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by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 24, 2024 1:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 478
Views: 46631

Re: Pedants United

"But the meaning of words is constantly changing - haven't you ever listened to I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue?"

Of course. "Goblet - a little gob" is fine, but sometimes it feels wrong...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 23, 2024 11:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 478
Views: 46631

Re: Pedants United

Saintly Susie has preached to us on many occasions that meanings of words change, and I almost accept that "silo", "prestigious" etc. can now mean different things, but you can't "level up". One highlight of my career was when of our senior managers said the company was "prestigious". I agreed with ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 23, 2024 1:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 478
Views: 46631

Re: Pedants United

It bothers me that there is a "Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities". You cannot "level up", you can only "level down". Using stupid jargon in the name of a Government Department is really awful.
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 23, 2024 8:46 am
Forum: Rating Debate
Topic: Active/Inactive/Deceased/Merged ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1415

Re: Active/Inactive/Deceased/Merged ?

"These will remain as active and of course never be removed till the year 2525 - if they can survive."

I suspect many people will not get the Zager and Evans reference,
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Feb 21, 2024 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 172
Views: 26553

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Technical errors in film/TV are ubiquitous, if frequently annoying. You must expect some artistic licence. I hope they at least got the board the right way round.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 20, 2024 4:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: Channel Tunnel Shares in 1942

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Tunnel

Agreement to build it was made in 1964, so it probably amused the writers to put that line (no pun intended) in the script.

I was impressed that the 1802 design suggested a mid-channel island to make it easier to change the horses!
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 20, 2024 4:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Graded Band Tournaments
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: Graded Band Tournaments

"(if the opponents care more about the quality of the game than their rating)" I suspect the former are a small minority. I don't care about ratings any more. I even celebrated when Danny Gormally published annotations of his win against me at Guernsey, as I felt it was a compliment. As I have said ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Feb 20, 2024 3:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 172
Views: 26553

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

"I wondered whether a snooker film might have had more success."

Paul is on to something. Walter Tevis (author of Queen's Gambit) also wrote "The Hustler", which is about Pool. That was pretty successful as a film! The sequel "The Color of Money" did ok.
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Feb 19, 2024 6:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: School Chess Club Risk Assessment
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: School Chess Club Risk Assessment

The school should have a template?!

But failing that, Fascinating Aida might help...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7eVr-I ... dex=1&t=4s
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Feb 19, 2024 12:40 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Cambridge International Open
Replies: 90
Views: 5535

Re: 2nd Cambridge International Open

"This seemed to be caused by the toast making machine getting over enthusiastic."

These always seem to be set up so that you put the bread in once and nothing happens, so you put it in again, and it immediately scorches the bread with the power of a million suns...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Feb 17, 2024 10:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 3026
Views: 337699

Re: Cheating in chess

I'm only a CM and primarily play in non-serious events, but have had about a dozen games awarded to me after I lost as the opponents were identified as cheats. So it does happen.

Admittedly, in a couple of the games I was so bad they didn't need to cheat!
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Feb 16, 2024 10:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This Arbiter's Interpretation of the Laws Correct?
Replies: 8
Views: 737

Re: Is This Arbiter's Interpretation of the Laws Correct?

"The arbiter goes on to say that there was no point in applying a time penalty for this incident because White was clearly winning and had plenty of time on the clock, so didn't need an extra 2 minutes. Deciding not to give a player extra time on these grounds is clearly wrong." I have known players...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Feb 15, 2024 1:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The world's most handsome GM?
Replies: 27
Views: 2053

Re: The world's most handsome GM?

I am aware that the world is filling up with narcissists combing the internet to claim to be upset about things, but surely a bit of frivolity is needed at times? The world's depressing enough as it is.
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Feb 14, 2024 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Opponents who "helpfully" write their name on your scoresheet
Replies: 32
Views: 1866

Re: Opponents who "helpfully" write their name on your scoresheet

"A friend of mine (yes there are some) revealed that his opponent was perturbed to discover that he had in fact prepared for Ben Purton rather than Colin Purdon. How we laughed!" John Nunn revealed years ago (pre-Chessbase) that he played someone from Soviet Union who showed him afterwards the game ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed Feb 14, 2024 8:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Opponents who "helpfully" write their name on your scoresheet
Replies: 32
Views: 1866

Re: Opponents who "helpfully" write their name on your scoresheet

"One of my university collegaues would ask his opponents to write or sign their name in his scorebook or scoresheet. Mind you he would also wear a scarf even in the middle of summer." I played someone years ago who asked me to write my name in his scorebook. I thought it a bit odd, then thought he w...