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by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30780

Re: Batumi Olympiad

"Rows between players and national federations are not uncommon."

True - it's not just England!
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30780

Re: Batumi Olympiad

"I've probably lived a rather modest life, but this is the first time I have ever had a hotel room with its own sauna."

Wow!

Guernsey have a female player in the "Open" team, which is good.

Ben beat me to it on the Seychelles board order...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30780

Re: Batumi Olympiad

"And Wales play Spain, Scotland-Togo and Ireland- South Sudan."

and Guernsey play Algeria, Jersey play Venezuela.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: EXCESSIVE FIDE CHARGES FOR JUNIORS
Replies: 13
Views: 775

Re: EXCESSIVE FIDE CHARGES FOR JUNIORS

"From what has been told to me, no. For a start, it isn't a case of "offering to host", you had to formally bid. The bid failed because before even thinking about trying to profit from the accommodation, the accommodation costs were too high." What Roger said. To be fair, Alex wasn't involved then! ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: EXCESSIVE FIDE CHARGES FOR JUNIORS
Replies: 13
Views: 775

Re: EXCESSIVE FIDE CHARGES FOR JUNIORS

Excessive charges have been a problem in many events in many countries. Didn't England offer to stage the European Team Championship some years ago, only to lose the event as many teams objected to the blatant profiteering relating to accommodation?
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 126
Views: 11152

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

"For Sat 10 (R2), Mon 12 (R3), Thu 15 (R5), Fri 16 (R6), Sun 18 (R7) November, for general admission tickets, I got "Tickets not currently available from Ticketmaster"." Admittedly, it doesn't seem likely with this event, but that normally means someone has bought loads of tickets with the intention...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018

"I suspect it was someone taking iPad "photographs"."

Possibly. You will be as shocked as I was when a young friend told me his mobile phone took better photographs than my proper camera. To get back on topic, Neill has (as always) got an impressive event there.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: ECF Schools Eton College Team Rapidplay 2018

Looking at the picture in the first post, is that someone in the bottom left clutching a (computer) tablet?
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 28354

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Every time a FIDE election comes along, it reminds me of Tom Lehrer's song about Wernher von Braun, in which he says, "A man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience."
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 36
Views: 3894

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

I used to eagerly play the Lopez and score very well with it, but then when I returned to it later, even players graded 70 points lower than me knew enough theory to keep the game going. So David is right. One game in particular I only won as I forgot the theory and it so confused my opponent that n...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2486
Views: 271338

Re: Media comments on chess

"He then used TuroChamp (Turing's chess programme) on a laptop against "seasoned club player Olivia", who as expected won the game." It's worth noting that Alan Turing wasn't being incredibly optimistic with the name there - his colleague was "David Champernowne", so he included both their names in ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2486
Views: 271338

Re: Media comments on chess

"The programme is being televised on Tuesday 4th September at 9.00 p.m on BBC 4. The programme is called “ The Joy of AI”." This also featured Demis Hassabis talking on AI. Amusingly, one of the AI experts said that the biggest threat to the future did not come from artificial intelligence, but real...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28
Replies: 18
Views: 1185

Re: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28

I suggest putting car parking details on the website somewhere. The one off Penrhyn road is a bit confusing to get to (as is the one near the station)and you don't want to circumnavigate the one-way system too much! The big car parks next to the shopping centres do get full at weekends sometimes. I'...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 28354

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

"I don't know how far back it's reasonable to look, but weren't similar incidents alleged to be common practice by the winning side in the campaigns of 2006, 2010 and 2014?" And even the losing side. I was told that one small federation accepted a bribe from one candidate, and in the same election, ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28
Replies: 18
Views: 1185

Re: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28

"No on-site parking and £ 1 per hour elsewhere is something of a discouragement for players outside London. It's not even as unlike Olympia, Kingston is not Central London." And if you use a car, the local council is very eager to punish anybody who strays into a bus lane, or yellow hatched lines at...