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by Richard Thursby
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move rule
Replies: 60
Views: 6097

Re: Touch move rule

In the 1988 laws of chess (of which I have a physical copy) article 9.3 states "Declaring a check is not obligatory." My first observation of high level chess was the film American Gambit . The players didn't announce check so that was the habit I adopted. [Apologies if I have already posted the fol...
by Richard Thursby
Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lecture Course
Replies: 60
Views: 11202

Re: Lecture Course

I'd definitely be interested in learning about some of the great matches already mentioned, including historical context and chess politics of the day, interspersed with a few examples of play. I'll also add to your list of doctors endorsing this idea. Sadly, my academic career is long behind me and...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: London League results service
Replies: 36
Views: 10209

Re: London League results service

Not to do with fixtures, but the "Local Events" page includes one for 26 September 2013 that shouldn't be there.
by Richard Thursby
Sat May 18, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adjudication: another league moves on
Replies: 38
Views: 3271

Re: Adjudication: another league moves on

John Upham wrote:
Roger de Coverly wrote: Exceeding long games
Did these games involve Mr. Kipling?
That would be exceedingly long noses (sorry, different Mr Kipling, as not known by this year's University Challenge finalists).
by Richard Thursby
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Caption Competition
Replies: 38
Views: 3313

Re: Caption Competition

As Derek sat carefully sorting out the chess sets, certain members of the English Chess Forum had a deep sense of empathy with his task at hand, having been there, done that and got the t-shirt more times than they cared to remember.
by Richard Thursby
Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: It's Maths Jim, but not as we know it
Replies: 3
Views: 803

Re: It's Maths Jim, but not as we know it

A couple of Maths degrees and a few free hours might be required to get full benefit :D I have one of those, not sure where I might find the other. This is a reference to the Church-Kleene ordinal ωCK Could this be a typographic error or is it akin to Cillit Bang which is used for an activity know...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Deaths of Chess Players
Replies: 22
Views: 7584

Re: Deaths of Chess Players

Is there a list of players who died whilst playing chess? There are a few floating around on the internet, making claims with varying degrees of reliability....... There was a case a few years ago of a player completing round 1 of a weekend event on a Friday and dying overnight. I would definitely ...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do you make a Grand Master?
Replies: 11
Views: 2088

Re: How do you make a Grand Master?

(A variation on a theme:)

Start with ten grand and lose nine grand.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: County websites
Replies: 10
Views: 1458

Re: County websites

Sean Hewitt wrote:Leicestershire is http://www.lrca.org.uk

The most impressive bit (I think) is the automated league results service.
The Surrey County Chess Association and the London League both have a similar facility to submit results.
by Richard Thursby
Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bizarre oversight
Replies: 18
Views: 2776

Re: Bizarre oversight

The simple solution to Greg's point is to play the position and not the opponent. Their opening their eyes wide might be stifling a yawn.

Given that even top-level players suffer from such blindness, there's hope for the rest of us...
by Richard Thursby
Tue May 15, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Why is Joey Barton such a c*ck?
Replies: 74
Views: 6043

Re: Why is Joey Barton such a c*ck?

If someone elbowed you in the face, would it really cause you to fall on the floor and roll all over the place ? Why don't you ask Gary Mabbutt about the incident involving him and John Fashanu? Why is it that at rugby, a player can be tackled heavily to the ground by several opponents and yet just...
by Richard Thursby
Sun May 13, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Deadline for submission for July 2012 list
Replies: 32
Views: 5464

Re: Deadline for submission for July 2012 list

http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/help/ The above should answer some of the questions on game eligibility. Any games played in December 2011 should have been eligible for the January 2012 list if submitted in time. I am intrigued by the number of references to a non-existent date (31 November) in this t...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: £9 a game? You being funny.
Replies: 34
Views: 2716

Re: £9 a game? You being funny.

Ben Purton wrote:Its unfair, what if i dont want to support my federation because I believe it is corrupt and just want to play chess?
Simple, find another federation.
by Richard Thursby
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: University Challenge
Replies: 14
Views: 2162

Re: University Challenge

This is game 2:
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1242961

One would think it deserves to be better known. I don't remember seeing it before.
by Richard Thursby
Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Chess notation/topology
Replies: 7
Views: 2040

Re: Chess notation/topology

Recording the move as check is not mandatory and so the move must be unambiguous without the check sign. You shouldn't be asked to work out which one of possibly several moves is the correct one simply by the presence or absence of the sign. I came up with some other examples but they were all varia...