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by Craig Pritchett
Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, November 2015
Replies: 86
Views: 15933

Re: World Senior Championships, November 2015

Thanks, Tim, but I remained convinced that it was ill-conceived on FIDE’s part to abolish the 60+ world championships and that 65+ championships are a poor replacement. The aim of any sport that decides to introduce ‘senior’ competition, be it golf or chess, for example, is to achieve a cut-off age ...
by Craig Pritchett
Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, November 2015
Replies: 86
Views: 15933

Re: World Senior Championships, November 2015

To make it absolutely clear: I am not 'attacking' the idea of a 50+ senior championship, for which if there is real demand 'out there', good luck to it ... although I do think it should be aimed primarily at 50-59 year-olds and shouldn't have been introduced in a way that 'displaced' the old 60+ eve...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, November 2015
Replies: 86
Views: 15933

Re: World Senior Championships, November 2015

While more than happy to abide by any moderator's decision, I do think that these wider-ranging age-limit issues are pertinent to actual entries - including decisions not to enter because of the upwards change in the (over-two decades) old 60+ senior world championships to 65+. I'd still like to hea...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, November 2015
Replies: 86
Views: 15933

Re: World Senior Championships, November 2015

The update today shows 129 entries in the 65+ tournament (well up on last year). True. But these figures and especially the competitive nature of the event would be much, much better had FIDE not abolished the old 60+ championship when it decided to introduce new 50+ championships. That step has ef...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lecture Course
Replies: 60
Views: 12173

Re: Lecture Course

The 1851 tournament was a huge achievement by Staunton, and made at no little personal sacrifice. That's certainly the view that I more or less subscribed to on reading around this topic for the Anderssen chapter in my Everyman book: Chess Secrets: Great Chess Romantics (2013). Perhaps even more im...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Rubinstein-Capablanca - San Sebastian 1911
Replies: 11
Views: 1821

Re: Rubinstein-Capablanca - San Sebastian 1911

Well spotted, John and thanks for your interest in Heroes of Classical Chess (written 2008-09). I don't know why I didn't spot that after that Bxf2+ move (long known), followed by ...Qe5!, the truly new resource, which seems to have been first discovered by Sorokhtin + computer (see that 2004 Chessb...
by Craig Pritchett
Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: IM Colin Crouch
Replies: 48
Views: 14505

Re: IM Colin Crouch

I am also greatly saddened to hear this news. Colin was a great ambassador for chess on many fronts and touched many players of all strengths throughout the entire UK, not excluding Scotland, where he was one of the first of the early English players to compete regularly in Scottish events in the 19...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: SENIORS TOURNAMENTS 2015
Replies: 14
Views: 7332

Re: SENIORS TOURNAMENTS 2015

Can anyone (Stewart R!? perhaps) explain why FIDE/ECU scheduled the 2015 Euro Teams in Iceland (ie not the seniors event) to overlap with 2015 world individual seniors 50+ and 65+ championships? As there may be many 50+ players who would like to play in both events (possibly Nigel Short!?) and proba...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Chess Championship S50
Replies: 205
Views: 28726

Re: World Senior Chess Championship S50

Just back from 2nd Larsen memorial in Aalborg for 60+ seniors (Danes won't change to 65+ for senior events either) + open to any under 2300 ELO (interesting system). Vladimir Okhotnik (64 and 2011 world seniors champion ... 60+ days) told me that he wouldn't play in Katerini because of the rule chan...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Wikipedia
Replies: 66
Views: 9593

Re: Wikipedia

Eh? I doubt if there was any 'row' that caused the SCA to conclude that continued affiliation to the BCF (in 1930) should cease. Nor is there likely to be any evidence that the SCA was making 'demands above its station'. If there were any such evidence, I'd like to be pointed to it. That could be th...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Wikipedia
Replies: 66
Views: 9593

Re: Wikipedia

Just to observe on the 'affiliation' v 'join' point: it's the latter word that is insufficiently specific as it doesn't help identify the strength of the 'union' which 'joiners' actually 'join'. 'Affiliation' implies a loose compact and especially strongly that the parties agree that a 'right' to di...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Wikipedia
Replies: 66
Views: 9593

Re: Wikipedia

I look forward with some interest to Nigel Short's 'forthcoming article on Scottish chess in NIC magazine'. More generally the BCF does indeed seem to have been originally constituted on a fairly loose 'affiliation' basis that sought in some way to reach out to 'include' the entire (then) British Em...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Chess Championship S50
Replies: 205
Views: 28726

Re: World Senior Chess Championship S50

For info: the German Chess Federation formally voted a year ago to reject outright the application of the (then) recent FIDE / ECU reduction in the (international) definition of 'senior' (from 60+ to 50+), for all German national 'senior' events. The considerable range and popularity of Senior team ...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Chess Championship S50
Replies: 205
Views: 28726

Re: World Senior Chess Championship S50

Just to be clear and to add to Keith's post: 1. There are still only around 50 players entered in the 50+ championship and around 100 in the 65+, making only circa 150 in both tournaments (leaving aside the women's sections). Last year some 200 players entered the 60+ championship alone (no players ...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Chess Championship S50
Replies: 205
Views: 28726

Re: World Senior Chess Championship S50

I can see that with Nunn, Hebden and Arkell entered in the (new) 50+ world seniors individual championships, English interest might be mainly focussed on that event. But hasn't anyone noticed (see Chess-Results.com) that the 50+ event has so far attracted less than 50 entrants while the 65+ event ha...