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by Ian Thompson
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 710
Views: 82515

Re: Cheating in chess

In cycling of course it's usually drug cheating, but not too long ago Fabian Cancellera, a Swiss world leading cyclist was strongly alleged to have on occasion used an actual engine in his seat tube to help pick of a couple of his one day classic and world time trial wins. ... and a female cyclist ...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 112
Views: 4372

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Doesn't seem like a big ask in those circumstances to spend an hour analysing with a strong player to ensure he is legitimate. Most of us could tell after ten minutes on the phone. I'd have thought his stronger clubmates would have a view on this already, assuming he has some interaction with them ...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 112
Views: 4372

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:29 pm
If you're genuinely on the level it's not going to bother you that someone thinks you are cheating at chess.
I think most people would be concerned that they'd been accused of being a cheat, particularly when there's no way you can prove your innocence.
by Ian Thompson
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 112
Views: 4372

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

even if that person is ultimately found to be innocent The problem is they probably won't be found to be innocent; it will more likely be found that there was insufficient evidence to prove their guilt (assuming there was something to arose suspicion in the first place), and consequent no smoke wit...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 29
Views: 3320

Re: Hastings Congress

Entries to the Masters now exceed 100, so according to the entry form accelerated pairings will be used Probably, but there is still the (small) possibility that enough players take first round byes that they aren't used. Why on earth do you think that first round byes have anything to do with it? ...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 113
Views: 5623

Re: World Youth Championships

So what to do about Mr Lovelock and his magic hat? I'd imagine they will be in action again this evening in a Highcliffe A v Ringwood away fixture. 17 wins, 2 draws and counting in standard play in the last 3 months. January standard rating will be over 200 for sure. No comments made about the hat,...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 29
Views: 3320

Re: Hastings Congress

If there is a large number of low rated players, then it is easier to meet the required mix for a title norm. 4. Not applicable here. With about 65% of the players having ratings below the floor for a GM norm and 40% of the entrants having ratings below the floor for an IM norm, I'd say there are a...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 29
Views: 3320

Re: Hastings Congress

Entries to the Masters now exceed 100, so according to the entry form accelerated pairings will be used Probably, but there is still the (small) possibility that enough players take first round byes that they aren't used. presumably the Baku method of awarding dummy points to some of the players fo...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 113
Views: 5623

Re: World Youth Championships

If you wish to do it, you introduce a regulation requiring players to keep their scoresheets for four weeks (say) and submit copies to the organiser on request. Supposing the game is analysed and shows an unusually high correlation with computer moves, what then? You've got evidence that cheating m...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10785

Re: End of an era

just one 'weirdly named game', Tetonor, which appeared on Tuesday and again on Thursday. Too much to explain, but there are 16 numbers of 2 or 3 digits in a 4x4 grid. Below is a 16-cell strip with a number in just six of the cells.The instructions begin: When complete, the strip below the grid can ...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 710
Views: 82515

Re: Cheating in chess

I don't think that's a problem at all. It merely means that the arbiter/organiser has to have reasonable grounds for disqualifying someone before they do. They should be doing that anyway. It would be a problem if arbiters and organisers acted like chess.com and disqualified players based on a misi...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 29
Views: 3320

Re: Hastings Congress

Why would the final round on a Sunday not start earlier to accommodate players who work? I suppose being a Sunday, public transport is less frequent than if the tournament ended on a weekday. On the other hand, with it starting on a Saturday and ending on a Sunday, it only requires 4 days off work ...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 710
Views: 82515

Re: Cheating in chess

And my reason for making this point is that if I'm right, we need to look elsewhere for effective remedies. A problem comes when a player contests the action. In the UK anyway, they could resort to the Small Claims Court if they felt unfairly excluded from prize money. I don't think that's a proble...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 710
Views: 82515

Re: Cheating in chess

John McMorrow wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:26 am
Cheating incident in the Irish International Open was sent to FIDE but we never heard back like with the 4NCL case. Was dealt with at a national level though.
The results suggest that the culprit was not Irish, so how effective is that going to be outside Ireland?
by Ian Thompson
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: US Chess Magazine Archive
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: US Chess Magazine Archive

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:34 am
was Jan/Feb 2005 the first issue of ChessMoves?
No. The BCF had a newsletter going back at least to the 1970s. Paul Buswell would be better placed than me to say exactly what was published at that time.