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by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: double forfeit given from arbiter in china event .
Replies: 34
Views: 3205

Re: double forfeit given from arbiter in china event .

I think the decision is right, however I have great difficulty in believing the statement... "I have arbitrated in numerous major world and international competitions for 30 years and have not made a mistake." Surely, everybody makes mistakes? And if he thinks that defaulting somebody for not being ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: London Design Festival- The Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 5898

Re: London Design Festival- The Tournament

Sounds a great event - sorry I couldn't get there. Shame about all the no-shows.
Well done Ben.

I hope David didn't have to decide if a move is complete when a piece stops rolling, or when it reaches the nominated square!?
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Pairing.
Replies: 25
Views: 1754

Re: Swiss Pairing.

"Interesting replies so far. I've always thought it odd that English Arbiters don't trust computers to get the draw right given some of the draws that I've see done in this country!" It probably depends on how experienced the arbiter is at doing pairings! I trust some arbiters less than I trust comp...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of the Grading System
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: History of the Grading System

I read BCM from about 1895 onwards (for book research) and was struck by the discussions regarding the formation of BCF in 1904. Yorkshire complained that they couldn't see the point of a BCF and why were the meetings always in London...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 18 April 2009 - Finance Council Minutes
Replies: 32
Views: 3362

Re: 18 April 2009 - Finance Council Minutes

"7. REPORT BY CHAIRMAN OF FINANCE COMMITTEE MA started by saying he was pleased to see a replacement for RR whom he thanked for his work." I bet he was pleased... At a Surrey meeting (discussing who to support at the elections) a couple of years ago Mike Adams launched into a diatribe against Robert...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Speculation...
Replies: 83
Views: 4679

Re: Speculation...

"recognize is OK so it must be an American English checker." I used to think that, but the Oxford Dictionary (English) prefers -ize and only gives -ise as an alternative! Chambers (Scottish) prefers -ise, but gives -ize as an alternative. Webster (American) gives -ize only. Fowler says that -ize is ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Pairing.
Replies: 25
Views: 1754

Re: Swiss Pairing.

"(for example a mum approaches the arbiter and asks that her two boys don't play each other etc)." Sometimes they're that polite! The big difference between England and Rest of World is that RoW uses the pairing that the computer produces, whatever it is, whereas here we do tend to keep family membe...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: RIP John Littlewood
Replies: 12
Views: 3656

Re: RIP John Littlewood

Paul McKeown wrote:I played him just once, but it was obvious that he was both a gentleman and someone with an enormous love of the game. He will be missed.
yes - same here.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Speculation...
Replies: 83
Views: 4679

Re: Speculation...

"John Moore wrote: Actually, have we asked guests why they are guests and not members? and Roger said You don't have to automatically log in to read the forum, only to post and read PMs. So guests may just be forum regulars with nothing to say at present." Exactly - I only log in if I decide to comm...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Why we should vote for Nigel Short
Replies: 25
Views: 3292

Re: Why we should vote for Nigel Short

What makes you think the Knights Templar have gone away?
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Checks on children's club drivers
Replies: 37
Views: 3561

Re: Checks on children's club drivers

Another way CRB checks and the like fail is that they only work for people who have been caught before. So it might have worked in the Soham case, but would not (I believe) have worked in the high-profile chess cases. Mind you, in one of those cases, lots of people seemed to know before the arrest, ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 misconceptions
Replies: 86
Views: 11063

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 misconceptions

"Player A stops the clock to summon the arbiter while its Bs move in order to make a 10.2 claim as B has been shuffling about in a level position Player B deliberately makes an illegal move and insists that the arbiter has to give A 2 more mins so cant claim " You deal with the 10.2 claim, then add ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: A Vision for the Future
Replies: 52
Views: 6364

Re: A Vision for the Future

"One idea I have is for local congresses in certain areas to get together, share mailing lists.. ."

Be careful - the Data Protection Act might bite you...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 misconceptions
Replies: 86
Views: 11063

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 misconceptions

"But even if you are a brilliant arbiter and brilliant chessplayer, deciding whether someone has "made progress" can be rather difficult... There is no doubt that draw claims made by the "inferior" side are difficult to judge. Most of this thread has been about whether claims by the "superior" side ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players agreeing to their own time controls (part II)
Replies: 20
Views: 1503

Re: Players agreeing to their own time controls (part II)

If an official start time is in the rules, that's when you start, unless you sportingly decide to give the opposition a bit of extra time. As for turning the board round to help see the numbers, as long as his clock keeps going, why not?