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by Malcolm Clarke
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Offering a draw to a deaf player
Replies: 28
Views: 2845

Re: Offering a draw to a deaf player

I did offer a deaf player a draw in a game in 1986. I wrote the request on a separate score sheet and handed it to him. He replied on the same scoresheet saying I will accept if you let me know what grade. However when I let him know what my grade was he said he could not find evidence of this, decl...
by Malcolm Clarke
Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Olympic badminton
Replies: 29
Views: 2749

Re: Olympic badminton

I have already stated my own views on this issue, but I do believe that there have been cases of chess tournaments in which both players have been defaulted if the game has been conducted in a manner that has bought the game of chess into disrepute. I think that if it is clear that teams are deliber...
by Malcolm Clarke
Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championships 2012 - Games
Replies: 746
Views: 42972

Re: British Championships 2012 - Games

I do agree with the comments about the feasibility of three points per win, although it would perhaps be interesting to experiment with in an all play all. I could also point out that I watched both of Stuart Conquest's last two games, both of which were played right to the finish. In the first he b...
by Malcolm Clarke
Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championships 2012 - Games
Replies: 746
Views: 42972

Re: British Championships 2012 - Games

I am in agreement with Jonathan Bryant's reply to my post, and Gawain Jones definitely had a harder draw than Stephen Gordon, even though Gordon did beat Daniel Gormally and James Holland whom Jones failed to beat, and did face Matthew Turner with the black pieces. Gawain however did beat Gordon thr...
by Malcolm Clarke
Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championships 2012 - Games
Replies: 746
Views: 42972

Re: British Championships 2012 - Games

I would like to say that I very much enjoyed having the opportunity of seeing all 32 Open games on-line. Although my grade even I played regularly rarely reached 150 I was able to appreciate the quality of some of the play, and I enjoyed watching Gawain Jones's tactical victories against Jonathan Ha...
by Malcolm Clarke
Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:44 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Olympic badminton
Replies: 29
Views: 2749

Re: Olympic badminton

I did not see the event, but it does seem that if they wanted to deliberately lose the contest they should have been more subtle in the way they went about it. It is not inconceivable that in a chess tournament using a Swiss pairing system that a player could benefit from losing one game to get an e...
by Malcolm Clarke
Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championships 2012 - Games
Replies: 746
Views: 42972

Re: British Championships 2012 - Games

Interestingly enough in the Open section we could end up with three unbeaten players, and a player who is not unbeaten winning the championship outright. If that does happen I wonder if it will be a first time occurrence.
by Malcolm Clarke
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:54 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Chess Champions of the past
Replies: 28
Views: 5691

Re: British Chess Champions of the past

Back to the subject of Gillian Moore, I can confirm that she is currently Treasurer of the Hampshire Chess Association, Chairman of the Southampton Chess League and took over as coordinator of the Hampshire Individual Championship from myself three years ago. She plays in both the Southampton and Po...
by Malcolm Clarke
Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Poor Sportsmanship
Replies: 253
Views: 20240

Re: Poor Sportsmanship

Back to Raymond Gedling I have now discovered that there was a Raymond C B Gedling who died last year aged 93 and lived in Epsom. The article which David Gilbert described probably appeared just before I joined the DHSS chess club. In the cup final I describe Raymond certainly was amongst the higher...
by Malcolm Clarke
Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Poor Sportsmanship
Replies: 253
Views: 20240

Re: Poor Sportsmanship

Geoff - I am not sure whether individual medals were awarded, but we won the match. Raymond drew his game, but he did his work for us as he played on top board, making it easier for the other boards to get the necessary points to win the match. I hope that satisfies your curiosity, although if I tri...
by Malcolm Clarke
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Poor Sportsmanship
Replies: 253
Views: 20240

Re: Poor Sportsmanship

With regard to the post about Raymond Gedling does anyone know if he is still alive. If he is I should think he would well into his 90's (age-wise). I have also got old copies of the DHSS chess magazine and would be interested in knowing which year the article appeared. I did not come across him ver...
by Malcolm Clarke
Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Southern Giga Final
Replies: 85
Views: 6652

Re: Southern Giga Final

Interesting to have diverging opinions on certain aspects of this competition. I do have after looking at the results taking particular interest in those of the Hampshire players have one question and that is which school does Alex Vanlint who finished first equal in the under 12 boys represent? He ...
by Malcolm Clarke
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Half-point bye ... Why ?
Replies: 64
Views: 7333

Re: Half-point bye ... Why ?

Considering that it is possible that tournaments set their prize money fund as being equal to entrance fees - fixed costs such as hire hall costs etc - game fees, then I think that anyone who wins a prize after taking a bye and is then prepared to sacrifice part of their prize money is being very ge...
by Malcolm Clarke
Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Half-point bye ... Why ?
Replies: 64
Views: 7333

Re: Half-point bye ... Why ?

At the tournament I have the closest association with more than half of the players take byes at some stage. However it has already been pointed out on here that the players who play in five rounds as opposed to six are actually already contributing a higher amount per graded game. As far as I am co...
by Malcolm Clarke
Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:20 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Yateley Manor National Schools Chess Championships
Replies: 47
Views: 4789

Re: Yateley Manor National Schools Chess Championships

Thank you to Neill Cooper for his reply. However I wonder if the handicapping system we used in the schools league in the 1970's was different. We had a system where teams could enter either their under 16 team, under 14 or under 12 team, with the margin of victory required being defined for each pa...