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by Ian Thompson
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Cornwall County Championship 3-5 May 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Cornwall County Championship 3-5 May 2019

Formerly a closed event, this congress is now open to all comers . There are three sections: u190, u150 and u110 (includes ungraded novices). So the best two Cornish players (that I'm aware of) aren't eligible to win the county championship because they're too good, and the third best one will beco...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 94
Views: 4899

Re: Arbitration question

2. Immediately on the return of said player to his board, I would stop the clock if the opponent's clock is running; if the clock of the player who left is running, I would leave it running. I'll leave qualified arbiters to comment on the rest of your comments, but I think this action would definit...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 90
Views: 4057

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I don't think anyone would be advocating submission every week. It's a natural consequence of monthly grading that you aren't expected to wait a month for the result. Thus a grading list published for April should be available on the 1st April and should have all results up to and including the pre...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 94
Views: 4899

Re: Arbitration question

Well, she surely wouldn't love to make the capture, and it's unfair and illogical to force her make the capture. It may well be, but that's the touch-move rule for you. Well, touch move is about the intention of capturing, she likely didn't want to capture it at the expense of her queen Rules that ...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 1899

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

Camberley played at 48, Brackendale Close until around 1982. It was definitely no later than 1982. When I joined the club at the start of the 1982/83 season the venue was a community centre somewhere in central Camberley. After that, contrary to what it says in the club history, the venue changed t...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 90
Views: 4057

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:48 pm
The ECF's current proposal for a domestic Elo is that junior K should be 40 if they get a positive result, but 20 if they don't.
That's news to me. What's the source of this information?
by Ian Thompson
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 90
Views: 4057

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

The fact is that more frequent grading lists require hard-working volunteers to do more work. That could be a practical consideration. In my response to the ECF grading consultation I have asked the ECF if they have determined the answer to this question, and what they will do if the current grader...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 94
Views: 4899

Re: Arbitration question

"Shall" in this sort of context indicates a strong requirement on the part of the person involved to do something. More than that, I think - they are required to do it. They do not have any discretion to do anything else. This source , for example, says of shall - "when used in the second or third ...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 94
Views: 4899

Re: Arbitration question

So I think an infringement is considered more deliberate, but an irregularity could be accidental. There is not much difference in the definitions... Irregularities would also include things that are not right and need attention by the arbiter but which are not caused by either player, e.g. a clock...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2762
Views: 295480

Re: Media comments on chess

Richard Branson usually wears his wristwatch on his left arm, so unless he switched arms on this occasion there is no question of the pic being reversed Very good, worthy of Perry Mason. Bang to rights. Perhaps Black moved first in this game, in which case the only anomaly is that everything that i...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3242

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Irrelevant - I was talking about the significant improvement, which is suspicious. Nonsense! As the father of 3 sons I can tell you that the 2 sporting ones showed very significant improvement during the few months of their pubertal growth spurts. Irrelevant when the comment was made about "adult m...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Drunken Knights
Replies: 17
Views: 1429

Re: Drunken Knights

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:27 pm
Very sad to hear of their enforced withdrawal from the London League this season.
Was there anything stopping their home matches being moved to the central venue (which is less than 10 minutes walk away from their old venue)?
by Ian Thompson
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986
Replies: 107
Views: 13301

Re: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986

Thanks for reply, Kevin....and you've played many. The 1979 simuls were 40 years ago now; crickey so long ago. It would be interesting to know how many of those 90 players are still playing today. I counted 17 I know still play; there are a few more who are still involved in chess but don't play co...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3242

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

And if chess did become an Olympic sport, drug testing would be compulsory, probably even in ordinary events. It might be compulsory that players are subject to be drug testing, but what would happen in practise? In athletics, for example, all athletes, of any standard, are liable to be drug tested...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 90
Views: 4057

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

[One technical point though. It's argued that the system needs to be tolerant of late result submission and it's suggested as a consequence that ratings be changed retrospectively. I'm unconvinced this is a good idea, because of the Congress eligibility point. That depends on what you publish. You ...