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by Ian Thompson
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2409
Views: 265503

Re: Media comments on chess

Arkady Dvorkovich was interviewed on HARDtalk last night and the subject of his candidacy for the FIDE Presidency came up - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswj8y.
by Ian Thompson
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please
Replies: 12
Views: 908

Re: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please

Julie Denning wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:24 pm
Had you been a current (2017 / 18) member you would have been sent an email inviting you to renew and giving you a numerical identifier to use in the new system.
I was and I haven't received such an e-mail.
by Ian Thompson
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Engine and database use in Correspondence Chess
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: Engine and database use in Correspondence Chess

Their rules seem to be based on the premise of "if you cheat by using a computer we'll catch you." One reason for allowing the use of tablebases is that it's impossible for them to reliably detect their use - anyone illegally using one would just choose any one of the winning/drawing moves each time...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 32
Views: 2563

Re: New National Blitz event

Do we have a record breaking pairing in Newcastle? In round 15 the player of Black on board 1 is being upfloated to a play someone who has 7 points more than he does.
by Ian Thompson
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 32
Views: 2563

Re: New National Blitz event

Nick Burrows wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:04 pm
A A good choice of venue by Nick Pert in Bristol!
Interesting to see that James Sherwin is also playing, after no sign of him playing any graded or rated chess for several years, and just a few weeks before his 85th birthday.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8482

Re: 2019 British

Re accommodation is it not normal to expect free WiFi in bedrooms nowadays? In the large hotels chains I stay at it's free to members of their loyalty schemes, but chargeable, and expensive, otherwise. In practise, that means handing over personal details for marketing purposes in return for free W...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 77
Views: 5968

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I don't see these random checks as necessarily disturbing the players. It may be similar to a totally silent camera some distance from the player. If that was the case you'd have to ask why the checks would be limited to 20 to 30 players. You could check everyone. I think it's more likely to be a w...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: English Women's Championship 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 3249

Re: English Women's Championship 2018

the game developed quietly and was generally balanced except for an interesting moment in the endgame where it seems Natasha missed a big chance with 32…d3 33.Kf1 Kf6 The bishop is occupying that square. Should it be e6? Not unless there is another mistake in the diagram - 32.Kf1 d3 would allow 33....
by Ian Thompson
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2632
Views: 109388

Re: The English Language

What's a modest move or continuation? A modest move is a cautious move that doesn't risk anything. It's the opposite of a bold/risky move. For example, if you've reached a position that is easily drawn, a modest move would keep the position drawn, but with no chance of winning. (A bold/risky move w...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5937

Re: Sinquefield Cup

Draw agreed/forced by repetition. If they don't repeat they have to "ask the arbiter", who I don't think is entitled to digital assistance to assist the decision as to whether the position is convincingly drawn Technically he is entitled to such assistance. But if he needs it that would suggest it'...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8482

Re: 2019 British

For example, the World Snooker Q School was in late May, and the first tournaments were in July. The PDC World Championship dates in December/January were only published in June, shortly before tickets were going on sale once they'd revised the format. The first tournament on the PGA Tour was annou...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 36
Views: 2316

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

A better solution all round would be to have an Elo system that had an equivalence to the FIDE Elos, so you don't need a conversion formula at all. But you'd still have players with an ECF Elo rating and a FIDE Elo rating that were different (even in the event that the average of the two ratings ac...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters
Replies: 31
Views: 1775

Re: 2018 Abu Dhabi Masters

Normally in the UAE prizes are NOT split - so bucholz cut1 (or2) determines first and all of the money. If you know you have a good tiebreak draws can make sense In this one the top 10 places were determined using Arco (Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1) where players were equal on points. Money wa...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2632
Views: 109388

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:40 pm
What does it mean that White cannot afford any winning try?
It means that any attempt by White to win is likely to fail and result in him losing, so White should just play for a draw.
by Ian Thompson
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2409
Views: 265503

Re: Media comments on chess

A surprising mention today on BBC World News TV's "What Happened on this Day" - Karpov plays 10 games of chess simultaneously in 1977, with a very brief clip of the event. I assume it was the Karpov v England Juniors simul, but the clip was too brief for me to try to identify any of the players. Edi...