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by Richard Thursby
Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Counties Finals...latest scores
Replies: 37
Views: 7663

Re: Counties Finals...latest scores

I have the remaining results as something like :- Counties Lancashire 11 Sussex 5 Minor Hertfordshire 10 Middlesex 6 U-160 Suffolk 8.5 Yorkshire 7.5 U-120 Kent 8.5 Hertfordshire 3.5 I'm sure I have the correct winners but the actual scores of the two Hertfordshire matches are a bit "iffy" Incidenta...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU AGM Minutes 2010
Replies: 268
Views: 14207

Re: NCCU AGM Minutes 2010

They [Durham University] previously never had a University-wide chess society (or it had lapsed) until earlier this year, when it was reformed for the BUCA event. This explains why none were able to play for Durham at County level. B6. The qualifications for a player to represent a County in any of...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You can't do that, it's not your turn yet!! or can you??
Replies: 20
Views: 2066

Re: You can't do that, it's not your turn yet!! or can you??

Another thing some people try and do is what I call 'clock blocking' - whereby they make a move, you punt out a quick reply but then they try and hold their finger down on the clock to stop you pressing it. I am sure most people have experienced such a thing when in a time scramble. That's an infri...
by Richard Thursby
Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Do you say "Check" or not??
Replies: 85
Views: 4925

Re: Do you say "Check" or not??

I follow Kasparov's lead. I saw American Gambit many years ago, in which he didn't announce check, and in his solitary loss to Short in their 1993 World Championship match he resigned by stopping his clock. Sadly my chess ability doesn't match Kasparov's. Sometimes, I then offer my opponent a beer u...
by Richard Thursby
Sat May 22, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championship Quarter Finals
Replies: 89
Views: 5000

Re: County Championship Quarter Finals

I won't be playing anywhere since the match was cancelled due to the opposition being unable to raise a team.
by Richard Thursby
Wed May 05, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Florencio Campomanes
Replies: 7
Views: 738

Florencio Campomanes

This doesn't seem to have otherwise made it on to this board. The ECF website carries an obituary of former FIDE president Florencio Campomanes.
by Richard Thursby
Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2 questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1051

Re: 2 questions

The Eastman Cup final was played on 19 April and Cavendish beat the previous year's winners Richmond 5.5-4.5.
by Richard Thursby
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best excuses
Replies: 62
Views: 4228

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: 878

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: 3224

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: 4039

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: 2395

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: 3590

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. 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: 12289

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: 10414

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...