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by Kevin Thurlow
Fri May 22, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 14914

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

Looks as if some good players are going to the Scottish championships

http://www.scottishchesschampionship.co ... pants.html

Kevin
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 21, 2009 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: any quotes, any global enviroment.
Replies: 9
Views: 1448

Re: any quotes, any global enviroment.

Anything by Murray Walker.... Cricket -"The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey." (Brian Johnston) Chess - "You've just ruined the tournament!" (190-graded player to his opponent, graded 90 odd, who had just beaten him.) And it didn't ruin the tournament as I won it. Another George Best, along th...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon May 18, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental Time Controls
Replies: 79
Views: 9696

Re: Incremental Time Controls

"In reply to Anthony's message above: I started this thread, as I was proposing an option for the London Civil Service Chess League, and wanted to learn of any experience there had been in playing evening league chess with incremental time limits. I was aware that there was a determined body which w...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:43 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Descriptive notation
Replies: 95
Views: 11878

Re: Descriptive notation

"I tend to get confused when Knights (for example) swap sides of the board and the notation then say e.g. QN-Q4 when there is a choice of two. It's not evidently clear to me which Knight should move there." It is probably the knight that started there. If you look at some old (proper!) wooden chess ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Delaying/Maybe Abandoning Introducing New K Factors
Replies: 6
Views: 1549

Re: FIDE Delaying/Maybe Abandoning Introducing New K Factors

"During the 10-day working visit of Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos in Singapore with General Secretary Ignatius Leong...."

And the rest of the agenda was.....?
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A horrible way to get relegated
Replies: 6
Views: 1215

Re: A horrible way to get relegated

"Was this the Bristol league?"

If he commutes from Darlington to Bristol for league matches, he deserves to win!

I'm glad a sensible compromise has been reached...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A horrible way to get relegated
Replies: 6
Views: 1215

Re: A horrible way to get relegated

Based on what has been said, depending on the degree of incompetence by the home club, the match (or unfinished games) should either be awarded to the visiting side or the whole match replayed but the original home side has to travel. I would be asking the league organiser some questions as well. I ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Money for old rope...........
Replies: 25
Views: 2565

Re: Money for old rope...........

Can someone talk me through the average grade calculation for Bracknell? I hope the opponents of the GMs enjoyed the games....
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gibraltar and the lowest rated IM ever?
Replies: 170
Views: 13732

Re: Gibraltar and the lowest rated IM ever?

andrew martin wrote: If you play correspondance chess these days you will find that your opponent makes Rybka or Deep Rybka's choice every single move. and Justin wrote... I missed this before. What an extraordinary thing for someone of Andrew's strength and experience to say. Is there a single stro...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Nightmare...
Replies: 7
Views: 1534

Re: Tournament Nightmare...

I'm not aware of anything on this scale - obviously it has been known for organisers to forget to pay prize-money or players to forget to pay hotel bills etc.

This case is pretty spectacular!
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental Time Controls
Replies: 79
Views: 9696

Re: Incremental Time Controls

Further to Matt's point, I recall a Surrey AGM where one person in particular was screeching about the game being ruined by the QP finish. During the following season he was playing on bottom board in the bottom division against Redhill. After abut 90 minutes my opponent in the club championship was...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental Time Controls
Replies: 79
Views: 9696

Re: Incremental Time Controls

Although I dislike adjudications (but dislike adjournments more), I have done adjudications for a number of leagues. One thing I have noticed is that players do not seem to take a fresh look at the positions before sending them in. The last two I saw, one was quite interesting as both sides claimed ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental Time Controls
Replies: 79
Views: 9696

Re: Incremental Time Controls

I can see a few problems with the proposed time limit in the London Civil Service League. 1) There are not a lot of digital clocks around. 2) Most matches are played in secure buildings, and it is not uncommon for security guards to be getting a bit edgy if you have not vacated the premises by 9.30 ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 11083

Re: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)

The point about "claiming" the game is a good one - I have won more than one game on time when material down, and the opponent has accused me of being unsporting by "claiming" the win. Their hopes raise when I say I am not claiming anything, then fall again, when I say "your flag's down <or showing ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 11083

Re: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)

External noise can be much worse... I recall a match where a band was rehearsing next door - after a while some of the players started singing along and we had a good laugh. Judo and karate clubs meeting in the next room or above (even better!) are good value for disturbance. A club in Essex had dog...