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by Ian Thompson
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2396
Views: 102177

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:33 pm
What does it mean to say that a continuation
:would rather favour me"?
In this context rather means "to a certain or significant extent".
by Ian Thompson
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 370
Views: 47753

Re: Cheating in chess

I'm not sure what UK arbiters would expect a spectator to do if they spotted an in use mobile phone ... I'd hope they'd expect the spectator to follow the rules (Law 12.7) - "If someone observes an irregularity, he may inform only the arbiter. Players in other games must not to speak about or other...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: County Championships 2018 Live
Replies: 14
Views: 706

Re: County Championships 2018 Live

Trivia question: when was the last time (if ever) that all sections of the County Championships were won by different counties? (It wasn't possible this year.) One of several possibilities: Open Lancashire Minor Surrey U180 Warwickshire U160 Yorkshire U140 Nottinghamshire U120 Norfolk U100 Leiceste...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2396
Views: 102177

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:47 pm
inferior plans are always bad plans?
No. I might have a plan that wins the game in 20 moves when there is another plan that wins the game in 10 moves. My plan is certainly inferior, but I don't think you would call it bad when it still wins the game.
by Ian Thompson
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Club bank accounts
Replies: 27
Views: 1544

Re: Club bank accounts

"Maybe not, but there was a case many years ago of a treasurer secretly borrowing money from an organisation for personal benefit before returning it. If memory serves me correctly, he'd been doing it for about 3 years before anyone noticed." Did that organization then say, "Give all the money back...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Club bank accounts
Replies: 27
Views: 1544

Re: Club bank accounts

The idea that there would ever be enough money in the account to be worth absconding for a licentious weekend in, say, Amsterdam is absurd. Even a weekend in Newcastle, come to that. Maybe not, but there was a case many years ago of a treasurer secretly borrowing money from an organisation for pers...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?
Replies: 35
Views: 1024

Re: Should the FIDE voting system be reformed and if so how?

What about 1 vote per 1000 (standard) rated players, or part thereof? Any voting entitlement scheme based on numbers of players, or player activity, would have to consider what might happen in the future with nations with very large populations. For example, if China had the same proportion of comp...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

"The decision comes just a week after the ECF appointed a male player, IM Lorin D’Costa, as the non-playing captain of the England women's team for September's Chess Olympiad - the game's premier team competition - in Georgia." That is of course accurate, but it is presented as a Bad Thing for Wome...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 286
Views: 15015

Re: Director of Women's Chess

More BS, copied almost entirely from the Telegraph article. The bit about Kasparov regularly losing to Judit Polgar is original. Not quite - today's Times has a similar article making the same claim, although it's not at the start of the article that you can read for free online. You either need a ...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 370
Views: 47753

Re: Cheating in chess

... at which point he'll become a spectator and have no right to be in the playing area at all. Really? Where has that come from? FIDE Rule 11.4 - "Players who have finished their games shall be considered to be spectators." FIDE Rule 11.2.3.3 "Only with the permission of the arbiter can a person w...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 370
Views: 47753

Re: Cheating in chess

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:19 pm
NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:52 pm
Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:39 pm
However,the player on move is not free to wander around the playing area for a long time.
Why not?
Because he'll lose on time :wink:
... at which point he'll become a spectator and have no right to be in the playing area at all.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Keith Richardson Memorial Tournament : July 7th 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: Keith Richardson Memorial Tournament : July 7th 2018

I assume it's not graded and there are no ECF membership requirements?
by Ian Thompson
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee
Replies: 21
Views: 1464

Re: Game Fee

I hadn't until very recently appreciated, and others may not have done, that - although ECF non-members can play 3 standard club/league/county games (or 7 rapidplay club/league/county games) free of charge - standard and rapidplay games are aggregated in deciding whether a charge is payable. So, fo...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2396
Views: 102177

Re: The English Language

Soheil Hooshdaran wrote: What's the difference between aspiration and hope ? No difference. I would say there *is*, but its not that easy to define to an "outsider". For practical purposes, they mean much the same thing. I'd say that one difference is that aspiration implies a long term goal, while...
by Ian Thompson
Thu May 31, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2396
Views: 102177

Re: The English Language

Soheil Hooshdaran wrote: What does it mean that " White might as well take the pawn " It means White might as well take the pawn ( As there is nothing better to me done ) This is most easily explained by example. Say Black offers a pawn sacrifice for an attack. Black is going to get an attack wheth...