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by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:11 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The Right Move - March 2010
Replies: 2
Views: 551

The Right Move - March 2010

Anyone attempting the puzzles on page 15 will find position 4 a bit easier when they realise the rook on d5 should be white! I'm possibly not awake, but doesn't 3....g6 slow things down a bit, even then. I don't want to be picky - the magazine is always interesting, and the diagram typo is a rare er...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Advice During a Game
Replies: 20
Views: 1687

Advice During a Game

A colleague emailed me recently... "Then towards the end of the match one home member had a quiet word with my opponent saying "Do you know that you do not have to make any more moves?". Blatant cheating in my opinion but I would not be able to prove it to the League Committee as the only people nea...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal move during match - what to do
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

Re: Illegal move during match - what to do

I recall Simon LeBlancq playing a weak opponent in a Rapidplay, and was initially puzzled that he had not pointed out the opponent had not got out of a double-check. Simon then played a third check and his opponent said, "Oh I never saw that", and shook hands.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal move during match - what to do
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

Re: Illegal move during match - what to do

Depending on the league, the captains or deputies can frequently act as arbiters. A few years ago, (when it was unclear what powers the captains had) I was playing in the Civil Service league and noticed one of my colleagues castling queenside, having previously played Rxa4, then Ra8. (Yes, it was a...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:20 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Rety (1930-2010)
Replies: 28
Views: 7285

Re: John Rety (1930-2010)

Was David Hooper really an anarchist? I didn't get that impression when I spoke to him...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Where are the chess sets?
Replies: 76
Views: 15854

Re: Where are the chess sets?

"The only problems some children had were in trying to press clock buttons with captured pieces. Hollow base = button not pressed and confusion."

Actually that is a good thing, as it is illegal to hit the clock with a captured piece (although nearly everybody does it!)
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Female Player Rule
Replies: 128
Views: 9213

Re: Female Player Rule

"Please correct me if I am wrong

The 4NCL isn't an English league specifically, it is the Four Nations Chess League (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland). "

Guernsey has replaced Scotland!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Fischer Placement Chess
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

Re: Fischer Placement Chess

I have played in the Dutch Open Chess960 tournament a few times and one of the players said he played in the Mainz event, where he overheard one GM say to another something like, "I've found a new move in 278". The 960 starting positions are numbered to identify them. So opening theory is coming to ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January
Replies: 213
Views: 11054

Re: ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January

Richard Bates wrote "Don't agree with this at all. Chess strength is a measure of, well, chess strength. Interest and commitment have nothing to do with it. You will find very strong players who hate the game and/or rarely play. Or those who are very interested and committed personally, but have lit...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Dec 24, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Chess in Schools and Communities
Replies: 12
Views: 5377

Re: Chess in Schools and Communities

As far as I know, the individual I quoted was speaking personally, not officially for any organisation. Going back a few years, I remember players not being picked for county teams, because they went to the "wrong" school. This happened in hockey and cricket as well, and doubtless elsewhere. If I ma...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:16 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Chess in Schools and Communities
Replies: 12
Views: 5377

Re: Chess in Schools and Communities

. Is the Charlie Storey scheme part of the new charity arising from the London Chess Classic. Yes I believe so - although clearly this one does compete with the ECF and so I am not sure how that is going to work out? ------------ Charlie has been doing this sort of thing for some time. Surely compet...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Inclement weather
Replies: 10
Views: 1674

Re: Inclement weather

"Of course, being southern (Manchester) softies, Stockport don't travel to the north of Manchester unless the sun is shining" Presumably they never play then... The snow isn't consistent. I cannot get down my road this morning, but from the rear window* of the house I can see traffic in the distance...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unsolicited advice : have the laws of chess been broken?
Replies: 19
Views: 2651

Re: Unsolicited advice : have the laws of chess been broken?

In the West Ham case, they should have scored zero points for the matches where they used the ineligible player - the financial penalty was meaningless; relegation would have mattered. And I think Tottenham had the points loss reduced, not removed. Back to topic - I now know the identity of the spec...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 43603

Re: Certificate of Merit

"If I could just get ANY information from ANYONE on the CFS project that would be of help as it should still be the number one priority for the ECF both in marketing and publicity?" I've probably said this before, but I think Holloid have insisted that only they can market/publicise the project. If ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: R.I.P. Richard O'Brien (1944-2009)
Replies: 17
Views: 6530

Re: R.I.P. Richard O'Brien (1944-2009)

"Richard's middle name was Wilfred..." (etc.)

Brilliant - more obituaries should be like this, focusing on happy memories... (although I guess you are still unhappy about the chicken).