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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 20
Views: 721

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

Fazekas's unexpected success. I had a look at his games from the British and the following Hastings. His contemporaries thought he lacked opening knowledge although with the benefit of history you can perhaps see that his use of club player favourites worked well against his opponents in the Britis...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2264
Views: 95222

Re: The English Language

What's the difference between losing the queen to Rg1 and losing the queen with Rg1 ? You might be White and lost the queen to a move Rg1 by Black. Alternatively you played Rg1 as White and this lost the queen. Common usage would be that losing .. to is a move played by your opponent, however losin...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Piece values

What's the basis for assigning numerical values 1-3-5-9 to pieces? Lost in the mists of time I should imagine. It seems to work as a broad rule of thumb for a basic evaluation. The earliest writings on chess theory were by Philidor and then later by Staunton. Did these authors propose theories of p...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: setting up a Social Chess club
Replies: 16
Views: 642

Re: setting up a Social Chess club

John Reyes wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:40 pm
but the question is that, how do we spread the word etc, to get people in?
Ask the ECF for £ 5,000 perhaps?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 292
Views: 42140

Re: Cheating in chess

Ethics Commission has delivered a light punishment to a Russian GM who has made unsubstantiated accusations on the Internet against a young female player. Part of the accusation appeared to relate to an overheard conversation in the Ladies. Even if true, that doesn't have to suggest computer cheati...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?
Replies: 65
Views: 6328

Re: GDPR : What are the implications for LMS systems ?

Why is date of birth necessary? Surely it goes against the principle that data should only be collected to the extent that it is necessary or serves a useful purpose? Age related prizes (obviously) as well as player identification. The ECF uses age as part of its grading calculations for junior pla...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 242
Views: 12270

Re: County Championship Consultation

I was wondering when Osfordshire disappeared as a County - does anyone know? Early 2000s I would think. It only disappeared from the SCCU competition, rather it concentrated its efforts on fielding teams in the more local Chiltern competitions and in the 4NCL. In the 4NCL, the venues have never bee...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 787

Re: Not pressing the clock

Do we really have anything to back up "trained"? Anecdotal experience perhaps, but watching a morning game at Hastings, I observed a local junior player sitting very quietly while his opponent's time ran down. Eventually the opponent pressed the clock and the lad moved immediately. Mentioning this ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 787

Re: Not pressing the clock

How many times per game? There surely comes a point when you get fed up with it. I would do it once, after that it's my opponent's problem if he or she should repeat. Against a really confused opponent you have the additional risk that they might move twice. If a past world championship contender c...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 52
Views: 2520

Re: FIDE internal fighting

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:16 pm
Strictly, do the Laws even permit you to do so?
I've started a new thread. I don't think the Laws prevent you from moving although with increments you still want the clock to be pressed.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 787

Not pressing the clock

He was even more unimpressed by his loss on time to an 11-year-old after he (Nigel) forgot to press his clock... Something of a modern trend perhaps, that younger players appear trained to sit with a poker face when their opponent has failed to press the clock. Otherwise they could play a move or o...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 20
Views: 721

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

Dr Fazekas being excluded from the 1958 Olympiad team An interesting snippet from the 1958 report is that the BCF held what was described as a "annual members’ meeting" during the Congress. Whether this was an AGM, A Council meeting (or then equivalent) or something rather less formal wasn't stated...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 242
Views: 12270

Re: County Championship Consultation

Still only need 3 weekends for this competition so again no different to the current ECF stages In terms of competing for available weekends with summer Congresses, then no different. Are you not proposing though that weekends 2 and 3 will have matches on both the Saturday and Sunday? For teams wit...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

There's a good quip about that French Exchange line The game quoted starts out as another rare treatment, namely 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Qd5. Checking my collection of British games, a handful of players have used it a few times, in fact there are more games than with .. Qxd5 in the E...