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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Forms of communication?
Replies: 8
Views: 310

Re: Forms of communication?

I'm not sure how postal costs have fared compared with earnings I seem to recall when first and second class postage was originally introduced that second class was 4 old pennies and first class 5. That could be compared to the price of a pint in a pub which was perhaps around two shillings, 24 old...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975
Replies: 38
Views: 1043

Re: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975

Gerard Killoran wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:46 am
The exclusive use of 'The Netherlands' is more recent than you would think...
German chess material usually refers to the opening 1. d4 f5 as Holländisch
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 343
Views: 21083

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

You’d really just be rolling the dice that nobody in the room was infected. I've long assumed that to be the case. Objectively which measures prevent transmission if you run into someone infected? Five months of supermarket interaction suggests a relatively extended period of exposure is necessary....
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 851
Views: 39006

Re: 4NCL Online

There is a much more robust appeals procedure for season 2. If a player is flagged by Lichess and doesn't have a high Z score on the Regan test, they will be presumed innocent on appeal. Presumably the 4NCL still have no say over why lichess might flag an account. If the player is deemed innocent, ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1265
Views: 122824

Re: Cheating in chess

There are claims here of high matching rates with engine moves. High matching rates to engines can just be a mixture of coincidence and prior game study, particularly in games that hardly leave the themes of the opening. Having someone else playing whilst pretending to be you is just a straightforw...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1265
Views: 122824

Re: Cheating in chess

Unfortunately, and completely without my knowledge, a member of my team who already had access to my YouTube channel, had also gained access to my official Lichess account. That team member, thinking they were helping me, played on my account multiple times to keep it active and raise my online pro...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Northumberland Chess Congress
Replies: 13
Views: 564

Re: Northumberland Chess Congress

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:28 pm
Face masks must be worn.
Half an hour in a supermarket is bad enough. I would find that a disincentive to enter. But perhaps it will be over subscribed for the novelty value.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Northumberland Chess Congress
Replies: 13
Views: 564

Re: Northumberland Chess Congress

Simon Rogers wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:32 pm
There is the full address for the tournament on the ECF Calendar. .
This would appear to be the website.
https://northumberlandchesscongress.webs.com/

It's not the same venue as 2012, but not very far away.

(edit) It's actually the same place.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Northumberland Chess Congress
Replies: 13
Views: 564

Re: Northumberland Chess Congress

Simon Rogers wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:07 pm
There is a lengthy statement by the congress organiser Mick Riding on the Northumberland Chess Association website.
Other than being in North Shields, the announcement doesn't say where. Is it the venue used for the 2012 British?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Could Hybrid events save English chess?
Replies: 76
Views: 4414

Re: Could Hybrid events save English chess?

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:17 am
I believe Scotland and Ireland are entering. England isn’t entering. And I’m not sure about Wales.
To make it work, it has to be legal for the players to get together in one venue. If they can do that, why don't they play normal chess?
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 343
Views: 21083

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Mass of photos from the Summer Prague tournaments: In comparison to the most recent Hastings, the tables are that little bit larger, having the depth to accommodate both a DGT board and two scoresheets. Also the boards appear a little further apart, so even having the scoresheet or a cup of tea/cof...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 343
Views: 21083

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Yes, obviously linked to people enjoying themselves, couldn't possibly be just more testing. Lots of hospitalisations, then? Possibly press scaremongering but https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8613279/Half-MILLION-Brits-face-scramble-home.html More than 500,000 Britons face a scramble to get...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 343
Views: 21083

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Chris Rice wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:49 pm
Hmmmm....seems strange spectators are going to all the bother of wearing masks while the players are shaking hands and don't seem to be bothering with social distancing.
What we don't know are what are the current Polish laws and guidance about indoor social gatherings.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 80
Views: 3008

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Not only that, but having 2 reps for each category, when there are many more members in some categories than others, doesn't seem equitable Making the number of reps proportionate to the headcount in membership categories would be possible, provided that the current interest from individuals in bec...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 80
Views: 3008

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Surely the role of direct members representatives is to canvas the views of those members they represent, ensure their voice is heard at council and cast their votes appropriately. They should not be using it as a platform for any other agenda. Having quickly read through the statements, many of th...