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by Richard Thursby
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Variety of Chess Books
Replies: 11
Views: 747

Re: Variety of Chess Books

Not sure about the categorisation of some of these books; we have books on the Spanish and the Sicilian listed under "Language Courses". When trying to navigate to non-fiction books with a topic of "Chess" you only find 43 results, including some copies of the BCF grading list from around the turn o...
by Richard Thursby
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Announcement of election of Direct Members’ Representatives Deadline tomorrow
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Announcement of election of Direct Members’ Representatives Deadline tomorrow

John Reyes wrote:
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:26 pm
The term of office of current holders expires on 31 July 2020
Do I detect a copy/paste from a previous post, given that date is nearly eleven months ago?
by Richard Thursby
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: also available on cassette...
Replies: 40
Views: 1271

Re: also available on cassette...

Nothing on (audio) cassette (unless I have suffered from amnesia) but I do have on VHS the New York round of the 1994 Grand Prix. It was a prize from the Maidenhead Junior Congress.
by Richard Thursby
Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: London Chess League
Replies: 27
Views: 5484

Re: London Chess League

I was referring to the standard practice of many websites these days (and not just those where you input vital statistics/financial details) of redirecting any requests made using http: protocol to https: protocol.
by Richard Thursby
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: London Chess League
Replies: 27
Views: 5484

Re: London Chess League

Sorry to raise this (given the chaos, for want of a better word, I caused in another thread a few days ago), but shouldn't the URL in the previous post return a 301 redirect to https://www.londonchess.org.uk/ ?
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Which style of music don't you like and why?
Replies: 100
Views: 2527

Re: Which style of music don't you like and why?

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:40 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:36 pm
Another recent example was a spectacularly unpleasant piece about grime in the Telegraph by Douglas Murray
I would not expect to have missed that, but I did and I can't find it.
Possibly this?

Also found this.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New books by Short & Adams
Replies: 9
Views: 1647

Re: New books by Short & Adams

Personally I wouldn't buy anything from the Quality Chess website, at least until they fix allowing the site to load over an insecure protocol.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jun 06, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Which style of music don't you like and why?
Replies: 100
Views: 2527

Re: Which style of music don't you like and why?

I have barely listened to music for the majority of my adult life but my opinion of rap music can be summarised by prefixing it with a c.
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jun 04, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: WIM Andreea Bollengier
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: WIM Andreea Bollengier

Andreea was born in Romania on 17th May 1975 and passed away on 31st May 2021. ... in 2002 won the Romanian Youth Chess Championship for U16s Girls. This can't be right, since she would have been in her mid twenties, even if that is what Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreea_Bollengier gi...
by Richard Thursby
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Lacey
Replies: 6
Views: 926

Re: Brian Lacey

Brian Lacey was my route into competitive chess in the aftermath of the 1993 Kasparov-Short World Championship match. A few weeks after it concluded, he placed an advertisement in a local paper (Bucks Herald rather than Bucks Free Press, roughly next door geographically) with a headline "Bored? Then...
by Richard Thursby
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Interesting finish to a game
Replies: 16
Views: 1787

Re: Interesting finish to a game

2r5/Q3ppk1/1N1p2p1/3q3p/1p6/1P3nPP/P4RK1/8 b - - 0 1 The above was generated by this: [pos]2r5/Q3ppk1/1N1p2p1/3q3p/1p6/1P3nPP/P4RK1/8 b - - 0 1[/pos] (Click the "pos" option in the full editor and then insert FEN between the start and end tags.) An interesting variation on the standard smothered ma...
by Richard Thursby
Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Books on Karpov
Replies: 7
Views: 831

Re: Books on Karpov

It has been a while since I dusted them off the bottom shelf of my bookcase by Garry Kasparov's coverage in My Great Predecessors (Part V, along with Korchnoi) and Modern Chess (Parts Two, Three, Four) was quite good if, by definition, not unbiased.
by Richard Thursby
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1002

Re: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020

See https://www.chessgames.com/player/francisco_trois.html

The Kibitzer's Corner notes he spent 2 hours 20 minutes on a move.
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Psychological Swindling and Book Tokens.
Replies: 8
Views: 1078

Re: 'Psychological Swindling and Book Tokens.

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:07 pm
'Play Better Chess.' by Bill Hartston
You appear to be confusing
Play Better Chess, Leonard Barden (1980, second edition 1988)
Teach Yourself Better Chess, William Hartston (1997)
by Richard Thursby
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 103
Views: 6552

Re: Closing Gambit

... neither the Soviet Union nor (to my recollection, would appreciate examples to the contrary) any other state had or has any particular track record in assassinating sporting figures who had defeated their own. Not quite the same, but there is the tragic case of Andrés Escobar after the 1994 FIF...