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by Richard Thursby
Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chessbase 10
Replies: 7
Views: 2105

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: 3507

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 is against an eminent member of this forum, possibly played not long before he died (Ray Bott, not the eminent forum member).
by Richard Thursby
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Personal Hygeine and smelly chess clubs
Replies: 14
Views: 3511

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: 3170

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: 4361

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: 3214
Views: 163989

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: 3124

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...
by Richard Thursby
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move rule
Replies: 60
Views: 6581

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: 11975

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: 11878

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: 3495

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: 3630

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: 827

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: 7803

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: 2167

Re: How do you make a Grand Master?

(A variation on a theme:)

Start with ten grand and lose nine grand.