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by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 17
Views: 683

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: 0
Views: 31

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: 26
Views: 1171

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: 8643

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: 8643

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: 15
Views: 1582

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: 8643

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: 39
Views: 2051

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: 39
Views: 2051

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: 8643

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?
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 54
Views: 2085

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

There seem to be two groups of chess players, one ( like me ) who leave the playing hall once or twice during a game and a small minority who do so after almost every move. Why? I think there should be a presumption that if you frequently leave the playing area, then you are at risk of being accuse...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 225
Views: 8643

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

However, the FIDE Competition Rules have been published, and they appear to accurately reflect the changes that various people from the Anglosphere wanted on day 2 of the General Assembly Swiss system rules will affect most people in practice Unless the rules of a competition specify otherwise: (3)...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 26
Views: 1171

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

Clocks don't show the number of moves, they show the number of times the clock has been pressed. It's not necessarily the same because people sometimes forget to press their clocks. With increments it becomes more important to insist that the clock is pressed even when the opponent has forgotten. I...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 54
Views: 2085

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: 1534

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...