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by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: I've got a little list
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: I've got a little list

Wow - that's good. I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering if anyone here reads all of them.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3253

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

"The original is now kept in the basement at the National Museum and is not on public display but she didn't know why." That's odd. The set I saw in the museum was (I think) behind a screen so you couldn't touch it, let alone steal it. I like the padded bits on the table, so your elbows don't get so...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6504

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

"All of that said, Kevin is from the South, and not all that far from London - so it's not clear to me how he hasn't noticed the trend forming around him." I tend not to play English tournaments, maybe one a year, although I look at the results. The usual tournaments where I am arbiter are not FIDE-...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6504

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

"Every FIDE-rated event in England with FIDE-rated lower sections and their entrants seem to cope with this major crisis befalling them." FIDE-rated events are a very small minority of English tournament chess. I doubt anyone would expect sympathy - but I do have sympathy for the hard working people...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 116
Views: 6141

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

"Based on those replies, we had more than sufficient for one team (meaning that some people would be disappointed through being omitted) but not quite enough for two. " That is a very common problem - I've known near unanimous approval for entering a new competition, and near unanimous volunteering ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 2115

Re: Old Chestnut

One more thing, if you are going to cheat, by ignoring eligibility rules for female players, will counties be allowed to use more than one? A rich county could sign up loads of strong female players, just to stop other teams using them! Bruce Birchall's very weak, all-female team did annoy his count...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 2115

Re: Old Chestnut

If this idea is considered, one also has to consider the definition of "female". I assume ECF doesn't want to discriminate against transgender players?
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6504

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

"The problem will be how do league managements cope?" And tournaments, and players. You enter a tournament as you just qualify for a lower section, then go up two points, so you have to play in a higher section. The tournament organizers have to check all the gradings when a new list comes out, and ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3253

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Great stuff Chris. The table/chairs in the "Fischer Center" are replicas. The real ones are in the museum in Reykjavik, which is well worth a visit (not just for the table etc). The organizers scheduled a visit there last time. Selfoss is bigger in area than a village, but it sprawls a bit, so it do...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3253

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Thanks Chris - Yes, there she is. Iceland is one of the few countries where the PM can turn up with apparently no security!

Hope it goes well today and onwards.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 2115

Re: Old Chestnut

"If "reactionary" means "reluctant to select a player for the county team who has never had the faintest connection with that county", then I would have to support them." Me too - but I was thinking more of the correspondence chess captain for a county (not Surrey) who put 3 of the 4 women playing o...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3253

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

"Perhaps they should allow mobiles in the playing area after all."

This possibly explains board 16 in Round 2?
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 2115

Re: Old Chestnut

Are the County Championships regarded as a "flagship event"?

I would have thought a lot of teams are struggling to field teams so female players would be welcome if they wanted to play. There will be reactionary captains of course.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3253

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

As Alex said, the pairings look right as 2021 is top half, so they get a dummy point. Last year they accelerated for a few rounds, so it was difficult to guess who you would play. As for the incident Chris witnessed, I got the impression last year that the many arbiters were pretty good, firm, witho...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3253

GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

http://chess-results.com/tnr374902.aspx ... ES&flag=30

Gawain Jones is top seed. Sadly, I'm not there, but there are a few English players, most of whom are licking their wounds tonight. Two games tomorrow.