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by John Upham
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Curious Touch Move Query
Replies: 4
Views: 679

Re: Curious Touch Move Query

Whilst watching all of this it occurred to me that the queen might have overshot c8 and sailed off the board. Clearly White would have to clarify where the queen had moved to but Black could justifiably question this. No-one made a claim so I breathed a sigh of relief and the game continued normally.
by John Upham
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Amazon have this book for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 338

Re: Amazon have this book for sale

It is worth bearing in mind that the publisher is

Hardinge Simpole

Justin Horton : over to you ! :D
by John Upham
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Curious Touch Move Query
Replies: 4
Views: 679

Curious Touch Move Query

During a league match last night white (short of time) pushed his queen from either c2 or c3 up the c file and it landed on c8 with check. He did not place the queen on c8 but shunted it there in the style of a curling stone so that it glided there. It could have stopped short on c7 or c6 or even ha...
by John Upham
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Change to FIDE Laws
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: Change to FIDE Laws

Fair enough and perhaps I should have referred to various uses of the term "Draw by Repetition" in the chess literature rather than referring to "Draw by Repetition of Position" : is that more acceptable ?
by John Upham
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Change to FIDE Laws
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Change to FIDE Laws

I have a suggestion for a subtle wording change to the FIDE Laws. Change "Draw by Repetition" to "Draw by Repetition of Position" I am attempting to upgrade the emphasis away from the move or moves to the position. I find it much easier to explain the drawing mechanism in terms of repeated positions...
by John Upham
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pairing Boards
Replies: 8
Views: 1093

Re: Pairing Boards

Paul McKeown wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:16 pm
I have been trying to source pairing boards, but none of the usual chess equipment suppliers seem to stock them at the moment.

Is anyone able to help here?
Tim Onions usually has a stock but I assume you have tried ?
by John Upham
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90841

Re: Cheating in chess

I have never understood the obsession with phones being turned off. It's to stop it making a noise. I believe players have assumed that by turning their mobile telephone off it would not be capable of making of noise. Some will make a noise anyway when the battery is low or some other event. Batter...
by John Upham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21296

Re: World Youth Championships

What are ECF junior selectors obligations towards someone at the top of the U16 rankings ? My limited understanding is that without a FIDE rating there are no obligations regardless of domestic results. However, There are ECF grade criteria : "Dates to Achieve Target ECF Grade By World Youth Champio...
by John Upham
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 22
Views: 2054

Re: January Grades are out

An actual mistake, how does my games in 2019 (standard play) show as 41 when I only played 38, and the ECF Grading database website only shows 37. 2019/20 is 21 (100% correct) and 2018/19 shows 16 (1 short), therefore 21 + 16 = 37 NOT 41. Surely computer programs should not make simple mathematical...
by John Upham
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21296

Re: World Youth Championships

For those that like to collect records can we agree that 229 ECF is the highest ever first standard play grade for OTB play for someone who has never had a grade or rating from any country ? I'm struggling to think of anyone who has beaten this record. 229 equates to 2417 ELO/FIDE. Garry Kasparov's...
by John Upham
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Caisasbase
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Re: Caisasbase

What is it ?
by John Upham
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21296

Re: World Youth Championships

For those that like to collect records can we agree that 229 ECF is the highest ever first standard play grade for OTB play for someone who has never had a grade or rating from any country ?

I'm struggling to think of anyone who has beaten this record.

If only Roy Castle was still with us...
by John Upham
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21296

Re: World Youth Championships

Nick Burrows wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:48 pm
If he wins, i make that a hat-trick of wins in Dorset.
I see what you did there... :D
by John Upham
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21296

Re: World Youth Championships

Meanwhile, the comments on Tim Spanton's blog have become increasingly bizarre. It is very obviously teenage boys behind the comments. Now how many teenage boys (other than the subject and his friends) would a) know how to find a comments section on an obscure (sorry Tim!) chess blog. b) would have...
by John Upham
Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 2069

Re: The French System

Nick Grey wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:09 pm
I am not in agreement with the French system of anything.
I can readily believe that.