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by Ian Thompson
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 127
Views: 4180

Re: Why did he did so?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:I was considering Bxg7 when I first saw this position.

That was my computer's best move after a few seconds analysis, before it switched to 24.Rxe7. I think it's one of many moves that wins, but perhaps not quite as quickly as 24.Rxe7.
by Ian Thompson
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Player Sues FIDE For Not Giving Him The GM Title
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: Chess Player Sues FIDE For Not Giving Him The GM Title

If Braga wins his case, which basically seems to hinge on norms gained back in the 90's I think there's also a dependency on his claim that he's met the 2500 rating requirement, which seems dubious to me. He's never had a published, or interim, rating of 2500, but claims he would have done if two t...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 1948
Views: 209659

Re: Media comments on chess

A chess question on today's "Impossible" TV game show - "At the start of a game of chess which piece is between the rook and the knight?" The contestant got the answer wrong.
by Ian Thompson
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 127
Views: 4180

Re: Why did he did so?

No, i never was higher than 1907. I wonder how did White see all these... I doubt White did see everything. His position is so good that any reasonable move will win. For example, [FEN "r6r/ppqbnkpp/8/2Pp1p2/2PB1P2/3B4/P4QPP/4RR1K w - - 0 24"] 24. Qg3 Rhg8 25. cxd5 Nxd5 26. Bc4 Bc6 27. Qg...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need for foreign player?
Replies: 18
Views: 932

Re: Need for foreign player?

I emailed him and noted he should arrange for me the visa, transportation, lodging, and food provision. You are aware that you would need to pay for all of the above? If they need me, they should bear the expenses, don't they? What on earth makes you think that a tournament organiser would be prepa...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best software to teach chess remotely?
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: Best software to teach chess remotely?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:Hi.
I am hiring a trainer from Tehran, who doesn't know how best to teach me. Any suggestion?

Find another one who does.
by Ian Thompson
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Thanet Chess Congress 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1054

Re: Thanet Chess Congress 2017

what are the rules cascading the BCQ to a lower finisher? The qualifying regulations seem clear to me. The only circumstance in which qualifying places cascade to a lower finisher are in FIDE title norm tournaments. The previous practise of cascading places to the highest non-qualified player in ot...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Thanet Chess Congress 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1054

Re: Thanet Chess Congress 2017

I removed the phrase 'British Championship qualifier' from the website while this discussion was taking place but I would be grateful if someone could let me know if I can put it back in. The question you need to ask is what happens in the probable event of the winner of Thanet being both SCCU qual...
by Ian Thompson
Tue May 30, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 6123

Re: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?

I have just returned from arbiting the Combined Services Championships. I submitted an expenses claim for £X. They kindly gave me a cheque for £Y, a little over twice £X. So my tax return for 2017-2018 will include income of £Y and allowable expenses of £X. You must be in an unusual position compar...
by Ian Thompson
Sun May 28, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 253
Views: 12372

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

Gerry's possibility I don't think occurred to anyone in the meeting at the time That doesn't say much for the abilities of delegates. Perhaps they should read this forum before attending meetings then. I'm pretty sure the point was raised here. given the vote to reduce the fee from £25 to bronze me...
by Ian Thompson
Sun May 28, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1939
Views: 79999

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:What does 'being' mean in:
The pawn, being much more stationary than the pieces, is an element of the structure, the way the array of pawns is placed determines the character of a position and hence also the plan appropriate to it.

... as it is ...
by Ian Thompson
Tue May 23, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why you should learn to mate with bishop and knight
Replies: 22
Views: 1827

Re: Why you should learn to mate with bishop and knight

One of the things I’ve found curious over the years is that alongisde the many documented cases of strong players not being able to find the solution over the board, you also get a surprising amount of average chessers claiming to have worked it out by themselves by trial and error. That’s a bit od...
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 20, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock Damage Solution
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: Clock Damage Solution

Joey Stewart wrote:What say ye?

No end of disputes over whether or not the sensor was working properly.
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 20, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Gibraltar Junior August 17th-22nd
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Gibraltar Junior August 17th-22nd

Second point – that £1416 looks steep even compared with the cost of booking the same hotel via a competitive website. Figures aren’t directly comparable but website costs look to be around £700 for bed-and-breakfast only (and, if you don’t take the package, tournament entry costs £100 for non-resi...
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 13, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 253
Views: 12372

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

The revised schedule of rates, simplified as much as possible, is as follows: FIDE Standard Play Rated Events: Gold ECF membership or higher: FREE or Others: Pay to Play fee of £10 per person (adult or junior) Other Congresses: Silver ECF members or higher: FREE or Others: Pay to Play fee of £7 per...

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