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by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Surrey's motion on grading for Council
Replies: 21
Views: 3288

Re: Surrey's motion on grading for Council

Re -Thanet, for Brian... I did get one idiot who appraoched as I was doing the pairings for round 1, and said, "Can I ask a question?" I said, "Yes", and he then asked if I could explain the grading system to him. I pointed out that the draw was rather more important and suggested he ask the ECF, bu...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Surrey's motion on grading for Council
Replies: 21
Views: 3288

Re: Surrey's motion on grading for Council

I agree with the general thrust of the Surrey proposal, but you probably do need to suggest an alternative procedure - I am surprised nobody said that at the Surrey meeting where it was discussed. I don't see a problem with the age related increment. After all the grade can only be a measure of last...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demo Boards
Replies: 4
Views: 1055

Re: Demo Boards

"The constables are coming to Paignton as their next, i thikn, so if you are there you may be able to get one"

Why not ring them now and ask them to take one there?
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 32262

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

I was referring to the original post but yes of course you are right the lot should have been removed

That's Ok - I know you have to deal with a lot of tripe!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 32262

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Kevin Thurlow wrote: It would help if our text speaking contributor would confirm which of the many meanings he intended to express! Carl Hibbard wrote -"Some of the posts have been deleted, they added little to the debate and were in fact derogatory" Well Carl - what I said wasn't derogatory. I mer...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Why we should vote for Nigel Short
Replies: 25
Views: 3238

Re: Why we should vote for Nigel Short

"You watch QI too, huh?"

yes - but I did have it confirmed when I visited a falconry centre...

I'm sure any owl would recommend voting for Nigel.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 32262

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

It would help if our text speaking contributor would confirm which of the many meanings he intended to express!
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Why we should vote for Nigel Short
Replies: 25
Views: 3238

Re: Why we should vote for Nigel Short

M "Owl, you are so wise, who should we elect as FIDE Delegate?
Owl "A twit to woo"

Surely you were talking to two owls? The female says "Twit" and the male says "to-woo" - it's owl for "yes dear".
Double the owls - double the wisdom...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF FIDE Delegate
Replies: 219
Views: 12361

Re: ECF FIDE Delegate

"Also usually rules and laws of games are interpreted as the normal meaning of the words when the rule was written; it is not usual after rules have been written, unless the reason was minuted, to accept as an interpretation that that was what the writer had intended." Obviously you should use what ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possibly FIDE's most amusing rule
Replies: 29
Views: 1959

Re: Possibly FIDE's most amusing rule

"Remember when a player could escape check because by moving a piece the king was threatened by 3 pieces. The Law used to say attacked by one or two pieces, now it says one or more." I claim responsibility for getting that changed - I showed the idea to Mike Fox, who published it in "CHESS" and I as...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?
Replies: 42
Views: 3216

Re: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?

Leonard's report on Lord John is absolutely fascinating, bringing the event alive. Most tournaments nowadays are just a pgn file, occasionally accompanied by some swimwear photos on the Chessbase website. On the original subject, I am aware of a correspondence game, where two club colleagues were pa...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 15
Views: 2019

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Sorry it's late - but same from me. Keep up the good work!
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: playing on icc or play chess in middle of a tourny!
Replies: 52
Views: 3421

Re: playing on icc or play chess in middle of a tourny!

re-Jade Hoobe, "Yes - read it as:- Jade who be ?" or read it as "J'adoube" perhaps? (But I can't be the only one thinking that....) Ways of finishing games - there are problems with evening leagues, as there is insufficient time. Surrey league starts incredibly late at 7.40 pm (as a committee member...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:41 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 32262

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

I seem to recall a BCF grader saying a few years ago the list was out and was "90 % accurate", which I took to mean that he thought 90 % of the arithmetic was correct, even before you allowed for the wrong results being inserted occasionally (and it is easy to enter a wrong result, whoever you are),...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bob Wade memorial
Replies: 12
Views: 1229

Re: Bob Wade memorial

Peter Wilson writes... "Sadly I was not able to attend. I have a foot injury which is causing me a lot of pain. I don't know what has caused it. In the circumstances it was better not to travel. Mushrooms were formed in January 1961 ... Bob accepted the Hon Life Presidency of Mushrooms a couple of h...