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by Ian Thompson
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 492
Views: 58803

Re: Cheating in chess

So if a result needs to be changed after submission (nothing to do with cheating), you have to ask your grader to resubmit the entire file? That wasn't necessary in the good old days. You contacted Richard Haddrell and explained the circumstances, and he amended the result for you. I don't see why ...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2522
Views: 277036

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:02 am
New York Times profile of Caruana.
I'm curious to know why anyone would want to use a virtual reality headset to play chess. (The comment may not apply to Caruana himself. It's just a general statement that people do.)
by Ian Thompson
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to improve digital chess clocks
Replies: 23
Views: 1142

Re: How to improve digital chess clocks

I would like to collect suggestions for improving the digital chess clocks which are currently on the market. 1. Something to determine whether FIDE Law 8.4 applies. (If a player has less than five minutes left on his clock at some stage in a period and does not have additional time of 30 seconds o...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 9795

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Another solution, being the one they adopted in the Euro Clubs just finished is that the PAB is only worth a half point. Penalising a player through no fault of their own can't be right. It also doesn't seem fair that a player getting the bye only gets half a point while someone getting a walkover,...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Harlem Masters - a blast from the past
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Re: Harlem Masters - a blast from the past

Certainly true. It's hardly the most stable of systems. Chess 24's computer analysis gives Black an advantage of almost a pawn before he's even played a move. It says White's position has deteriorated by 1.17 pawns after playing 1. g4. :lol: It goes on to say Black is winning after 9 moves, with a ...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2522
Views: 277036

Re: Media comments on chess

The One Show, on BBC1 at 7pm tomorrow (the 18th) will have a feature on CSC's work in Teesside https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/tv/one-show-kids-middlesbrough-primary-15292216 On BBC iPlayer it's on from about 2:30 minutes to 7:30 minutes into the recording. I don't think CSC was mentioned (even ...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Australian format weekend chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1658

Re: Australian format weekend chess

I didn't see the round starting times, but having them at three hourly intervals might make sense, so 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm giving a 9:30 pm finish on the Saturday and a 6:30 pm finish on the Sunday. There's no way they'll keep to the advertised round times. One round is only 2 hours ...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 28
Views: 2688

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

The paper contains the following statement - "The Northern Counties Chess Union AGM has just passed a rule change that allows clubs to play their matches in the NCCU Club Championship online, and the first trial match is set to take place this summer." Has that trial match taken place, and what did ...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 15
Views: 644

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

[Perhaps if a G/120 format became popular, a new time control could be devised where the flow of the game was not interrupted by a claim and arbiter intervention, but a delay or increment was automatically applied when one of the players hit their last two minutes. USCF rules allow the arbiter to i...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 2498

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:27 pm
Could White have then simply played 14.0-0-0
Yes
by Ian Thompson
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 32471

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I'm marginally surprised it isn't a feature of the DGT boards (or rather the software that transmits the moves to the world) that they flag up repetitions, thus enabling arbiters to give an instant decision. I think it's easy to find out from the computer they're attached to. I had a game some year...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 247
Views: 12373

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Matthew Turner wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:10 am
Not fantasy, relatively easy. You set up an organisation called the World Chess Federation ...
They'd be too late -someone's already done that - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AWo ... Federation (probably).
by Ian Thompson
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Peggy Clarke
Replies: 10
Views: 1119

Re: Peggy Clarke

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:01 am
Stewart Reuben wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:27 am
What was the name of the chess company she and Peter ran for some years?
The name Hexagon springs to mind as a Congress organiser in Devon/Cornwall but was that the name of the second hand book business as well?
I think so, although it definitely wasn't just second-hand books.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Peggy Clarke
Replies: 10
Views: 1119

Re: Peggy Clarke

I have yet to find a good game on ChessBase to include. How about this one: [Event "Great Britain ch-w"] [Site "Bristol"] [Date "1968.08.??"] [White "Clarke, Margaret Eileen E"] [Black "Elder, Nancy C"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C07"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventDate "1968.08.05"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCou...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Four (South) 2017-18
Replies: 68
Views: 5167

Re: Division Four (South) 2017-18

I notice on the 4ncl page that Div 4 South has a whopping 40 teams listed for the coming season! Is it time for a Div 5? I think something needs to be done about the proportion of teams getting promoted to and relegated from each division. With more teams in lower divisions than higher ones the pro...