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by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 88
Views: 4637

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

But we have a ref making intentional diving decisions, etc. And getting it wrong. This is why England will have no refs at the world cup finals. Once they were the best in the world. You have to go all the way back in the mists of time to 2010 for the last time three Englishmen refereed the World C...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pairing software
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: Pairing software

Swiss-Manager only works for 3 rounds without a code.
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 88
Views: 4637

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Ah, yes. I'd forgotten that ridiculous and unnecessary rule change. Rules Commission has been charged with the heavy responsibilty of introducing life-giving confusion and controversy into a game that would otherwise have become hopelessly dull. You should be grateful for their efforts. The rule wa...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 88
Views: 4637

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

How do you know he didn't say "j'adoube" before doing so? Touch move only applies to a piece if you're touching the piece with the intention of moving it. In your own words, Carlsen was adjusting his pieces, and therefore had no intention of moving any of them. So it isn't touch move on any of them...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 88
Views: 4637

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

At the start of today's Giri v. Carlsen battle Giri had moved 1.e4. Meanwhile Carlsen was "adjusting" his pieces. I didn't see what Carlsen touched immediately after 1.e4 but whatever it was shouldn't that have been his move (he was touch his non-pawns so I think he should have to move a knight) Th...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation
Replies: 136
Views: 17811

Re: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation

The FIDE site announces that new Bulgarian players can be offered a FIDE Identification Number and that tournaments may now be rated etc. http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/10629-bulgaria.html FIDE are happy to announce that after communication with the temporary FIDE relatio...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst move on the board
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Re: Worst move on the board

Black played Qb6, and presumably white responded with Ba5?
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 3355

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

A few days ago a chess match was the second most popular stream on Twitch , with about 40,000 viewers. For the future, successfully streaming on Twitch might be more important than getting a late night TV programme. Absolutely, although are those players are more likely to watch a stream on Twitch ...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF U18 County Championships 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: ECF U18 County Championships 2018

Various counties have expressed interest in entering though few have entered so far. It should be noted that for entries received after 1st February 2018 there is an added charge of £20 per team. Pleasingly, I've found someone to run a Warwickshire team on the day while I'm at BUCA, so now I just h...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 3355

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

p.s they can transmit big brother live 24 hours a day hogging up the E4 channel. Yes, because that's the sort of program they think their channel's target audience will want to watch, and is the best balance between cost of production and audience figures to secure enough advertising revenue. Which...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 132
Views: 5096

Re: County Championship Consultation

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:43 am
Probably the only way you might get more chess players at secondary level would be to close down the internet.
The Internet exists in France and Germany, but the equivalent problem appears not to. So I think there's more to it than that.
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision
Replies: 31
Views: 1240

Re: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision

Though current "best practice" allows the game to be interrupted and could be used by a player to gain thinking time. This is hardly ideal for a rapid or blitz game. I'm suggesting something different to avoid these issues. It's not an unreasonable suggestion. I don't think that would only be a pro...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Manchester United - chesswise, apparently
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: Manchester United - chesswise, apparently

It's refreshing to see something positive like this in the media, rather than the normal negative chess stories.
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision
Replies: 31
Views: 1240

Re: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision

I wonder: would it not be possible (with a change in the Laws) to process repetition claims like two-minute draw claims by postponing the decision until later, when it can more conveniently be made? What would be the advantage of that? It wouldn't hold up play so much and there'd be less chance (wi...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision
Replies: 31
Views: 1240

Re: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision

Angus French wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:07 pm
I wonder: would it not be possible (with a change in the Laws) to process repetition claims like two-minute draw claims by postponing the decision until later, when it can more conveniently be made?
What would be the advantage of that?