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by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 4195

Re: Closing Gambit

"I wasn't paying proper attention to the thread"

Don't worry - you're obviously not alone!
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 4195

Re: Closing Gambit

"Like Fischer did?" That would not have been surprising either... but why bother? It did become clear quite quickly, that even if he started the 1975 match, he probably wouldn't have finished it. Karpov would not have been so charitable after Game 2. Also, Korchnoi was a defector - they would regard...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 4195

Re: Closing Gambit

"entirely invents a sub-plot by which Korchnoi was going to be assassinated if he won, something for which actual archive evidence is absent." Korchnoi claimed to have evidence, but sadly he appears not to have shown it to anyone... I doubt anyone would have been surprised if he had won and then die...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1604
Views: 87173

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

"See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-55503852"

""The fact that these people hid from officers clearly shows they knew they were breaching the rules and have now been fined for their actions.""

In fairness, most people hide from the police in Whitechapel.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Unwanted Record
Replies: 12
Views: 607

Re: An Unwanted Record

"What is EFCC?"

English Federation for Correspondence Chess. It used to be BPCF (British Postal Chess Federation), but then it became English, as there were bodies for Scotland and Wales and at least one Ireland.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 272
Views: 11345

Re: Pedants United

I was recording a TV quiz show, probably Countdown, and after the microphone was fitted, they wanted to check the sound level. So I said something or other and the man said, "Could we have a bit more level please?" "Do you mean you want me to talk more loudly?" (which I said er, more loudly.) "Yes -...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2150
Views: 179061

Re: Cheating in chess

"They obviously couldn't be bothered to return the appropriate form. I don't blame the BBC for following up non-payment without explanation from the property owner." Unfortunately, BBC do badger some people even after the form is returned. A friend of mine (who was TV-less) had someone hammering on ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Unwanted Record
Replies: 12
Views: 607

Re: An Unwanted Record

"I'm also wondering what IMCorrC and IGCorrC are doing on a list of FIDE title holders?"

If that means CC IM and GM, I think it's because FIDE recognize ICCF as the "official" organizer for Correspondence Chess, as ECF recognizes EFCC. But that is a guess.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4125
Views: 447390

Re: Media comments on chess

The "i" for 31/12/2020 reports :- "Trump backer questions 5D chess" DeAnna Lorraine (prominent QAnon conspiracy theorist and Trump backer) thinks he might not have a grand plan to retain power. "Because we have so much trusted this plan, we always think he is playing 5D chess. So anything that looks...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Dec 31, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1604
Views: 87173

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

"I hope everyone has a safe and peaceful New Year." Agreed, but apologies to our Scottish friends who wait until midnight before saying that! A member of the family is a doctor in a London hospital, and is on duty 8 am tomorrow for an expected minimum of 13 hours... So at midnight I'll be raising a ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4125
Views: 447390

Re: Media comments on chess

Chessbase says John C Benjamin was born in 1958. I played him four times between 1981 and 1993 and cannot comment on how he looked in 1966, although he had dark hair, so that's plausible. Nice guy.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 81
Views: 4943

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

"https://www.superprof.co.uk/lessons/chess/online/ This site alone has 737 coaches charging from £10-£60 an hour. I do not know what the number of coaches at that site was before 'Queens Gambit' (anybody? has it gone up, just about the same, has it gone down!)" I had a trawl through this. I claimed ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Happy Birthday FM Jonah Willow (30-xii-2002)
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Happy Birthday FM Jonah Willow (30-xii-2002)

"Perhaps you could help this place with an appraisal of what I am reliably informed are called "Rappers"?" Certainly, My Lord. I understand they are performers who rely on a backing track of pre-recorded music and speak in a rather strange staccato manner, which they claim is singing. Eminem, known ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4125
Views: 447390

Re: Media comments on chess

"I have never met Bruce Pandolfini, but I don't think you should assume the way he was portrayed in a film, is a mirror of real life."

Well, yes, that's what I was saying. It is the problem with depicting real people in a film (or on TV), especially if they're still alive.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Happy Birthday FM Jonah Willow (30-xii-2002)
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Happy Birthday FM Jonah Willow (30-xii-2002)

"“Lose Yourself” by Enimem was number one."

Any relation to Eminem?