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by John Foley
Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 17990

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

The chess café concept has been proved commercially unviable in modern times in London and Paris. It worked in days gone by because the world was so different. People could linger, they were not connected into a global communications network, and City centre retail costs were relatively lower. The ...
by John Foley
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Counties Abolished
Replies: 94
Views: 5072

Re: Counties Abolished

John Saunders wrote:
I live in Kingston-upon-Thames, which has a postal address with "Surrey" in it but isn't a part of Surrey administratively. Or something equally boring of that sort. I'm not a member of any Surrey club so am I eligible?
John, you are always welcome to play for Kingston Chess Club.
by John Foley
Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arrived at Canterbury.
Replies: 2
Views: 501

Re: Arrived at Canterbury.

Be careful climbing over the wall to the private swimming pool :-)
by John Foley
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 66816

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

The club was mastermined by Mike Wills and met in extraordinary premises in Endell Street, Covent Garden. A chess room was open every day and it attracted the sort of colourful characters seldom seen these days. If I recall, Leonard Barden recommended the club to a number of aspiring juniors at tha...
by John Foley
Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic Accommodation
Replies: 10
Views: 11217

Re: London Chess Classic Accommodation

Sources of temporary accommodation for the budget-minded are www.crashpadder.com, www.spareroom.co.uk and www.couchsurfing.org
by John Foley
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Do you say "Check" or not??
Replies: 85
Views: 4642

Re: Do you say "Check" or not??

How about anouncing forced mate? ... ''check,and mate in 10''! Was there ever a penalty for incorrectly announcing the number of moves? Something akin to bidding auctions in bridge. It could quieten the irritating forced-maters and provide a chance for the apparently losing side to find saving reso...
by John Foley
Wed May 26, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Can we rely upon our opponent for recording moves?
Replies: 16
Views: 2026

Re: Can we rely upon our opponent for recording moves?

From the tone of the discussion so far, the more appropriate adverb would be "stupidly".
by John Foley
Sat May 22, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Antiquarian books
Replies: 2
Views: 2022

Re: Antiquarian books

Mike Sheehan (caissa.book1 at googlemail dot com) is an antiquarian chess book dealer who has a good overview of the market. It would be worth inviting his opinion.
by John Foley
Thu May 20, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Can we rely upon our opponent for recording moves?
Replies: 16
Views: 2026

Re: Can we rely upon our opponent for recording moves?

Why wasn't the arbiter writing down the moves? He should have been writing down the moves in a time scramble. He would then have answered A's question by instructing him to carry on until the flag falls. It wasn't a time scramble. Player A was thrown into confusion when he received the negative rep...
by John Foley
Thu May 20, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Can we rely upon our opponent for recording moves?
Replies: 16
Views: 2026

Can we rely upon our opponent for recording moves?

Last night in a Surrey individual championship match an incident occurred which raises an issue about reliance on one's opponent for record keeping in time control. The first time control had apparently been safely reached and Player A was in a superior position: Player A (with 7 seconds remaining):...