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by Matthew Turner
Sun May 26, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5643

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

It looks to me like an event where everyone, the players included, are having a lot of fun. It is great for Scottish Chess, but if it shows the players in a more human (less robotic) light, then I think it is a very good thing more generally.
by Matthew Turner
Mon May 20, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 206
Views: 14993

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Hmmm? Didn't I play in a GM norm tournament you organised in Stoke on Trent?
Birmingham - luxury
by Matthew Turner
Fri May 03, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Coaches and junior organisers group
Replies: 12
Views: 2252

Re: Coaches and junior organisers group

5 junior magazine There used to be one. It's archived on this forum. https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewforum.php?f=26 It was cancelled to save money when the ECF lost its government funding of around £ 50,000 a year back in 2010. If you are interested in establishing a junior magazine, I suggest a cre...
by Matthew Turner
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3380
Views: 365193

Re: Media comments on chess

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/newsbeat- ... -crowdfund

Not all crowdfunding stories have a happy ending, lets hope this stays as one.
by Matthew Turner
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 3972

Re: The ECF Academy tender

John Upham wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:49 am
I predict that the "winner" of the tender will be UK Chess Challenge persons.

Who would like to bet against me ?

The timescale is laughable for anyone who was not pre-warned about the content of the tender.
Yes, how much do you want?
by Matthew Turner
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 38
Views: 3972

Re: The ECF Academy tender

I viewed it too. It seems incredibly cumbersome and to be honest I cannot see anyone bidding for it. On the one hand I guess Alex and the ECF should be applauded for making the process transparent, but it just seems a very strange way to go about it to me.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 1860

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Just taken a look at the entry form and I noticed this

"All players will need ECF silver, gold, or platinum membership. Any entrants without silver
membership will be rejected."

That seems a strange approach for a FIDE rated event. It hardly seems to encourage foreign players to take part.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48716

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

In terms of opening, I think your guess is as good as mine. For what it is worth I'd guess that when Caruana has White we'll see more of the same. With Carlsen as White he'll want to get a level position and just play a game so maybe some pretty insipid stuff starting with d4.
by Matthew Turner
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48716

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The betting odds suggested that Carlsen had a 2 in 3 chance of winning at the start. Having reached this stage that now appears to have improved to a 3 in 4 chance. That seems wrong to me. I think it was 50/50 at the start and still is. Would Carlsen have been able to neutralise b4 in the Rossolimo ...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48716

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

For the alternative perspective, I went to a local chess club this week and five members had been down to the match - they said it was brilliant. Each to their own I guess
by Matthew Turner
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 4861

Re: British Knock out December 2018

There are twelve competitors in total. I do not know who they are.
by Matthew Turner
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48716

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Surely, Magnus is playing the best player that he has played in a World Championship match and finding it the most difficult. Why is that a surprise? I thought it was a 50/50 match at the start and nothing seems to have changed.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48716

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It is simpler than that. Gambling companies pay to produce poker programmes
by Matthew Turner
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 48716

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I would be very surprised to see 12 draws. We are seeing more courageous opening choices from Caruana as White and tiredness, both mental and physical are sure to play a part. If we see a tiebreak then I think it will be because both players have won a game.