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by Martin Crichton
Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: World Disabled Chess Championships, 17-25 October, Dresden
Replies: 22
Views: 2829

Re: World Disabled Chess Championships, 17-25 October, Dresden

"Jim Plaskett, (former British champion, winner of £250k on who wants to be a millionaire and infamous for breaking the aparthied ban in South Africa while he was the reigning British chess champion " and shamefully coached disadvantaged children in the townships, whilst he was in South Africa. Are...
by Martin Crichton
Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: World Disabled Chess Championships, 17-25 October, Dresden
Replies: 22
Views: 2829

Re: World Disabled Chess Championships, 17-25 October, Dresden

Plenty of things don't necessarily impinge upon one's ability to play chess. Being aged under 18, being aged over 50, being female, being a member of a particular nationality. But events exclusively for people who fit into one of those categories are established features of the chess calendar. Why ...
by Martin Crichton
Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Jack Rudd's election Q&A thread
Replies: 53
Views: 5773

Re: Jack Rudd's election Q&A thread

Good luck Jack
You will make a good addition to the board.
by Martin Crichton
Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:30 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: World Disabled Chess Championships, 17-25 October, Dresden
Replies: 22
Views: 2829

Re: World Disabled Chess Championships, 17-25 October, Dresden

Seems rediculous to stage such an event in my opinion. Everyone knows that being deaf or physically disabled does not effect your ability to play chess...unless you have no limbs and the poor person that would be in that situation would definately end up competing against others with much lesser phy...
by Martin Crichton
Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The Real Deal! 4.5 guarantees £100
Replies: 64
Views: 7756

Re: The Real Deal! 4.5 guarantees £100

I see the cheating topic has reared its head again...unfortunately this topic is not one that is likely to go away and it is good that it is being discussed so that tournament organisers and controllers can try to stay ahead of the cheats and whilst I agree that young players are more likely to be t...
by Martin Crichton
Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2015
Replies: 195
Views: 15210

Re: London Chess Classic 2015

Good news about there being a rapid play open again this year... I was shocked to initially see that they were planning to scrap it...that would have been a mini disaster IMO. Anyway looking forward to playing in it again this year and will try my best not to be cannon fodder for the kiddies this ti...
by Martin Crichton
Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Glorney Glibert International 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1479

Re: Glorney Glibert International 2015

England hold Ireland to a draw in the u-18s boys and girls and the u-14 boys

but get absolutely mashed 5-1 in the u-16s by the Irish boys 4 losses and managing only 2 draws

Come on the Irish lads :)

more of the same please
by Martin Crichton
Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: TfL seek guest player 180+ Silver membership will be paid
Replies: 0
Views: 1581

TfL seek guest player 180+ Silver membership will be paid

TfL will have teams in division 1 of the commercial London league and the Central London league for the first time next season we would like to bolster our squad with the addition of a guest player. The committee and I have agreed that as an additional incentive to joining our dynamic team that we w...
by Martin Crichton
Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Tradewise agree generous funding to assist English chess
Replies: 67
Views: 14624

Re: Tradewise agree generous funding to assist English chess

Jack I just returned from a county u-180 semi final where we (Middlesex) beat Warichshire 10-6 and heard from a reliable source that after 5 years the ECF is reinstating trophies for the winners on finals day 4th July. Better late than never and finally a step in the right direction. Who knows? you ...
by Martin Crichton
Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Tradewise agree generous funding to assist English chess
Replies: 67
Views: 14624

Re: Tradewise agree generous funding to assist English chess

Jack
I dare say, being an IM that you have probably won many many trophies and medals in your day...however many of the rank and file players that play county chess may never even have won a single medal or trophy.
Regards
Martin
by Martin Crichton
Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Tradewise agree generous funding to assist English chess
Replies: 67
Views: 14624

Re: Tradewise agree generous funding to assist English chess

Thanks Jack shows how long I have been away from county chess...Spin doctor Adam Raoofs comments all that time ago still rankle! but yes to the guys in charge now.... believe me, the members and players that reach the finals want a small momento in the form of a trophy to show that they were champio...
by Martin Crichton
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Tradewise agree generous funding to assist English chess
Replies: 67
Views: 14624

Re: Tradewise agree generous funding to assist English chess

hmmmm I reserve judgement as to how the ECF will allocate these newly aquired funds. It would be a good start to purchase a few poxy trophies for the winners and runners up at the forth coming county finals on the 4th of July. Look after the rank and file members that play county chess up and down t...
by Martin Crichton
Sun May 24, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen's challenger before 2020?
Replies: 17
Views: 4155

Re: Carlsen's challenger before 2020?

why limit oneself to specific Chinese individuals? I predict that there will be a Chinese mens world champion by or before the end of 2020. I remember reading a book titled "Kevin Wickers 200 modern brilliances" several years ago..... there was 1 game in it where an unknown Chinese player had a win ...
by Martin Crichton
Fri May 08, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: IM Colin Crouch
Replies: 48
Views: 14307

Re: IM Colin Crouch

There was a very good turn out for Colin's funeral service and reception. The occasion was upbeat with lots of stories and memories of Colin shared. Colin's brother Richard was suprised at the warm turnout for Colin by the chess community and even thanked the lone non chess player Bill Philips - "th...
by Martin Crichton
Sun May 03, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tony Miles...
Replies: 12
Views: 2953

Re: Tony Miles...

someone said Miles lost interest in chess during the last few months of his life? I doubt that very much...as a matter of fact I think that Miles was absolutely consumed by chess to a very unhealthy degree to the day he died. As far as I can recall he was suffering from mental health issues but even...