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by David Sedgwick
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Improve Your Life by Playing a Game
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: Improve Your Life by Playing a Game

I was intrigued by, "Chapter 6, Theories and Studies on Benefits of Chess’, moves into rather different territory. We learn about chess and education, and about chess and health problems, though I for one would raise a very strong objection to describing ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder as health ...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 44
Views: 1876

Re: Takeback requests in online games

Qd6+ is not a losing blunder and still keeps the win on the board, but it misses mate in one. ---- As Black I might resign before answering The position looks bust, drop it and start again. (After Qd6+ what did Black play. Kd8! ) Black, Richard James, played ... Kf7, and is still in the game. I pla...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 44
Views: 1876

Re: Takeback requests in online games

Black blunders with ... Nd7. White plays Qd6+, then asks for a takeback on the grounds that it was a mouseslip and he was in the act of playing Qxd7 Mate. Consider your reaction to this request. My reaction would be that Qd6+ is a very plausible move and not at all the kind of thing we are thinking...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 44
Views: 1876

Re: Takeback requests in online games

In this position: Eyhd7ziWUAI_KR6.png Black blunders with ... Nd7. White plays Qd6+, then asks for a takeback on the grounds that it was a mouseslip and he was in the act of playing Qxd7 Mate. Consider your reaction to this request. Then look at the Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/chesstutor/sta...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Events in 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1245

Re: Events in 2021

IOM International are hoping to hold a Major & Minor alongside the Grand Swiss but waiting on developments. Late Oct / Early Nov A decision will be taken during the summer as to whether the Grand Swiss can proceed as scheduled. If it does not, then it is almost certain that the Major and Minor Tour...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbiting question on 50 move rule
Replies: 8
Views: 542

Re: Arbiting question on 50 move rule

You can get little hand-held devices (where you press a button and the total increases), which is a bit easier than using a scoresheet. I think David Sedgwick would know the source of these. Alex Holowczak told me about them. https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=finger+counter+digital&crid=2YM8O0ENIK81V&sp...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move and castling
Replies: 13
Views: 881

Re: Touch move and castling

So if I play Bc1 to f4, then to g5 and then press the clock, this is acceptable if the arbiter agrees with my explanation that I accidentally let go of the piece on f4, rather than intentionally playing Bf4? Not at all. We are talking about clearly accidental loss of contact, as in the two cases de...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Events in 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1245

Re: Events in 2021

Not sure if already posted, dates of the British (OtB) have been published: Open Championship Final – 2nd-10th October Womens Championship Final – 11th-17th October Senior Championships Finals – 4th-10th October Junior Finals – 2nd-3rd October Those dates were only announced yesterday. You got here...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alex McFarlane is on the mend.
Replies: 36
Views: 2922

Re: Alex McFarlane is on the mend.

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:19 pm
So man/woman civil partnerships are officially a thing now?
Since 2nd December 2019, under the terms of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Par ... )_Act_2019
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move and castling
Replies: 13
Views: 881

Re: Touch move and castling

So by analogy retraction of all mouseslips that are clearly mouseslips should be permitted? No. In Online play you don't have the physical evidence. You may, though, with cameras. I would suggest that that is doubtful. I make my share of mouseslips and I make plenty of one move blunders which are n...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move and castling
Replies: 13
Views: 881

Re: Touch move and castling

Adam Raoof wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:54 pm
So by analogy retraction of all mouseslips that are clearly mouseslips should be permitted?
No. In Online play you don't have the physical evidence.

Paul McKeown's example is something of a special case.
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Events in 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1245

Re: Events in 2021

I am doing four rapidplay events in July and August, but I would like to have 10 all play sections of 6. However FIDE would charge £70 per section to rate them! So I think I will just stick to ECF rating these... We are happy to confirm that the FIDE Council has indeed decided "to waive rating fees...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move and castling
Replies: 13
Views: 881

Re: Touch move and castling

I agree completely with Paul McKeown. You apply the Preface and treat "clearly accidental loss of contact" in the same way as "clearly accidental contact". That the player who dropped his King was in the process of castling is something of a red herring, except to the extent that it provides evidenc...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Events in 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1245

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: 264
Views: 18593

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...