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by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Briish Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 22
Views: 5863

Re: Briish Championship Congress 2021

In chess terms Sheffield chess club is a member of the Yorkshire Chess Association, which is affiliated to the Northern Counties Union.

I've played in every British since 2013 and if I could return to any one of the six host towns Llandudno would be my choice by far.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 27
Views: 4191

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

The government has published their roadmap which suggests they are aiming for normality by 21st June although this is subject to review at every stage. Assuming this goes to plan (and that's a big IF) the British would be able to go ahead but I appreciate there are other considerations that may not ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Double Check and Mate
Replies: 23
Views: 2441

Re: Double Check and Mate

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A few months ago I was bored and amusing myself by playing against the lichess computer on a low level. It was all knockabout stuff but I somehow ended up with this rather attractive position (double check and mate and wins the opposing queen to boot).
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Patrick Ribbands
Replies: 10
Views: 1497

Re: Patrick Ribbands

Very sorry to hear this news. I knew Patrick Ribbands when he was EACU controller/ Cambridgeshire captain and I was the national controller. Our conversations were always strictly business, so I can't claim I knew him well, but he was always a gentleman and his dedication to his county role was clea...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 31
Views: 2835

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:35 pm
What's the point
Assuming the question is in the context of the `substantive point` I referred to, the original question was whether there is too wide a range of obituaries being shared on this forum.
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 31
Views: 2835

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

Firstly I agree that this thread does not belong here. This section is for deaths and obituaries, not discussion around them

Regarding the substantive point; there are arguments for and against such a wide spread of obituaries. One solution may be a separate section for `international obituaries`.
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1368

Re: Question about arbiters

A related example would be where a player, swindled and subject to a forced mate next move (say a back rank mate where all they can do is interpose a piece), instead runs their clock down in spite. On one level, a player can use their time as they wish - but they also need to be told that this is n...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1368

Re: Question about arbiters

That's the same position I set up last night (for the sake of pedantry I had the mating bishop on f6). Justin is right to say that Bg8 would be the worst move on the board but a young beginner might conceivably do it without thinking, which was the scenario given. The point is that checkmate can be ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1368

Re: Question about arbiters

Interesting question Wadih - also something I have thought about doing when it becomes possible again. I may be at risk of incurring the wrath of the Arbiters' Union here, but I do feel that for lower level events a sort of practical wisdom at the board is more important than knowing the minutiae o...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 2082

Re: Ian Thackray

I have been asked to add the sad news that Ian Thackray's father did not long survive the death of his son and a joint funeral was held on 10th December.
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Michael Grattage
Replies: 1
Views: 500

Re: Michael Grattage

I'm sorry to hear this news. I played Michael Grattage at the Harrogate 4NCL a few years ago and he seemed a very pleasant man.
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 124
Views: 8847

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix and Young players

I need your advice... I'd like to recommend Queen's Gambit to my junior students most of whom are of primary school age. Are there are moments that parents should be aware of whilst their children are watching? As you can guess, I've struggled to find the time to watch it but hope to do so. :D To e...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)
Replies: 13
Views: 3738

Re: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)

I finished watching the series last night. The show has consistently ranked in the Netflix top ten since it started streaming and it's irritating that something that might generate real interest in chess has happened when most chess clubs are closed. The best thing about the series was the authentic...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 2082

Re: Ian Thackray

I don't want to detract from reflecting on Ian's passing which has left Yorkshire Chess in shock. However regarding the question of `Mums and Sons` there are examples of chess playing families where both parents play or women masters with chess playing sons. However grassroots examples of a parent/ ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 2082

Re: Ian Thackray

In his notice on the YCA site Steve Mann makes the important note that Ian's late mother, Patricia Thackray, was active as a chess players in the 1990s making a rare mother/ son combination.