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by Alex McFarlane
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 904
Views: 24556

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

It is my belief that the letter published on the FIDE website was from Hal Bond in his position as the CFC FIDE Delegate. Another letter has been sent to the Ethics Commission from the CFC Board. The second letter was sent later after acquiring the permission of the player to continue the matter. It...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let's Bring Back the Old Rules
Replies: 43
Views: 2576

Re: Let's Bring Back the Old Rules

Julie that business about having to move the king has NOT been in the Laws in your lifetime, nor even mine. But it was in the first version of the BCF Laws in 1912!! Being an ECF official Julie may be unaware of (or in denial of) developments after that time :D . The first FIDE Laws of 1931 had no ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 88th FIDE Congress: Executive Board Agenda and Annexes
Replies: 8
Views: 525

Re: 88th FIDE Congress: Executive Board Agenda and Annexes

It also needs clarification on what counts as using two hands. Suppose I want to promote a pawn to a queen. I'm right-handed and there's a spare queen to the left hand side of the board. If I pick up the queen with my left hand and transfer it to my right hand before putting it on the board does th...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 59
Views: 3905

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

The player does not satisfy SCO residency requirements. (Nor any other conditions.)

What you state certainly was the case but that is now under review for players from outwith Scotland. Though, I believe, activity is Scotland will be sufficient rather than membership. This has yet to be confirmed.
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 59
Views: 3905

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

I've asked for clarification from the Membership Secretary as the situation has recurred.

Do you share my understanding that a player playing in an event in England will be asked for £7.50 by the ECF but if the same player plays in an event in Scotland he will be asked for £19?
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 59
Views: 3905

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

Not strictly - you could play in a FIDE rated blitz, where there are currently no membership requirements. If only that were true. Chess Scotland requested the allocation of a FIDE Identification Number to an Englishman resident in Scotland but were refused because he was not a member of the ECF. C...
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE

I don't understand this post. Then we could have all the fun of Guideline III.5. Stewart was clearly referring to Adam's post about using increments. With those conditions III.5 or III.6 would be redundant. As if defending Stewart wasn't bad enough( :D ) I also have to agree to some extent with Roge...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: International Chess Day
Replies: 3
Views: 525

Re: International Chess Day

I knew that and didn't think it important enough to mention at the Scottish and Dundee150AT.

This is the date that FIDE was formed.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy
Replies: 62
Views: 2946

Re: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy

The things people do wrong about promotion are: a) Using both hands; (now illegal) Not strictly true - and another reason why the new Laws might cause arguments. The promoted piece is not active until it touches the board. It is therefore legal for a right handed player to lift the promoted piece w...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy
Replies: 62
Views: 2946

Re: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy

David, Completing the move is pressing the clock. What you describe is illegal (though because of your circumstances would not be classed as such). The same would apply to anyone who has difficulty moving with only one hand. Making a move with two hands cannot be undone. For a normal illegal move if...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy
Replies: 62
Views: 2946

Re: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy

http://rules.fide.com/ (and the CAA website) gives the latest. Not sure where your pdf version comes from but it is clearly out of date. It is unlikely the Laws will change but there may be 'suggestions' such as we had before for the mobile phone in the bag rather than being banned completely as the...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy
Replies: 62
Views: 2946

Re: 2017 Laws of Chess: FIDE Handbook discrepancy

The FIDE Presidential Board made changes to what had been 'agreed' in Baku. There have been arbiters' seminars and a FIDE on-line conference to try to establish what the Laws actually are. What is clear is that nothing is clear and probably won't be until the FIDE Congress in October. The new Arbite...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 188
Views: 6693

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

I have a perfectly good DGT with an instruction booklet so will have a go today and see what its like. It may depend on the model, There is (American) delay and there is Bronstein (delay). In the former there is a countdown of the extra time and then the clock resumes from the original time. In the...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 29, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 7940

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

I am a volunteer, but volunteers can still get reimbursement. By "paid commensurately" I meant in the context similar to the amount of money I receive for doing similar work for other events. I wasn't exactly talking Barbados retirement money... Oh dear - check this with HMRC. It is legit...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 29, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Bolton Team Jamboree Sat 27 May 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 308

Re: Bolton Team Jamboree Sat 27 May 2017

Mick Norris wrote:The only downside with 9 teams was that 1 team got a bye each round


Why?

Hutton/Jamboree pairings can cope with an odd number of teams.

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