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by David Sedgwick
Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Quiz Question
Replies: 8
Views: 138

Re: Quiz Question

Michael Adams? lost to Kazimdzhanov (when Nigel and Garry broke away to have an unofficial match...) You are correct that it was Michael Adams. It was in Libya in 2004. But it wasn't really a World Championship match. It was the Final of one of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's World Championship Knockout Tourn...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Zoë Ryle
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: Zoë Ryle

Sad news. It's all too easy to forget how much the administration of English chess depends on people like Zoë.

RIP
by David Sedgwick
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 87
Views: 5346

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

(Just for accuracy's sake, it's Antón. Guijarro is his second surname or apellido .) My fellow club member Luis Ortiz Sanchez (305122F) has been resident in London for a decade or so and is usually known as Luiz Sanchez here. When I asked him why, he said that he had found it so difficult to get Br...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Online Voting Rights/ OMOV
Replies: 20
Views: 815

Re: Online Voting Rights

Isn't the problem with voting rights that the number of votes is based on the games played under the auspices of an organisation between two cut off dates? For many organisations, particularly Congresses, that's going to be nil unless prior years are rolled forward. You would then get "one organisa...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 278
Views: 11895

Re: Pedants United

Do you ever hear people say 'my bad' instead of 'my mistake'? I hear it a lot among non-native speakers but can't tell if this is just a trend or has been said for some time now. A google search led me to the following: "'My bad' came into widespread popular use in the mid to late-1990s in the USA ...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179819

Re: Cheating in chess

Your statement below is, though, open to misinterpretation in the way that Neil understood as it was a response to a comment about arbiters. I thought the same as Neil on first reading but then changed my mind and decided you probably meant 25 players in total suspected of cheating, not 1 out of 25...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179819

Re: Cheating in chess

Neil Graham wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:53 pm
David Sedgwick has rightly noted that of the 174 ECF Arbiters only 25 competed in the 4NCL On-Line. I've no reason to doubt his figures...
I have reason to doubt them. I made no such statement.

I have made no attempt to ascertain how many ECF Arbiters competed.
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)
Replies: 22
Views: 1286

Re: Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek (Czech: Lubomír Kaválek, August 9, 1943 - January 18, 2021)

iSLINGTON OPEN 21-23 November 1969 1 Hans Ree 5.5/6 2-7 LUBOSH KAVALEK, David Levy, Leonard Barden, Max Fuller, George Botterill, Peter Lee 5/6. The game Kavalek v Barden took place in round 4 or 5. We had both dropped half a point, so Lubosh needed a win to stay in contention for first. I was Blac...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1614
Views: 88087

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The re-scheduled Tokyo Olympics which was to run late July, into August is now looking fairly doubtful; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55722542 Is any summer British Championship looking more likely to be an online event again? Given government assurances (I know) that nearly everybody will ha...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 87
Views: 5346

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

40. ... Qg7 41. Qd6+ Kf7 42. Qe7# is the equally pretty alternative line.

On the commentary, it took Leko a little time to spot these variations, which indicates that the play was by no means as straightforward as Carlsen made it look.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 87
Views: 5346

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Matthew Turner wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:55 pm
Carlsen - Firouzja

OMG
If that is an out of form Carlsen ...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 87
Views: 5346

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Appalling coverage to start us off with Yes, it is very unfortunate. The tournament website is down and both Chess24 and ChessBomb, who must be using the same source, have moves from only three of the seven games. My guess is that the number of would be hits on the website is substantially greater ...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179819

Re: Cheating in chess

Handful of arbiters played and 1 under suspicion. Ok not to play russian roulette. But ought to be banned from arbiting until cleared. There are 25 people in that position. Nothing has been proved against any of them and none of them can be named. However, you want to single one of them out for sha...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020

I can't challenge that. However, I did once spend 1hour 35 minutes on a game at Guernsey, The time limit then was 50 moves in 2½ hours.

The curious feature was that, even after my marathon think, I still had more time left than my opponent.
by David Sedgwick
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179819

Re: Cheating in chess

Chris Rice wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:00 pm
Very interesting...an ECF Arbiter under the microscope. Not a good look for the ECF.
If I have counted correctly, there are currently 174 ECF Arbiters. Nothing has been proved against any of them, but one of them is under suspicion.

I do not accept that that reflects badly on the ECF.