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by Alex McFarlane
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: K=33?
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: K=33?

But also:-

If the number of games (n) for a player on any list for a rating period multiplied by K (as defined above) exceeds 700, then K shall be the largest whole number such that K x n does not exceed 700.

His opponent must have had enough games to exceed 700 (21 games in the month)
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Event Cancellations
Topic: Event Cancellation
Replies: 54
Views: 5798

Re: Event Cancellation

Scarborough Chess Congress Unfortunately, the Organising Committee of the Scarborough Congress has been forced to admit defeat in its efforts to hold the event this year. We have been informed that the local authority will not make a decision on allowing venues like the Spa Centre to open before 1st...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Scarborough Congress
Replies: 17
Views: 1617

Re: Scarborough Congress

Scarborough Chess Congress Unfortunately, the Organising Committee of the Scarborough Congress has been forced to admit defeat in its efforts to hold the event this year. We have been informed that the local authority will not make a decision on allowing venues like the Spa Centre to open before 1st...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3622
Views: 397125

Re: Media comments on chess

Madonna and chess is old news

https://sites.google.com/site/carolusch ... ns/madonna

And, of course, there is a Scottish connection.
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 54
Views: 4010

Re: Membership Renewal

It was reported that the office staff would start work this week. (Not sure if that meant the office would be open full time) The Chair put out an appeal for anyone interested in the position to come forward. Some Board members then said that a (unnamed) candidate had been identified. However, the a...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 54
Views: 4010

Re: Membership Renewal

The question of 3 year memberships was raised at the Finance Meeting.
The current Finance Director rejected the idea as being an administrative nightmare due to the difficulties in apportioning the money over the 3 year period.
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 147
Views: 19623

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

The answer I would imagine to be pxp enpassant, threefold repetition, stalemate, under-promotion to knight. Could well be wrong there about the first two. I think you are certainly wrong about the second one. I think I have only every had one claim of threefold repetition, and even it was really a ...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Living chess, has it died a death?
Replies: 9
Views: 527

Re: Living chess, has it died a death?

I believe that there were at least two of these at Hull. Glasgow Museums used to have a set of clothes which could be worn for the pieces. The last time I know of these being used was at the Garden Festival over 30 years ago. If the outfits still exist they may not be in the best condition. I though...
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 601
Views: 51982

Re: Chess history trivia

David - I'm not getting involved in politics again!!

Kevin - Penny Cook does indeed have a club, but they called it Pentland Hills so that visitors can find it!!
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 601
Views: 51982

Re: Chess history trivia

Everyone seems to assume it's a long "o". Not north of the border we don't. But we are used to weird English variations of simple words. Greenock being pronounced Gre-nock is bad enough but Bearsden (the den of a bear) being mangled to Beers din is horrendous. I forgive people getting Milngavie wro...
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 601
Views: 51982

Re: Chess history trivia

It is indeed Andrew Bonar Law. Always a good Pointless Answer. Prime Minister not born in this country, etc. He signed the Treaty of Versailles along with David Lloyd George, James Balfour, Woodrow Wilson. Long time President of Glasgow Chess Club. Short term President of the Scottish Chess Associat...
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 601
Views: 51982

Re: Chess history trivia

I hope you are well and truly deafened.

-10 points
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 601
Views: 51982

Re: Chess history trivia

On a similar vein, which keen chess player's signature is on display at the Palace of Versaille?
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1160
Views: 117431

Re: Cheating in chess

What we need to work out is how to dissuade players, usually young players, from using assistance. I agree with the sentiment of the above sentence. However, I'm not sure of the approach. In virtually every other online game using 'cheats' is regarded as acceptable. In fact, in some games it is vir...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1160
Views: 117431

Re: Cheating in chess

These are based on 7 games, which is very decent. I would think that it is actually more than 7 games as the qualifying rounds were also available for analysis. The possibility that at least some of these players were under suspicion from the qualifying games should not be dismissed. However, it wa...