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by Ian Thompson
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

However a lot of the objections have arisen from the question of what happens when a game oversteps the four hour mark. I have pointed out that if we adopt 90 minutes plus 30 seconds (for the record the current control is 42 in 1 hr 45 with 15 mins quickplay) the game needs go past sixty moves to g...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8756

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I've no idea how many of the key personel [sic] work at both the congresses cited, but I doubt it is more than a handful if more than one or two. I'd be surprised if there are more than 2 key personnel - one to run the program and another to check nothing's obviously wrong with the results before t...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2697
Views: 287886

Re: Media comments on chess

Page 61 of 'The Selfish Gene' by Richard Dawkins. https://www.redhotpawn.com/imgu/blog/1/b4u437199-1547733980.png Isn't this much the same as what AplhaZero is doing? It's interesting to see that it had better results against Stockfish when left to play whatever it wanted (with no games lost) compa...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: How Many Times ?
Replies: 6
Views: 683

Re: How Many Times ?

As it was a junior team I'm not sure how the manager did not inform the control team. They're one of a number of "junior" teams who stretch the definition of junior somewhat. Only 3 of their 9 registered players are juniors. All 3 players who failed to turn up are over 50. The two who did play were...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:00 pm
The 4NCL anti-cheating arbiters had better monitor this forum in the future! :lol:
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by Ian Thompson
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 21
Views: 852

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

J T Melsom wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:37 pm
Why isn't the best way to find a challenger for match play not to have more of the cycle as match play?
The answer may well be because no-one is willing to cover the costs of more match play, so it's not an option.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6202

Re: Hastings

Anyone think the Hastings tournament might benefit from switching to faster time limits? I was just reading Greg Shahade's blogpost on "Slow Chess Should Die A Fast Death" (which has probably been discussed here on here before). I guess it would mean a shorter tournament in terms of days, with pote...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership List
Replies: 14
Views: 774

Re: ECF Membership List

John Upham wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:50 pm
Now that ECF web site access to the ECF Membership List has been withdrawn, what is the means by which a club membership secretary (such as myself) can check to see if a club member requires nagging to join the ECF?
Look them up on the grading website, e.g.
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by Ian Thompson
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4311

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Is there any congress where a hotel could reasonably be described as a 'sponsor''? I doubt it very much. Taking the dictionary definition of sponsorship - "A person or organization that pays for or contributes to the costs involved in staging a sporting or artistic event in return for advertising."...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 72
Views: 12752

Re: New Year Honours List

As I recall it was always a difficult award to achieve, not significantly below IM. There was also, for a short while, a title of Candidate Master. I think the Candidate Master title existed for as long as the British Master title did. I assume it must have been abolished by 1995 otherwise I'd have...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6202

Re: Hastings

No disrespect to anyone involved - for example, I always enjoy following Gormally's games - but whatever happened to Hastings? I only went once. On that occasion, Petrosian was playing. I think the last invitation only round-robin event was in 2003-4 and you'd have to go back to 1988-89 to find the...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 48th Rilton Cup, Stockholm.
Replies: 10
Views: 398

Re: 48th Rilton Cup, Stockholm.

3. It was cheaper than Hastings, even including the cost of the transport. I must say that one surprises me. In general, very little in Scandinavia is cheap. I'd say hotels are no more expensive than Hastings if you choose carefully and book well in advance. There are also cheaper B&Bs. Whilst you ...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8756

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

One difficulty with increments, when used in evening leagues, can be eloquently set out by reporting below the relevant rule (quoted verbatim) from one such local league - For games played using the Fischer Timing rate of play (all moves in 70 mins plus 10 secs) clocks are stopped immediately by th...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8756

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Some match captains on the night take 2 weeks to input. It may well be because the opposition captain has not got the correct player details. Most League management systems require that players are selected from a drop down club list, so an unreadable scribble on the match card should not be an iss...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4311

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:59 pm
I was told they are happy I cannot find the sponsor because it is a donation so they have no need to say who donated it.
It's hardly a closely guarded secret - the London Chess Classic named the sponsor in one of their press releases and that information was posted on this forum.