My ECF grade (if you exclude the leading 1) is likely to coincide with my age before long, at least until the ECF tinker with the numbers, by which time the aim will be to keep it above the current year.
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: National stages 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 1693

Re: National stages 2020

As for Finals day, If England reach the quarter finals, they either play Friday 3 July in St Petersburg, or Saturday 4 July in Rome, kick off 8 pm UK time I think Not quite true; they could be in either of the other quarter-finals if they get through as a best third-placed team. If I were English t...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4942

Re: Shortest game

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:47 pm
...So the mates are better IMO.
Ok, so this was a mate in 9 moves, at the Berks & Bucks congress many years ago:

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nxd4 5 Qxd4 e6 6 Nc3 Nf6 7 e5 Ng8 8 Ne4 Ne7 9 Nd6 mate
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 83
Views: 19296

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

The franchise model actually seems to offer greater protection for keeping teams afloat, even if there is a much greater threat of franchises relocating to achieve that than in the football league system. You still don't want to get an old Wimbledon FC fan started on MK Dons. As a real live 'old' W...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 553
Views: 46634

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Arkell and Howell both off the hook.

A great win for Andrew Smith, against Chris Ward.
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 5627

Re: Quit Stallin'

It's a lot longer than that since I was a congress regular, but it seems that, in general, congresses are smaller. Also, declining numbers of players means a smaller market, plus online purchasing.
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Mephisto Exclusive for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 1046

Mephisto Exclusive for sale

Clearing out the house so this has to go. See eBay listing for details


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mephisto-Exc ... SwV3Bc-8dj
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 4333

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

Thanks John - that would be the house I remember playing at, although the address was no 28 - I have an old BMS score book and some score sheets, which have details about venue for hire etc. I doubt whether the outdoor chess set is still there- according to rightmove no 28 is now flats. It was defin...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 4333

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

She a had quite a large house in Sandhurst/Crowthorne, which was host to Berkshire county matches on more than one occasion, probably in the late 1970s. I think there were books and equipment for sale, which might be the shop John refers to. Very sad that ex-players can get cut off from the chess co...
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 4 round FIDE weekenders?
Replies: 11
Views: 1252

Re: 4 round FIDE weekenders?

Having not played a weekend congress for many years, the two things which might get me interested again would be avoiding 3 games in one day and avoiding Friday afternoon/night travel, both of which cannot be done at present, apart from at bank holiday and longer events. The downsides would be the l...
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement
Replies: 9
Views: 1257

Re: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement

Very sad day. Always an inspirational player to me, and very principled, for example in his work to reunite the different world championships.
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 553
Views: 46634

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I am sure you are right.
The irony is that it used to be that the British Champion would get an invitation to play at Hastings.