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by Eric Gardiner
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Double Check and Mate
Replies: 23
Views: 2412

Re: Double Check and Mate

I did a search of my competitive standardplay games since 2000 (slightly over 1000 games) which found 6 games where a double check was made. So I can at least say they are not very common in my games!

EDIT: In no cases did the double check deliver mate.
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Happy Birthday IM James Sherwin (25-x-1933)
Replies: 31
Views: 1388

Re: Happy Birthday IM James Sherwin (25-x-1933)

If you want obscure then I will offer Roelof Westra. No longer competing, but still occasionally imbibing :) Never played him but have "seen him around" at congresses in the past - when did he play RJF? (chessgames.com has just one 1980 game for him) I've just noticed this thread. Roelof is not obs...
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 261
Views: 12011

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Eric Gardiner wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:46 am
Bh6/...Bxa3/...Bh3 sacrifices have been played by various players - Shirov should be pleased!
I realised a few minutes after posting this though that "various" is debatable as two games I was thinking of were played by Duda.
by Eric Gardiner
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 261
Views: 12011

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Bh6/...Bxa3/...Bh3 sacrifices have been played by various players - Shirov should be pleased!
by Eric Gardiner
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 261
Views: 12011

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

In Anton-Tari it's remarkable that a zugzwang that wins for Black appears to have been missed in an endgame White was trying hard to win: 54...Bb5. Presumably the idea which I've checked for a few seconds with an engine running is: 55.a4, Ba6; 56.a5, Bb5; 57.h5, Kg7 and Black stops the kingside pawn...
by Eric Gardiner
Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: my favorite but unusual line of the Lopez exchange for Black
Replies: 10
Views: 956

Re: my favorite but unusual line of the Lopez exchange for Black

I imagine it would occur quite a lot in online games? Checking on Chessbase's online database, I found several 2200+ players who have played 5.Nxe5. A couple of the games look like pre-arranged draws however.
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: 185
Views: 13889

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: 2173
Views: 184998

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: 2173
Views: 184998

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: 1109

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: 2420

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: 1268

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: 2419

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: 2160

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: 2160

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...