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by JustinHorton
Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules Question
Replies: 35
Views: 3531

Re: Rules Question

Also, in my brief series "reasons why I can't necessarily get back to the board in five minutes" I'd add: (a) the time in Benasque I had serious food poisoning and it took me more than five minutes to reach the toilet door from inside, let alone return to my game ; (b) the time in Estadilla I discov...
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

Tshepiso Lopang of the Botswanan women's team is described thus: History : Participated in two European Team Chess Championship (1977, 1980 - Team-Bronze) for England, one Glasgow 800 Team Chess Tournament (1975 - Team-Gold) for England. Apparently she looks like this: http://schachlive.dresden2008....
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:29 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: No news is bad news
Replies: 210
Views: 38867

Re: No news is bad news

To be fair it's not strictly speaking an unreasonable place for him to be: I'm not sure that he'd be doing any more good sitting at one end of an unanswered phone at home.
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

still musing on Olympiad oddities

There is no team from Chile. I wonder why?

(My local club professional, as it happens, is native Chilean GM Roberto Cifuentes Parada. I could ask him, but it might be a sore point or something...)
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules Question
Replies: 35
Views: 3531

Re: Rules Question

Did he really say that? Heh. I once tried to raise the point on his Chess Café column and I didn't get very far, as if he'd misunderstood the question or something. I played a game last season in a place called Tamarite de Litera (in Aragón but very close to Catalonia) where if you could have got ...
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

nothing better to do of a Friday evening

According to his card, Fred Hamperl of Guernsey appears to have the FM title despite never having an Elo above 2077. Is this right? How did he manage it?
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

John Saunders wrote: Nigel Short's is the funniest - 1) the photo is a dodgy scan of an even dodgier photo (age-old and very poor) with what could be a couple of franking marks (or coffee cup rings?) on it
Image

Magnificent
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: No news is bad news
Replies: 210
Views: 38867

Re: No news is bad news

Yesterday, I received about 30 new applications from schools for the free sets, today more . This is happening because the advert on the front of the ECF site continues to remain unchanged. I have nothing to say to these schools apart from to apologise for the delay until clarification from Holloid...
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules Question
Replies: 35
Views: 3531

Re: Rules Question

Re: John's second story, I am sure I recall - though the details elude me - a story from a tournament a long time ago in which a player who represented England in a number of Olympiads stopped moving, with an hour to go, until the last five minutes, perhaps for similar reasons. As I say though, the ...
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules Question
Replies: 35
Views: 3531

Re: Rules Question

Ben Purton wrote:So I think leaving the venue rule should be at arbiter's discretion , because who would cheat at a London league game?
Mmmm but perhaps the point here Ben is that there are no arbiters present at London League games.
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: No news is bad news
Replies: 210
Views: 38867

Re: No news is bad news

It's a good question but it's conceivable that it may be difficult for the ECF to do anything else significant in the near future because anybody with whom the ECF seeks to work will feel the organisation lacks credibility. If you screw up a project (or if a project of yours screws up, if you prefer...
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)
Replies: 280
Views: 24258

Re: OLYMPIAD 2008 :):)

Neill Cooper wrote:
JustinHorton wrote:Finland's four IMs have beaten Georgia's four GMs
Not quite
Br. 17 Georgia (GEO) Elo - 52 Finland (FIN) Elo 2½:1½
http://chess-results.info/tnr16314.aspx ... iframe=YES
It reckons here that Finland won (match 17).
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: No news is bad news
Replies: 210
Views: 38867

Re: No news is bad news

I'm not sure it's cloaked in secrecy so much as lost in the mist....
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:10 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: No news is bad news
Replies: 210
Views: 38867

Re: No news is bad news

I dunno Carl, I reckon the fact that there ain't no sets may constitute over 50% of the problem...
by JustinHorton
Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline and Fall?
Replies: 13
Views: 2237

Re: Decline and Fall?

Waterstone's changed from local ordering to centralised ordering some years ago and it's quite possiblde that somebody at the centre has decided "chess doesn't sell" and has acted accordingly.

Didn't know about Malcolm Pein's column - has anybody asked him?