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by John Saunders
Sun May 11, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 7577

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

Re Ceefax: thanks for the kind feedback. I'm sorry I am a bit laggardly at the moment but I'll try to do better. A bit of history of chess on Ceefax. It has come and gone a couple of times over the years but I think it was Nigel Johnson who twisted the BBC's arm in the mid-1990s that they should be ...
by John Saunders
Fri May 09, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 25095

Re: Resignation Rumours

In my view to get games broadcast you have to shorten the time control to make chess broadcasts more accessible, long games like Kasparov-Short just won't cut it anymore, unless they are broadcast as highlights. I have seen videos of chess tournaments being news stories in other countries, I think ...
by John Saunders
Tue May 06, 2008 12:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 7577

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

Gavin

As Roger has already pointed out, your Brentwood games file was gratefully received and posted on Britbase a few weeks ago. And the tournament given some coverage (with games) in the May BCM. Worth checking your facts before loosing off a sarcastic message to the forum.

John S
by John Saunders
Mon May 05, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 7577

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

If you have had a problem when contacting BCM by phone then I am truly sorry. But I, as magazine editor, am readily and directly contactable via the website www.bcmchess.co.uk - my address is right up there at the top. Why didn't you think to email me? Instead of contacting me in that way (as whoeve...
by John Saunders
Mon May 05, 2008 2:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 7577

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

Well, for all your previous blatherings, we have established that you have not been in contact with BCM editorial - until now. I read some amazing stuff you wrote here a while back saying how "chess retailers are rubbing their hands with glee at the moment" at the thought of all the new customers th...
by John Saunders
Mon May 05, 2008 12:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 7577

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

Ah, so you talked to "someone in the editorial team", did you? It may interest you to know that I am the sum total of the "editorial team" and am rarely in the shop to answer telephone calls. And you have total recall of the "exact words" used. Sorry if I sound a bit sceptical...
by John Saunders
Mon May 05, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)
Replies: 106
Views: 7577

Re: An average of 10 people use this forum (if not less)

Dear Mr Wood,

When precisely did you offer the Chess for schools project to BCM as a story? I can find no record of it or indeed of any communication with you. Nor of BCM's 'exact words' which you so liberally quote in this thread.

John Saunders
Editor, British Chess Magazine
by John Saunders
Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 240
Views: 40820

Within a few minutes of posting the above comment, I was advised by a famous doyen of British chess that Nigel Wright probably did mean Keeley and not Kylie. I am grateful for the link he indicated (which provides near conclusive proof) and also for the insight into how he whiles away the long winte...
by John Saunders
Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 240
Views: 40820

Sorry to sound like an out of touch high court judge, but who is Keeley? Do you mean Kylie? Jordan I have heard of, but we would need to move to A4 size in order to display her talents to the fullest.
by John Saunders
Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:05 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: British Statistics
Replies: 23
Views: 8475

I'd like to say publicly how good I thought the web coverage of the 2007 British Championship was. Live games, downloads, results, photos, webcams... everything was delivered accurately and promptly by the behind-the-scenes team in Great Yarmouth and you can't ask for more than that. Well done to Bo...
by John Saunders
Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: British Statistics
Replies: 23
Views: 8475

Sean H's points are all well made. Various people in the USA have looked into how many people worldwide watch live chess tournaments online and come up with the generality that it is about the number of people you get in a sports stadium. That's not quite as vague as it sounds. What they mean is tha...
by John Saunders
Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Chess Club - 125 Years and still going strong
Replies: 0
Views: 1229

Hastings Chess Club - 125 Years and still going strong

Hastings Chess Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. There was a reception held at the club on 30 June, attended by local MP Michael Foster and local councillor Paul Smith. http://www.bcmchess.co.uk/news/hastingscc125years.html Click on the above link to see some photos and video clip...
by John Saunders
Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING AND ADJUDICATION
Replies: 15
Views: 6647

Sean

Yes, my disco dancing days are well and truly over. Have been for more than 30 years, actually.

I take it you won't be joining my 'Campaign for Real Endgames' then?
by John Saunders
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:21 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING AND ADJUDICATION
Replies: 15
Views: 6647

Help with adjournment analysis has been a feature of all levels of chess (from the world championship down) for at least the last 60 years. Adjournments only started to disappear when chess programs approached master strength. Perfectly true as far as it goes, Mike. But I think the abolition of adj...
by John Saunders
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:02 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING AND ADJUDICATION
Replies: 15
Views: 6647

I fully agree with Chris Majer's statement as regards adjudication at the head of this thread. I don't think it can be argued that adjudication is illegal under any rule that I have seen (which are silent about what happens when a chess game is left unfinished). Adjudication has long since fallen ou...