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by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess-themed quiz questions
Replies: 31
Views: 2168

Re: Chess-themed quiz questions

Spassky (lost to Petrosian in 1966, won the rematch in 1969)
Anand (lost to Kasparov in 1995, beat Kramnik in 2007)
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tony Miles - the Ultimate Humiliation
Replies: 9
Views: 1462

Re: Tony Miles - the Ultimate Humiliation

Interestingly, Miles's FIN was reused for an older player. That can't have happened too many times.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2528
Views: 105632

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:21 pm
What does it mean if a variation 'is a mess'?
It means that the resulting position is too complex for the annotator to definitively evaluate it. The usual reason for this is that some traits of the position favour one side and some the other.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018
Replies: 129
Views: 7233

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Dresden 2018

A note to anyone posting PGNs on this forum: they'll only work if the notation is in English. I've corrected the earlier one.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 341
Views: 19612

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Ah yes, Xinyue Sun. I played her in last year's British.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 341
Views: 19612

Re: Director of Women's Chess

True.

If you expand it to all rather than active only, there is one English woman with a 2100+ rating, the WFM title, and no British women's championships to her name: Sophie Tidman.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 341
Views: 19612

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Sarah Longson is currently the only active English woman with a 2100+ rating and a title lower than WIM.

There is also the edge case of Akshaya Kalaiyalahan, who has a 2100+ rating and the FM title.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 341
Views: 19612

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I briefly discussed this with my predecessor as Barnstaple chairman at tonight's meeting of the club. The conclusion we came to was that whatever the merits of the candidates, the decision was not one that looked good.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Home Chess
Replies: 23
Views: 2026

Director of Home Chess

Alex Holowczak is standing down, in no small part thanks to an excess of other commitments.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship sponsorship
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: County Championship sponsorship

Are you reaching for your chequebook yet Mr Rudd? No. Nothing you've said there indicates much return on the sponsorship income, which is what potential sponsors are looking for. What you've sold me there is advertising my firm to 1,000 people, which is nice, but not really worth £10,000 unless tho...
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship sponsorship
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: County Championship sponsorship

OK, let's work with this. I'm going to play the part of a potential sponsor; a large firm willing to invest £10,000 in sponsorship of an event if it makes commercial sense to me.

What case can you make for me sponsoring the County Championships?
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2528
Views: 105632

Re: The English Language

The a-file question: nothing.

The "day at the office" question: it's a metaphor, treating playing a game of chess as if it were a day's work in an office job. An easy day at the office = winning the game without too much trouble.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 341
Views: 19612

Re: Director of Women's Chess

The ECF has very little power to meaningfully punish people who are not its officials, though, so misconduct rules for ordinary members would have very few teeth. Not, in any case, that I believe Amanda's behaviour here constitutes bringing the game into disrepute, although punishing her for it migh...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 341
Views: 19612

Re: Director of Women's Chess

It may not be a third party, but everything I know about Amanda suggests that had she been the candidate in question, she would have said so.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2528
Views: 105632

Re: The English Language

Nothing happens to the truth-value of the sentence if you delete it; it's there to imply that the stage you've reached is earlier than you'd expect to have a clear plan by.