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by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 5 Minutes on the Clock
Replies: 20
Views: 1200

Re: 5 Minutes on the Clock

In leagues with an intermediate time control, if both players are in severe time trouble it can help avoid disputes if someone is available to keep score so that the players can agree on whether the time control was reached if a flag falls. I have done this writing of moves sometimes. Doesn't apply ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6638

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I can't see them. What I see is this text: "The Grading Consultation closed last Saturday morning, and there were more than 900 responses to the consultation overall. The questions were — 1) Do you agree with the Board’s decision to move to monthly grading? 2) Do you agree with the Board’s proposal ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6638

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Link: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/grading-consultation-results/ What were the overall results of the consultation (i.e. overall percentages)? Links to earlier ECF website posts (might be helpful): https://www.englishchess.org.uk/monthly-grading-proposal/ https://www.englishchess.org.uk/proposed-...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Chess Champions of the past
Replies: 28
Views: 5214

Re: British Chess Champions of the past

Stewart, both the posts you quote/mention were written in 2012, when the British was still 11 rounds. This thread was started in 2012, and only recently resurrected by a new post made by James Pratt on 23 March 2019. The British Chess Championships have been a nine-round Swiss since 2017 (i.e. for t...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2835
Views: 303576

Re: Media comments on chess

Macron on Brexit: "We need to get out of this checkmate. A proposed rejection of the EU with no plan can only ever lead to stalemate."
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Happy Norouz
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Happy Norouz

Donald Trump and his administration have not been following this discussion...

Pompeo says God may have sent Trump to save Israel from Iran (BBC News)

PS. John McK's quote above was from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 79
Views: 7167

Re: Division One 2018-19

You would hope that in the event of any dispute, that her university and college (St Hilda's) would support her. Anyway, if it is only a year, would anything happen before she finished the course (though she may want to take up options to continue studying or working in the UK)? She may in any event...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Happy Norouz
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Happy Norouz

I love that things like this are put on the 'UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists'. This celebration is 3000 years old.

Lots of spellings as well: Norooz, Nawrouz, Newroz, Novruz, Nowrouz, Nawrouz, Nauryz, Nooruz, Nowruz, Navruz, Nevruz, Nowruz, Navruz. Plus the Persian نوروز.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme
Replies: 13
Views: 1023

Re: INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme

About that short history by John Poole - is there any indication what sources he used? Was it a combination of referring to earlier histories plus personal memory/records for the more recent years? Sometimes such inserts into programmes (or Yearbooks) are a summary of longer works, sometimes they ar...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2835
Views: 303576

Re: Media comments on chess

BBC article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/africa/47612326 While Googling for this, I came across the same story, but on the BBC's Pidgin site: https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-47610616 This is "a news service in West African Pidgin English" that was launched by the BBC in 2017. https://www.wir...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12561

Re: World Teams 2019

Presumably the sponsorship enabled the team to be kitted out in the blazers they are wearing (so disappointed the forum hasn't had a big discussion about dress codes! :D ). Are any of the photos good enough to see what the badges say. I can't see any obvious signs of company names on there, so that ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12561

Re: World Teams 2019

Howell on one side, to the other it is Adams, who seems to have lost some height along with some rating points. I was puzzled by the height disparity as well. I think it can be explained by the fact that Gawain is very tall and Mickey, well, isn't. But there is also an element of position on the st...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12561

Re: World Teams 2019

Has Speelman been a member of all the England medal-winning teams in the modern era (maybe ever)? He certainly has a lot of medals!
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12561

Re: World Teams 2019

Maybe also see if Speelman set any record for the time span between his previous and most recent appearances for England. There is the caveat that he was (presumably?) not actually intending to play in the event. You could ask who the oldest participant has been who was in the team by right (i.e. by...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12561

Re: World Teams 2019

Nigel's absence certainly made the team younger! :D (Did Speelman set any sort of record for age when representing England, at least in the modern era?) Was the team sponsored and did that help (i.e. would going have been impossible without sponsorship, and how much did the ECF fund it)? What are th...