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by Ian Thompson
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 20
Views: 649

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

All the leg work in identifying players ... would be done by match captains, club secretaries ... My experience as a grader is that most match captains and club secretaries are unwilling to/incapable of doing this. They'll wait until someone asks them whether Fred Bloggs who played for them is the ...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 992

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

... or maybe by not such an exceptional performance. 3.5/4 against players with an average rating of 2000 would be enough (TPR 2330); That's much like the old route of scoring 3.5 from 5, being 3.5 against the 180s and a loss to the IM/GM. If you are feeling lucky it's maybe an incentive to enter t...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 992

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

Now it's back to qualifying for the British by a one-off exceptional result with the change that it's based on rating performance ... ... or maybe by not such an exceptional performance. 3.5/4 against players with an average rating of 2000 would be enough (TPR 2330); 4/4 against players with an ave...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: English Events in MegaBase ?
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: English Events in MegaBase ?

I've noticed that over the last four years (at least) that of all the FIDE events that occur in England only the following has the games appearing in updates to MegaBase : The London Chess Classic Of course of there is no obligation for events to send their games to Chessbase for inclusion. Do we k...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1925

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Sort of thing you often see the moment you take your hand off the piece. True, but maybe not on this occasion. The video suggests to me that Nepomniachtchi only realised when Anand played 77 … b5. There's a suggestion on Twitter that he'd seen 77... b5, but overlooked that 78. axb6 Nxb6 was check.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 599
Views: 70340

Re: Cheating in chess

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:09 pm
"new" (ie low rated)
New does not mean low rated. It means unreliably rated. Their first rating will be based on only a few games and there is no way of knowing if those results were above, below or at the player's true strength.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 599
Views: 70340

Re: Cheating in chess

There are other problems linked to stripping someone of a rating, mostly related to inflation and deflation in the rating system. I don't understand. What precisely is your concern? If someone cheats their way to a high rating, a lot of rating points have been sucked from the victims along the way ...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 599
Views: 70340

Re: Cheating in chess

It is blindingly obvious to me that he should have been stripped of all titles and ratings, and started again as a new player. This idea was rejected by ACC on the astonishing ground that it might somehow benefit the player! Nick, any insight as to the manner in which the ACC felt it might benefit ...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1727

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

I presume the point is purely symbolic, because if anything is found it will not constitute an offence anyway. If the phone was concealed as supposedly done by Rausis and the Dutch lad, that might indicate intent. It might, but as Richard correctly points out, there is no offence of "going equipped...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1727

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

E Michael White wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:40 pm
A game has started after White has made the first move.
Law 6.6 implies that the game has started when White's clock is started.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35532

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

You can read it at StoreySniper.com forum in the Monthly Update. That appears to cost £19.99 pm. you can get the WWE Network for the grand sum of £9.99 Perhaps more relevant is that it costs more for a month on this site than it does for a whole year of access to ChessPublishing.com , and, annually...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35532

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:26 pm
Is Ian Rogers going to swoop in and defend the reputation of Australian chess I wonder? :)
The relevance of the comment needs explaining, particularly as one of Charlie's opponents was an IM registered with FIDE as Australian.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35532

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:04 pm
...and study it looking for lemons, holes, improvements, trick shots, banana shots and overhead kicks.
Some people decided to let someone else do the hard work by buying this book. I remember playing correspondence chess tournaments and trying to steer the games into lines in this book. :lol:
by Ian Thompson
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35532

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:39 pm
We have a British Champion who will in 3 years time be eligible to play in 50+ tournament.
Then he can relax and go through the motions.
Much sooner than that I think - he'll be 50 in November 2021, so eligible for FIDE 50+ tournaments on 1 January 2021, in only 17 months time.
by Ian Thompson
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35532

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

No comment on who's qualified from the over 50 Championship either - all three players who tied for first, or just one of them after a tie-break?