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by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Diary Plus
Replies: 1
Views: 474

Re: Diary Plus

"Players forum between rounds, a nice touch." I don't know the details here, but Spectrum regularly had such a forum before the last round, and it did produce useful suggestions for different venues, prize structure, tournament structure etc. Someone said, "why not have an event at X?", we would ask...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Club finals
Replies: 29
Views: 1949

Re: National Club finals

"I would myself have regarded the answer to this question as entirely self evident until I learnt last night that the ECF is not intending to provide an arbiter for the National Club finals which are taking place at Golden Lane this afternoon. Should a dispute arise that cannot be resolved by the te...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Promoting chess for younger players in chess clubs
Replies: 51
Views: 2963

Re: Promoting chess for younger players in chess clubs

"Teaching chess etiquette is a big part of my coaching." Good! Unfortunately, the cheating and bad behaviour is not confined to (a minority of) the players. Parents, coaches and arbiters have been known to infringe as well. I have had obnoxious parents trying to bully me into awarding games to their...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:21 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Counties Finals...latest scores
Replies: 37
Views: 7372

Re: Counties Finals...latest scores

"I'm guessing from your location that you play in the Surrey League. That league is, I hope, unique in allowing players to insist on the use of a clock made in 19th Century in preference to a modern digital clock. Out of interest, what was the rationale for this rule?" I think the word "rationale" i...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Where are the chess sets?
Replies: 76
Views: 16120

Re: Where are the chess sets?

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6485

Scroll down most of the way to where Magnus is revealing the green lining to his coat. Is he perhaps saying, "No, I am not hiding the missing chess sets."?
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: K+B+N vs K checkmate
Replies: 16
Views: 1384

Re: K+B+N vs K checkmate

"I had to do it in about half a minute earlier this year with about a dozen people watching and managed it with a few seconds to spare. One of my proudest chess moments! "

Same, except I had two minutes I think. When our Board 1 GM announced he was impressed, I was even more proud!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Does your League still have adjournments?
Replies: 115
Views: 7508

Re: Does your League still have adjournments?

"A 120 mile round trip! - it just shows what a different world it is in London! I think you would have to get through 3 or 4 adjournment sessions here before you could reach comparable levels of inconvenience." This is a good point. Taking Surrey as an extension of London, I worked out that there ar...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU AGM Minutes 2010
Replies: 268
Views: 12551

Re: NCCU AGM Minutes 2010

"The present allocation of places to Unions at the Nationals does not seem too bad....and those who query the role of the Unions maybe need to get involved and attend the Union meetings to see what really goes on." And those who make comments like that should first check whether such people have fir...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Does your League still have adjournments?
Replies: 115
Views: 7508

Re: Does your League still have adjournments?

"I am of the same opinion as a player in a match I played in this season - when he was asked "Which finish do you want adjudication or adjournment" he simply replied neither." This reminds me of a match in Surrey years ago, when either player could insist on adjournment in the top division and the K...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Does your League still have adjournments?
Replies: 115
Views: 7508

Re: Does your League still have adjournments?

The short playing session is a problem in Surrey, whatever the method of finishing the game. I don't agree that the antipathy to QP is always age-related. The strongest teams in Surrey Division 1 regularly have matches which are all QP finish, and lower down, a lot of "experienced" (by which I mean ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Karpov candidate for FIDE president
Replies: 122
Views: 11556

Re: Karpov candidate for FIDE president

"The Gibraltar Football Association have been to the Court seeking to force UEFA to accept them into membership. As a result UEFA had to submit the membership application to its full Congress. That didn't help the GFA much, as the Congress proceeded to reject the application by a big majority." Pity...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: No Links
Replies: 5
Views: 1186

Re: No Links

"I think it is ok as long as you are not trying to pass it off as your own work - a simple acknowledgement that it is quoted from their sources will nullify any attempt at a lawsuit". I consulted an expert on copyright who said, "No it isn't (this confuses plagiarism and copyright). For instance, if...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: The Berkshire / SCCU Situation and Related Matters
Replies: 37
Views: 7013

Re: The Berkshire / SCCU Situation and Related Matters

"History of Surrey disputes: Surrey is used to controversy - before the Association was formed in 1883 the editor of 'the Chessplayer's Chronicle' attacked the proposed constitution (giving certain rights only to members of affiliated clubs) as "materially lessening the popularity of the movement, a...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Congress Fees
Replies: 34
Views: 2702

Re: Congress Fees

Well, it is certainly confusing. The Castle organiser was one-quarter of Spectrum, and all four of us have run events (either individually or semi-collectively) for other organisations (and continue to do so.)

We could ask for a copy of the Castle database, I suppose, if only to see the reaction!
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:31 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: The Berkshire / SCCU Situation and Related Matters
Replies: 37
Views: 7013

Re: The Berkshire - SCCU dispute (and other related disputes

"The problem is that BCA AGMs are dominated by the views of two persons and the floor of the AGM generally does whatever the long standing person recommends. The typical scenario is "Person N recommends we all stick our heads in the sand" "Can I have a show of hands please?" the sheep then look arou...