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by John Upham
Wed May 12, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Technical Decision Making in Chess : Boris Gelfand
Replies: 0
Views: 79

Technical Decision Making in Chess : Boris Gelfand

FM Richard Webb has reviewed

Technical Decision Making in Chess

by Boris Gelfand

from Quality Chess





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Technical Decision Making in Chess : Boris Gelfand
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by John Upham
Tue May 11, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Digital clock repairs
Replies: 6
Views: 506

Re: Digital clock repairs

Ian Thompson wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 12:24 pm
Kevin O'Rourke wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 11:20 am
or use the normal clocks since they are better...
What's a "normal clock" and in what respects are they better?
I would like to see wider use of this normal clock.

It helps that when players are in time trouble they cannot see what time they have left.
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A modern chess clock
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by John Upham
Tue May 11, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tonight : An Evening with IM Nigel Povah
Replies: 0
Views: 146

Tonight : An Evening with IM Nigel Povah

You are welcome to join (via Zoom) tonight, for FREE, Camberley Chess Club who has IM Nigel Povah as our guest speaker. :D The talk is entitled "Brushing Up on Your Endgame Skills" The meeting will start at 7.30pm and last for two hours roughly. To obtain the Zoom details visit https://camberleyches...
by John Upham
Tue May 11, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2054
Views: 123385

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

There were 14,560 positive test in the UK in the last seven days, so if you picked 4,000 people at random you could expect one of them to have tested positive in that time. However, the geographical location of positives tests will be known. If they were truly geographically random then that would ...
by John Upham
Sun May 09, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: George Henry Mackenzie: Third US Chess Champion, 1870
Replies: 0
Views: 118

George Henry Mackenzie: Third US Chess Champion, 1870

Richard James has reviewed

George Henry Mackenzie: Third US Chess Champion, 1870

from Moravian Chess

by Vlastimil Fiala


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George Henry Mackenzie: Third US Chess Champion, 1870
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by John Upham
Sun May 09, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Cheese
Replies: 2
Views: 428

Re: Chess and Cheese

No takers?

OK, here is the reveal : https://natwestbusinesshub.com/articles ... ost-office
by John Upham
Sat May 08, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Cheese
Replies: 2
Views: 428

Chess and Cheese

Question :

Which chess player of note runs a cheese shop? :D


(See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz1JWzyvv8A for background)
by John Upham
Fri May 07, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 24
Views: 1505

Re: Chess clubs by size

What was your source of ECF data? I presume it was the Master List before availability was denied by those who know best. The monthly grades files (in CSV format) that are still available on the old ecfgrading.org.uk site. Last file was published 28.08.2020. The monthly grades files is a significan...
by John Upham
Fri May 07, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Re: Trivia Question

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 9:59 am
Vera Menchik

Very good Mick!

May I ask how you got to that answer?
by John Upham
Fri May 07, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Re: Trivia Question

I thought someone would have answered this by now. The had x11 sentence was doing the rounds when I was a schoolboy in the 1950s, except I remember it had 'examiner's' instead of 'master's'. My interpretation is that Jones and Brown were examinees who had different answers to some sort of English g...
by John Upham
Fri May 07, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Re: Trivia Question

I suspect it is time to reveal a clue...

The writer of the obituary was EGR Cordingley.

If that does not help I will reveal the year in 24 hours time.

I very much hope that this grave matter will be brought up an an AGM this year. NG does not specify which AGM merely "an AGM".
by John Upham
Thu May 06, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4396
Views: 481763

Re: Media comments on chess

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 6:45 pm
Hi John,

I gave the answer earlier, but 5....e5 as a clue. hmmm.... let me think about it.
5...e5 could be the Sicilian Pelikan...

Does that help?, OK, the spelling is not quite correct.

Too many episodes of Only Connect and The Round Britain quiz...
by John Upham
Thu May 06, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 24
Views: 1505

Re: Chess clubs by size

Year or so ago I wrote a parser of ECF data in Python that populates a MariaDB database. Unfortunately server that was running it is now down, and I do not have a copy of the database... The moment server is again up and running I will collect the data you need and attach here. What was your source...
by John Upham
Thu May 06, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Re: Trivia Question

It's not grammatically correct as written , because it needs punctuation. There is at least one way to punctuate it to make a grammatically correct sentence: ""Jones, where Brown had had 'had', had had 'had had'; 'had had' had had the master’s approval." Having punctuated the sentence correctly wha...
by John Upham
Thu May 06, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Trivia Question

Question:

Which chess player's obituary includes the following sentence?

"Jones where Brown had had had had had had had had had had had the master’s approval" :D