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by Adam Ashton
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Northumberland Chess Congress
Replies: 98
Views: 6065

Re: Northumberland Chess Congress

One special condition seems unique to this event. Players must record their move before pressing the clock. Including players who continue to record moves despite being below the ‘five minute’ marker. This is to mitigate the risk of transgressing distancing rules when it is your opponents move. I h...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Bernard Sharples 12 March 1938 to 13 July 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 751

Re: Bernard Sharples 12 March 1938 to 13 July 2020

Sorry to hear it. He always struck me as a very kind and decent man.

RIP Bernard.
by Adam Ashton
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 45648

Re: 4NCL Online

Ok, let me rephrase. It's possible that Lichess (and other sites) actually do a very good job of detecting outside assistance, it's possible that the vast majority of those banned are done so correctly. Is there evidence to contradict that? On the other-hand we have caution correctly urged when som...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 6741

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

First let me say I'm not clear on exactly why teams have withdrawn. It may be that reasons vary somewhat. Having said that, to withdraw a whole team rather than to field a different player... doesn't sit well with me at all. You can play on under protest but you play. Not doing so seems disrespectf...
by Adam Ashton
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2019-20
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

Re: Division Two 2019-20

Tan Zhongyi's appearance for Kings Head must be worth a mention. As a minor correction to the pgn I presume her 22nd move against Stoyanov was Bb5 and not the spectacular 22..Bb3.
by Adam Ashton
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 27457

Re: World Youth Championships

Could you definitely convince a court of that, absent any demonstration of the alleged method? I would rather suspect it's the case that you couldn't, even on balance of probabilities. If on the other hand, you were a selector, either for a team or for a representative competition, would you want t...
by Adam Ashton
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 8588

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I think there's an obsession with accuracy now though. A lot of it stems from computers and all these websites like chessbomb. I said in a video I just filmed that accuracy is a bit of fallacy in chess, because the game is so complex. Look at the london classic fide open lots of horrible blunders g...
by Adam Ashton
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 8588

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I'm guessing, by the way, that with the use of computers we could come to some kind of conclusion about the comparative strengths of players today and x years ago, but it'd involve the input and analysis of a very large number of games. The site Chessdb does a weaker form of this, by taking a, pres...
by Adam Ashton
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 11970

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I do think you need to err on the side of caution when it comes to accusations of cheating. False accusations are no small matter in my opinion and I imagine it's is best to report suspicions to arbiters and hope they are caught at some point. At some point though, when results exceed a certain (ext...
by Adam Ashton
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Cummings
Replies: 24
Views: 3159

Re: Dominic Cummings

Publishing his losses for no particular reason seems rather bad form to me. I'm not a great admirer of the magazine and am yet to see the latest issue, but at least in principle I can see the point of publishing games of people currently in the public eye who we didn't previously know were players....
by Adam Ashton
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Cummings
Replies: 24
Views: 3159

Re: Dominic Cummings

Lots of clever people like chess but will never dedicate enough time to it to become strong players. Publishing his losses for no particular reason seems rather bad form to me.

Might be a useful contact for the ECF if he retains an interest in the game, hope someone takes note.
by Adam Ashton
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 16677

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

I wish you applied this level of scrutiny to your own tournaments rules and regulations. I'm still waiting for the grounds on which you refused to refund my wife the difference in entry fee when she changed from the open to the lower section at Northumberland, since you did not inform her of any su...
by Adam Ashton
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Thread withdrawn
Replies: 121
Views: 16677

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

I have received a reply from Non-Executive Chairman Julian Clissold today. It is breathtaking in its blatant misrepresentation of my complaint, and the way he ignores the Elephant in the Boardroom: That the directors who consider the complaint (or appoint a complaints panel) should not be the same ...
by Adam Ashton
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 185
Views: 25986

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Anybody remember this? Well, now Chess.com have picked on me. Why? I have, literally, not the slightest idea, not least because they do not say. I am really very angry about it. Do read about it, here . (And here , here , here and here .) All questions are welcomed. A pgn file is available on reque...
by Adam Ashton
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 13785

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

Oh this actually starts tomorrow, not much rest for those who played IOM. Looking at the team lists there seem to be quite a few big names missing, could be as good a chance as England are going to get. Best of luck to those playing.