A couple of years back, fellow members of the IET’s Safety Technical Professional Network Andy German and Richard Piggin (both then at Atkins) proposed the creation of a Code of Practice for Cyber Security and Safety.
This in turn led to deeper discussions, and for one or two people, a lot of hard work.
I am proud of my small, supporting, role in the production of this publication – I hope industry finds it useful and informative, and it can help make our systems more secure and hence safer. And my thanks to LDRA for supporting my involvement in this Group.
Sunday 11th August saw my return to competitive rapid-play, for the first time since the summer of 2007!
Both Emily and Isobel were entered for the U80 (grade) section, and I entered the U120… notably, the majority of players in both sections were juniors.
The first match saw me entering the end-game with a material and time advantage… but carelessness allowed my opponent (who subsequently came 3rd overall) to dismantle my pawn structure, leading to my resignation. A quick win in the second, and an early agreed draw was a satisfying morning’s work.
The afternoon began with a long (in rapid-play terms) match against one of the few other adults… with both players under two minutes left on the clock, my opponent had a bishop for two pawn advantage – his additional mobility paid dividends. In the fifth, a tactical game resulted in an agreed draw. The final round saw me enter the end game two pawns down, with my King defending against a passed pawn. Thankfully my opponent blundered, allowing me to block his King’s path through my pawn structure… a third draw.
Overall, one win and three draws (with a grading performance estimated at 78.8) was a reasonable result. Equally important, gaining two draws from the three games against FIDE graded players means (for the first time) I have a FIDE grade (estimated at 1009).
Both Emily and Isobel struggled, registering one win (against the same opponent) in their first five games… leading to the inevitable match-up – with Emily winning the family bragging rights in the sixth round.
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