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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 35
Views: 1313

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

My pet hate is when you play a promising kid, in a tournament like Hastings, and they go off to an area where the parents are congregated, with laptops and smart phones alive, and then the kid returns to play what turns out to be the engine first choice move. Keith makes a good point, that the layo...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Rating calculations vs ungraded players.
Replies: 6
Views: 1470

Re: Rating calculations vs ungraded players.

Or will the better estimate based on future games within the grading period be used retrospectively? In the ECF grading system, all juniors are treated as new players every year. This means that your performance against him will be graded by reference to games he or she has yet to play. It's gettin...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 5646

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Carlsen may lose if Svidler can find 37.Bd5 (though maybe not, and now moot as Svidler played a different move). move 40 [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/p1k1npp1/7p/2PBK3/7P/P5P1/8/8 b - - 4 40"] Svidler offering a King and pawn ending which engines seem to think is a draw. In one variation they reach King & Q...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 35
Views: 1313

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

I have never seen any of the behaviour described. I wouldn't say that behaviour has got noticeably worse in recent times, but all the bullet points seem familiar enough, looking back 50 years. You have to learn not to allow it to be upsetting and to take advantage of the information being conveyed ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Michael Flatt wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:07 pm
I expect that the arbiter would consult with the organiser to determine what he had intended.
Or for that matter apply recommended UK practice as documented by the CAA.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Previously the default in place was the ECF's 30 minutes. Most tournaments have been running at least 10 years and prior to Dresden 2008, FIDE default times had been one hour which stretches back to the days of Capablanca. To facilitate compulsory re-pairing, which is also against FIDE rules, entry...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Are you seriously asking if there are qualified arbiters who would knowingly break the Laws? Do you seriously think a UK arbiter would apply a zero time forfeit at the demand of a competitor unless the rules of the competition had flagged it well in advance? Typically entry forms say something like...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 85
Views: 5851

Re: London chess classic

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:03 pm
Do I need another visa to participate in London Classic open section?
You would need a visa valid for entry into the UK if travelling on an Iranian passport.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Brian Towers wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:01 pm
I take my copy of the new ECF tournament rules to the arbiter, point out your absence and claim the game.
Do you think an arbiter would support you? It might risk a walk out by the rest of the tournament.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Paul McKeown wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:08 pm
In the absence of this placeholder, a load of tournaments in England will now have fallen back to the default time of zero.
Perhaps you could name those who would apply a zero time default. I have yet to encounter one.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 47
Views: 1322

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Brian Towers wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:45 pm
A lot of tournament organizers will have missed this with who knows what consequences.
I doubt there would be any consequences as there has never been a UK tournament with a zero tolerance default policy.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New Grade/Age Categories
Replies: 37
Views: 2948

Re: New Grade/Age Categories

England just below mid table, immediately below Sweden - Pia Cramling country - so in good company. . Rather than the Kirsan/Agon fantasy of the number of chess players, perhaps FIDE should look more closely at its own data, namely the mix of active players as defined by players with FIDE ratings. ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 187
Views: 7511

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

A proper candidates tournament will be high profile, a more rigorous test of skill and good for chess in general. You could do top 4 from Women's World Cup, loser of the previous match and top three by rating not already champion or qualified. There would be a slight rule problem if the champion al...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 126
Views: 11117

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Illescas speculates on the impact access to AlphaZero may have on the match It ought to be important to GM preparation that AlphaZero and similar approaches should be unbiased. If you consult the evaluation of a conventional engine, the assessment you get is likely to be slightly biased by how the ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 27
Views: 1193

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

The RC did discuss, some years ago, the idea that illegal moves should lose. That was rejected. Did it not briefly wander into the Laws? Thus causing trouble to the organisers of junior events, who would have preferred more latitude. But aren't illegal moves now more wide-ranging, so that double ha...