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by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020

"2 hours 20 minutes"

That was it. I assume it was in the days of 40 moves in 2.5 hours. In case anyone was wondering, his name is pronounced to rhyme with boys.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020

That's a shame - I played him at Hastings in 1978. He was a nice guy. I seem to recall he once spent an inordinate amount of time (something like an hour and a half?) on one move in a later tournament.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2150
Views: 179066

Re: Cheating in chess

I have now watched all of Naroditsky's piece on the cheating accusation and it is interesting. He does comment that the platforms are not likely to ban a strong GM without being certain they're right. (It would be good if they applied that to everyone.) He does make the good point that anyone could ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 272
Views: 11351

Re: Pedants United

"pronouncing the latter as "Keramics"."

Quite right too!
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The Trump Organisation
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: The Trump Organisation

"Trump Golf was founded in 1999 with the mission to create the world’s best luxury golf experience that celebrates the purity of the game, family values and tradition." "...the purity of the game, family values and tradition." Wow. I was watching the start of the latest impeachment process on Sky Ne...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2150
Views: 179066

Re: Cheating in chess

"One of the alleged signs on a camera is staring at something away from the board." Yes, it means nothing - e.g. Ivanchuk frequently stares at the ceiling and I don't suppose he has a chess set stuck there... Even I sometimes stare into space then look at the board in the hope that I will suddenly s...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: H E Atkins
Replies: 15
Views: 906

Re: H E Atkins

"Also good news about little Georgie Hahn."

I had noticed the junior winner was about 6 inches taller! I feared that the proximity to the war might have terminated Georgie's career (and indeed Georgie himself), so it was good to see he lived a long life.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2150
Views: 179066

Re: Cheating in chess

"If you click on the link it will take you to 1 hour 52 minutes in. If you watch for 30 minutes or so you will have a good understanding of the case against Maghsoodloo." I have now watched the first 20 minutes and it's certainly interesting (and Naroditsky is always a good presenter). I thought ......
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2150
Views: 179066

Re: Cheating in chess

"Is that video really going to be four hours long?"

Well, at least it suggests it's thorough!
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 272
Views: 11351

Re: Pedants United

"Our second edition of Fowler's Modern English Usage agrees that that used to be the orthodox pronunciation, but adds that the influence of such words as aerodrome, hippodrome, palindrome, etc had prompted the change." Interesting. I don't suppose "aerodrome" is Ancient Greek! You could pronounce "h...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2150
Views: 179066

Re: Cheating in chess

Dealing with online cheating seems a bit of an art, not a science. I'm reminded of the Football League last season banning the Leeds goalkeeper for about 6 games for making a racist comment. He denied it and the league said, "we can't prove you did it, but we'll ban you anyway". Unfortunately, some ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4125
Views: 447391

Re: Media comments on chess

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-55658370

Scroll down to 0945 today (at time of writing, everything above it is depressing) - there is a giant chessboard in Beirut.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 272
Views: 11351

Re: Pedants United

"I believe - though cannot find a reference - that, in the early years of the 20C, "syndrome" was pronounced "Syn-drom-ee" - to rhyme with epitome." I recall the late Kenneth Williams expounding on this subject at length on a TV chat show, along those lines, referencing the pronunciation of epitome,...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 272
Views: 11351

Re: Pedants United

"I have heard people say tortoise as tortoys in the past too and I have always thought it may be a valid alternative, but now I think it may be valid only in some dialects at best, not in Received Pronunciation."

I agree.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 272
Views: 11351

Re: Pedants United

"I'd say pet hate is the stronger - I've always understood peeve to mean a mild annoyance. But the qualifier "pet" to my mind considerably reduces the force of both." Yes - I agree with that, but maybe the "pet" suggests also, "I don't like this but I would understand if other people disagreed with ...