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by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Qualification criteria for the British Championship
Replies: 102
Views: 4811

Re: Qualification criteria for the British Championship

"You could have a system whereby you need to have a certain number of performances in tournaments (only opens) over a specified rating"

Does that mean, "not majors"? I would have thought suitably strong invitational all-play-alls, e.g. CCF's or e2e4's regular events, should count.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 112422

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

"I believe the Mulhiem position was discussed and found to be acceptable, though I don't know what the criteria were. I know of one other case where a junior was declined entry so checks were in place." Is it true that various juniors were found to be "over age" in some other sections? I am told the...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 17669

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

"Undoubtedly if the Yorkshire constabulary wished to proceed with a criminal case against him, they should apply to the Dutch government with a warrant for his arrest and extradition." Presumably, they would have held on to him in the first place, if they had wanted to proceed... Menashe Goldberg sa...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poor taste
Replies: 45
Views: 3331

Re: Poor taste

I agree with Simon. I don't think it unreasonable to mention that the current FIDE President is colourful or controversial (after all, he claimed to be abducted by aliens, so he cannot complain if people repeat that), but you have to be slightly careful how you do it. It's probably best not to menti...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 17669

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

"That would be Gambit cafe, I've been there myself http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=1507 "

The 1972 British Champion visited there as well.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:58 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: e2e4 Uxbridge Autumn Women's International August 11-15
Replies: 37
Views: 5150

Re: e2e4 Uxbridge Autumn Women's International August 11-15

"Anyone know what the women norm requirements were in this tournament?"

I expect Sean does...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Writing down the move first - and changing it
Replies: 69
Views: 3785

Re: Writing down the move first - and changing it

"They say that if you deliberately touch a piece you have to move it unless you first stated that you were adjusting the piece."

David Welch said a few years ago that you should treat "touching" the piece as "touching it with the intent of touching it", which is what the wording above implies.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British players defeating reigning world champions
Replies: 22
Views: 2554

Re: British players defeating reigning world champions

"Another happy memory of Skara is a snowball fight in which I got the better of Ray Keene...but that is another story."

Any chance of a rematch at the 2013 British Championships? That would break all records on YouTube...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British players defeating reigning world champions
Replies: 22
Views: 2554

Re: British players defeating reigning world champions

It's posts like Leonard's above that restore my faith in internet fora. A fascinating report.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phones and late arrivals
Replies: 96
Views: 5370

Re: Mobile phones and late arrivals

"That's a bit dopey. I discovered my phone was still on once during a game. So I went to the toilet, switched it off, and returned to my seat. If it did make a noise, there would be no one there to hear it."

Don't try that against Topalov...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad; 21st - 30th August, 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1163

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad; 21st - 30th August, 2010

The event includes a Chess960 tournament on Tuesday 24th August. I've been reading about that, and I'd quite like to try that form of chess. I'm slightly worried that I might not remember how to castle though... Move the king to its normal destination square (but nearer to you if necessary, e.g. the...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?
Replies: 99
Views: 6361

Re: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?

"Could I just plead (in general) for less use of acronyms or explanations of acronyms? I managed (eventually) to work out that HLVP means "honorary life vice-president""

HLVP is an abbreviation, not an acronym!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Writing down the move first - and changing it
Replies: 69
Views: 3785

Re: Writing down the move first - and changing it

"Do those who insist that knights face inwards change their orientation every time they cross between different halves of the board?" Of course not! At least you know if you have sacrificed your queen's knight on h6... Some old sets actually had a symbol of the king stamped on the knight and rook to...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Pairing issues
Replies: 68
Views: 3667

Re: Swiss Pairing issues

"More recently a group of four English players travelled together to a weekend congress in the Czexh Republic. There were 60 players in the tournament: the four of them, one other foreigner, and 55 Czechs. I remain to be convinced that it was necessary or desirable for one of the Englishmen to play ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Pairing issues
Replies: 68
Views: 3667

Re: Swiss Pairing issues

"Sure, you would never fiddle the draw! I can just picture a nation of arbiters reading 2 v 3 and 28 v 27 on their pairing boards, realising it's correct, and sighing to themselves..." No I wouldn't -with the possible exception of avoiding pairing club colleagues or relatives in early rounds if feas...