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by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35513

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:49 pm
Charlie Storey has run over GM Stephen Gordon in 30 moves. I noticed U13 Jacob Yoon is giving Malcolm Pein fits, and has pushed him into surviving on increment.
Yoon drew. He has just come from scoring 5/5 for England earlier this week in the Robinson Cup (U14 adjunct to the Glorney Cup).
by Tim Harding
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 2748

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

It seems that Mason's propensity to get drunk was already quite well known in the mid-1880s, as Steinitz inserted a veiled reference to this in his his International Chess Magazine, July 1885, page 208: …Mr. Mason when he descends from the heights of his obfuscated philosophy into the sober region o...
by Tim Harding
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 1719

Re: The word rook and Persia

According to the Oxford English Dictionary 1752, the first edition of which there were 27 volumes, the word rook means wind from a chariot. I have seen a chess book that says rook means chariot. In the 11th edition of the OED it says that rook simply means wind. ... Since the first edition of the O...
by Tim Harding
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 4146

Re: Falkland Islands

No doubt this is the correct decision but I am still curious to know the answers to Justin's question? and whether anyone actually tried to point out to the organisers the jurisdiction problem? It would be easier to understand this breaking a butterfly on a wheel business if it were known that such...
by Tim Harding
Sat May 25, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 2680

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

b) In chess the Welsh and Scots have their own teams and organisations. As do the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. ... Not entirely correct. Northern Ireland does not have a separate chess team. There is an all-Ireland chess team (in the Glorney Gilbert e...
by Tim Harding
Fri May 24, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 2680

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

I am not surprised there has been no response to Charlie Storey's misguided initiative. What immediately struck me when I first read the above was: a) "Team GB" is a term coined by the British Olympics movement because GB (and Northern Ireland) competes as one team. b) In chess the Welsh and Scots h...
by Tim Harding
Fri May 24, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress seeking sponsor
Replies: 3
Views: 1454

Hastings Congress seeking sponsor

I'm a bit surprised nobody has posted the press release sent out by the Hastings congress organisers three days ago. They sent two files. They should have used a spell-checker on the first one: HASTINGS CHESS – NEXT MOVE At this time of year the organisers of Hastings International Chess Congress ar...
by Tim Harding
Sat May 18, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess Matches
Replies: 7
Views: 913

Re: Chess Matches

I have been reading a bit about chess in the late 19th century. There was a postal match during that time when England beat Scotland and the Scotch opening was played. Does anyone know the year? I would also like to know when people think the first international match was. Would it be the 1932 Olym...
by Tim Harding
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: European Senior Team Championships 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1566

European Senior Team Championships 2019

As the previous thread on senior events has become side-tracked, it is time to start a new one. I have updated my Seniors (and Irish) pages at: http://www.chessmail.com/index.html The regulations are finally available for the European Senior Team Championships to be held in Mali Losinj, an island in...
by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2712

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

It's also a matter for how the Irish rating system will handle these games. I am not on the ICU committee or a ratings expert. I only said what the Chief Arbiter told me. I would have thought the fairest thing is to rate these games for the opponents as won by them, or treat them as wins by default ...
by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Another new IM
Replies: 22
Views: 3428

Re: Another new IM

James lost in the last round today but he said he has gained enough points.
by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2712

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

For the record, player X beat higher-rated opponents on the board in rounds 1-3 and 5. These results have all been reversed by the Chief Arbiter for tournament purposes but it remains to be decided how they should be rated. The first complaints about X were received after round 2. The round 3 oppone...
by Tim Harding
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 5394

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

A few years ago, I think it was 2016, Iceland was to host the European Team Championships and they were allowed to have a second team. They decided it should be a senior team and Hjartarson was on it. So they decided to play the World Senior Teams first to warm up. Fridrik Olafsson was on the team t...
by Tim Harding
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 2748

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

He was supposedly born in Kilkenny but there is no birth record in the name of Mason. Efforts (by other people) to find out what his original "Milesian" name was were thwarted by a certain journalist on a Birmingham paper (R. J. Buckley?) who claimed to know the name but refused to reveal it to the ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 2748

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

Sounds like James Mason to me.