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by David Sedgwick
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 1884

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:23 pm
Well if you ever get hold of it let me know, though do bear in mind it's a little before my time.
I am still hopeful that someone on here will have a copy.
by David Sedgwick
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 1884

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

I note that some late-70s issues of Chess were printed "out of house" - I wonder if that was industrial dispute related. Indeed it was. If I remember correctly. Wood states in "To Our Readers" that the Federation of Master Printers had advised him to "settle" the dispute by closing down his in hous...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2455
Views: 201083

Re: Cheating in chess

Ah, the lichess categorisations are different. See https://lichess.org/faq#time-controls. The Chess.com categorisations are also different. This is one of the ways in which Lichess and Chess.com do not abide by the FIDE Laws of Chess or the FIDE Online Chess Regulations, choosing instead to be a la...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2455
Views: 201083

Re: Cheating in chess

I wonder if players who are cheating online and getting results like this have given any thought to what will happen when they start playing OTB again? How will they explain being 2400 online and still only 1900 OTB, or even 2100 OTB if we assume some real improvement in the last year? Will they pe...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 1884

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

Morry got his letters published in Chess come the 1970s/early 80s, so it seems pretty likely there was some sort of reconciliation between them. It must have been earlier than you suggest. The Malypetrova v Horner incident at Hastings and the Harman v Fuller incident at Whitby were both in the late...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4300
Views: 470269

Re: Media comments on chess

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:39 pm
... the first [MSO] was in 1997, not 1977 per David's typo there ...
Thanks. Now corrected.

It seems to have been my day for typos. I had an email alerting me to a bizarre one.

No, I haven't been celebrating Easter with anything stronger than Diet Coke.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4300
Views: 470269

Re: Media comments on chess

I had forgotten about the game TwixT and related games - has anyone here played those games? Yes, each year from 1997 to 2019 at the Mind Sports Olympiad, and in 2020 at the Online equivalent. I haven't played Twixt all that often, as I am not very good at it. I am better, although still only moder...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2455
Views: 201083

Re: Cheating in chess

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:10 pm
...one of the surprise break-through performers at the British Online Championship earned the red 'This account has violated the Lichess Terms of Service' marker.
Deleted. I was clearly not referring to the same player as Matt Bridgman.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 1884

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

"British trade unions had a different view of course, in pre-Thatcher days, and BH had some tricky obstacles to overcome in this field." - Bernard Cafferty, quoted in John Upham's article. There are references upthread to BH being a demanding employer, but this really deserves a little more attentio...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 35
Views: 4632

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

We have no plans to ditch history already available on the site. We will be turning off the old Grading website when hits drop to a low level. Brian Valentine Manager of ECF rating Those two sentences seem contradictory to me. The old Grading website is an invaluable historical record. I urge the E...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2455
Views: 201083

Re: Cheating in chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:12 am
Ah OK, I thought from Martin's comment that there was going to be something about the ban there.
Leonard wrote in his column: "It remains to be seen what, if any, repercussions follow."

We now know that there have been some.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2455
Views: 201083

Re: Cheating in chess

that player and another player (both from Limerick chess club) were banned by chess.com mention in the guardian here: scroll down https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/feb/26/chess-us-giants-fail-as-grenke-bank-win-first-world-corporate-championship Sorry, I don't know if I'm missing something obv...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 319
Views: 18387

Re: Pedants United

"It may just be I, as I am notoriously pedantic, ..." I wonder if anyone will dislike the split infinitive? If you change the word order, it gets worse. Oh, all right, "order of the words", or I will be accused of using an adjectival noun. There is no infinitive, split or otherwise, in the words of...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2455
Views: 201083

Re: Cheating in chess

Although it postdates this event, the FIDE Arbiters Manual explicitly says what standard of proof is required in online events: The standard of proof shall be whether FPL has established an online cheating offence to the comfortable satisfaction of the hearing panel bearing in mind the seriousness ...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 319
Views: 18387

Re: Pedants United

From an email which I have just sent to the members of the SCCU Executive Committee:

"It may just be I, as I am notoriously pedantic, ..."