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by Craig Pritchett
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Scotland and the referendum on independence
Replies: 80
Views: 11912

Re: Scotland and the referendum on independence

Maybe a somewhat false dichotomy here!? My point (and the "Scotsman's" view) is that the heart and mind (or 'brains') can be, and usually are, united. Mine have certainly always been so on the matter of the referendum; and I'm fairly certain that the silent majority in Scotland (and the wider UK for...
by Craig Pritchett
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Scotland and the referendum on independence
Replies: 80
Views: 11912

Re: Scotland and the referendum on independence

Wasn't even aware of this thread and haven't read through it in detail. No, I have never remotely been 'undecided'. Nor do I think that anyone at least in Scotland (and possibly extending into NE England - Newcastle is much nearer Edinburgh and Glasgow than far-off London) has been unaware of virtua...
by Craig Pritchett
Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4150
Views: 449008

Re: Media comments on chess

To balance matters, given one Anglo-Scot chess player's glowing take on the 'Yes' side in the forthcoming Scottish Independence referendum (quoted a few posts above), here's one from another lifelong chess playing Anglo-Scot, an old Glasgow school-mate and fellow Glasgow University graduate. From to...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Emulating player's styles
Replies: 28
Views: 3132

Re: Emulating player's styles

In a perhaps slightly sideways bid to bring back poor old 1946 British Champion R F Combe centre stage, and return to the original issue about the value of (trying to) emulate great players' playing styles, I think he'd firstly say, "Yes, essential for any step change in self-improvement." He'd stre...
by Craig Pritchett
Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Emulating player's styles
Replies: 28
Views: 3132

Re: Emulating player's styles

Keen to hear about Houdini's take on "style". That style has some real meaning in chess is clear, at least in my view, but it's hard to define, pin down to any actual chess-player and is chimeric. In the introduction to my recent Everyman Chess book "Chess Secrets: Great Chess Romantics", I quote th...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2014 EUROPEAN SENIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 26
Views: 8743

Re: 2014 EUROPEAN SENIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

I have been in touch with the ECU and the regs for the Euro senior individual champs incorporating new "Senior 50+" and "Senior 65+" groups for men in the "Open" sections (previously males, but not women had to be "over-60" to be "seniors"; women seniors were "over-50s") have now indeed just appeare...
by Craig Pritchett
Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2014 EUROPEAN SENIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
Replies: 26
Views: 8743

Re: 2014 EUROPEAN SENIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Ken, I don't want to be too cautious (and I know that these regulations, drafted by the tournament organiser, "exist" ... and have been part of recent process that has helped sort out the application of the new "Senior 50+" age applicability for the event). BUT these regs have still not yet been bac...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL RAPIDPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Replies: 36
Views: 7217

Re: 4NCL RAPIDPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

I note the reference above to sundry international players, including passing Scots, in next weekend's 4ncl rapidplays. Sadly, as a Scot, however, I can indeed confirm that I'll be charged the £6 fee for "non-ECF members" for the privilege of crossing the border to take part. Actually I'm informed ...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Karl Gilg as a POW in East Lothian
Replies: 2
Views: 1826

Karl Gilg as a POW in East Lothian

http://www.chessscotland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=260#p2094 I just posted the above at the ChessScotland Forum. And since I spent some time looking into this, I might as well open my request for any further information on Gilg's time in Scotland more widely. As you will see, the BCM website rec...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Independence Day
Replies: 20
Views: 3239

Re: Independence Day

Hm! I see that Matthew, at least according to FIDE's transfer data, retains some non-existent thing called English (ENG) "citizenship". Maybe FIDE has already decided that the eventual Scottish Independence referendum can only go one way!? Scary, or maybe just one further example of FIDE's occasiona...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who would have won had Anatoly Karpov played Bobby Fischer?
Replies: 60
Views: 8946

Re: Who would have won had Anatoly Karpov played Bobby Fisch

Re: Brendan Brown's post The Morphy marriage rebuff story has, I believe, little or no solid substance behind it - best we have on that is David Lawson's book on Morphy (now reprinted / edited by T Aiello 2010), which could establish no basis for it ... and he spent half of his life on the research....
by Craig Pritchett
Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who would have won had Anatoly Karpov played Bobby Fischer?
Replies: 60
Views: 8946

Re: Who would have won had Anatoly Karpov played Bobby Fisch

In contrast to John Clarke, I'd suggest that it's at least as "dangerous" to speculate on the putative outcome of a Fischer-Karpov match that (to some extent with hindsight) it's evident was never going to come about (for a vast range of chess and especially non-chess reasons)! But I'd definitely do...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How weak can a player get?
Replies: 38
Views: 4436

Re: How weak can a player get?

This is a fascinating thread ... it's surprising that so many people seem to think that the rating system is all that reliable an indicator of "strength". It's particularly skewed by "historical" performance. Say you start a given rating period on 2300 and you have a series of results in (FIDE) rate...
by Craig Pritchett
Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Appeal for Board Support
Replies: 185
Views: 28617

Re: Appeal for Board Support

Hasn't the ECF got a formal Ethics Code in place, including defined standards and procedures to deal with complaints operated by respected parties acting independently from the board? If not, perhaps such a step might be considered for the future, as it might have offered advantages all round to hel...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Appeal for Board Support
Replies: 185
Views: 28617

Re: Appeal for Board Support

When I posted at around 11am this morning (on page 3 of this thread), I did not anticipate that it would lead to a significant flurry of postings stretching to page 7 tonight. But much more importantly I would like to stress that my post should not be construed in any way as an attack on the ECF pre...