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by Richard Thursby
Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess families
Replies: 70
Views: 7627

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: 19535

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: 9044

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.
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Middlesex County Chess Association: a new website
Replies: 18
Views: 2896

Re: Middlesex County Chess Association: a new website

New website looks good. One thing missing is the constitution; which can be found here http://businesschat.reocities.com/Colosseum/dugout/3249/constitution.htm (archived from the very old geocities site, so might not be the most up to date version). I note in particular that Rule 1 doesn't tally wit...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Going to the wrong venue for a game
Replies: 39
Views: 2804

Re: Going to the wrong venue for a game

In one Saturday afternoon match I turned up at what I thought was the venue only to find nobody there. This being the days before mobile phones cue then trying two or three other venues without success before giving up and going home. On arriving home, the captain had called to say where the venue w...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Local leagues and young adult particpation
Replies: 22
Views: 1780

Re: Local leagues and young adult particpation

In my experience, with the exception of university sides, very few. In the teams I played for at most one or two (reduced by one when one of the players dropped out of the age bracket recently). If one is young enough, one doesn't need to show an awful lot of interest to find oneself asked to join c...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New chess league for London
Replies: 76
Views: 5094

Re: New chess league for London

Thanks for the offer Stewart, I'll bear that in mind. I'm only graded 150ish though, so I think division 1 of the London League might not be quite my level. That very much depends who you play for! While you might not be board 1 material for prospective league champions, you won't be out of place o...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Rewriting history : is it correct?
Replies: 9
Views: 1558

Re: Rewriting history : is it correct?

John Saunders wrote:I'm OK with that so long as they don't also change the name of the film to "The Darn Busters".
Wouldn't that be more due to RN and M being easily confused when written in lower case (especially in joined-up writing)?
by Richard Thursby
Mon May 23, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: 2010/11 Championship
Replies: 152
Views: 19880

Re: 2010/11 Championship

Anyone know the last time there was a match this one-sided? Can't directly answer this question but can think of three examples off the top of my head: Cambridgeshire 14-2 Buckinghamshire (January 1997, my SCCU debut, no defaults. The sole Buckinghamshire victor arrived late if I remember rightly.)...
by Richard Thursby
Sun May 22, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Grade please?
Replies: 75
Views: 6326

Re: Grade please?

About twenty years ago I went to get my grading list out after I'd played about twelve moves of a game. More subconsciously than consciously I felt a need to know my opponent's grade before deciding my future tactics. I suddenly realised I was about to cheat and didn't get the list out. Ever since ...
by Richard Thursby
Sat May 21, 2011 11:02 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: 2010/11 Championship
Replies: 152
Views: 19880

Re: 2010/11 Championship

Middlesex spread themselves too thin in the Preliminary round - they beat us (G Man) in the Open, but lost in the U180 and defaulted the U160 (possibly disproving the theory that the SCCU counties have enough players to fill every one of the teams available) Speaking from experience, they may have ...
by Richard Thursby
Tue May 10, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money
Replies: 38
Views: 3608

Re: Prize Money

They have an anti sandbag rule which employs rating floors. Your floor is 200 lower than the highest grade you have achieved in your lifetime. So if at one time 20 years ago you were 2200 you could never enter a -2000 tournament. Also if you win say a -1600 tournament your floor becomes that. 1600....
by Richard Thursby
Sun May 01, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CCF v Surrey
Replies: 141
Views: 12948

Re: Are Opens a little too open?

Not at all chess related, but the last few posts remind me of this story from a few years back.
by Richard Thursby
Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Congratulations to Prince William and Princess Catherine!
Replies: 19
Views: 2339

Re: Congratulations to Prince William and Princess Catherine

As this article mentions, she's not Princess Catherine, rather like the groom's mother was never (officially) Princess Diana. And Happy Birthday, Alex З Днем Народження. Congratulations on any newly acquired freedoms because of your age. Some of them aren't necessarily much to get exc...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:32 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: National Schools Championships 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 2700

Re: National Schools Championships 2010-11

John Upham wrote:How do the entry numbers for this season compare with previous ones?
According to the SCCU website, "This year's entry ... was a disappointing 148 teams, rising to 153 with the appearance of new teams in the Last Chance Saloons."