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by Richard Thursby
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen vs three pieces
Replies: 29
Views: 2367

Re: Queen vs three pieces

Several examples here including an example by Nigel Short.
by Richard Thursby
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Prometheus - a new game
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Re: Prometheus - a new game

Helpfully for chess players the board is the same orientation. At close to £300, it might be cheaper to emulate the Beirut captives and make the pieces out of foil cheese wrappers instead (subject to being able to buy enough). However, based on the campaign query string parameters that Kevin left in...
by Richard Thursby
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 3025

Re: Announcing mate

Michael Farthing wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:53 pm
Was it a reputable or disreputable British Chess Champion?
That depends on your view of Andrew Jonathan Mestel.
by Richard Thursby
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 3025

Re: Announcing mate

In a quarter of a century of playing competitive chess, I have never come across this. I suspect it would be classed as a distraction in terms of penalty. As there is nothing in the rules about it, the question about being forced to play that line is null and void, or becomes a question of social et...
by Richard Thursby
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ChessCube shut it's doors
Replies: 10
Views: 2653

Re: ChessCube shut it's doors

https://www.chesscube.org you are welcome Sadly flagged instantly as a suspicious site by my mobile! Adam The security certificate is self-signed; hence flagged as dangerous. Switch the protocol to http: rather than https: (so you simply have a warning in the address bar in desktop browsers).
by Richard Thursby
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ChessCube shut it's doors
Replies: 10
Views: 2653

Re: ChessCube shut its doors

...some sort of fatal exploit in the site code... According to Wikipedia it was running on Adobe Flash, which is disabled by default on modern browsers (Firefox and Chrome). Possibly faced with having to rewrite the site in another language, I can understand why they might have decided to pull the ...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Robert Richmond
Replies: 4
Views: 1726

Re: Robert Richmond

Sad to hear this. We played a few times on the same Aylesbury team in the mid 1990s, usually at opposite ends of the board order.
by Richard Thursby
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock adjustment for not keeping score
Replies: 10
Views: 1688

Re: Clock adjustment for not keeping score

As someone who has also recently suffered an injury to my right-hand side (fortunately I am left-handed), may I echo David's good wishes for a recovery. You mentioned that you had notified the league controller. According to at least two pages here and here on the Buckinghamshire chess website it is...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What are the safeguards ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2353

Re: What are the safeguards ?

In the left-hand menu is a link titled 'bookmark'. If you click this, an URL appears in the browser's address bar, rather than displaying the php URL (someone else will have to explain how php works, something about websites being generated dynamically using elements pulled together from a database...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 2453

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

And also at Imperial https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Buzzard. I played in the same teams as Kevin at school, Roger (d C) will remember his father who played for Bourne End. Despite Kevin Buzzard teaching me most of what I ever knew about number theory, I never knew he had any chess interest, de...
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 16
Views: 3762

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

My PhD supervisor worked with Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, including editing the volume for his 75th birthday. I met him on at least one or two occasions.

If you're going to mention chess-playing professors (at least on this forum) then surely one needs to start here.
by Richard Thursby
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 10
Views: 1317

Re: Merry Christmas

Martin Benjamin wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:17 am
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Whatever your standard, and whatever your results in 2019, enjoy your chess. It makes life a little richer.
Merry Crimbo Martin.
by Richard Thursby
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: WANTED - Batsford algebraic edition of Winning Chess by Chernev & Reinfeld
Replies: 6
Views: 1556

Re: WANTED - Batsford algebraic edition of Winning Chess by Chernev & Reinfeld

I guess you have already gone down this route: there is currently a paperback version available on Amazon UK for under £30 including delivery https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winning-Chess- ... 1849941106. I have no idea whether you consider this a sensible price.
by Richard Thursby
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess-themed quiz questions
Replies: 33
Views: 3880

Re: Chess-themed quiz questions

Another chess-themed quiz question: Name the chess world champions who gained the title after previously losing a match for the world title and who had not been world champion previously. Vasily Smyslov (lost (drew) 1954, won 1957) Boris Spassky (lost 1966, won 1969) Viswanathan Anand (lost 1995, w...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess-themed quiz questions
Replies: 33
Views: 3880

Re: Chess-themed quiz questions

To veer off the thread: How many World Champions have been born during World Championship matches? I found Kasparov (Botvinnik-Petrosian), Carlsen (Karpov-Kasparov). Karpov missed Botvinnik-Bronstein by a matter of days.