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by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British players defeating reigning world champions
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

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: 1304

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: 4494

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: 1434

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: 2942

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...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:21 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad; 21st - 30th August, 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1250

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

David Sedgwick wrote: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...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?
Replies: 99
Views: 6981

Re: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?

Would this be the right thread or forum to try and get a primer on how the ECF works? I know next to nothing about this or the elections, other than the material I receive each year as an ECF Direct Member, and the stuff I read about this in Chess Moves over the past 2-3 years. I vaguely know that ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:07 am
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Chess Word of the Week
Replies: 36
Views: 11914

Re: Chess Word of the Week

Ian Thompson wrote:
Gavin Strachan wrote:This week's word is J'Doube.
Perhaps you should stick to English and German words. :)
There does seem to be an 'a' missing somewhere there!
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Championship: First round losers who won the title
Replies: 11
Views: 1995

Re: British Championship: First round losers who won the tit

Sort of in the same vein, which British Championship winners have been slow starters? Reginald J Broadbent in 1950 began with 2.5/5, then won his last six. That's very impressive (winning the last six, not starting with 2.5/5). Adams started with 5/5 this year, didn't he? Has anyone won 7 or 8 game...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:55 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British players defeating reigning world champions
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

Re: British players defeating reigning world champions

Short also beat Kasparov 5 other times while Kasparov was WC, according to chessgames.com, one in 1986, three times in 1987, and once in 1990. No luck for Short against Kramnik or Anand. Ditto for Adams against Anand. But Adams has beaten Kramnik several times while he was world champion, once (dep...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:39 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British players defeating reigning world champions
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

Re: British players defeating reigning world champions

I've looked up some of these games and some other ones (I only searched for games by Adams and Short, though presumably other British players played and hopefully beat the reigning world champion at some points): Lasker-Blackburne (1899): http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1029418 Penrose-...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British players defeating reigning world champions
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

Re: British players defeating reigning world champions

The other question is how many times did British players even get the *chance* to play a reigning world champion in the period between Blackburne (1899) and Penrose (1960)? I suspect the chances were not that many, but if there were a few, how close did other British players come to beating Penrose...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?
Replies: 99
Views: 6981

Re: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?

Would this be the right thread or forum to try and get a primer on how the ECF works? Absolutely. One of the weaknesses of the ECF (and the BCF before it) was that relatively few people knew what the ECF did and why it did it. Mostly the wider chess community's interaction with the ECF was a demand...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Forum history
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: Forum history

However, the reason I was reluctant to post is that things have improved markedly since that time. Adam Raoof and Lawrence Cooper, two excellent ECF Directors elected for the first time in October 2009, both post regularly and frequently to explain what is happening. Andrew Farthing, whose candidat...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:42 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?
Replies: 99
Views: 6981

Re: Chief Executive Officer, 2010 - onwards?

Would this be the right thread or forum to try and get a primer on how the ECF works? I know next to nothing about this or the elections, other than the material I receive each year as an ECF Direct Member, and the stuff I read about this in Chess Moves over the past 2-3 years. I vaguely know that t...