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by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 981

Re: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge

"Also, if it needs agreement with the opposition, and G Man get drawn against Lancs, then Hybrid is not an option"

I assume ECF would treat it like Israel vs Random Neighbour and fiddle the draw to avoid it?
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4578
Views: 502790

Re: Media comments on chess

"Helpful or not, it is an analogy I have heard from multiple people."

You obviously know more about rock-climbing than me! I would get vertigo walking up Glastonbury Tor.

One of these days, I'll annotate a game and say it's like a game of football...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 23, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4578
Views: 502790

Re: Media comments on chess

Today's "i" has a supplement on the 2020 Olympics and explains the new (to the Olympics) sports, which are skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and karate. For "sport climbing", we are told, "In bouldering, the route an athlete takes to the top is called a problem - which is appropriate for a spor...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 981

Re: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge

"F3.2 Players should not spectate at any board or linger in the Playing Area. This includes whilst their game is in progress." I didn't get that far - brilliant. Play a move, run from the room, observe carefully through binoculars, or fly a drone over your board, as soon as it's your move, run into ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Glorney 2021 online
Replies: 16
Views: 1067

Re: Glorney 2021 online

"I'm sure we want to support all the England players, but that was the case last year and we were let down; I'd like to think that we have learned from what happened, maybe specifically the different approach that Scotland took" Yes. The traditional silence on these matters suggests that the other t...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: "Winning" by Nigel Short
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: "Winning" by Nigel Short

":!: :lol:"

Fair comment.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 981

Re: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge

Regulations also state "B2.3 A player is ineligible to play in any particular match if at the time of the match the player: (i) is required to self-isolate (ii) has tested positive for covid-19 ..." (ii) actually fails to state when the positive test was. So if you have EVER had a positive covid tes...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: "Winning" by Nigel Short
Replies: 3
Views: 387

"Winning" by Nigel Short

The title says it all. Nigel presents all the games from eight tournaments in which he came first or equal first, ranging from Wijk aan Zee 1987 to Anzali 2016. Apart from a few lifeless drawn games, all the games are annotated, some in depth, with plenty of diagrams. The titles for each chapter com...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fat Fritz 2
Replies: 41
Views: 3979

Re: Fat Fritz 2

Chessbase do have form when it comes to other people's material. I have been told by reliable sources that people have published annotated games, and then when the next "Bigbase" or whatever comes out, the games plus word-for-word annotations come out, with the annotator listed as "Chessbase". One w...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Glorney 2021 online
Replies: 16
Views: 1067

Re: Glorney 2021 online

"I can't remember the row about this from last year (did the Dutch play as well?), but wasn't it established that Scotland had a no tolerance policy but not the other countries?" I believe the Dutch did play, and "Yes". It's ironic that we are not allowed to see the results from last year, but the 1...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: International Chess Day
Replies: 12
Views: 2240

Re: International Chess Day

I have been playing a bit in the Chess.com event, at one stage it said there were 10000 people playing (which I assume means more than 10000). So what are the chances that having played Peter Large about 40 times in Epsom Chess Club's weekly arena, I now play him when there is a choice of many 1000s...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 319
Views: 25632

Re: Membership Renewal

"I am making the presumption that if ex members are not reminded to join following their absence last year
& club reopening's taking their time, depending on location & potential restrictions at venues
....renewal uptake could be quite slow."

I'm sure you're right.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: International Chess Day
Replies: 12
Views: 2240

Re: International Chess Day

Chess.com is running a 24-hour arena event https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1264861 with 3 minutes for all moves. 5000+ players at present...

ECF has an event later also on chess.com
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Crusader by Carl Portman
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Chess Crusader by Carl Portman

"How big is your book, Kevin? (That sounds a bit dodgy!) Seriously, what is the best way to acquire copies of this book by Carl and the one by Kevin (I have the one by Andrew already)? Are they stocked by the usual suspects, along with discerning chess shops?" CS History is 528 pages, available from...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Crusader by Carl Portman
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Chess Crusader by Carl Portman

"I have placed Carl between Lev Polugayevsky, Lajos Portisch and Akiba Rubinstein

I hope Carl approves. :D"

Carl and Polu are pictured in the book, so I would think he would...

I assume I'm between Tal and Timman?