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by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2716
Views: 292449

Re: Media comments on chess

Are there 600 million people who can swim proficiently?
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2716
Views: 292449

Re: Media comments on chess

It's probably Hunt's speechwriter. JH was notorious as being the Health Secretary who believed in homoeopathy.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 3262

Re: Steve Berry

That is very sad news. Before Wimbledon, he was a stalwart for Mitcham (and I'm sure John Saunders will produce a much better tribute). I played him 7 times between 1978 (when he wiped me out) and 2002 when he sacrificed his queen to win. Happily for me the intervening games weren't all like that. H...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 18 November 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 950

Re: Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 18 November 2018

"There's a separate thread about the Rapidplay in the Congress Results section; now if you'd have commented there, and failed to mention that I had a won a prize, I would have been upset "

Absolutely!
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6755

Re: Hastings

"in 1950 by Leonard Barden (v. Weaver Adams, 1-0 quickly)" I seem to recall Leonard and Adams had a bit of a theoretical argument in that system, where the American was a bit full of himself, but Leonard rather proved his point! On the Petroff, I have seen a book advertised recently showcasing the a...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12826

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

"In which case, given that Paul has now enlightened me on the various other league chess offerings in London, sensible people will migrate to the leagues that use increments leaving the London League to wither, won't they?" A fair point, but the London League is the strongest, which is probably an a...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4769

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Apart from the gardening clothes, (if they're as good as that) it's frequent rudeness to the unfortunate person doing the prizegiving. You manage to persuade the mayor to turn up then too many of those that actually attend the prizegiving, shamble up, grab the prize and disappear without a smile or ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4769

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

" I doubt if any of the 'top' players have played in many Open events (excepting national championships) in any of the last 5 years."

Isle of Man attracted a few...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2716
Views: 292449

Re: Media comments on chess

Watching John Williams (the guitarist) on YouTube last night (a fairly old recording), the TV person introducing him said that JW was a keen and good chess player.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Coventry & District Chess League CENTENARY Rapidplay, SUN 27th January 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 8
Views: 1095

Re: Coventry & District Chess League CENTENARY Rapidplay, SUN 27th January 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

"Hopefully, it shouldn't be a problem, as Stockport is quite far away from Coventry!"

Over 100 miles - it's not like two events in the same town.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No Idea
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: No Idea

On http://www.philip-pullman.com/qas?searchtext=&page=3 Someone wonders why he called a male character "Kaisa", a Finnish female name. He replied that there was a writer on chess called Kaisa and he had no idea it was a Finnish female name as well. I'm not convinced by his spelling of it - the godde...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 4372

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

"Probably. I have heard of some transgender people specifically requesting to be referred to in the plural "they", to avoid masculine and feminine nouns (and of course the word "it" would dehumanise them altogether)."

And "ze", "zhe" and "zie" have also been suggested...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: Merry Christmas

Yes - same from me.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12826

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

" It's hard to get monthly updates when the tournament organizer doesn't know what month a game was played in." It seems that it might soon be a requirement to give the date the game was played. That is actually quite difficult for internal club championships etc. At the end of the two grading perio...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12826

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

"I would see the current official process being modernised rather than something more sinister. Club internal events do present a challenge and I think both the grading system and clubs will each have to bend a bit to get monthly grading to work. " I have also received an outright denial from someon...