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by Ian Thompson
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess
Replies: 17
Views: 367

Re: Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess

Next you'll be saying Judith Polgar played top board for Hungary in the Open. I don't recall her facing a female opponent in that role, but do remind me. In October and November 2002, Polgár played on second board (with Péter Lékó on first) for Hungary in the 35th Chess Olympiad. ... and on board 1...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20018

Re: World Youth Championships

Quite how he managed to have a conversation without realising it was confidential escapes me. The answer to that may be that there was nothing in the conversation that was clearly of a confidential nature and the person he was speaking to didn't say it was confidential until sometime after the conv...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20018

Re: World Youth Championships

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:21 pm
FWIW, pages 8 and 9 of this thread have posts from 14 January, none from Alex H. Either it is in a different thread or it was removed.
Removed I would think, because clicking on the arrow on the post below now results in "The requested topic does not exist.".
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:24 pm
by Ian Thompson
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7597

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

. Alex’s point was that sometimes organisers will opt for a solution (not allowing any watches as an alternative to having to check all of them) which allows them to concentrate on other things. It’s hardly an unreasonable position. That's where we disagree. I consider it unreasonable. What is the ...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 22
Views: 1972

Re: January Grades are out

Further, correspondence with Brian Valentine indicates that only one of the two additional results came from the Surrey league (the other came from the London league). If I was going to hazard a guess, it would be that the London League game was the one you played on 19 November 2018 against Rishi ...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 22
Views: 1972

Re: January Grades are out

4 Games prior to Xmas 2018 (in Surrey League) now showing up as 2019. Due to Matthew Carr deleting 1st submission, instead of insisting 2nd submission without the 1st submission results. That seems unlikely. The way it's supposed to work is that if you make multiple submissions with the same event ...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140578

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:18 pm
So Why isn't it "grabbing the chance" or "snatching at the opportunity"?
Both those phrases suggest White is taking advantage of a poor move by Black that will be gone if it's not exploited immediately. That doesn't apply to this move because Black started to go wrong many moves ago.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: US Election Chess Set
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: US Election Chess Set

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:41 pm
I just looked at the US advert again, they do say they'll supply replacement pieces when the protagonists are confirmed.
I took "you will be notified to complete your set" to mean pieces will be available, but not necessarily free.
by Ian Thompson
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20018

Re: World Youth Championships

This rather old article still makes interesting reading - https://en.chessbase.com/post/a-history-of-cheating-in-che-3- . It's notable that there was plenty of circumstantial evidence that the player was getting computer assistance, including evidence of him purchasing the equipment, but no proof by...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20018

Re: World Youth Championships

Rather than the specifics here, a hypothetical. Lets say I start to score 100% in local league chess, which includes several titled players. There is a very strong correlation between my moves and Stockfish. I appear very relaxed during games. Someone complains to one of the Leagues. I can offer no...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When Will The February Grades Come Out?
Replies: 6
Views: 814

Re: When Will The February Grades Come Out?

The ECF's January grading list is already out of date, surely, in that games played from today will be subject to February grades, but when will we know what these are? No such thing as a February grade. See https://www.englishchess.org.uk/monthly-grades-faq/ and in particular "The ECF plans for th...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20018

Re: World Youth Championships

I think this one is serious enough to justify establishing a process. The ECF has a process . It can be summarised as saying that the ECF will take action if it is provided with proof of cheating. The actions are a ban from playing (although how that would be enforced is not stated for events not r...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20018

Re: World Youth Championships

John Upham wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:39 pm
I hope to attend the Dorset event in person.
Noting your comment on Tim's blog that you will be attending as a journalist, I hope you will be bringing a thermal imaging camera with you to ensure you get the best story.
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 206
Views: 18566

Re: Arbitration question

The CA should have ruled i n our favour. He had no further information in addition to the placement of the pieces. I don't think that's so clear cut. Soheil initially said he would not dispute the claim that he touched his queen, but then decided he would dispute it when the opponent's claim change...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90379

Re: Cheating in chess

Taking a slightly different example, if I sacrifice much material for an attack but then discover at move 20 [no collusion!] that my best outcome is to take a draw by perpetual check, how does one reconcile this with the 30-move rule mentioned above? Easily. The "no agreed draws before move 30" rul...