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by Richard Thursby
Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Enter Your Local Chess Congress Online!
Replies: 11
Views: 4207

Re: Enter Your Local Chess Congress Online!

The Birmingham Rapidplay did it for the first time in October, and we got 25% online. I received lots of blank entries from people who had clicked submit, but hadn't filled in the form. I discovered the culprit for this, but he shall remain nameless. :wink: It should be fairly simple to validate th...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5845

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

John McKenna wrote: One wonders what event it would take to signal policy changes here but one is left with the feeling that there is no such event.
It's called a general election.
by Richard Thursby
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amusing Pairings
Replies: 53
Views: 8301

Re: Amusing Pairings

In a tournament many years ago I played black against someone with the surname John. It has taken me the better part of two decades and this thread to remember it and suddenly see the (extremely obscure, admittedly) significance. http://www.ormerod.uk.net/History/Thursby/john_ormerod_scarlett_thursb...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adjournment Tales...
Replies: 32
Views: 3769

Re: Adjournment Tales...

Isn't there a variation of the adjournment story where the sealer/ resigner doesn't turn up and the opponent opens the envelope to read some insult. (I don't recall the name of the sealer.) This doesn't work when the person sealing keeps the envelope! With respect to the Barbadian, you spend years ...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Paul Keres
Replies: 32
Views: 6302

Re: Paul Keres

A (Scottish) pound. Never really accepted in England even though it is legal. What do you mean by "legal"? It certainly isn't legal tender, even in Scotland. If I tried to pay my council tax with Bank of Scotland notes the council could refuse to accept and sue me for non-payment. If I tried to pay...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Conduct of Parents
Replies: 126
Views: 11105

Re: Conduct of Parents

Perhaps we should ban children from these events if their parents are unable to conduct themselves properly. That would be patently unfair. After all, it's not the child's fault if their parents can't behave themselves. Of course, if you ban the parent you might de facto ban the child as well since...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Monty Panesar
Replies: 121
Views: 8006

Re: Monty Panesar

Wides don't get counted as balls faced (since to be a wide by definition you can't score off them-players have been out hitting balls that would otherwise have been called wide) but no balls do. I think that extras used to not be added to the bowler's runs but are now. No, the seven would not count ...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Monty Panesar
Replies: 121
Views: 8006

Re: Monty Panesar

Isn't it 16 dot balls, since his 20th delivery was a wicket, not a dot ball?
by Richard Thursby
Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Title Match At Moscow In 2012
Replies: 16
Views: 1956

Re: World Title Match At Chennai In 2012

Daniel Young wrote:
ChessBase News wrote:...The prize fund would be US$ 2.55. ...
Any ideas? :?
Only that the stated prize fund equates to about 20 minutes' work at the current US Federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour). :)
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Advice on Organising a Simultaeous Display
Replies: 1
Views: 706

Re: Advice on Organising a Simultaeous Display

Surely this advice doesn't just apply to juniors!?
by Richard Thursby
Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alex H is taking over the world
Replies: 27
Views: 2454

Re: Alex H is taking over the world

And all I wanted to do was to avoid spelling his surname :cry: You could try copy and paste. If he can spell his surname properly I'm not surprised he's OK at spelling "caterpillar". That seems to be based on the idea that because a lot of monoglot native English speakers might have trouble then he...
by Richard Thursby
Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 8592

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

I now firmly believe the worst situation is when you come up against someone who smells...unfortunately this is all too common I would think so, since apparently only about 2 per cent of the population suffer from anosmia. :) But, yes, I remember in a juniors versus seniors match the junior next to...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess families
Replies: 70
Views: 7015

Re: Chess families

Russian surnames are a little confusing because brothers and sisters often have different endings to their names. Iraida's maiden name was Spasskaya. That's because you can always tell the gender of a Russian noun by how it ends (even proper nouns, although I'd have to go and look up the details). ...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 18740

Re: Do you believe in God

Paolo Casaschi wrote:
Paul McKeown wrote:
Richard Cowan wrote:GOD is real unless declared integer. FACT
GOD is real unless declared imaginary. FACT.
Both wrong, the Devil is in the details :evil:
GOD is real unless a (non zero) part of it/him/her is imaginary :)
Are you excluding the possibility that GOD might be p-adic?
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 8592

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

Sebastian Stone wrote:Having the same surname as me, but having a higher grading.

That's pretty annoying. :|
For some people it's more likely to happen than others.