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by David Sedgwick
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 19
Views: 1293

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:28 am
... 12 wins 3 draws ...
3 wins 12 draws, surely?
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 19
Views: 925

Re: The word rook and Persia

Mr Fields is well known for making posts with content which might be acceptable on April 1st, but to my mind are quite unacceptable on any other day. David, I fear that you are too censorious. This thread has clearly piqued the arcane interests of several of our esteemed colleagues, to the benefit ...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 19
Views: 925

Re: The word rook and Persia

According to the Oxford English Dictionary 1752, the first edition of which there were 27 volumes, the word rook means wind from a chariot. I have seen a chess book that says rook means chariot. In the 11th edition of the OED it says that rook simply means wind. ... Since the first edition of the O...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

J T Melsom wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:16 am
960 isn't chess.
In that case, neither are adjournments and quickplay finishes. All three have the same status in the FIDE Laws.
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1263

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

If you think that wrong, perhaps you prefer the "Makro-economic" model of 92% of FIDE funding coming from federations, players, arbiters, trainers and organisers? If so, you would be in complete agreement with the English Chess Federation, which voted unanimously to support the intellectually (and ...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1263

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

Anybody able to explain why this agreement is a good thing? If so, perhaps point them towards Mark Thomas' book The FIDE announcement explains the perceived benefits. Any commercial company, and any commercial sponsorship, will have its critics. If FIDE were to reject all of them, it would effectiv...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Teaching chess to blind people
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Re: Teaching chess to blind people

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:52 am
So only these elementary lessons are different from ordinary people?
That is not a good choice of word. It would be better to refer to "sighted people".
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1263

FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

https://www.fide.com/component/content/ ... -cola.html

The benefits don't seem to include free Diet Coke for International Arbiters, not even those in Category A. :cry:

Perhaps that will come in time.
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

All of the suggestions for making top level chess more entertaining seem to involve finding ways to ensure that the players make more mistakes. Perhaps this insight could be applied to other sports too. In cricket, batsmen are hitting boundaries with too much ease, so let's tie their bootlaces toge...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

If more decisive games are desired while maintaining a reasonable sort of standard, then the solution is to play a rapidplay time limit. There are intermediate options. Topalov has suggested that Classic games should now be played with 90 minutes each (so G/60 + 30 secs or G/75 + 15 secs). But FIDE...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2882
Views: 309605

Re: Media comments on chess

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:53 am
BUT IT WAS ALL VIRTUALLY TOTALLY USELESS.

What a total let down.
What do you expect from World Chess/Agon?
by David Sedgwick
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Right/wrong?
Replies: 7
Views: 880

Re: Right/wrong?

What about an arbiter's point of view? An arbiter should always seek to set up the board correctly. You have a duty to provide a good environment for players and some find the incorrect setting irritating. Occasionally you may notice only just before the start of play that one of the boards is the ...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 1507

Re: How do I?

In Swiss Manager b) print pairing cards for each individual player, suitable for manual pairing? How is that different from having a dog and barking yourself? You may wish to make different barking noises from those made by the dog. In particular, the pairings produced by Swiss Manager may not be s...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi finals 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1593

Re: Semi finals 2019

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:13 pm
If there are no three figure grades published January 2020, you could at a pinch continue to use the July 2019 ones for the 2020 eligibility.
In the ECF Counties Championships 2020, it will be the August (not July) 2019 grades that apply anyway, unless the Rules are changed.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi finals 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1593

Re: Semi finals 2019

The present competition will have to change anyway once the new grade format comes in. Surely that would be the appropriate time to consider the kind of changes you suggest? There was a review in 2009 when ECF grades were recalibrated, but Council decided to leave the format essentially unchanged.