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by David Robertson
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 133
Views: 6733

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

A load of old garbage from Magnus but I do feel sorry for him. He must be more under the weather than we thought. My view? And my view for the past couple of years or more: Carlsen is bored. He's bored with chess, with playing it, with playing the same guys down the same lines. He's bored with the ...
by David Robertson
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 133
Views: 6733

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

MartinCarpenter wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:36 am
...center...
What?? :shock: :shock:
by David Robertson
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 255
Views: 37540

Re: Cheating in chess

Ice-cold Stella goes 2/2 after winning a poorly-played/defended 112-move R ending
by David Robertson
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 255
Views: 37540

Re: Cheating in chess

GM Andrea Stella showed few ill-effects from his court case in kicking off the 2017 Italian Championships yesterday with a crunching 20-move win. Nice little game (if someone's clever enough to put it up here)
by David Robertson
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 2180

Re: To grade or not to grade

David Shepherd wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:35 pm
One approach could be to ask the players if they were both happy for it to be graded
But when? Ideally before the first move; and before a third party. Anything else, as in the case reported, and you allowing 'gaming' of the outcome.
by David Robertson
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 255
Views: 37540

Re: Cheating in chess

He was only reprimanded for rudeness Yes Italian chess has become una lotta tra clan di mafie (a fight between Mafia clans); and una cricca di compravenditori (a gang of salesmen) And checking back to the text, Stella's apparent 'rudeness' was the terms I've cited above, violating some article of t...
by David Robertson
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 255
Views: 37540

Re: Cheating in chess

It is an internal body of the Italian Chess Federation. Correct That's what the Italian says Ta. I'm not sure, that being so, that I'd use the word "court" The Italian says Tribunale which is clear enough. The verdict and proceedings conform to court-style reportage.The hearing was heard by the Pre...
by David Robertson
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 2180

Re: To grade or not to grade

If the game is treated as 'played', it should be scored as 'played'. But it hasn't been; it's scored as 'default'. Moreover, to grade the game as 'played' establishes no fairness between the parties. Player B has hung around; been accommodating; and now faces a grading loss as reward for his generos...
by David Robertson
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 2180

Re: To grade or not to grade

Point 1: I said "lawful" , not 'legal'. That should get m'learned friends involved! Point 2: The scenario you just described would be lawful if that's what your laws allowed Point 3: in the first case though, your laws expressly rule against. Moreover, the only evidence we have is a result scored as...
by David Robertson
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 2180

Re: To grade or not to grade

I know absolutely nothing about the arcania of grading rules. But that certainly won't stop me giving a judgement:

The game should not be graded

Why? Because no lawful game has taken place

(...and if this doesn't generate a dozen pages of argy-bargy, I'm an arbiter :-) )
by David Robertson
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Health benefits of brain games
Replies: 26
Views: 2036

Re: Health benefits of brain games

Most of the dementia-garbage in the Press is simply clickbait. It trades on 'news' as fact; that is; a false optimism based on a presumably trusted source. Alas, as with much else, it retains a grip on beleaguered folk. "Bananas help arthritis"; "a poem a day keeps constipation at bay"; "Brexit mea...
by David Robertson
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed
Replies: 417
Views: 18345

Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:47 pm
All a bit of a damp squib, then.....
13 - win for W
09 - win for B
59 - drawn

What a time to be alive!
by David Robertson
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Toothill (1938-2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 1174

Re: John Toothill (1938-2017)

I didn't know him well, but I did meet him a few times. Good man; good player; great loss.

RIP
by David Robertson
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Health benefits of brain games
Replies: 26
Views: 2036

Re: Health benefits of brain games

Most of the dementia-garbage in the Press is simply clickbait. It trades on 'news' as fact; that is; a false optimism based on a presumably trusted source. Alas, as with much else, it retains a grip on beleaguered folk. "Bananas help arthritis"; "a poem a day keeps constipation at bay"; "Brexit mean...
by David Robertson
Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Tax Haven Championship; November 11-19
Replies: 7
Views: 657

Re: European Tax Haven Championship; November 11-19

Hurrah! The Faroe Islands won, undefeated in the round-robin (8-1-0) and, as far as I can tell, uncorrupted by dodgy off-shore cash. They have a GM established more recently than us (GM Helgi Ziska, 2016); play football (better than us?); and their favourite meal is chips with, ahem, fish . But they...