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by David Sedgwick
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Events in 2021
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: Events in 2021

There was a rapidplay in Hull listed for yesterday, but I rather think that's just not been removed. Correct. Deletion was requested some time ago, but the FIDE Elista Office are always slow to act on such requests for some reason. Nothing notified to FIDE yet for the 4NCL, Hastings and others. We ...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 261
Views: 18145

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

There is not a word about Chile predominantly using the Chinese vaccine; whose efficacy is much debated and generally speaking has been overstated Nor the fact that while "cases" have bounced, deaths haven't. They may yet, as deaths lag infections by four to five weeks. I do of course hope and pray...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 261
Views: 18145

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

The three sizeable countries with the highest vaccination rates are Israel, Chile and the UK. See https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/06/israel-and-chile-both-led-on-covid-jabs-so-why-is-one-back-in-lockdown and https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/11/is-vaccinating-against-covid-enou...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 67
Views: 4226

Re: The ACO is back!

Meanwhile the number of registrations for the 2021 ACO Seniors in Crete in October has grown to 186 including two English Nigels: IM Nigel Povah and Nigel White (who I assume is the Wanstead player who played in the famous Czech train tournament a few years ago. You are almost certainly mistaken th...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 261
Views: 18145

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Nick Faulks wrote; 'Why would I not prefer to live in a country whose vaccination program has failed? Or is it that other governments, such as the Iranians', are by nature less repressive than ours.' John Moore has cited evidence that the Iranians are more repressive. Then there must be another rea...
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: 2239

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: 2239

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: 2508
Views: 206006

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: 2508
Views: 206006

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: 2239

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: 4322
Views: 471762

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: 4322
Views: 471762

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: 2508
Views: 206006

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: 2239

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: 4932

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...