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by PeterFarr
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 36651

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

NickFaulks wrote:6-6 but closer than the score indicates.
:D
by PeterFarr
Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Predictions
Replies: 43
Views: 2477

Re: World Championship Predictions

Ah, Paul Cooksey too good for me!
by PeterFarr
Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Predictions
Replies: 43
Views: 2477

Re: World Championship Predictions

Karjakin has beaten him just once in 20 games. I used the same thinking to predict the outcome of a match in 1972 Just out of interest - which world championship contestants have met each other most before their match, and which the least? I guess you might want to exclude games between the two pla...
by PeterFarr
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50285

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

ps Another change starts this school year - the new GCSEs in Maths and English will be graded from 9 (top) to 1 (bottom). This is the reverse order of the old O levels. Satire being dead, I assume this is actually true. Were McKinsey paid £20m of our money to think up this one? Yes it's true, but s...
by PeterFarr
Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50285

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

NickFaulks wrote:I sometimes wonder whether all the homework and pressure is not so much a part of proper education as an alternative to it.
That's what my two teenagers seem to think - though I guess they are biased.
by PeterFarr
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 50285

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

It eventually became too difficult, though, because of increasing academic pressures. I'm sure that's true, but this constant refrain drives me mad. When I was at school, at what would nowadays be considered a "crammer", I'm sure we worked quite hard, but certainly not to the point of excluding che...
by PeterFarr
Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:37 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Eton College Team Rapidplay 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4302

Re: ECF Eton College Team Rapidplay 2015

Over a third were state schools: 31 independent, 13 state selective, 5 comprehensive, 27 boys school, 17 mixed, 5 girls. The leading state school was mine, Wilson's, who were 6th. The leading non-selective state school were Chepstow who were 17th. So there is a glimmer of hope. Thanks very much for...
by PeterFarr
Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Eton College Team Rapidplay 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4302

Re: ECF Eton College Team Rapidplay 2015

Are many of these State schools; and if not I wonder if Neill sees any glimmers of hope in persuading more of them to compete in this event?
by PeterFarr
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Statement Investigation Society
Replies: 45
Views: 4891

Re: Chess Statement Investigation Society

'Chess Notes' by Edward Winter has for many years championed the cause of accuracy in chess writing, perhaps quixotically, but always with rigour. The now discontinued Streatham & Brixton blog also followed a number of specific issues along these lines with enthusiasm. As for the Korchnoi quote; har...
by PeterFarr
Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Olympiad - Baku
Replies: 901
Views: 40814

Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

If people are interested in results with big rating upsets, look no further than England women v Syria women. We can assume that the Syrian women are significantly stronger than their gradings. Having looked at Sarah's game where she found 51 d6, I decided not to look any further. We've all done it...
by PeterFarr
Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Olympiad - Baku
Replies: 901
Views: 40814

Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

If people are interested in results with big rating upsets, look no further than England women v Syria women.
by PeterFarr
Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Olympiad - Baku
Replies: 901
Views: 40814

Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

At least the decision of who to leave out is now difficult for positive reasons. But really from this distance how can you know about the players' states of mind and who is tired etc.?

Certainly been enjoyable seeing Gawain's last 2 games and also Nigel's good showing after Tromso.
by PeterFarr
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Candidates confirmed
Replies: 54
Views: 5687

Re: Candidates confirmed

On paper I've been the strongest player in my very small club for several years. If I left, the club would carry on without a hitch.

If the guys that run things, but don't play much, or quite so well, leave, then the club will fold.

Who would you rather have?
by PeterFarr
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Olympiad - Baku
Replies: 901
Views: 40814

Re: 2016 Olympiad - Baku

Matt Mackenzie wrote:A pretty strong bunch to get whitewashed by, tbf.
You wouldn't want to be the captain who gives that opposition team sheet to their players; though they rested Keres and Bronstein, who may have been regarded as stronger than Tal and Petrosian at the time (?)
by PeterFarr
Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Paid and unpaid disparity
Replies: 30
Views: 2634

Re: paid and unpaid disparity

theres some single mother at Atticus in Liverpool who earns more than men, laughs at a player with learning difficulties, called me and others names behind their backs and thinks there is nothing wrong with her beaviour. This creature gets given more than the men she criticizes and has money from a...