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by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship
Replies: 25
Views: 2478

Re: Generational Best Players Never To Win British Championship

I guess my vote from the modern era would be Mark Hebden, 'the Jimmy White of British chess': very popular with the crowds, very close many times, but ultimately not likely to be champion now.
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British predictions for FUN people
Replies: 27
Views: 2239

Re: British predictions for FUN people

Five players, apart from the top 3, to score at least 6.5 (not more than 6.5, which would mean at least 7! I am guessing 7.5/9 would be an outright winner):
Adair
Hawkins
Emms
Pert
Hebden

Nothing controversial there, so his about Steven Jones as a long shot?
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 156
Views: 11577

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

Looking at the round 2 pairings, it is hard to see any of the top 5 of 6 failing to win. Howell has a tricky pairing against the very experienced Pritchett. A bit further down, Hebden faces a tough banana skin against James Jackson. A bit early to predict, but I can't see past Howell, Jones, and McS...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2017 Videos
Replies: 20
Views: 4386

Re: British Championship 2017 Videos

At the end of this 3rd preview video is Andrew's announcement that this will be his final year commentating at the British, having done it first in 1988, and for the last 20 years consecutively.

To say it will not be the same again would be an understatement - you will be missed Andrew.
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Merseyside leaving the NCCU?
Replies: 26
Views: 3205

Re: Is Merseyside leaving the NCCU?

* The Staffordshire Open team were supposed to play in Season 2015/2016 but they defaulted their Counties Championship semi-final at two days notice. If notice was only given two days beforehand then I'm shocked as Staffs players were made aware well before then. I imagine Neil was making a general...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship 2017 Videos
Replies: 20
Views: 4386

Re: British Championship 2017 Videos

Thanks for the preview, Andrew. I am sure many people are looking forward to your usual excellent coverage, whether at the event or online. Excitement here will no doubt mount closer to the event! As for embracing change, with the new format, I suspect most people are, like you, taking a let's wait ...
by Graham Borrowdale
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy
Replies: 62
Views: 4252

Re: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy

I have to agree with Michael's point about the needs of professional chess for a watertight and strictly defined set of rules being different from the needs of local leagues, etc, and Alex's further split into L1, L2, etc, would seem logical. By analogy, Premier League football has to be played on p...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun May 14, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Quarter Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 6798

Re: Quarter Final Draw

Neil Graham wrote:
This is a tried and trusted method previously employed known as the "Daniel Gallagher" effect.
You might very well think that - I could not possibly comment, although I was playing for Bedfordshire in the match you mention.
by Graham Borrowdale
Sun May 14, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Quarter Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 6798

Re: Quarter Final Draw

Mick Norris wrote:results
That looks like a good result for Lincolnshire - excluding the bottom board they were outgraded on most boards.
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 225
Views: 18571

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

Thanks for the correction Roger. My substantive point is the same though, although in that case you would need to do well in a number of FIDE-rated congresses rather than have a single good result. On balance this seems to make sense. I agree it seems a bit harsh on some of the 2 day congresses, but...
by Graham Borrowdale
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 225
Views: 18571

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

But if all the events in the south-east changed their time controls to enable them to be FIDE-rated to enable them to have a British Championship qualifying place, there would once again be too many players qualifying for the British and the long tail would reappear. I thought one of the points of r...
by Graham Borrowdale
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Quarter Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 6798

Re: Quarter Final Draw

Bedfordshire played Cornwall a couple of years ago at Weston super Mare - even Bristol is not half way :( It is a shame about the low number of entries for the Open. It seems that counties, or their regional unions, would rather play in the Minor Counties than try their luck at the higher level - so...
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Richard (Dick) Edward Boxall
Replies: 4
Views: 1244

Re: Richard (Dick) Edward Boxall

I don't think I can add to what you already know John, but I played in many of the events run by Dick in the early 1980s. Very few players, including me, recorded the moves at that time rate, so I do not have any games on record. I remember one year they ran a kind of grand prix, with the last event...
by Graham Borrowdale
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships size/format
Replies: 42
Views: 3717

Re: British Championships size/format

20 x £200-300 = £4-6K. :?: 20 x £166.67-£250 would be the correct calculation. There is pedantic and there is pedantic! But it seems that Kevin H had a decimal in the wrong place, so maybe a £4k shortfall is not so bad in the scheme of things. It seems that the assumption that the tail would play i...
by Graham Borrowdale
Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Smart moves: London’s new Chess Club bar
Replies: 17
Views: 2123

Re: Smart moves: London’s new Chess Club bar

Paul, I am guessing you are too young to remember the sloping tables at the Maidenhead Library. Depending which side of the table you were on the pieces had a tendency to gravitate towards the kingside or the queenside.