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by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 4779

Re: Tournament Structures

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:34 pm
"Organising congresses can be hard work (as you have to deal with chess players, who are very often hard work )"

I cannot let this go unremarked...

Absolutely right!
Don't forget, most chess organisers are also players...
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 63
Views: 2692

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Thank you Alex! You just restored my faith that ECF officers are capable of recognising humour.

As for Surrey in the Minor Counties, it is a very keenly contested event, so be careful!
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Victory for the Dinosaurs
Replies: 63
Views: 2692

Re: Victory for the Dinosaurs

Surrey are in minor counties this year so is there any provision for winning it to go into Open next season. Just out of interest, why on earth are Surrey in the Minor Counties in the first place? Surely that competition is for second string counties. It sounds a bit like Manchester United and Arse...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21164

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Back in the real world, I think that whoever wins will have deserved it, although I hope it does not come down to an arbitrary tie-break. If it happens to be Karjakin then I think he will have a good chance against Carlsen; don't forget he was within a whisker of winning last time. I think it is no ...
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 6236

Re: Snow Cancellations

While I don't disagree with the sentiments behind Andrew's comments, it does become a bit tiresome to read this 'you are lucky to have such hard working volunteers' rant time after time. I know we are. However, most chess players are extremely grateful for the work put in by organisers, and most tak...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 6236

Re: Snow Cancellations

Cancellation due to adverse weather is concerned with the safety of individuals. As SCCU County Match Controller I have no reason to dispute their cancellation of any of today's matches. That sounds entirely sensible, we all want to play chess after all. As for claiming matches by default, I fail t...
by Graham Borrowdale
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21164

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Personally I would like to see a new world champion, but at present there does not seem to be an obvious candidate. Whoever wins the Candidates will be a kind of first amongst equals. Having said that, Karjakin ran Carlsen extremely close last time, and the same could happen again, whoever the chall...
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Team Board Orders & Grades
Replies: 16
Views: 1019

Re: Team Board Orders & Grades

Oh, how I miss playing in the Surrey League! The imposition in general of grading numbers as a strict indication of playing strength was inevitable, given the number of "jobsworths" (Andrew Z) in chess, and the need for rules for everything, but it does prevent the development of improving players, ...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6837

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

Indeed. By 'this sort of thing' I meant players being allowed to take a bye at, presumably, short notice. If the bye is requested before the tournament, or has been granted for other reasons, that is a different matter. By 'this level', I was referring to players who are clearly professional, or com...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6837

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:18 am
We might have expected to see Wang Hao facing Nakamura in this round, but he's taking the day off.
Does anyone else think that (allowing) this sort of thing feels wrong at this level?
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12557

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Nice to see the French Winawer get an outing at this level (Giri-Carlsen) - I suppose we should not be surprised with anything Carlsen plays.
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4145

Re: Hastings 28 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

A good win by Adam Taylor against the top seed
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lightning Chess
Replies: 17
Views: 1035

Re: Lightning Chess

I have not played in a 10 second tournament since the old Berks & Bucks congress with Alex N's loop tape. I guess more common nowadays is 5 minutes, or some version with increments. The trouble with 10 seconds per move is that it can seem incredibly slow, especially in the opening and for obvious mo...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 3985

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

...where does the responsibility for outreach lie? I don't see that any group has responsibility. I would say that senior schools are the most likely to bring players to a level of interest such that they would consider joining a chess club, but, as has often been noted on here, senior schools ches...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Toothill (1938-2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 1442

Re: John Toothill (1938-2017)

John and I were playing our fortieth game against each other in the internal club competition on Tuesday 21st when he took ill. Not surprisingly he was winning, having cannily, played as white a line I had told him recently I struggled against! I offered him a draw in the ambulance, but naturally h...