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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 17th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress
Replies: 1
Views: 413

Re: 17th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress

Mike Truran wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:26 am
Our 17th FIDE rated congress will be taking place on the weekend of 19-21 January 2018 at The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate.
Entries now closed according to the 4NCL website. Full presumably.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14438

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:34 pm
Is there any record of these offensive statements?
Not one made by FIDE. The piece linked by Chris Rice seems to suggest that it happened.

The ECF managed to find common ground between the President, the CEO and the International Director. Were they aware of this additional issue?
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior opportunities in 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1090

Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

I was told this was a concession to decadent foreigners, with the local players preferring something earlier. The 4NCL arguably copied the weekend double round format from Germany, but has always had an 11:00 am start on the Sunday. Perhaps it helped that the establishment of the 4NCL post-dated th...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation
Replies: 136
Views: 17812

Re: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation

The FIDE site announces that new Bulgarian players can be offered a FIDE Identification Number and that tournaments may now be rated etc. http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/10629-bulgaria.html FIDE are happy to announce that after communication with the temporary FIDE relation...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst move on the board
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: Worst move on the board

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:29 pm
Black played Qb6, and presumably white responded with Ba5?
Yes.

A database search suggests the blunder has the merit of being original.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst move on the board
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Worst move on the board

The now closed Streatham blog would run an occasional series on this. Here's an example from a League game this evening. [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r2qk2r/pp1nbppp/2p1p1b1/3pPn2/3P4/1N3N2/PPPBBPPP/R2Q1RK1 b kq - 11 10"] Black to play and find a "normal" move that loses instantly. The position should be recog...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 132
Views: 5188

Re: County Championship Consultation

and neither does the micro counties competition idea that has been floated. It just wont work in my opinion. The Chiltern competitions of just 4 counties, Bucks, Berks, Oxon and Hants have worked reasonably well for a number of years. It's outside of the SCCU, WECU and the ECF so it doesn't qualify...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior opportunities in 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1090

Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

But well-known senior, Anatoly Karpov, says that playing in the morning is "not correct"? I suppose it could be run with 10 or 15 second increments, but if you use 30 second increments you can run into three problems Needing an earlier start for the morning rounds Needing a later start for the afte...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: New National Blitz event

What do you think should happen if a player plays an illegal move in blitz not necessarily involving check and before he presses the clock his opponent replies with what appears to be checkmate ? In practice I would have thought the result of a win would stand assuming the player delivering mate di...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 5
Views: 409

New National Blitz event

The ECF has announced a British Blitz championship. The format is that there are several open qualifiers each run as a Swiss with the top 2 qualifying for a final. The qualifiers are scheduled for Saturday 8th September and the final for November (venue and date to be arranged) http://www.englishche...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2158
Views: 230625

Re: Media comments on chess

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-42657084/ces-2018-square-off-smart-chessboard-moves-its-own-pieces Back in the days (late 1980s / early 1990s) when dedicated chess computers were state of the art, I think I saw a report of one that had a robot arm, so you didn't have to make the engine's mo...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior opportunities in 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1090

Re: Senior opportunities in 2018

The English Senior Championships did not take place in 2017. Two suggestions have been made regarding this event. To hold it at (i) the unconfirmed Dave Rumens Celebration Chess Congress perhaps 8-15 August 2018 in the morning, probably in London, or (ii) in the morning at Hastings, perhaps 1-5 Jan...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 303
Views: 14438

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

The FIDE site has something of a sideswipe at Agon in a report by J Vega (Continental President for the Americas) http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/10598-a-report-of-the-king-salman-rapid-a-blitz-world-championship-2017.html A highly positive measure that must be followed by ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 132
Views: 5188

Re: County Championship Consultation

I don't what regional structures France and Germany have within their respective federations Weekend chess is organised at club level, although clubs are much larger, more in the nature of county associations. Other than being a member of a club and very possibly only one club at a time, there are ...