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by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 15, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 99
Views: 4152

Re: Nice 74

"There is no "may be" and I do not see the value in imagining one into existence let alone dignifying it with an "of course"." The first part is not true; and as for the second part, it is very worthwhile considering all possibilities, even if they are rejected later. I know you have a thing about R...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri May 14, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

"Of course, at club level, I suspect e6 Sicilian players see as many Kings Indian Attacks as they do Open variations."

Yes - one season, I think it reached December before I got a 2.Nf3 and 3.d4 against me.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri May 14, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 99
Views: 4152

Re: Nice 74

"Well it does if you're demonstrating an entire page or article has been copied from one source to another, doesn't it? (How else would you do it, do you think?)" Well, it would be an attempt at a defence of course. I consulted a copyright expert, who said that in the principle of "fair dealing", wh...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri May 14, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 99
Views: 4152

Re: Nice 74

"No it doesn't, because there is also such a thing as "fair use", the display or quotation of excerpts for legitimate purposes." I know - but I don't think an entire page or article constitutes an "excerpt". In fairness, these things are rarely pursued. Publishers possibly regard such incidents as a...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri May 14, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 99
Views: 4152

Re: Nice 74

"This will surprise anybody familiar with the concept of copyright" Publishing an entire page of a book or magazine breaches copyright! As for the specific instance, it does depend on the owner of the copyright when an article is published in BCM - if it's the author, they could then re-use it in a ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri May 14, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3329
Views: 185153

Re: The English Language

https://www.redmolotov.com/the-pedants-revolt-tshirt

I agree with "fewer" for countable things etc. But it can be confusing...

You would probably say, "It takes less than 2 hours to travel from London to Brighton", and that sounds ok, "fewer than 2 hours" does not appear to sound better!
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 12, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

"I'm trying to work out how different it is from the Najdorf. It seems that playing ...e6 instead of ...d6 changes the position considerably." e6 prepares d5, makes Bc4 ideas less strong, maybe discourages b4 lines, it does block the QB of course. But Najdorf does mean you only have g7 and e7 for th...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 11, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

The nice thing from Black's point of view is that you can mess around with the move order a bit, with 4....Nf6 or a6 or Nc6 or Qc7 (or even Bc5 but that's another story). There are a lot of transpositions. Black can suffer in the opening - it's not recommended if you're scared of having isolated paw...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 11, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Magnus Carlsen @ Oxford Union
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Magnus Carlsen @ Oxford Union

Max was my last OTB opponent (4th March 2020, Wells vs Sedgemoor)! He is a good and inventive player, and whenever I've seen him he's been a really pleasant individual, which is not always the case in chess matches...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 11, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2060
Views: 123988

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57059652 says "The 2021 Brit Awards will take place later in front of a 4,000-strong live audience without social distancing or face masks at London's O2 Arena." "The show is part of the government's pilot scheme for reopening live events." So maybe ches...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon May 10, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Simultaneous Displays
Replies: 42
Views: 2466

Re: Simultaneous Displays

I played Peter Sullivan 3 times between 1986 and 1991, 2 of which were Civil Service League, but I cannot remember which department he was. In another CS League match, I got a slightly lucky draw against (Commander) John Allain and (Constable) Gary Clark harangued him at length about how badly he'd ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon May 10, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pencils at Polling Stations
Replies: 10
Views: 723

Re: Pencils at Polling Stations

"The populace of Chessington would clearly rather have a Loony in power than a Trade Unionist!"

Yes - I was thinking that. A friend of mine lives there and I must ask how much campaigning the candidates did, although I got the impression, he would pretend to be out if any of them knocked at the door!
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon May 10, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4396
Views: 482178

Re: Media comments on chess

"(I admit that when a venue treats chess as a sport and does not levy VAT I don't tell them.)" I think that defrauding the Revenue would be their problem, your silence would probably not constitute "conspiracy to defraud". Actually, it probably does not matter if the venue thinks chess is a sport, a...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 09, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Simultaneous Displays
Replies: 42
Views: 2466

Re: Simultaneous Displays

"lest we forget....." I hadn't forgotten the radio game (and must have listened to it.) I think the book "Chess Treasury of the Air"(?) by Terence Tiller(?) covered it. I had forgotten the simul, and was pleased to see I have played 11 of the players at some stage without challenging Spassky's score.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 09, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pencils at Polling Stations
Replies: 10
Views: 723

Re: Pencils at Polling Stations

"Also full marks to the Hartlepool Returning Officer, who managed to avoid breaking down in giggles as she formally read the results of the usual long list of by-election weird candidates." Sadly, I haven't seen footage of the Chessington South Council election where there were 13 MRLP candidates (n...