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by Eric Gardiner
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?
Replies: 11
Views: 494

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: 16
Views: 1101

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: 1501

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: 1501

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: 1501

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: 571

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: 951

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: 951

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: 20130

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?
by Eric Gardiner
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 3801

Re: ECF Online Chess

I hope this initiative is successful as I like the idea of playing people online I already know or know of from OTB play to try out new openings with etc. and who I trust won't cheat or be abusive. I'd see it as training for "proper" OTB chess. However I can't see a solution to the problem of a dama...
by Eric Gardiner
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 7314

Re: British Knock out 2019

In one of his pre-round speeches, the organiser of the British rapidplay said that he wanted to FIDE rate it but apparently the ECF said it would have cost £800 so he didn't bother. Yes I was there and heard that figure too. I was rather puzzled as it was FIDE rated last time I played in 2016. He d...
by Eric Gardiner
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 14281

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Thank you Roger. I did spend a few minutes unsuccessfully trying to find the relevant information in the FIDE handbook before posting my query. Applying the formula you've given to my results gives the same value as on Chess Results so I will trust the calculations there for future tournaments.
by Eric Gardiner
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 14281

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

In the qualification regulations we read (b) Other FIDE Rated Open Congresses (completed 1st July 2019 – 30th June 2020) with a field of 25 players or over Any player who achieves a TPR of 2300 or higher achieved over a minimum of 4 games. There appear to be a number of players who would qualify by...
by Eric Gardiner
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 14281

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Apologies if I've missed an explanation here or on the ECF website but what is the age restriction for the "Seniors Rated" event from 27th to 31st July?