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by Alex McFarlane
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of Fide rules questions
Replies: 71
Views: 1799

Re: A couple of Fide rules questions

From memory I think Stewart's story centred on a player making an illegal move. It was later discovered that the opponent had made an earlier illegal move and the position taken back to that. In those circumstances the later illegal move effectively didn't happen as it occurred at a point beyond whe...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of Fide rules questions
Replies: 71
Views: 1799

Re: A couple of Fide rules questions

I would never tell a player they had to move a particular piece. I have said in some events something along the lines of "The touch move rule applies if possible". I doubt if I have ever said that in an Open event but may have if the two players were not highly rated/graded. The player who made the ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 560

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

John Clarke wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:05 pm
Jeff Webb of Glasgow University - most likely now retired, and certainly no longer active at chess
He is still playing. He plays for Bearsden in the Glasgow league.
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6846

Re: Hastings

Still playing - being looked at now.
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6846

Re: Hastings

IM Norm Possibilities (subject to confirmation)


C Murphy achieved a 9 round norm
a draw today will mean a 10 round norm is achieved

V Stefansson needs to win today for a 10 round norm
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6846

Re: Hastings

IM Norm Possibilities (subject to confirmation)

C Murphy needs ½ to draw today for a 9 round norm
or beat a 2246 opponent tomorrow or draw today and tomorrow for a 10 round norm
V Stefansson needs 1½/2 with a 2396 opponent tomorrow or 2/2 with a 1956 tomorrow for a 10 round norm.
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6846

Re: Hastings

9 Round Norm Possibilities (subject to confirmation) GM Norms M Petrov needs 2/2 and a 2358 opponent in round 9 C Murphy needs 2/2 v 2460 in rd 9 IM Norms C Murphy needs ½/2 v 2448, 1/2 v 2043 or 1½/2 v 1674 J Willow needs 1½/2 v 2537 or 2/2 v 2132 Other norms may be available over 10 rounds eg AC T...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2018-19
Replies: 12
Views: 1089

Re: Div 3 North 2018-19

Hopefully no later than Monday.
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CAA Minutes
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: CAA Minutes

The new Commission Chairman may be less keen to make that change.

That comment is made with no inside knowledge. However, knowing some of the members I still think the likelihood is that QP finishes will not be in the Laws.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Tradewise Hastings Chess Congress 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: Tradewise Hastings Chess Congress 2018

A guest junior on board 5 due to a withdrawal.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 18 November 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 950

Re: Bolton Rapidplay Sunday 18 November 2018

John Neely wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:59 pm
Saturday would surely be a better day as most people work Monday to Friday
Now let me think about that one.
Would I rather play chess tired after five days of work or go into work tired after one day of chess?
Difficult one!
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6846

Re: Hastings

In answer to some of the questions. The Shreyas Royal wrong rating is my fault. The software should update ratings at the press of a button but for some reason refused to do so for players entered as ECF rather than FIDE. I manually did those but missed that one. Acceleration was done because that i...
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships
Replies: 92
Views: 4831

Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Hmmm 4 pairing arbiters but none of them can click on the "Update to server" button on the page where you enter the results The pairing arbiters will not be in the hall and indeed may be some distance away. The procedure will be something like the following. Arbiter records results on his/her board...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2716
Views: 292470

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi Geoff, I don't think you win a prize for nit-picking,though you may qualify for the post with the most errors in it! There is no such thing as ECF Chess Rules. It is the FIDE Laws of Chess 10.2 was not as quoted in June last year. That rule had been moved to Appendix G 4 years previously and was ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41973

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

What were the chances of it being Quality Chess????