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by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Peter Lalic chess database
Replies: 35
Views: 7097

Re: Peter Lalic chess database

I don't see anything wrong with Nf3/b3, it is not noticeably more boring than 1.d4 (which only gets exciting if black plays something interesting), and you don't need to learn much theory, understanding the positions is the important thing. You should play openings which make you feel comfortable. I...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Peter Lalic chess database
Replies: 35
Views: 7097

Re: Peter Lalic chess database

David Sedgwick wrote "I wasn't ecstatic to read that Cherniaev is an idol of yours. I have to say that I think there are better role models." Of course, Peter isn't an arbiter... I played Cherniaev once, and after he finished messing around before the game (demanding an appearance fee, demanding his...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee Hike
Replies: 218
Views: 8635

Re: Game Fee Hike

Redhill has a membership fee either of £20 per year plus £3 per attendance, or a one-off payment of £90 for the whole season. There are concessions for juniors etc, and we do not demand the annual subscription until someone has attended for several weeks. We don't want to put people off! The Surr...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adjournments and Adjudication
Replies: 149
Views: 7871

Re: Adjournments and Adjudication

"In the Civil Service League, adjudication is the default option and is chosen by most players. Some choose a quickplay finish. No-one chooses adjournment these days – it must be years and years since anyone did." Another practical difficulty for adjournments in the CS League, is that most venues ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How different it was in the 30s
Replies: 3
Views: 477

How different it was in the 30s

I was having a tidy up yesterday and found some 1937 editions of 'Chess'. In the 14th September edition, there was a report on the recently finished Olympiad... "At least two correspondents in Scottish newspapers took those people to task who alluded to the B.C.F.'s team as "England," ... Ireland an...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Apr 04, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee Hike
Replies: 218
Views: 8635

Re: Game Fee Hike

"However, this is one of those age old arguments which is commonly seen in "road tax debate" in politics. Where Doris the 84 from Seaside, does not want to sacrifice her freedom but only drives 200 miles total a year to Bingo. And Mike, the builder , does 100 miles on average a day and still pays th...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Apr 04, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adjournments and Adjudication
Replies: 149
Views: 7871

Re: Adjournments and Adjudication

I found myself with BN v K in a Cup match (compulsory QPF) in Surrey this year, and about 3 minutes left to do it. Luckily the opponent was also short of time and managed to nullify my errors, so I won. (The noise from digital clocks and resulting applause rather upset board one in the other match.....
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aagaard's "Attacking Manual" (Volume 2)
Replies: 20
Views: 3677

Re: Aagaard's "Attacking Manual" (Volume 2)

"There was a good piece in "Chess Instructor 2009" (don't remember the author's name), where the idea of static assessments without concomitant possible plans and variations was dismissed. " This is a good point. I recall looking at a position with a GM, and he suddenly said, "Assess the position", ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best excuses
Replies: 62
Views: 3814

Best excuses

Overheard at 4NCL - A player claimed that he only lost because he had to buy car insurance before playing the game. Possibly the stupidest excuse I have heard from opponents is that they only lost because they ran short of time, which is obviously their fault anyway, but particularly so, when they t...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: report on Russian site e3e5 says Smyslov died today
Replies: 24
Views: 4574

Re: report on Russian site e3e5 says Smyslov died today

I met him a couple of times (Hastings and at Candidates match vs Ribli) and he was a most affable character. He always seemed completely relaxed.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 44022

Re: Certificate of Merit

"Kevin Thurlow wrote: The ECF website says "Examinees can practice as many times as they wish. The tests can only be accessed from the website" Aaaargh! "practise" not "practice" - we are in England not USA. Twenty practise Q&As have just been uploaded. More to follow. " Very good! :lol: I won't say...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wide grade limits for weekend congresses
Replies: 23
Views: 1822

Re: Wide grade limits for weekend congresses

I recall someone trying several events where there were two sections, the grading split of which was decided after he got the entries. This seemed a great idea. You maybe had 32 in the Open and 30 in the Major, but he found that some players who were graded 150-159 (who would expect to be at the top...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 44022

Re: Certificate of Merit

The ECF website says
"Examinees can practice as many times as they wish. The tests can only be accessed from the website"

Aaaargh! "practise" not "practice" - we are in England not USA.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Participation in a University Psychological Experiment
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Re: Participation in a University Psychological Experiment

"I see there are a lot of repeated or opposing questions but I suspect this is common on a psychology test. " It is - the idea is to try to avoid someone giving "biased" answers. E.g. if someone usually agrees with statements, you get different answers if you ask for comments on the statements, "I l...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE taking the piss?
Replies: 93
Views: 5464

Re: FIDE taking the piss?

And it has been pointed out to me that ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) is affiliated to FIDE... It seems to be stretching it a bit to call chessplayers "athletes", but when the chessplayer only has to walk from the armchair to the computer... (A few might have to walk to the fro...