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by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:51 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Instructive, Entertaining Miniatures for Juniors
Replies: 21
Views: 2712

Re: Instructive, Entertaining Miniatures for Juniors

I'm not sure how instructive it would be for juniors, but I won a game in 9 moves once. Richard will remember it because he published it in his column in CHESS. About short games in general, I find that club players tend to overlook killer moves in the opening if they are on autopilot. I find it wor...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phones and late arrivals
Replies: 96
Views: 5356

Re: Mobile phones and late arrivals

I should probably mention it in this thread as well - if someone was to come up with a mobile phone app for entering chess moves that conformed to the required standards and could interface with lots of other things (e.g. the board being used, could be plugged into the board to draw power as needed ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Writing down the move first - and changing it
Replies: 69
Views: 3764

Re: Writing down the move first - and changing it

This recent conversation about which way Knights should face on the board has left me concerned as to what I should do with a slot-in demo board. Which way should the Knights face AND which way should I slot the Bishops so the slit is facing......? When teaching kids, one must get these things righ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?
Replies: 99
Views: 6344

Re: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?

One more thing, would it be possible to explain in a bit more detail how the voting from the ECF membership works? That's easy. You get to vote for a members representative (to council). ECF members don't get a vote on anything else. Usually they don't get a vote even then as normally there are not...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad; 21st - 30th August, 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1156

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad; 21st - 30th August, 2010

The event includes a Chess960 tournament on Tuesday 24th August. I've been reading about that, and I'd quite like to try that form of chess. I'm slightly worried that I might not remember how to castle though... Move the king to its normal destination square (but nearer to you if necessary, e.g. th...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Who are the alternates?
Replies: 21
Views: 1806

Re: Who are the alternates?

From time to time we hear that someone has been acting as an "alternate" for a democratically (well, by Council if that counts!) elected person. We know that AF is the alternate for CEM I believe that David Welch is the alternate for Peter Purland. Does anyone know the complete alternate line up? W...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:07 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Uxbridge International : 11th - 15th August 2010
Replies: 51
Views: 4159

Re: e2e4 Uxbridge International : 11th - 15th August 2010

[on live game transmissions] I experimented with asking for donations of £3 last time but so few people made a donation that I can only assume that most people watching at home think live transmission is worthless. So we won't be doing it again. You would probably need a sponsor for this, and you w...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Most ever games by a single chess player
Replies: 4
Views: 1337

Re: Most ever games by a single chess player

ChessBase have the following most active players: Korchnoi (4827 games) Farago (3827 games) Karpov (3723 games) Thanks! I had never heard of Farago before (though I had heard of most of the others you gave with over 3000 games). I presume you mean the Ivan Farago (from Hungary) here: http://www.che...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Why are the Scots absent from British chess championship?
Replies: 9
Views: 2251

Re: Why are the Scots absent from British chess championship

The ECF may organise the event, but this is not a factor in determining who plays. We organise it on behalf of the British Isles Coordinating Committee, made up of all the home nations incuding Scotland. <snip> Is it possible to have a bit of a run-down on what the British Isles Coordinating Commit...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Why are the Scots absent from British chess championship?
Replies: 9
Views: 2251

Re: Why are the Scots absent from British chess championship

The ECF may organise the event, but this is not a factor in determining who plays. We organise it on behalf of the British Isles Coordinating Committee, made up of all the home nations incuding Scotland. <snip> Is it possible to have a bit of a run-down on what the British Isles Coordinating Commit...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British players defeating reigning world champions
Replies: 22
Views: 2531

Re: British players defeating reigning world champions

The postman arrived just as I was leaving the house on the departure day for Leipzig, delivering inter alia the latest issue of the Deutsche Schachzeiting. I hastily jammed the mail into the rest of my luggage, which included my opening indexes, then around 40 thick looseleaf files, effectively a h...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ethnic Diversity in Chess
Replies: 14
Views: 1232

Re: Ethnic Diversity in Chess

The UK has a large ethnic diversity, are there any stats as to the numbers of people from different ethnicities playing chess at the moment? No stats that I know of about ethnicities in the British population of chess players, but anecdotally I've noticed that strong chess players from abroad that ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:50 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Uxbridge International : 11th - 15th August 2010
Replies: 51
Views: 4159

Re: e2e4 Uxbridge International : 11th - 15th August 2010

I'm actually following this tournament as a friend of mine is playing in one of the Major sections, so I can check that as well as seeing if anyone in the Challengers or Masters sections succeeds in making any sort of breakthrough. As they are all-play-all sections, it looks quite different to the S...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:48 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Most ever games by a single chess player
Replies: 4
Views: 1337

Most ever games by a single chess player

It's not really English or British chess (sorry about that), but I was idling flicking through chessgames.com (as I don't have any big databases myself) and seeing how many games there are in that database by each world champion. I didn't note them down, but I did notice that Karpov has a ridiculous...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:28 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British players defeating reigning world champions
Replies: 22
Views: 2531

Re: British players defeating reigning world champions

Let us not forget Sir George Thomas, who at Hastings 1934/35 defeated past and future WCs in successive rounds! :D I might expand to past and future WCs. The best way to tackle this (presuming someone hasn't done so already) is to simply list all the games played by World Champions (pick a suitable...