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by Eric Gardiner
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 61
Views: 3024

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

It will be interesting to see the age profile of the of the players - my guess is that those still at school will be more tolerant of the conditions!
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1816
Views: 158552

Re: Cheating in chess

Justin, I know there are certain number of bans overturned and this would appear to be an example where a player could relatively easily argue their case. A human would look at the appeal and I imagine the opening theory aspect would be easily verifiable, so I would have thought an appeal could wel...
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Oct 25, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1816
Views: 158552

Re: Cheating in chess

Another feature that often irritates is the tendency to be told that "letting time run out rather than resigning" can lead to a temporary suspension. I have been given this reprimand several times, none of them occasions where I had deliberately let time run out, but simply had very little time lef...
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Congresses
Replies: 9
Views: 941

Re: 4NCL On-Line Congresses

Possibly because there are more alternative online events starting up. I've stopped playing online (although not because of my age!) so can't really assess whether this is true. However the 4NCL Online congresses do charge an entry fee so if there are comparable tournaments that players can enter f...
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Perhaps you aren't a number and are a free man but OTB so many revert to the former inadvertently.
Replies: 32
Views: 2262

Re: Perhaps you aren't a number and are a free man but OTB so many revert to the former inadvertently.

I agree ratings and their importance have been overrated(!) but they are needed to give a very rough guide in team selection and pairings. And ... when OTB congresses were taking place, I suspect many players hoping for prizes in grade-limited sections would have complained if forced to play strong...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?
Replies: 13
Views: 1202

Re: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?

Nick Ivell wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:49 am

Cheating, mouse-slips, disconnections? I rest my case...
To that list I can add algorithms making instant judgements about whether humans are being unsporting as I mentioned previously.
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New ECF Rating Database
Replies: 36
Views: 1936

Re: New ECF Rating Database

The new site looks very good to me and the information provided and search facilities appear more extensive than those on the old Grading site. I wonder if there are any plans to allow users to make more complex searches? An example would be to find all players named Smith rated between 1600 and 169...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees
Replies: 34
Views: 1781

Re: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees

My point in posting the details above was to show how the situation can develop rapidly during a tournament; so, if you enter one, you can't be certain that the precautions at the start won't have to be tightened up during the event; the further you travel the more chance you are taking Thanks for ...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees
Replies: 34
Views: 1781

Re: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees

Yes Mick I think so. Do you know the answer to my question? My question was more of a practical one rather than a direct contribution to the discussion of the current health risks of playing OTB chess. I did quickly put one of the links into Google Translate but didn't spot anything about whether yo...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees
Replies: 34
Views: 1781

Re: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees

The Chessbase site has photos of players in the Spanish Championships wearing masks but with bottles of water next to their boards. Presumably the players are allowed to remove masks to drink water? If so, I wonder how often they are allowed to do this. I'm not very keen on having to frequently remo...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How Big is Your Database?
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: How Big is Your Database?

From the link, I presume you are asking about correspondence and OTB games only and I don't know the answer. If you include any sort of chess game, then Lichess has over 75 million games for May 2020 alone available for download.
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Annoying message on Lichess
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

Re: Annoying message on Lichess

Matt, thanks for this information about the length of the ban and how it is generated. Is it publicly available? It does matter to me if the Lichess administrators see a black mark on my profile but from what you and others are saying this should now have disappeared after 24 hours (?). I don't play...
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Annoying message on Lichess
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

Annoying message on Lichess

After a game yesterday on Lichess I got a message which said something like “Warning: letting your time run out instead of resigning may result in a temporary ban”. The time control was 3+2 (so fairly fast for me!). I was winning for most of the game and in the final position was the exchange and pa...
by Eric Gardiner
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 21306

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

A question for those who think it's a good idea to avoid Chinese people (and presumably now also wish to avoid northern Italians and Iranians): how do you deduce from someone's nationality or ethnicity where they have recently been?