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by Ian Thompson
Mon May 25, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 230
Views: 21690

Re: Arbitration question

If white presses the clock without placing a QRBN on e8 the position reverts back to the pawn on e7. No, it doesn't. The question posed was what happens when the pawn has been moved to e8, and now the discussion has moved on to what happens if White presses his clock with a pawn on e8. The rules (7...
by Ian Thompson
Mon May 25, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

I'd be wondering whether 28. Rg1 was a mouse slip. 28. Ra1 is the best move according to the computer and 28. Rd1 and 28. Rb1 are also plausible. Why would you move the rook to any other square on the first rank?
by Ian Thompson
Mon May 25, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Chess Junior Squad launches £500 Tournament
Replies: 26
Views: 416

Re: World Chess Junior Squad launches £500 Tournament

What has this organisation actually done in the 10 months since you announced it ? There seem to be no partners listed other than test records and I can find nothing about the first World Tour event that was supposed to take place in Tenerife in February. Tenerife.jpg I was a bit surprised, to say t...
by Ian Thompson
Fri May 22, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2307

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

What is the logic behind hosting an event like this on a platform with a live rating system? Eligibility to play is determined by FIDE rapidplay rating so chess.com ratings are irrelevant. As we've seen at OTB events (e.g. London Classic rapidplays) there are players with very high standard FIDE ra...
by Ian Thompson
Fri May 22, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2307

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

"My name is Harut Barseghyan, IM, ELO 2463 (born 1998). I am writing to you because I had some unpleasant experience lately with your anti-cheating team and as a result my account was closed. Then when I was playing my 4th game with a weaker player as well in the middle of the game when I had about...
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 21, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2307

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

It is a shame that runner up got it expelled from the tournament. It would perhaps have been more fitting had he been robbed of victory by this effort. https://www.chess.com/live/game/4883494040?username=valdomiro This is a curious one. He's had an account for over 9 years and played almost 7,000 g...
by Ian Thompson
Wed May 20, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2307

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

7 out of the top 20 banned for cheating in the 1400 - 1700 preliminary section (and 19 players out of 901 banned in total). 5 out of the top 6 banned for cheating in the 1400 - 1700 section final (and 10 players out of 254 banned in total). As with the U1400 section, the obvious question is whether ...
by Ian Thompson
Wed May 20, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 125
Views: 9512

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

The ECU are having a meeting to discuss this tomorrow: Four Invited Doctors & Scientists who are familiar with the chess activities will take part in the meeting, introduce and propose ways and protocols which could be followed to restart the Chess over board activities, firstly in National Level, a...
by Ian Thompson
Tue May 19, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 185
Views: 23564

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Is this statement from chess.com new, or is it me that's just not noticed it before? Important Note: You may be subject to random proctoring during any round of the [Titled Tuesday] tournament. If a Chess.com staff member attempts to begin a chat with you between rounds and provides you with a Zoom ...
by Ian Thompson
Sun May 17, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2307

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

To have 6 cheats in the top 10, but only 8 out of the remaining 1525, would seem to indicate that cheating is fairly low on average. It would also seem that those who do cheat, do it extensively, and are not very subtle about it. Or it could mean that the reliability of the cheat detection methods ...
by Ian Thompson
Sun May 17, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2307

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

It doesn't sound great if you put it like that. However, overall 14 players were disqualified out of 1535, which doesn't sound so bad. But that's why its so bad in my opinion. 1521 players were playing honestly but a lot of the prizewinners (or people finishing in high places as I haven't checked w...
by Ian Thompson
Sat May 16, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 60
Views: 3284

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

The government has been quick to support other sports with loans and grants eg. £16 million for rugby league recently. I would guess it's willing to support sports that are run on a commercial basis with people's jobs at risk, in which case the support is probably more for the business than the spo...
by Ian Thompson
Fri May 15, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Event Cancellations
Topic: Event Cancellation
Replies: 43
Views: 3985

Re: Event Cancellation

Not cancelled as yet, but Hastings announced a couple of days ago that they won't make a decision until the end of August.
by Ian Thompson
Fri May 15, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1558

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

I'd back team Howell against team Adams (all time, player at their peak, 4 boards). Team Littlewood also has good strength in depth. Team Petrosian, various spellings, looks like the one to beat with an all GM line up. In fact Team Tigran (various initials) Petrosian is formidable on its own, sugge...
by Ian Thompson
Fri May 15, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 18
Views: 905

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

The ECF write the rules on grading. They can and probably will change them if there's been no over the board chess from March 2020 until whenever. With current 3 digit grade calculations, they'd have to change them or no-one would get a grade every again. Why? It happens at the moment that you get ...