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by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 29
Views: 1394

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:57 am
What kind of ignorant racist nonsense is this? You think this is something to do with Chinese restaurants?
Doesn't China Town attract Chinese visitors to the UK, who are more likely than others to be infected?

My preceding sentence may be ignorant, but I don't think that it's racist.
by David Sedgwick
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3148
Views: 142150

Re: The English Language

What is a "head arbiter"? We only have a chief arbiter (CA) in the arbiters manual Your earlier question was about religions and that was what I answered. As you correctly state, in chess the correct term is Chief Arbiter. I don't think that another poster's references to a "head arbiter" being som...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3148
Views: 142150

Re: The English Language

Why would the 'chief' of the religion mean? what about 'head'? There is very little difference, but it is perhaps a question of the extent of the person's influence I would describe the Archbishop of Canterbury as the head of the Church of England. He doesn't have the same doctrinal authority as do...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 2791

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

You do realize people can actually look this sort of thing up on IMDb and work out that you're bluffing, yes? While that is true, it does nothing for the good name and reputation of this Forum that these spurious posts are tolerated. When are you and Carl going to take some action? April 1st would ...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5316

Re: British Knock out 2019

Regarding Rowson, I only recall him being drafted in once as a last minute replacement, but I could be wrong. I don't want to comment on any other aspect of what you say, but on that point you definitely are wrong. Rowson received and accepted invitations to play in the first three British Knockout...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 261
Views: 24578

Re: Why did he did so?

Thanks, but still hard to see. In future years this moment may well come to be regarded as one of the most significant episodes in 21st century chess history. The move is indeed hard to see. After all, a player as great as Fabiano Caruana missed it. He was expecting to reach the drawing line given ...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 2791

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

I wouldn't mind knowing what films this chap was apparently in. Just insert Francis Fields in the Forum search box above and you should be able to work out a possible/probable answer to that query. I tried googling the first sentence of Mr Fields's initial post. The only result of the search was th...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21386

Re: World Youth Championships

Alex Holowczak is just about the only ECF Director who posts on this Forum regularly. I don't always agree with what he says, but I normally find the content informative and useful. If that continues, we can count ourselves singularly fortunate. After what Alex has been subjected to on the last coup...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 3486

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Finally, as I understand it, they are going to have 5 players playing white and only 3 black in all rounds as an experiment to reduce the number of draws. You should perhaps have mentioned, as the author of the original comment did, that it is a pity that April 1st will be a rest day. In the 2013 C...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21386

Re: World Youth Championships

FWIW, pages 8 and 9 of this thread have posts from 14 January, none from Alex H. Either it is in a different thread or it was removed. It was there yesterday, but with the content deleted. It has now been removed completely. My view, for what it's worth, is that we should now let this point go. Ale...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 44
Views: 2741

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

MJMcCready wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:38 am
Jonathan, apologies for sounding harsh but it really does sound like you didn't want to read it.
Did you mean Justin?
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5316

Re: British Knock out 2019

Keith Arkell wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:33 pm
Furthermore, I believe that not only the playoffs but one of the rounds consisted entirely of rapid chess and blitz, ...
That is true, but it was not the intention. It was forced on the organisers (and the arbiters) by circumstances beyond their control.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7850

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

There 's a claim here that anything with a battery in it meets the definition of an "electronic device" in the Laws, in an article explaining why a player was defaulted for wearing a battery operated watch. The FIDE Laws are deficient because they do not define what is meant by an "electronic devic...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ChessCube shut it's doors
Replies: 10
Views: 1613

Re: ChessCube shut its doors

... it was running on Adobe Flash, which is disabled by default on modern browsers (Firefox and Chrome). Adobe Flash is alleged to be dangerous. I have been using it for ten years without either me or my laptops coming to any harm. I shall miss it when it's gone. For the moment, however, I continue...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21386

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...