Hi Fat Lady
"I had no idea that norm fixing had such a long and distinguished history. "
You must have led a sheltered life.
I know of 4 undocumented cases where 'deals' have been done.
What annoys me (well it does not really, I don't give a toss.)
is that it is acceptted that this happens and people look at me like
I'm daft for questioning the ethics.
There was a recent case on the ECF forum where both teams agreed to let a
player play at a lower board in the 4NCL so he could get his IM norm.
Him getting his norm seemed more important than the rules about playing
in grading order.
So they put him down to a lower board so he could play a weaker opponent
and he lost.
"Speelman holds the distinction of being the only Grandmaster to have piddled on my shoes. "
He stayed a while at the Edinburgh Club.
Best advice I could squeeze out him was to have a good night's sleep
before an important game.
Too many I'm thinking. The GM title is for the games elite. (like the 97 listed.)
The GM's in the past were the games elite till they changed the rules.
Soon you will be able to get a GM title on E-Bay.
I'm still thinking you have get into the Candidates (which used to be the rule)
before you are a GM.
It's harder and more honest than collecting norms in rigged games.
And speaking of E-Bay. I put this on for £6.00 (£1.00 p&p)
Here is the blurb:
English Descriptive Notation. (1.PK4)
So you are stuck in a chess playing rut and are scanning the chess books
on E-Bay looking for THAT BOOK!
The Book that will fill all the gaps that is missing from your game.
WELL HERE IS THAT BOOK!
Forget all the guff you have read about Tarrasch.
He was one of the greatest chess players that ever lived and he played to teach.
As he was playing he was writing the notes in his mind that he was going to
publish along with game. He often sought the most instructive way to play
because he was thinking of his readers. This is a Chess teacher.
Take these instructive games and add in Fred Reinfeld, who actually earned his living
teaching - he was a qualified teacher.
Reinfeld’s writing and instructive chess books formed the foundation of many
of the great and good chess players we know today.
(it’s a pity most of them did not pick up skills as a writer as well.)
This book is widely regarded as his best.
You have (or you could have) in your hands the most important book in your
So buy it, read it and thoroughly enjoy the games.
Your own game will improve as will your perspective on this great chess player.
The book is in a very good condition, it’s been read, or looked at but it’s OK.
A bargain at £6.00 (plus the £1.00 postage which I am taking a loss on).
I believe in this book.
Don’t let the Notation put you off , Descriptive is easy to learn and opens up a
whole new world as Descriptive Notation books these days sell so cheaply.
At £6.00 this is a steal and I’m doing £1.00 postage (UK only) which will be a loss to me because
I am a fellow chess player and I know how often us guys get ripped off.
The Husband of Jo Jo 34
(a chess player who owes this book a lot.)