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by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3236

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

"Kevin was out by a lot more than 1 second."

Irrelevant - I was talking about the significant improvement, which is suspicious.

Ritalin might improve concentration, and side-effects would probably be less important in adults. (Haven't we discussed that here before?)
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 48
Views: 5601

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

"LOL, although one suspects that those whom Ray might considered "unbiased" wouldn't readily conform to Justin's use of the word."

And probably vice versa as well!
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 77
Views: 6178

Re: Raymond Keene new site

"At the Nuffield Institute of Comparative Medicine (1965-89) Professor Crawford equipped and computerised his laboratory to engage in lipid nutrition and showed that deprivation of the essential fatty acids used for the brain’s structure and function resulted in loss of brain cell number in the thir...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Caruana resigns in a winning position
Replies: 15
Views: 1235

Re: Caruana resigns in a winning position

"Nakamura's reactions during the game are priceless though they might be seen by some as possibly tipping off Dominguez?" I was lucky enough to experience this at close quarters. Tony Ashby and I partnered each other in Gibraltar's pairs blitz (alternate moves by the partners) a few years ago and pl...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3236

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

"2028 Olympics are in Los Angeles"

I wonder if they will report failed drug tests this time?
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986
Replies: 107
Views: 13290

Re: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986

Fascinating list - I've played a lot of them, some I have never heard of, but it is depressing to see some are no longer with us.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3236

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

"In athletics, for example, all athletes, of any standard, are liable to be drug tested. Does UKAD actually bother testing athletes of moderate ability? Would they be interested in finding out whether an adult male athlete who could run the 100m in 12 seconds was taking drugs?" They might randomly t...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986
Replies: 107
Views: 13290

Re: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986

"This was occasion when Hartston revealed 'Do you realise that he is rotating ant-clockwise?' " I was present at Botwinnik's simul at Ilford in 1967. The organizers had tried to put it in order of strength and gestured to Board 1. Botwinnik ignored them and started at Board 25 (causing some constern...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3236

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

"Major League Baseball is clearly above any of the rest of the world's leagues, including Japan."

Of course, I was more amused by the American habit of thinking "American champion" meant "world champion".
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2755
Views: 295118

Re: Media comments on chess

"On a separate note, a recent episode of Pointess featured a set of pictures of board games. If you don’t know the format - although I suspect many chess players watch the programme - ‘100 people are given 100 seconds to name or identify.....’ and in this case all 100 recognized a chess set. Not sur...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3236

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

"It's not clear to me whether or not Baseball/Softball and Karate are in the Tokyo via that route, or whether they've reintroduced the sports to the programme indefinitely." Baseball is very big in Japan and karate is as well (for obvious reasons). A few years ago, the Japanese Baseball Association ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3236

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

"Squash campaigned unsuccessfully for inclusion in the Paris Games, as did billiard sports and chess." I didn't read that far! Tennis and table tennis are included, so why not squash? Billiard sports would presumably include snooker, pool, billiards and the continental version of billiards, where th...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986
Replies: 107
Views: 13290

Re: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986

I think it is a trick of the light - it is a Karpovesque pose, and he was very slim then.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 90
Views: 3956

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I am aware that existing members might wonder about their first grade - I was wondering how many people who were not yet members would. In my experience, most new members at clubs don't know what grades are. It may be that new junior players are aware as they have spoken to their classmates, and of ...