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by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 44th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 17
Views: 1018

Re: 44th Guernsey International Chess Festival

Live games should work. It appears that Korneev has threaded his way through the opening complexities and can now grind to victory with his extra pawn. Sedgwick-Korneev 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4 7. Nc3 Nxe4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. d5 Bf6 10. Re1 Ne7 11. Rxe4 d6 12. Bg5 ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2486
Views: 271375

Re: Media comments on chess

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:56 am
Today's Sunday Times has a large article on Fabiano Caruana
This is the link, an piece by Dominic Lawson.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fabi ... -k7k66275q

If you are registered with their site, the link may work.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 3409

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

I do not suggest that this is a simple task. I've long thought it was an obvious and straightforward hack. You just introduce into the pairings the "controller's friend" who always has the lowest ranking. Having being paired, the controller's friend finds an urgent appointment with lunch and defaul...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 3409

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

it's an absurdity that, because the lowest-rated player is given a 1st round full-point bye, he now gets paired in the top half of the draw for the next several rounds, effectively wrecking his tournament Those in FIDE who discuss these things have found some jargon. The key words are "pairing allo...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 1273

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

Brian Towers wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:40 pm
I was referring to the rules.
I'm unconvinced that all arbiters are aware that DGT 2010 clocks always count. For local league play, it's common enough to set aside some of the FIDE stuff when it isn't appropriate.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 25
Views: 995

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:39 pm
By Keith Arkell, who is a specialist in the Exchange variation.
Doesn't Keith also challenge conventional wisdom about the desirability of queen side pawn majorities?
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Karpov v Korchnoi 1978
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Karpov v Korchnoi 1978

chessbase has a "reprint" of an article which first appeared in "Chess". https://en.chessbase.com/post/closing-gambit-new-feature-documentary It's about the film by Alan Byron "Closing Gambit". One piece of new history might be this. Just before what turned out be the crucial last game of the World ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 1273

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

I'm not quite sure how this would work. Provided the game has been scored to at least as far as the last pawn move or piece exchange , you know at what move count the relevant endgame started. A subsequent claim (by a player) can be validated by asking the clock to display its count. I'm primarily ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8709

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

So if FIDE aren't enforcing the sanction in the regulations, and in any case FIDE's own competitions aren't complying with the regulations that pending the publication of minutes we think have been passed, why should the rest of us? The "easy" form of cheating is the same as it has always been, nam...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8709

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

In practice, there's probably quite a wide gulf between "things that could technically stop an organization's games being rated" and "things that actually would stop an organization's games being rated". It's filtered by the national federation's IRO (International Ratings Officer) is it not? I can...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1679

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

It seems extraordinary that the organisers are saying that the balance of entrants' hotel costs cannot be paid by credit card. Are they doing the normal organiser's trick of buying the hotel rooms at wholesale cost and passing them on to the participants at retail? That might explain why they canno...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8709

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:47 pm
Sorry, not sure what you're getting at here
My guess was a reference to someone you've blogged about who had Surrey and BCF connections.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 3409

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:12 pm
The existence of this campaign is unknown to me.

Someone has abducted your blog then.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 3409

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

To be clear, the reason for this is that Pokerstars allowed US citizens to play online poker, a right taken for granted in most countries. Pokerstars and others tried to get round the ban on online poker for money by using various subterfuges involving credit card billing. Rather than tolerate this...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8709

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:34 am
Compulsory re-pairing has not been legalised in (3).
If the default rule is optional re-pairing, why cannot the rules of the competition specify otherwise, compulsory re-pairing?