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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Medway Chess Congress - 23rd/24th September 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: 1st Medway Chess Congress - 23rd/24th September 2017

The 1st Medway Chess Congress will take place 23rd/24th September 2017, hosted by Chatham Grammar School for Girls. Three hour sessions with the move rate Players must make 35 moves in 75 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes quickplay finish to complete the game. I'm very familiar with that move ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Newsletter No 11
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: ECF Newsletter No 11

Adam Raoof wrote:can someone confirm what email address this newsletter was sent from?


office@englishchess.org.uk is what appears at the top of the email.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Richard Haddrell
Replies: 36
Views: 3903

Re: Richard Haddrell

Do we know which fund / account the gift will be paid to? Isn't it going into the recently established charity, "Chess Trust"? There's mention of this in the unofficial accounts of the April 2017 Finance Council meeting. (edit) According to Ben Edgell's report, available at http://www.che...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 30
Views: 1012

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

JustinHorton wrote:
Anybody know why?


It's a rapid play tournament, three rounds a day.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hardinge-Simpole: Two unfamiliar titles
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Hardinge-Simpole: Two unfamiliar titles

It confirms to me what a loss the ECF library might be. I don't think it has anything to do with the physical existence of the library, it was just that the Hastings University had compiled a list of the books in the various collections. That is an incomplete proxy for a maintained list of all ches...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1939
Views: 79999

Re: The English Language

You mean if a move is poor, it just means it's not the best move? It has to fall short of being the best move by some margin. If the best move wins fairly quickly, the second and third best moves still win, it's only when you get to moves that make the win extremely difficult that you might call th...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hardinge-Simpole: Two unfamiliar titles
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Hardinge-Simpole: Two unfamiliar titles

Reuben Fine's Best Games (by Fine), and Mikhail Tal: The shooting star of chess (by Golombek) The University of Hastings catalogued many of the book collections bequeathed to the ECF, amongst them Golombek's of course. A link was posted on this forum http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Entry vs registration
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Entry vs registration

Entry vs registration I presume you mean this event. https://www.fide.com/images/stories/FIDE_Calendar_2017/Asian_Zonal_3.1_REGULATIONS.pdf The relevant rules being 1.1 National Federations in Zone 3.1 may enter two invited players (one man and one woman). Federations may register additional player...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ think otherwise)
Replies: 33
Views: 2635

Re: Bridge is a Sport

Brian Towers wrote:Time to rename the thread?


I've renamed it in the light of subsequent developments.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1939
Views: 79999

Re: The English Language

What's the difference between a poor and a weak move? You might say that a poor move is a failure to play one of the better moves in a position, whilst a weak move is one that manifestly worsens the position. Perhaps the difference between failing to notice win of material and actually leaving mate...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017
Replies: 48
Views: 3151

Re: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017

LawrenceCooper wrote:The most trophies would almost certainly be someone playing in junior tournaments.


Not this chap then

http://www.charliechess.com/

Having won more Open Chess tournaments (143) than most Grandmasters in the UK
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Teams 16-27 June
Replies: 62
Views: 2116

Re: 2017 World Teams 16-27 June

Kosteniuk has to go through the indignity of having to take off her wrist watch during play Whoever in FIDE dreamed up the "no pens or watches" rule is suffering from a case of paranoia against common possessions. Ban the sophisticated ones by all means, but what's the problem with an old...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ think otherwise)
Replies: 33
Views: 2635

Re: Bridge not a Sport

Assuming it is extended to chess then I assume Mike Basman could launch some kind of appeal to the relevant body and it will be up to the judge/adjudicator/whoever's discretion as to whether the ruling is quashed. It wasn't completely clear that even if organised in an activity that was definitivel...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 Altibox Norway Chess June 5-17
Replies: 99
Views: 4680

Re: 2017 Altibox Norway Chess June 5-17

Tim Harding wrote:Giri played like a beginner today, notwithstanding what the online engine may say about 5...c4.


1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. O-O c4


It's a move that only a beginner or a strong GM would play. Chernev's Logical Chess Move by Move would certainly have condemned it.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF may join with English Bridge Union in Judicial Review
Replies: 177
Views: 12167

Re: ECF may join with English Bridge Union in Judicial Review

The implication being that whatever VAT advantages accruing to Bridge if the court decision goes in their favour should already be applicable to chess. That rather implies the Court may be ruling from a position of ignorance. Whilst Chess has the classification of a sport in several EU countries an...

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