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by Richard Thursby
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The psychology of choking
Replies: 25
Views: 2691

Re: The psychology of choking

Possibly not quite what you're looking for, but Karpov in his first match against Kasparov springs to mind.
by Richard Thursby
Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not a dispute
Replies: 18
Views: 1484

Re: Not a dispute

What happens if you are the last people playing, there are still queens on the board, and the rest of the sets have been snuck back into their boxes. Are you allowed to stop the clocks to go and make the 'legal' move of promoting to a queen? It seems only right that if that rule exists, they make s...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Anyone having a street party
Replies: 18
Views: 2856

Re: Anyone having a street party

William Metcalfe wrote:I will have a street party when we do to the monachy what the French did to theres (sic)
That happened nearly 150 years before the French did it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_I_ ... #Execution
by Richard Thursby
Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Anyone having a street party
Replies: 18
Views: 2856

Re: Anyone having a street party

1) Shouldn't this be in the "Not Chess!" section? It involves a future king or two, a queen and a future queen, a few bishops or archbishops and I am sure that at least one knight will be present. :) 3) Even if we are, why should we go along with this enforced jollification regarding two people we ...
by Richard Thursby
Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: What do people here do?
Replies: 49
Views: 4410

Re: What do people here do?

AustinElliott wrote: Also come across several tradesmen where the occupation "passed down" the family - again plumbers, and a roofer or two as well.
That's how things were in previous years. Some might even have the names to prove it!
by Richard Thursby
Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Starting Black's clock at start of game
Replies: 27
Views: 2299

Re: Starting Black's clock at start of game

The following is from the current Thames Valley League rules:

"The player of the white pieces has the option on his first move, in the absence of his stipulated opponent, of starting black’s clock without playing a move. Black on arrival can immediately restart white’s clock."
by Richard Thursby
Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Chris Majer returns!
Replies: 95
Views: 9215

Re: Chris Majer returns!

To backtrack several posts up this thread, a grade with an asterisk, (a/an * grade) is an unpublished grade based on too few games to qualify for category E.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amazing puzzle
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

Re: Amazing puzzle

Geoff Chandler wrote:
The solution is always the last line you look at.

(...er....well of course it is...ignore that last bit)
That's because once you've found it you stop looking. :)
by Richard Thursby
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Been having fun
Replies: 5
Views: 887

Re: Been having fun

"I think therefore I am." is perfectly accurate. In order to think, one must exist. Similarly, one must exist to feel. Incidentally, whatever he might have written, he probably said "Je pense donc je suis." or possibly "Je pense donc que je suis." (Different translation engines give different result...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: To understand recursion first you must understand recursion
Replies: 15
Views: 1890

Re: To understand recursion first you must understand recurs

If every poster on this message board chips in £10, would it be it enough to send "someone" to the moon (one way ticket)? If everyone registered on this board (currently 690 members) chips in £10, that's a mere £6900. The Apollo missions cost millions each. So I think the answer to your question...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do I need to know about tournaments?
Replies: 23
Views: 1624

Re: What do I need to know about tournaments?

Nicky Chorley wrote: I know about the touch move rule
I should hope so too, since in the Laws of Chess it appears in the Basic Rules of Play. Whenever someone asks about the touch move rule, ask them what game they are playing. When they say "chess", ask them what the rules of chess say.
by Richard Thursby
Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Rate of Play
Replies: 61
Views: 5576

Re: Rate of Play

Adam Raoof wrote: [The] 4NCL used to have Captain's meetings on Sunday mornings - do they still hold those?
According to the following, yes.
http://www.4ncl.co.uk/faq.htm
by Richard Thursby
Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournaments in Holland
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Re: Tournaments in Holland

Matthew Turner wrote:Does anybody know how to find detail of forthcoming chess tournaments in Holland?
Are you not interested in tournaments in the rest of the Netherlands as well? :)
by Richard Thursby
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this the most underhanded thing done in chess?
Replies: 14
Views: 1716

Re: Is this the most unerhanded thing done in chess?

Speaking of changing names, I have played someone under two different names and I only found them on the current list by looking up their grading reference on my grading report. They are now under another name but at least they have the same first name as when I last played them.
by Richard Thursby
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 129th Varsity Match.
Replies: 117
Views: 8903

Re: 129th Varsity Match.

The SCCU stage saw Cambridgeshire beat Berkshire, Essex, Sussex, Kent and Oxfordshire, while losing to Surrey and Buckinghamshire and drawing with Hertfordshire. In the quarter-finals, Hampshire defaulted, and the semi-final was won against Essex (10.5-5.5), and the final was won against Kent (11-5...