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by Tryfon Gavriel
Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Organising friendly match between ECF Forum and Reddit Chess
Replies: 32
Views: 5401

Organising friendly match between ECF Forum and Reddit Chess

Hi all I would be interested in seeing if there is interest in a friendly correspondence team match between this ECF Chess forum and Reddit Chess. Perhaps I can video annotate the more interesting games and post them to this thread as they are finished. If you are interested in joining the ECF Chess...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Do FIDE ratings carry more credibility to you than ECF ones?
Replies: 13
Views: 5199

Do FIDE ratings carry more credibility to you than ECF ones?

Hi all I appreciate that FIDE ratings are international and under stricter conditions, but I think ECF grades for most players are often based on more games, and also are based on real-world constraints such as being tired after work etc. I appreciate of course also FIDE games are on longer time con...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Mon May 19, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vaping
Replies: 31
Views: 4092

Re: Vaping

Yes. At my events, electronic cigarettes are treated the same way as cigarettes. This avoids upsetting other players and local residents or the vicar. I am reminded of what is told to Harry Potter- "There comes a time when you need to choose between what is easy and what is right." I am not a smoke...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess magazines' coverage of chess literature scandals
Replies: 163
Views: 11593

Re: Chess magazines' coverage of chess literature scandals

I can't help feel there is an underlying conspiracy against Chessgames.com which has drawn the support of certain bitter Chess Historians ever since Ray Keene has been doing lots of annotations for that site. I feel that there a bunch of historians on Chesscafe.com not happy with this state of affai...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Tte real giant-killlers
Replies: 4
Views: 1787

Re: Tte real giant-killlers

Yesterday (Feb 2014), Nakamura almost had the enormous distinction of beating the previous World Champion, Anand, and the current World Champion, Carlsen, in successive days. Nakamura instead went for notoriety, achieving a +8 score on Houdini, but somehow managed to allow Carlsen to slip out for a...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Did everyone try really hard to beat Vera Menchik ?!
Replies: 16
Views: 5266

Re: Did everyone try really hard to beat Vera Menchik ?!

In the Vera Menchik video I lost count of the number of pictures lifted from Edward Winter's "Chess Notes" site without a word of acknowledgement. At http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/copying.html Mr Winter wrote: "Nor does Chess Notes exist to offer a free scanning service for photographs (...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Did everyone try really hard to beat Vera Menchik ?!
Replies: 16
Views: 5266

Did everyone try really hard to beat Vera Menchik ?!

Hi all An interesting documentary here by JessicaFischerQueen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTOlSZ9Yqew I am personally a little bit curious if Capablanca and Alekhine tried harder than usual to beat her because maybe in those times Women players were not considered as strong as Male players. And ...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18378

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

"Pssst. Geoff. It is Olimpiu G. Urcan, the renowned chess historian." Gosh. Without being cheeky I have to say I've never heard of him. I'm not at all interested where he came from. All Chess players are brothers and sisters. When they trace the chess playing gene back to the dawn of time they will...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Don't mention Chessgames.com on History forum!
Replies: 5
Views: 1819

Don't mention Chessgames.com on History forum!

Hi all I have received a number of seeminly angry comments from Histories presumably from the Chesscafe.com mob! :) http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=6135&start=120 I never made any claim that Chessgames.com was an "accurate historical resource" - so I don't know what may have caused th...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18378

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

...hat Mr Gavriel is in a minority of almost only one on this site in defending the indefensible. Look at chessgames.com for "infotainment" if you must but give it zero credence for historical source value. What am I defending exactly Tim and from who exactly?! I said I use Chessgames.com as an onl...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18378

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Reviewing the games of the USSR championship 1939 of Botvinnik, they feel like "Iron Grip" style in each game. Botvinnik didn't lose a single game http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?pid=11207&tid=80462&eresult=&result=1st He got his revenge too on Kan who mauled him back in Moscow 1935 (Video a...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18378

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Educating the younger generation about Keres' brilliance is certainly a very worthwhile thing to do. I think its very dangerous to analyse some of these old games with a view to looking to 'prove' that a game was thrown. The world championship through history has seen several examples of catastroph...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18378

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

I'd like to make some points about various issues in this discussion: 1. The Lasker vs Thomas game is in K. Whyld's 1998 book on Lasker, with a slightly different date: 17, not 18, April 1896. Thanks. - Olimpiu G. Urcan Back on topic: The source I quoted gave the date of the Lasker - Thomas game as...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18378

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

.... Concerning the 1948 world championship match-tournament, Tryfon Gavriel gives a link to a piece by a notoriously inaccurate writer which is no basis for any serious discussion. That article even begins by saying that the event was "held in Amsterdam and The Hague". No, The Hague and Moscow. (G...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18378

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

At the risk of repeating myself Tryfon, let me repeat myself. 1. Nobody has ever said that they have given Ray permission to reuse copyright work without acknowledgement. Nor is there any good reason why they would do so. Nor can any publisher say that they have done so, since it would amount to sa...