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by Robert Dale
Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Interschool chess matches
Replies: 4
Views: 1166

Re: Interschool chess matches

Some years ago, kasparovchess ran a "World Schools Championships" over the internet. I had teams in both the Primary and Secondary school tournaments, and (apart from lots of technical problems, and some difficulties with time zone differences) we had some very enjoyable matches against schools from...
by Robert Dale
Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Utter Barkwits
Replies: 7
Views: 1314

Re: Utter Barkwits

Not exactly. In The God Delusion Dawkins has much to say about the systematic physical and mental abuse of children by all religions, from ritual sacrifice by the Incas to the institutional paedophilia of the Roman Catholic church. However, it's not teaching children about religion that he sees as ...
by Robert Dale
Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:51 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Utter Barkwits
Replies: 7
Views: 1314

Re: Utter Barkwits

Every religion, unfortunately, has its lunatic fringe. I have never heard of this man (I am a Christian pastor), and had difficulty even finding his so called "internet church" - it appears just to be a personal blog. Unfortunately people like that get all the publicity, as if they represented mains...
by Robert Dale
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: SO WHO'S GOING TO SHEFFIELD? I AM!
Replies: 365
Views: 29941

Re: SO WHO'S GOING TO SHEFFIELD? I AM!

Just a quiet plea from churchgoers (there are still a few) to keep Sunday as the rest day!
Actually, even today, Saturday to Saturday works out best for many working people taking holidays.
by Robert Dale
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Sicilian question (Dragon)
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: Sicilian question (Dragon)

Quite right, he could have played it on move 26 - apologies, mind not working tonight! Roger's analysis looks right. I wonder why he played f4? Do you think he might remember, Nick? Or perhaps he would rather forget!
by Robert Dale
Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Sicilian question (Dragon)
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: Sicilian question (Dragon)

Intriguing! He couldn't play it at move 26 because he is in check, but he could on move 27. The rest of the moves don't make a lot of sense either. On the face of it he declines to take his opponent's queen, twice, then resigns! The game is in Arias' list of games on chessgames, with the same moves....
by Robert Dale
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: FIDE rule 10.2 and juniors
Replies: 180
Views: 8068

Re: FIDE rule 10.2 and juniors

FIDE rule 10.2 can be a nightmare! I was running an U18 tournament on Saturday, and the following situation arose. Player A, with 1 minute on his clock, was a pawn down in a rook and pawn ending, against Player B, with 4 minutes. Both were reasonably competent players, but I had been watching the ga...
by Robert Dale
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 17739

Re: Do you believe in God

We seem to be proving "Godwin's Law" (As an online discussion grows longer the probablility of a comparison involving the Nazis or Hitler approaches 100%) Before George and Simon upset each other too much, it might be good to get back to chess! Regarding my question about the number of good Jewish c...
by Robert Dale
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 17739

Re: Do you believe in God

I have read that there is a disproprtionate number of Jewish people amongst top chessplayers. Has that been statistically proven, and if so, any offers on the reasons? Culture? Genetics? I have heard it suggested that the Jewish method of studying the Torah (meticulous analysis, examining every word...
by Robert Dale
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 17739

Re: Do you believe in God

I got to thinking that maybe chess players might not be typical in this regard. Does anyone have a theory on whether chess players are predominantly deists/theists/atheists/other? Is it possible to do a secret poll? Are we any closer to an answer to Nick's original question? I get the impression I ...
by Robert Dale
Sun May 29, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 17739

Re: Do you believe in God

I am an evangelical Christian. Our local club includes one Anglican churchwarden, one lapsed Baptist, one devout Muslim; the rest, to my knowledge, have no religious views. That probably makes us an average cross section of the population. One famous theologian who played chess was the Bohemian Refo...
by Robert Dale
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Tie Break Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 1579

Re: Tie Break Rules

Just a footnote about the tournament that gave rise to this - the teacher who raised the issue has since emailed me, thanking me for my efforts in running the tournament, and admitting that there are no easy solutions to the tie break problem - so all is well on the diplomatic front! I have to admit...
by Robert Dale
Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Tie Break Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 1579

Re: Tie Break Rules

Thanks Alex. I feel a lot better about it now! At the time I thought I must have made an elementary blunder!
by Robert Dale
Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Tie Break Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 1579

Re: Tie Break Rules

Oh, I see, it puts in a hyperlink for you - excellent!
by Robert Dale
Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Tie Break Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 1579

Re: Tie Break Rules

Lots of interesting angles here! Thanks to all who have commented so far. But is there a rule? The nearest I can find is an Annex to the FIDE rules on http://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?id=127&view=article (how do you get a hyperlink?) "1. Handling of unplayed games For tie-break purposes, the ...