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by Ian Thompson
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Australian format weekend chess
Replies: 2
Views: 123

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: 19
Views: 808

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: 479

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: 18
Views: 773

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: 30073

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: 181
Views: 6941

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: 944

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: 944

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: 4830

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...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30073

Re: Batumi Olympiad

The computer is shouting about 20...Nxe5 or 20...d4. Are either of them obvious and will McShane find/play one of them? (Annoyingly, the online computer engine not giving the lines after 20...Nxe5 21.fxe5, maybe the idea is 21...Nxg3?) I put that 20...Nxe5 on my own computer to see what it's plan w...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2691
Views: 111831

Re: The English Language

Given "White's opening treatment was not ambitious, allowing Black to equalize easily. The opposite-coloured bishops do not give either side reason to hope for more than a draw. Further exchanges will conf rm this fact, but the difference in rating between the two players forces Black at least to tr...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 27863

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:40 pm
Chris Rice wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:35 pm
If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can see it was updated on 15 September 2018.
How does that work? There's no reference to anything he's done since 2001, and the latest article is from 2007.
You can look at the edit history:

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by Ian Thompson
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30073

Re: Batumi Olympiad

For example, players positioning the King Kc3 to Ke4 will often be recorded as a final move, which in fact is just the positioning of the Kings to record the result. How does the sensory software know that Ke4 has been placed by an arbiter, rather than played? Easy enough if it's not a legal move, ...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30073

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Some bizarre games for sure with a few players a mere 500-600 Elo points below their opponent having an easy time of it. I suppose some people think that if you are titled and with a rating so much nigher than your opponent you will just win automatically. I wonder how many 1st round upsets (in any...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2470
Views: 270033

Re: Media comments on chess

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:57 pm
Ian Thompson wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:57 pm
9 pm tonight according to the Freeview TV guide.
Thanks for the tip, but does anyone actually get Freeview 94? We're supposed to but we don't.
I do.