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by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 51
Views: 2122

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

It says everything must be "closed and not running". I was arbiting the ECF Junior County U18 Championship on Saturday. I didn't have any problem closing everything except Chess.com, Zoom and Slack (used for arbiter communications). You are not expected to know how your computer works and to uninst...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 51
Views: 2122

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

... not everyone will be able to meet them ... I think it would be more accurate to say that no-one will be able to meet them. "All Software with the exception of Zoom, the browser running Chess.com and any Anti-Virus software must be closed and not running and may not be opened during play." You w...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Power of Defence and the Art of Counterattack in 64 Pictures
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: The Power of Defence and the Art of Counterattack in 64 Pictures

MJMcCready wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:08 pm
That's been written by foreigners hasn't it?
The review does note that "The translation, while mostly making sense, is a long way below professional standards."
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1311
Views: 68032

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:31 pm
That's it a bit of a shame Tim.
The travel corridor has opened up to Israel.
Is there any events taking place there you can go to?
Unless Tim can claim citizenship or residency of Israel the answer is no.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3935
Views: 430102

Re: Media comments on chess

BBC website featuring Meet the real life women chess stars as more Queen's Gambit related content I'm curious to know whether anyone has a clue who these "real life women chess stars" are? The video reveals that one of them is https://www.chess.com/member/mobamba604 with an online rating of about 2...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Online County U18 Championship 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: ECF Online County U18 Championship 2020

The strict Fair Play Regulations for the Championship can be found at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/online-under-18-county-championship/. It would be interesting to know the rational for some of them: What's the problem with using a tablet to play? Why can a touchscreen not be used to mak...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Skilling Open
Replies: 30
Views: 1733

Re: Skilling Open

Presumably a loss by mouse slip by Carlsen in round 1.
by Ian Thompson
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1311
Views: 68032

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Just received this from Sitges: Fortunately, the situation in our area is way much better than it was in March or April. In October and early November we had more contagions as there were in summer, but the situation has been improving and they are now starting to lift some restrictions that we had...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1311
Views: 68032

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

At the moment your chess playing possibilities in comparable tournaments appear to be: Groningen - going ahead unless something changes to prevent that. Detailed arrangements to be published in September. Groningen is now going to be cancelled unless the situation in the Netherlands has improved by...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Books and openings
Replies: 32
Views: 2281

Re: Books and openings

It was the first time playing Brett. As white he played 1.h4, I panicked and played Nf6, as you can imagine, I lost quite quickly. I was told by the controller after, the best reply is h5. By what criteria? My computer reckons 1... Nf6 is the 3rd best move, after moving a central pawn 2 squares for...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1311
Views: 68032

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Re Sitges: Spain now requires UK visitors to present evidence of a negative covid test I don't mind that, but how do I get one, given that there are clearly not enough to meet demand? Do I have to claim some symptoms? There are quite a few places that will do it for you. Boots , for example, at 37 ...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The School Seedbed of Britain’s chess success
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Re: The School Seedbed of Britain’s chess success

From the link The game teaches children to concentrate for long periods of time, to observe correct etiquette and to accept adjudication decisions (Ed: I suspect this means arbiting decisions!). I think it means what it says. Arbiter is a relatively new term, isn't it? In 1948 the term used would p...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 233
Views: 7667

Re: Pedants United

Not sure this is pedantry, but I was amused to read that ChessBase has a sale on today where they say you can buy products at "premium prices".

Perhaps something has been lost in translation.
by Ian Thompson
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 42
Views: 1986

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:30 pm
I have also been told I can get Netflix on a free months trial...Hmmmmm.
I don't think that's true any more - see https://help.netflix.com/en/node/16282.

This article has some suggestions on how to minimise the cost.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Online LJCC
Replies: 15
Views: 832

Re: Online LJCC

Are the proposed LJCC anti-cheating measures any different to the ones used in 4NCL Online events, I wonder. Yes. The 4NCL has an appeals process it manages, so it is possible to continue playing in 4NCL events after a platform ban if the 4NCL appeal is successful. The LJCC has no appeals process o...