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by Alistair Campbell
Fri May 14, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election
Replies: 309
Views: 23934

Re: General Election

Angus French wrote:Hey, let this thread run. It's interesting!
I agree - it's fascinating! And whilst it still isn't particularly relevant to the ECF, former Olympiad player Alan Reid was returned as the member for Argyll and Bute.
by Alistair Campbell
Sun May 09, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sadler Scores 7/7 in Wageningen
Replies: 48
Views: 5419

Re: Sadler Scores 7/7 in Wageningen

Geoff Chandler wrote:I even wrote a book with a Dr. Ruxton.
I hope his jokes were better than Keith's :)
by Alistair Campbell
Sun May 09, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sadler Scores 7/7 in Wageningen
Replies: 48
Views: 5419

Re: Sadler Scores 7/7 in Wageningen

My personal view is that in chess you have people like Colin Mcnab who went to oxford and got phd from dundee(citation needed for sure), in maths, he could probaly have sat inputting data and be on near 6 figures by his age now. Instead he did chess because he loves chess. I think Colin got his D P...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election
Replies: 309
Views: 23934

Re: General Election

I'd like to compile a complete list of currently active chess players standing in the General Election. To avoid any suggestion of partiality, I'm defining "currently active" objectively as someone who is in the current ECF Grading List. They don't meet David's criterion of being currently active, ...
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chessplayers Stranded By Volcanic Ash?
Replies: 38
Views: 3651

Re: Chessplayers Stranded By Volcanic Ash?

Out of interest, are there any other members of the forum currently stranded sur le continent by 'Bobby Fischer's Revenge' (that's my slightly bad taste nickname for the geological malfunction in the land of his last resting place)? Nothing to do with stranded chess players, but I did hear a sugges...
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adjournments and Adjudication
Replies: 149
Views: 8760

Re: Adjournments and Adjudication

Alistair, I didn't have anything you have written in mind. I was thinking of this comment from Andy Howie... We have not had leagues up here for a while that allow adjudications. It finally nailed at our last AGM where it was passed that Adjudicated games would not be graded. If Andy was referring ...
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adjournments and Adjudication
Replies: 149
Views: 8760

Re: Adjournments and Adjudication

Some would legislate adjudication out of existence at the federal level (we recently learnt here that they did this in Scotland) but this might have a knock-on effect in losing a significant number of players who didn't take to having 'their chess' radically altered by federal decree. I think that ...
by Alistair Campbell
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adjournments and Adjudication
Replies: 149
Views: 8760

Re: Adjournments and Adjudication

Historically though, clubs and leagues in the whole UK persisted with adjudications long after play to a finish was the norm in tournaments. Very sweeping statement and essentially inaccurate. SNCL has never had adjudiucations nor has Central League in Scotland. Lanarkshire and Glasgow last had the...
by Alistair Campbell
Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: One cannot turn back the tide of ignorance. An open letter.
Replies: 27
Views: 4752

Re: One cannot turn back the tide of ignorance. An open lett

Matt (Ward) Here is a quote from another thread the fact of the matter they are not breaking the law I guess, and they won't be able to stop it anyhow so it's maybe a fantasy although the world would be a better place with alcohol, drugs. Matt. I'm not sure if you meant "the world would be a better ...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 15449

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

OK – now that TSOM is in the endgame, and going back to the original post, I see no need to change anything. Firstly, I’m not aware of any increased incidence of drunkenness in chess, and certainly not any that cannot be dealt with by the use of existing laws and rules. I’m even less convinced...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 15449

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

Simon Brown wrote:Is this thread real? Is it really April 2, or did I skip a day?
I was just thinking that - still, it beats "The Sound of Music" for entertainment... :)
by Alistair Campbell
Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 6779

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

Fans of the West Wing will be aware of the chess scenes in the Hartsfield's Landing episode of series 3. As well as the usual confusion of moves and half moves, pieces being set up incorrectly (intermittently), announcement of "mate in 12" and bogus openings (the Fibonacci) there is a slightly surre...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Local Law Variants
Replies: 70
Views: 4295

Re: Local Law Variants

I was also very concerned when the Glasgow League agreed a one ring before punishment rule and Chess Scotland agreed to grade these games. My problem was that there were two juniors in the same age group who were very close on grade and I could see future international selection being influenced by...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Local Law Variants
Replies: 70
Views: 4295

Re: Local Law Variants

Perhaps it's a cultural thing but you very rarely get other 'sportsmen' arriving after the scheduled start of their game. Football, tennis, snooker - it would be an anathema. Even darts players make it to the ocky on time! Not that it is particularly relevant, but at the recent Scottish Darts Open,...