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by Richard Thursby
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best excuses
Replies: 62
Views: 3904

Re: Best excuses

David Sedgwick wrote:Sorry I'm late. I was too busy reading, and posting on, the English Chess Forum.

It's the excuse I'm going to use when I arrive late for my London League match this evening.
If I don't get a bit of a move on, that might be my excuse as well.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Fighting Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 807

Re: Chess Fighting Cards

A simple way to remove the flip board solution is to put co-ordinates round the diagram.

A more complicated example of the same idea is the Christmas Tree problem (<insert your favourite internet search engine> it). Again, it looks like there are two solutions, but it turns out there is only one.
by Richard Thursby
Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock Rules for SCCU County Matches
Replies: 46
Views: 2949

Re: Clock Rules for SCCU County Matches

Having played in a match last weekend where there were increments, I can confirm that the twenty minutes are added once one clock reaches zero. Regarding the second quote above, the page now says "...initial time period of 1hr 40min (plus increments) has expired...". While I expect there may be some...
by Richard Thursby
Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Devon editorial on various issues...
Replies: 44
Views: 3848

Re: Chess Devon editorial on various issues...

Given the last time I played in a club internal competition was 2001, I wouldn't be able to play for the club I represent in local leagues. This is part of the problem with the counties. Traditional counties are used, but not enough people seem to know where the boundaries actually are. Particularly...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possibly FIDE's most amusing rule
Replies: 29
Views: 2073

Re: Possibly FIDE's most amusing rule

Proving I have rather too much time on my hands, here's a variation I came up with for the bishop vs 4 pawns: 1 Bb7 h5 2 Bc8 h4 3 Ka2 h3 4 Ka3 h2 5 Ka4 h1N 6 Ka5 Kg8 7 Ka4 Kf8 8 Ka5 Ke8 9 Ka4 Kd8 10 Ka5 c6 11 Ka4 Kc7 12 Ka5 Kb8 13 Ka4 Ka8 14 Ka5 Nf2 15 Ka4 Ne4 16 Ka5 Nc5 17 Kb4 Na6 18 Ka4 Nb8 19 Ka5...
by Richard Thursby
Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Most moves before any pieces moved?
Replies: 25
Views: 3127

Re: Most moves before any pieces moved?

There's the following game involving Frank Marshall where white's first fourteen moves are all pawn moves. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1095244 This games was published in Chess Monthly approximately fifteen years ago in an article entitled "The Perils of Pushing Pawns". Having given...
by Richard Thursby
Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 11547

Re: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)

I recall being harangued for playing P x P e.p., as this was unfair as my junior opponent had never seen it before! I hope you politely responded that if the junior is playing competitive chess then they should know all the rules. It reminds me of a match (Disclaimer: I wasn't present and only hear...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Default Times
Replies: 88
Views: 9545

Re: Default Times

A zero default time would have a profound effect on anyone who is habitually late (and might make them arrive on time!). You can also imagine if the start time is (say) 19:30 and a player arrives with his watch saying 19:29 to find he has been defaulted because someone in the room has a watch saying...