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by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 24, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Checkmate Covid-19
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: Checkmate Covid-19

"The only problems which I had were those caused by my own incompetence." Indeed, I noticed in our game about 4.40 pm! But I was not immune, I managed to lose a game to Alex Holowczak, where he kept taking my pieces. I wondered if I could claim that was "abuse". I did at least draw with the winner. ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 23, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Checkmate Covid-19
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: Checkmate Covid-19

Now it seems not to be working at all. The game froze then I was told I'd lost, and nothing is happening. Admittedly I was losing but even so...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat May 23, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Checkmate Covid-19
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: Checkmate Covid-19

I just lost on time as my computer froze and I thought "will he ever move?" then it suddenly said I'd lost! I'll try again later. I did enjoy logging in and I tried to send a cheery message before we started and chess.con said I wasn't allowed to as mine was a new account and they wanted to prevent ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri May 22, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 33
Views: 4725

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

"I recall two arbiters discussing that the most confusing thing they've ever encountered was a double resignation. What I imagine would make that perplexing if not vexating is if one player has a winning position and the other a losing position. Making sense of that would be rather challenging, and ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 21, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Checkmate Covid-19
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: Checkmate Covid-19

I'll be there for some of it (not all 24 hours!). It would be nice to win a Leicester City shirt to wind up a friend who supports Aston Villa.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu May 21, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 18
Views: 905

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

"You first collect some results. I think they made it easier by only including major events. You give everyone the same grade and then run the grading process. Next you use those grades and repeat. When it converges, you've got a set of relative results. You then fix absolute values in some arbitrar...
by Kevin Thurlow
Wed May 20, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 125
Views: 9512

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

"When I am asked to play in the Online-4NCL, I like to sit in the yard to enjoy the evening air, and perhaps a glass of red wine with a little cheese. Occasionally, I chat with my teammates via WhatsApp. "

Has he been banned for that?
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 19, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 125
Views: 9512

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

"I can recall how the coughing in the Falaise Hall in Hastings would build up as the days progressed and acquiring a winter cold was a hazard of playing."

Same at any long tournament, you can tell what round it is from the number of people coughing.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 19, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 60
Views: 3284

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

"There are no issues if you lapse"

I think there might be from an arbiter point of view... You're probably right from a playing point of view.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 19, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 185
Views: 23564

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

""proctoring"?! that sounds like it could be quite invasive..."

Yes - it is an American term. You should inform chess.com that vulgar Americanisms are inherently repellent and that they will henceforth converse only in proper English, if they expect any decent person to respond.
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 19, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 33
Views: 4725

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

"All those diagrams in the book are White at bottom black at top. Therefore since black is at the bottom I surmise that you, Justin, played black. That means it must be white to move and resign in a winning position." Yes - I concluded that, but mainly because I found an immediate win for white, but...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue May 19, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 60
Views: 3284

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

"I suspect that many Bronze members will have played most of their chess by the time clubs closed. Many Gold members will have missed out on 4NCL weekends" It's less of an issue for gold members as membership is compulsory if you have a FIDE rating or you are a FIDE arbiter, and there could be issue...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon May 18, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2307

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

"All the players agree that they have no right to appeal the aforementioned actions either through arbitration, consultation or in a court of law within any jurisdiction" Answering John Swain, I sent the bit I quoted to a legal expert, whose informal advice was that he would not be surprised if a UK...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon May 18, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2307

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

"The ECU does not claim or acknowledge that such actions are evidence of unfair play. These actions are not considered by ECU as a reason for any sanctions in further ECU live events. However, if any player is considered in violation of Chess.com’s fair play policies, they will be disqualified from ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun May 17, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3506
Views: 384011

Re: Media comments on chess

"Difficult to tell whether the board is the right way round! "

It may depend on the bird being the right way round!