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by Alex McFarlane
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: International Chess Day
Replies: 3
Views: 397

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: 2173

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: 2173

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: 2173

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 Not sure where your pdf version comes from but it is clearly out of date.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: 2173

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: 186
Views: 6140

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: 6753

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: 254

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.
by Alex McFarlane
Sun May 28, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 6753

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

Yes, I'm very happy to take entries to Scarborough if paid commensurately with the amount of work involved. Thank you Alex. But didn't you claim there was little work involved? I'm quite happy, from my own pocket, to pay you 10 times the amount that the volunteers I named are getting. I'll even all...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun May 28, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 6753

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

I don't find it to be a "nightmare". Excellent. Can I let Andrew and Maggie Butterworth know that you are willing to take the entries for the Scarborough Congress? I can assure you that from talking to the people who collect the entries for the Northumberland and Scarborough Congresses th...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun May 28, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Poll: Is the ECF doing a good job?
Replies: 195
Views: 6753

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

Chess Scotland raises a large part of its revenue from game fees with relatively few problems. The problem with the old ECF system was its complexity with various exemptions and variable fees dependent on status, etc. Rather than decluttering this the ECF went for compulsory membership. In Scotland ...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu May 25, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: English Rapidplay @ Liverpool 22-24 September 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: English Rapidplay @ Liverpool 22-24 September 2017

Wasn't this mentioned by Malcolm at the end of the ECF Council Meeting.

The Northumberland Congress altered its dates to avoid a clash.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 15, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League fixtures meeting
Replies: 26
Views: 1325

Re: League fixtures meeting

The Glasgow League has for decades had a club/captains meeting to finalise dates for matches. Teams would turn up and be given a provisional fixtures list (now posted pre-meeting on the internet). If the dates did not suit then these would be altered. The reasons for changing dates include premises ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat May 13, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stale Chess (variant idea)
Replies: 37
Views: 1710

Re: Stale Chess (variant idea)

as far as I know, 3/1/0 has never been used in a Swiss The Glenrothes Congress used this method for a considerable number of years though pairing was done on the traditional scoring method. Marymass tried this system for one year pairing on the points scored but found that for a weekend congress wi...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu May 04, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2016-17
Replies: 79
Views: 4828

Re: Division Two 2016-17

Mick Norris wrote:Manx 2 would be very welcome in Div 3N


From a conversation I had at the weekend, I am not expecting a Manx 2 to enter next season. There is a good chance that the two Irish teams will enter again.

A NE 2 or Alba 2 are only slight possibilities.

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