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by Richard Thursby
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spot the Mistake !
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Spot the Mistake !

There doesn't seem to be any way to report this error to Amazon unless you have an account on the US site.

I feel I should be able to do a lot better than only recognise the first of the three actors in the fourth image.
by Richard Thursby
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Highly original and previously unthought of joke.
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Highly original and previously unthought of joke.

The daftest newspaper on the internet Clearly not correct; that accolade belongs to one or more of the British tabloid media outlets. I don't know for certain (and somebody in the know please correct me), but if someone offered "Cheque, mate." as a method of payment at Chess & Bridge: The London Ch...
by Richard Thursby
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 217
Views: 5536

Re: Pedants United

'Thank you for practicing social distancing'. Practising please! S for the verb, c for the noun, as in to license/a licence. So the DVLA is a licensing authority. You can't hear the difference with those examples, but to advise/some advice is a good aide memoire. Possibly the creator of the signs u...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Violence on the chessboard
Replies: 14
Views: 970

Re: Violence on the chessboard

[With apologies for being cryptic] I believe my club president (who may have co-authored a book mentioned earlier in the thread, where this story is possibly told) has a story of how his late predecessor as club president was involved in an altercation with his opponent during a Thames Valley League...
by Richard Thursby
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Kevin Hawkins
Replies: 11
Views: 1674

Re: Kevin Hawkins

Sad to hear of his passing. We played once in the Buckinghamshire League many years ago, agreeing a draw in a position where neither of us had much time left.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Minimum Grades
Replies: 95
Views: 15279

Re: Minimum Grades

The two entries for David Shapland are duplicates, I believe. I played against him when he played for Albany and then spoke with him briefly (not while either of us had games in progress) at a County Championship Finals Day when he was playing for Yorkshire. A few years ago there was a story of some...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship
Replies: 11
Views: 1058

Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

My school chess captain (170+ strength at peak) is now a vicar, but has not had a published grade for nearly twenty years and I don't think plays any more.
by Richard Thursby
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Blackpool and Fylde League
Replies: 5
Views: 1146

Re: Blackpool and Fylde League

Or rather, it was. Its TLS certificate expired three years ago. That link now has a permanent redirect to the league's page on ECF LMS https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/14087/home
by Richard Thursby
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2022

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

World Champion Openings (1998 edition) by Eric Schiller. It has a large number of diagram misprints but was my introduction to the notable final game of the fourth Karpov-Kasparov world championship match. The section on openings in The Mammoth Book Of Chess by Graham Burgess. I won it in a tournam...
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check
Replies: 48
Views: 4016

Re: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check

David Sedgwick wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:42 pm
If I say that a Queen is attacking two pawns, does that [mean] that it could be attacking three pawns?
Correct. It is like the following: Some months have 30 days, some have 31 days. How many have 28 days?
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check
Replies: 48
Views: 4016

Re: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check

Of course, if a king is attacked by three of the opponent's pieces then it is definitely attacked by "one or two" of them (as in, there exist one or two opponent's pieces attacking it).
by Richard Thursby
Thu May 28, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is chessmastery.co.uk?
Replies: 13
Views: 954

Re: Who is chessmastery.co.uk?

Definitely a site to avoid using while it has a TLS certificate error.
by Richard Thursby
Fri May 15, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 2265

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

I'm not saying it would, merely that, given that Mr Ivanov's wife, daughters and sisters will have the surname Ivanova, the two names should be considered together when calculating strength.
by Richard Thursby
Fri May 15, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 2265

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 5:06 pm
Among current players Ivanov is the strongest surname I've found so far
Does that change if you take into account that a significant proportion of the population can't have that surname and extend it to include Ivanova?
by Richard Thursby
Thu May 14, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 2265

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

It says a lot that it's on at 11:20pm on BBC2 on a Friday; hardly prime time viewing. It might have appeal to the Newsnight crowd. Personally I'd go for Bobby Fischer Against the World but I generally prefer documentaries over dramas (with some exceptions).