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by John Upham
Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8344

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

But not over and over again and in very complex positions... anyway I've said enough on the issue. clearly the all-knowing forumites aren't impressed enough by the fact that I'm a grandmaster who's worked extensively with engines and was one of the few players to call out rausis. which makes you wo...
by John Upham
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4603

Re: Brexit tea leaves

I should have made myself clear and apologise for not doing so. What I wrote (in the style of Ernie Wise) was ambiguous. By "English Parties" I meant The Conservative & Unionist Party The Labour Party The Liberal Democratic Party The Green Party The Brexit Party rather than say the SNP, PC, DUP, SDL...
by John Upham
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4603

Re: Brexit tea leaves

Had all the English parties been openly Pro-Brexit (and, for the record, I'm not) then I wonder what would have been the outcome of the General Election ? The same outcome as every other general election - whoever Rupert Murdoch endorses. Every single government formed since 1969 when he took over ...
by John Upham
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4603

Re: Brexit tea leaves

This might be controversial but...

Had all the English parties been openly Pro-Brexit (and, for the record, I'm not) then I wonder what would have been the outcome of the General Election ?

I think I am asking what would have been the outcome had Brexit not been merged in with the General Election ?
by John Upham
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90378

Re: Cheating in chess

Can anyone confirm if software exists that allows a camera to recognise a position and punt that position into an engine for analysis ?
by John Upham
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90378

Re: Cheating in chess

I have seen discussion in other places that the Igor Rausis photograph was staged.

Reason(s)given was that he agreed to this to avoid revealing the exact method of cheating.

A mobile telephone hidden in a sock and used in the toilet is not ground breaking technology.
by John Upham
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Message to all Graders
Replies: 4
Views: 1114

Message to all Graders

I have been passed the following message by various interested parties : Fellow graders, For us this year end marks the beginning of a new era. We will be closing the grading period for all results up to 31st December and please submit all files to Matt Carr by 14th January. We intend to use the Jan...
by John Upham
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 2020

Re: Development News (ECF website)

It has become clear that it will be impossible for me to work with certain people
in the ECF,
would, I imagine, be true for almost every BCF / ECF Official over the years. It would be unusual if it was not true.

Of course, this applies to most spheres of life.

A sorry end indeed.
by John Upham
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 14005

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:27 pm
How long is this saga going to go on for?
In 1960 13 episodes of Coronation Street were planned and then that would be the end.
by John Upham
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess club folds
Replies: 100
Views: 12368

Re: Chess club folds

Dragging the thread back to the original topic ... Addlestone won divisions 1, 2, and 3 of the Surrey Border League in 2006 and a few years later disappeared leaving no discernible trace. If you want the key to success, then I suggest you look at the Surrey/Hants (and Berkshire) Chess League model....
by John Upham
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 18238

Re: End of an era

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:22 am
JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:54 am
And today
How are you going to fill your day once Keene finally hangs up his pen?
The pen was hung up years ago.

Ctrl A, Ctrl C & Ctrl V was RDKs main weapon of choice.
by John Upham
Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4350

Re: Shortest game

It is a bit off-topic … I have commented previously about the tendency of Forum threads to veer wildly off topic. This thread has gone from being about members' shortest games to being about the development of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist after privatisation. That must surely have set a...
by John Upham
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 4350

Re: Shortest game

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:18 pm
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:27 pm
About 35 years ago I played a colleague in the Government Chemists' Championship
The what? :shock:
It was a sister organisation to the Government Dentists' who had their own championship also.
by John Upham
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Welch
Replies: 21
Views: 2593

Re: David Welch

Very sad news. :cry:

I am putting together an obituary here : https://britishchessnews.com/2019/11/09 ... welch-rip/

If you would to like to contribute to this then please email me

at john.upham@zen.co.uk


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by John Upham
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Choker - as bad as it sounds
Replies: 12
Views: 1404

Re: Choker - as bad as it sounds

I've tried combining chess, glasses of red wine and Twister in my university days.

Almost anything combined with red wine seems to work OK except perhaps "Operation" and "Bucking Broncos".