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by John Swain
Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1775
Views: 155705

Re: Cheating in chess

I was very disappointed to hear from a good friend of mine that lichess had restricted his activity because of "violations" which they will not specify. Good news, as my friend reports: LiChess have said that they are constantly improving their cheating detection s/w, but that in my case it flagged...
by John Swain
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2259

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

It would be great if we could get the security details sooner rather than later in order to provide feedback. In my opinion, for an event the calibre of the British, it would not be acceptable to not have audio/video/screen recording of the players. Although there is no sponsor or prize money I hop...
by John Swain
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: U.S. Elections 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 661

U.S. Elections 2020

Phil Ehr, past CEO and Director of Junior Chess of the ECF, was standing in District 1 of the Florida elections for the House of Representatives. With 94% of the votes counted, Matt Gaetz (Republican) has 64.6% of the vote and is on course to win by a large margin. Phil Ehr (Democrat) has 34% and Al...
by John Swain
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1775
Views: 155705

Re: Cheating in chess

Regarding the Lichess website, though it is not strictly relevant to the question of cheating, there are some slightly odd features. ..... Another feature that often irritates is the tendency to be told that "letting time run out rather than resigning" can lead to a temporary suspension. I have bee...
by John Swain
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 301
Views: 19262

Re: Membership Renewal

The following appeal has appeared on chess24.com

https://chess24.com/en/read/news/englis ... ur-of-need
by John Swain
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 301
Views: 19262

Re: Membership Renewal

The latest membership ECF membership figures, as of 19 September, may be seen at:

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-cont ... s-2020.pdf
by John Swain
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 92
Views: 6330

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

........... For NEDs, the candidates CV probably more important than their agenda, Natasha Regan and Stephen Greep seem excellent to me. ............ Natasha Regan is the sole candidate for the NED vacancy. Dr Stephen Greep is one of two candidates for the Governance Committee, which has no fixed s...
by John Swain
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of Chess Clubs
Replies: 20
Views: 1394

Re: History of Chess Clubs

As advertised in the ECF Newsletter, ECF webmaster Andrew Walker has started a section on the history of chess at club, league and county levels:

https://www.ecfresource.co.uk/chess-histories/
by John Swain
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 17/10/20
Replies: 92
Views: 6330

Re: ECF AGM 17/10/20

The candidates have been announced:

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/agm-ann ... andidates/
by John Swain
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 14301

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

The Armenian Chess Federation has written to FIDE (the document is on Facebook): Letter of RA Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports to FIDE President. I want to be assured that FIDE will provide explanation to the participants of this tournament and chess community at large on this inci...
by John Swain
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 14301

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Canadian GM Kevin Spraggett has some scathing comments in his blog about Dvorkovich's ruling:

http://www.spraggettonchess.com/chess-c ... FoZXIlzEN0
by John Swain
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 14301

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

You would think they would have recruited a few "reserve" members of the "disputes committee" in advance. Agreed. It makes you wonder what FIDE would have done if a dispute in the Semi-Final between Russia and USA had gone to appeal, leaving just IA Sava Stoisavljevic (Serbia) in splendid isolation...
by John Swain
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 14301

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

FIDE has posted in haste: https://www.fide.com/news/721 I say in haste due to the lack of proof-reading: "Inida and Russia win gold medals" * It sounds as though the two remaining members of the Appeals Committee (President Dvorkovich recusing himself) were split about what to do and so Dvorkovich ...
by John Swain
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 14301

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

FIDE has posted in haste: https://www.fide.com/news/721 I say in haste due to the lack of proof-reading: "Inida and Russia win gold medals" * It sounds as though the two remaining members of the Appeals Committee (President Dvorkovich recusing himself) were split about what to do and so Dvorkovich m...
by John Swain
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Armenia v India - Online disconnection dispute
Replies: 12
Views: 1547

Re: Armenia v India - Online disconnection dispute

I've experienced several disconnections playing online chess and see them as an occupational hazard of the activity. It's why I only play Bullet and Blitz for fun and not slow Rapidplay or Standard play, especially in a team event where connection problems let others down. i used to play a lot on ch...