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by Richard Thursby
Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Do you have to compete promotion to win ?
Replies: 173
Views: 10498

Re: Do you have to compete promotion to win ?

Players often play capturing or promoting moves two-handed. The laws are badly drafted and do not clearly make this entirely illegal. It appears quite clear to me: 4.1 Each move must be made with one hand only. I was involved in a time scramble about a year ago when my opponent was making captures ...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: 2016 draw
Replies: 242
Views: 21440

Re: 2016 draw

Matt Mackenzie wrote:Sorry to be a pedant, but Spurs already have two league wins ;)
...and similarly England's second World Cup win was no later than 2003.
by Richard Thursby
Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever
Replies: 26
Views: 5933

Re: Worst Chess Book (Review) Ever

Neil Graham wrote:Tony Miles once reviewed Eric Schiller's book Unorthodox Chess Openings in two words: "Utter crap," which is about as concise a review of a bad chess book as you can get.
That's quite surprising given the opening he used to defeat Anatoly Karpov in the European Team Championship in Skara in 1980!
by Richard Thursby
Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Photo of St Bride's, former London chess venue
Replies: 19
Views: 2586

Re: Photo of St Bride's, former London chess venue

"There were thirty boards, but only ten women competitors."

Any thirty board match these days (apart from all-female matches) that could boast ten female competitors would be considered doing rather well.
by Richard Thursby
Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League Matches Between Teams Of Same Club
Replies: 28
Views: 2804

Re: League Matches Between Teams Of Same Club

When I started playing for Guildford about 20 years ago we had FOUR teams in division 1 of the Border League so I hereby claim the record on hehalf of Guildford. A similar time ago Bourne End had four teams in division 1 (of 2) of the Buckinghamshire League. The following year the league was extend...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi finals
Replies: 75
Views: 13903

Re: Semi finals

Results from Bletchley:
U180
Middlesex 10-6 Warwickshire

U160
Essex 8-8 Warwickshire
Essex won on board count

Other Middlesex results:

Open
Kent 9-7 Middlesex

U160
Lancashire 9-7 Middlesex
by Richard Thursby
Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules query - starting clock without moving
Replies: 27
Views: 2993

Re: Rules query - starting clock without moving

When the rule was introduced in Bucks , matches nominally scheduled to start at 19:30 could in one extreme example not start until 19:50, and there were other clubs which were not terribly prompt starters often because the room was used by somebody else first. What has actually happened is that the...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chessbase 10
Replies: 7
Views: 1936

Re: Chessbase 10

I hadn't used it for a while, but I have the impression some of the features have been disabled unless you login. Needless to say, it considered my email address in a standard format of name@something.ispname.co.uk as invalid, so I was unable to test this. The reason for that is the regular express...
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chessbase 10
Replies: 7
Views: 1936

Re: Chessbase 10

I just checked my version of ChessBase Light 2009 Premium and received the same message.
by Richard Thursby
Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?
Replies: 24
Views: 3125

Re: How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?

I learned from Ray Keene's "Pocket Book of Chess".

Ray Bott's only game on chessgames.com is against an eminent member of this forum, possibly played not long before he died (Ray Bott, not the eminent forum member).
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1229652
by Richard Thursby
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Personal Hygeine and smelly chess clubs
Replies: 14
Views: 3395

Re: Personal Hygeine and smelly chess clubs

(won't say it's name or location to avoid embarrassment for the club or it's members) It took me considerably less than five minutes to find out which club it is. Indeed, it is a conundrum. Take your pick between any stench inside and exhaust fumes from passing cars outside. Best to raise it with c...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: President of FIDE
Replies: 19
Views: 2945

Re: President of FIDE

Anyone playing to such a high level is unlikely to have time for high-level administration. Max Euwe was only president later in his life, even if he did manage to take a world title off someone during his presidency. Imagine how absurd it would be to suggest that a footballer in their prime should ...
by Richard Thursby
Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn promotion question
Replies: 37
Views: 4028

Re: Pawn promotion question

Presumably one of the reasons why players use an upturned rook is because it is the only piece with a flat top that will stay upright when upturned. What do you do when this isn't the case (admittedly unlikely in tournament chess because of the standardised design)? Kasparov caused some consternatio...
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 129695

Re: draw/tie/tie gsme

England 273 & 138 v Australia 224 & 187/9d is a tie (although quite why you'd declare...) You cannot declare the fourth innings (even if your name's Hansie Cronje). I vaguely recall hearing about a match where a team forfeited the third innings after being asked to follow on, but it may be my imagi...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dealing with a crisis as a captain
Replies: 28
Views: 2879

Re: Dealing with a crisis as a captain

Hmmm, where to start? 1) Player suddenly remembering their GCSE art exam is on the day of the match and unable to find a replacement at short notice (we still won comfortably). 2) Opposition in school match phoning up because their potential board 1 was concerned the match would be graded and the ad...