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by MSoszynski
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 14571

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

It looks now as if all listed events now need the full monty of Zoom, no electronics in the room, etc. I think previously there seemed to be a small list, including the Major Open, that didn’t. ...correction. Everything but the qualifiers. I received an email this morning (5 Dec) from Nigel Towers:...
by MSoszynski
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Sabrina Chevannes on Times Radio 12th Nov 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 503

Sabrina Chevannes on Times Radio 12th Nov 2020

WIM Sabrina Chevannes was on the Times Radio Breakfast programme 12th November at approx. 07:41–07:49 discussing Netflix's Queen's Gambit (favourably) and females in chess more generally.
by MSoszynski
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Nigel Byrne
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Re: Nigel Byrne

Nigel Byrne was also a Member of Sutton Coldfield Chess Club at the time of his passing. He will be very, very much missed by everyone at the Club.

Here he is back in March 2018 —happier times! — with some of the trophies that he helped Sutton Coldfield to win.
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by MSoszynski
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?
Replies: 24
Views: 1439

Re: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?

Every autumn since 2006, Sutton Coldfield CC and Warley Quinborne CC have played a friendly but graded match, alternating between their respective venues. At the first meeting the Warley captain, John Fahy, brought a cake by his daughter, which was well received, and so the one-off match turned into...
by MSoszynski
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 35
Views: 3112

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

Practical Chess Openings by Reuben Fine (1948) 470 pages.
by MSoszynski
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Unusual Books (Not Chess)
Replies: 17
Views: 1423

Re: Unusual Books (Not Chess)

How about...

The History and Romance of Elastic Webbing by Clifford A. Richmond (1946);

and

How to Avoid Intercourse With Your Unfriendly Car Mechanic by Harold M. Landy (1977).
by MSoszynski
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 19798

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

I do not want to paint a picture of doom and gloom, but it is fair to say that there will be a lot of work to do for everyone once chess restarts. As I said it is unimportant at the moment, but it is still something to think about. What I worry about is the loss of chess club venues — pubs and soci...
by MSoszynski
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 22504

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

MJMcCready wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:36 am
If the virus is transmuted onto a chess set, which piece are you most likely to catch it from? Are pawns more susceptible to germs than minor or major pieces?
Probably safest are a newly promoted piece, a knight on the rim, disconnected rooks, and an isolated pawn.
by MSoszynski
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Notes - major downscale
Replies: 16
Views: 2837

Re: Chess Notes - major downscale

https://www.chesshistory.com/winter/index.html

Well worth a browse. I've even contributed to it myself.
by MSoszynski
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Owen Hindle
Replies: 2
Views: 983

Re: Owen Hindle

Owen Hindle was once a Member of Sutton Coldfield Chess Club, so three years ago I wrote (with his help on a couple of details) a micro-biog for the Club's website http://www.suttonchess.org.uk/ Owen Hindle (b. 1940), author of Further Steps in Chess (1968), and co-author of The English Morphy? (200...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most losses to the same player in a season
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Re: Most losses to the same player in a season

In a local league I lost easily to a 200+ player, which was no surprise. The fixtures were such that we were to meet again in the return match the very next week. I was determined that our new game would not be a procession again, and that now I would force him to think, so I sacced a knight for two...
by MSoszynski
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: UK Pun day
Replies: 8
Views: 1473

Re: UK Pun day

The following misunderstanding has happened more than once...

I really dislike adjournments.
Why? Is it because of the war?
by MSoszynski
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Badge
Replies: 17
Views: 2636

Re: Badge

Colin Patterson wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:25 pm
Am I the only non-recipient curious to see what this 'badge' looks like?
Can someone post a photo of it?
Don't you have any arbiter friends? Bad career move. :wink:
by MSoszynski
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Badge
Replies: 17
Views: 2636

Re: Badge

I assumed this was a post about a track by the popular beat combo "Cream" What badge is this ? The one that the ECF have posted to "esteemed chess colleague" thanking the recipient for "whatever organisational role they play in supporting the ECF" Shouldn't that be E steemed C hess F ellow?
by MSoszynski
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 6629

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

As to "reaching out his hand to the opponent" [...] I was present when a player reached out his hand, intending to resign. But his mis-hearing opponent asked whether he was offering a draw. And when told that he was (in a split-second change of heart or simple opportunism), the opponent actually ag...