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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Has anyone ever given up chess?
Replies: 165
Views: 18943

Re: Has anyone ever given up chess?

Thinking about it again, I don't believe it's possible. I stopped smoking a long time ago -- which wasn't easy. But that's a piece of cake compared to giving up chess, which is part of the very fibre of my being. I need to engage in pawn breakthroughs, knight manoeuvres, sacrificial attacks, dought...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: ECF Centres of Excellence
Replies: 8
Views: 3395

Re: ECF Centres of Excellence

I have created a map of the various ECF Centres of Excellence : http://tinyurl.com/ECFCoEs Comments please! :D Looks good. I haven't used that feature of Google Maps much, so two questions: 1) How permanent is that? Is it something that will always be accessible by clicking that link, or will it on...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Karpov Fund-Raiser at Simpsons
Replies: 23
Views: 2330

Re: Karpov Fund-Raiser at Simpsons

but how would you summarise what Karpov's campaign is all about beyond that?" One key idea is to reverse the flow of funds. As it stands at present, national federations pay and FIDE receives. The idea is that FIDE should have enough global presence so that all its activities are supported by spons...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Has anyone ever given up chess?
Replies: 165
Views: 18943

Re: Has anyone ever given up chess?

James Howell got the GM title and then gave up completely, not just competitive chess, but anything associated with chess. Bravo. So it can be done. I'm trying to do it myself but have belatedly realised chess is a big part of my being. I'm not talking of the aesthetic pleasures the game affords; I...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on BBC World Service
Replies: 97
Views: 7151

Re: Chess on BBC World Service

There is a related article on the BBC website here Thanks for the link to that. Nice article, except for the bit they got wrong here: "Magnus Carlsen who was until recently ranked number one in the world is only 19 years old." Carlsen is *still* number one, so no idea where that came from. It depen...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Did anyone watch the RAW Carlsen game?
Replies: 2
Views: 425

Re: Did anyone watch the RAW Carlsen game?

I did, thought it was quite a good idea. I think that will help chess get out to the masses. I didn't watch it (because I was playing a chess game!), but I've read the TWIC report: http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessnews/events/raw-world-chess-challenge-2010/magnus-carlsen-wins-the-raw-world-chess-ch...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 42014

Re: Certificate of Merit

I tried unsuccessfully to start a chess society in my first year. During this time, I was teaching a beginner from my old school Both this comment and one by Richard (James) has made me realise that I don't think I've ever taught anyone the moves of chess, or tried to help them improve their game (...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 42014

Re: Certificate of Merit

I believe the main focus of junior chess policy should be to ensure that as many children as possible continue to enjoy chess throughout their lives, regardless of the level they reach. Yes, we need GMs and IMs, but we also need average players. We need them to be club secretaries, treasurers and m...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Rule 10A
Replies: 75
Views: 11010

Re: Rule 10A

Did you leave the clock running? :D Of Course More importantly, did you leave the car running? From the sound of it, it may not have been his car. It can be quite difficult to find a flat enough surface outside on which to place a chess board high up enough to give someone a reasonable chance of wo...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:59 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 42014

Re: Certificate of Merit

Christopher Kreuzer >Richard, if you can remember, how many of those at RJCC attended schools outside the borough? I lived in the borough of Richmond (still do), and went to both primary and secondary school in Kingston. But I remember quite a few RJCC members (at the secondary school level) being ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:45 am
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Chess Word of the Week
Replies: 36
Views: 8783

Re: Chess Word of the Week

This weeks word of the week is: Fork When two or more of the opponents pieces are being attacked at the same time by one piece. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fork_(chess) for diagrams. I couldn't think of anything sensible to say about Baden Baden last week (is that really a word?) but this one got ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on BBC World Service
Replies: 97
Views: 7151

Re: Chess on BBC World Service

Can we get back to the chess discussion do you think :?: Well, people are currently discussing pictures of beverages, so Jack's distraction plan worked! :D There are nine days left until the program is broadcast. I suppose we can go one of several ways: *(1) Continue to argue and see if this thread...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:28 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 42014

Re: Certificate of Merit

They may still be a bit young, but there are lots of players who were at KEFW while I was there who now play in League chess KEFW? Ah, King Edward VI Five Ways ("a selective, humanities specialist grammar school located in the Bartley Green area of south Birmingham, England"). I thought (given the ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 42014

Re: Certificate of Merit

One item which I would definitely include now in a 2010 performance pathway and which has hardly been mentioned in the discussion above is for our top juniors to play regular online blitz on ICC or Playchess, the two sites with plenty of GM and IM opponents . It is absolutely obvious that many elit...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: Certificate of Merit
Topic: Certificate of Merit
Replies: 498
Views: 42014

Re: Certificate of Merit

Later again, McShane and others returned to the university path. I'm not sure what the intentions of Gawain Jones and David Howell are. Don't know about Gawain Jones, but there was a bit on a recent tournament website about Howell. From what I can remember, he seems to be in the middle of a year se...