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by Martyn Harris
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 5 Minutes on the Clock
Replies: 20
Views: 1599

Re: 5 Minutes on the Clock

8.1.1 In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves and those of his opponent in the correct manner, move after move, as clearly and legibly as possible, in the algebraic notation (Appendix C), on the ‘scoresheet’ prescribed for the competition. 8.4 If a player has less than...
by Martyn Harris
Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2956

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

Which seems to translate to "Don't blame FIDE if arbiters fail to ignore their advice". As I have said, I think SPP were foolish to offer a suggestion which was not a regulation - this only ever leads to trouble. The addendum "but if you don't like this, do something that you do like" will always b...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2956

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

NickFaulks wrote:The "rule" is quite explicitly no more than a suggestion, and computer pairings can be adjusted manually.
Which seems to translate to "Don't blame FIDE if arbiters fail to ignore their advice".
by Martyn Harris
Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White wins in two moves and other matters
Replies: 42
Views: 2956

Re: White wins in two moves and other matters

From the FIDE handbook C.04.2 General handling rules for Swiss Tournaments B Initial Order 2 Before the first round the players are ranked in order of, respectively Strength (rating) FIDE-title (GM-IM- WGM-FM-WIM-CM-WFM-WCM-no title) alphabetically (unless it has been previously stated that this cri...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Prevention tax £ 8.33 a game
Replies: 63
Views: 4085

Re: Chess Prevention tax £ 8.33 a game

The Board accepted the proposal to introduce three free games per subscription year and abolish game fee. Leagues will be invoiced £25 for every non-member who plays more than three games. It was agreed that a formal proposal should be put to the Finance Council meeting. A welcome development, allo...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: 2016 draw
Replies: 242
Views: 21403

Re: 2016 draw

I went by train to Lancaster, I can't do that to NuL as it hasn't got a train station Though it is only a short bus ride or moderate walk from Stoke-on-Trent station from which there is a frequent bus service. Or use Crewe (or Stafford) from which the busses are less frequent and take longer. Must ...
by Martyn Harris
Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.
Replies: 142
Views: 8671

Re: Arbiters (jobs for) proposal.

Kent are not the only county missing from the list of level2/3 arbiters. Middlesex' omission may be down to it being regarded as part of London, and we must note that one of the arbiters seems to be of no known abode. However the list given earlier also shows no such arbiter in Buckinghamshire, Ches...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Questions on conduct during a game
Replies: 90
Views: 6303

Re: Questions on conduct during a game

Allowing the recording of moves before they are played would allow the scoresheet to be used as an aide memoire. Exactly what aid is being given would vary between players. Traditionally the move was written down before a final blunder check. However some players would use the scoresheet to keep a r...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?
Replies: 69
Views: 5833

Re: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?

Peter, Michael Farthing's advice is excellent. At most levels games are determined by the last mistake, not the first one. Consequently the win goes to (s)he who operates best under their own resources, not the player with the greater opening knowledge. By all means learn a very little opening theor...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Docklands Rapidplay 20 June Results
Replies: 7
Views: 1654

Re: Docklands Rapidplay 20 June Results

Brendan, I'm using Chrome and getting the same result as Mike - the link to the alleged results page works, taking me to a page within the Docklands Chess Club site. But the links within that page have no effect. On the other hand seeing as they appear intended to take one elsewhere within the page ...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Chess in the factories.
Replies: 24
Views: 4568

Re: Chess in the factories.

Phil Neatherway wrote:I was a member of the Keele University team that won the League in 1974 or 1975, I can't remember which.
1974. Keele were runners-up in 75 and 76.
by Martyn Harris
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Persistent Infringements
Replies: 39
Views: 4459

Re: Persistent Infringements

I saw a dinsoaur in the London League very recently. I only noticed after the game that a middle-aged player was scoring in descriptive notation. That's against the laws. I thought all the people I had given special dispensation to were either retired from chess or had died. In which case I suggest...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Chess in the factories.
Replies: 24
Views: 4568

Re: Chess in the factories.

I believe the Electra club near Stoke was a factory-based team. They dominated the North Staffs League in the 1970s. Does anyone know what happened to that club? There was also a Michelin team in Stoke in those days. Electra indeed dominated the North Staffs League in the 70s, winning it seven time...
by Martyn Harris
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Appendix G Clock substitutions
Replies: 48
Views: 5261

Re: Appendix G Clock substitutions

Why would an arbiter not agree to this? 1. Lack of suitable clocks 2. Time before the next round too tight, although that is very unlikely 3. Lack of expertise in setting the clock 4 Failure to be acquainted with the Law This seems to suggest that the player is entitled to claim increments. Does th...
by Martyn Harris
Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Claiming a draw with less than 2 minutes on clock.
Replies: 81
Views: 7339

Re: Claiming a draw with less than 2 minutes on clock.

As it is, in my experience, players are only vaguely aware of the rules, and a league game a bit of a stramash develops with everyone (and his dog) chipping in with suggested tries and possible defences. Unfortunately "win by normal means" has connotations of forcing a win, with people switching in...