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by John Swain
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6430

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

. There remains the issue of "false positives", discussed at length on the 4NCL thread and in the editorial of June's Chess magazine. Oh that's interesting, what does it say? The section is found on pp.6-7 of the June edition of Chess under the telling subtitle "Guilty Until Proved Innocent". Malco...
by John Swain
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6430

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

I noticed the UK Chess Challenge Mega-Finals are playing this weekend on Lichess. It was a bit of shame the 2nd and 5th placers in the Under 14’s have received Lichess bans for using computer assistance post-tournament. Likewise the winner and 5th placer in the Under 12 Boys we’re also banned. Ther...
by John Swain
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31871

Re: 4NCL Online

Surbiton Chess Club has issued a statement:

http://www.surbitonchessclub.co.uk/news ... cement.htm
by John Swain
Sat May 30, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6430

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

Mick, We were told last night that those flagged by Lichess were pretty evenly spread across the leagues, but demographically they were predominantly young players. False positives do happen, but from what I have seen I would say it was highly unlikely that there were two or more false positive in ...
by John Swain
Wed May 27, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Re: For your view only
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Re: For your view only

I've received three emails with this title this morning, inviting me to click a link to view a document... But senders are josephhawke@comcast.net & hunfamilly@comcast.net , and it's signed "English Chess Federation", so I'm assuming it would be better not to open it... I got the same email which w...
by John Swain
Tue May 26, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31871

Re: 4NCL Online

Unfortunately I was unable to join tonight's webinar about on-line chess. There are two points I would have liked to have had clarified which I think are relevant to this thread and recent posts on it. The stigma attached could be reduced if sites actually said that there was an error factor in the...
by John Swain
Tue May 26, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31871

Re: 4NCL Online

And when you are wrongly banned for cheating in chess you can at least go for other professions. Thank you for this revealing and honest comment, which I expect is representative of the views of the online chess industry. It will be of value in future reports. I'm sure that most of those caught by ...
by John Swain
Sun May 24, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Fair Play Policy
Replies: 48
Views: 2201

Re: ECF Fair Play Policy

There is a need for urgency since the closing date for entry to The English Youth Online Championship is fast approaching (Thursday 28 May at 9.00 p.m. I presume that your post crossed with mine above. You are correct about the posts crossing; I didn't have the benefit of reading your comments.
by John Swain
Sun May 24, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Fair Play Policy
Replies: 48
Views: 2201

Re: ECF Fair Play Policy

I presume that this Fair Play Policy is intended to cover events open to all ages, rather than being junior-specific. There's the Chess Challenge version. https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/fair-play-policy-2020/ I do not personally consider it acceptable to delegate decisions on to wh...
by John Swain
Sat May 23, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Fair Play Policy
Replies: 48
Views: 2201

ECF Fair Play Policy

I was hoping and expecting to peruse the new ECF Fair Play Policy, which was due to be published today, according to the Ts and Cs of The English Youth Online Championship: "The English Chess Federation’s Fair Play Policy, due to be published on 23rd May, will apply to this event; and it is a condit...
by John Swain
Sat May 23, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Checkmate Covid-19
Replies: 18
Views: 1030

Re: Checkmate Covid-19

I just lost on time as my computer froze and I thought "will he ever move?" then it suddenly said I'd lost! I'll try again later. ……. That's been a frequent experience for me on chess.com, but not so far on lichess, hence I usually play Blitz or Bullet on the latter. …… I did enjoy logging in and I...
by John Swain
Mon May 18, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2547

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

It would certainly be impressive if they rejected any. I heard today that one such 'disqualification' was over-ruled by the arbiters in Saturday's French Blitz. The player was aged 7 and had been playing above expectation. It was investigated and because of certain circumstances explained to the ar...
by John Swain
Mon May 18, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2547

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

"All the players agree that they have no right to appeal the aforementioned actions either through arbitration, consultation or in a court of law within any jurisdiction" Answering John Swain, I sent the bit I quoted to a legal expert, whose informal advice was that he would not be surprised if a U...
by John Swain
Mon May 18, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2547

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

"All the players agree that they have no right to appeal the aforementioned actions either through arbitration, consultation or in a court of law within any jurisdiction." What on earth is that supposed to be? I would be interested to know from a lawyer - we have several on this Forum - whether thi...
by John Swain
Mon May 18, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2547

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

The fact that most of the alleged cheaters' accounts had been open without apparent mishap for a prolonged period does pose serious questions. I though there was a claim that decisions on disqualification of players would be made by arbiters acting for the organisers, rather than chess.com. It was ...