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by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championship 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1139

Re: Irish Championship 2019

I didn't look to see what position Lawrence referred to; I was following the game live and checking with Stockfish at the same time. Such positions are of course hard to play when tired and the pressure of the occasion. Conor Murphy has just won the Irish title with 7.5/9 after a dramatic last round...
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 1421

Re: Rook Odds Rules.

In his Chess Praxis rules, the way Staunton worded his discussion of castling made no mention of odds play. The British Chess Association rules adopted at the Congress of 1862 deliberately varied from his rules in some respects. On pages lxx-lxxi of the Congress book in the paragraph on castling the...
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championship 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1139

Re: Irish Championship 2019

For some reason (some competitors are blaming air conditions in the room) there have been many surprising blunders in this event as well as some good play. The slow time limit (initial 105 minutes instead of 90, then 30 minutes extra after move 40) means players are more tired than normal in long en...
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championship 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1139

Re: Irish Championship 2019

A nicely calculated king march in a queen and pawn ending against Sam Collins gives Conor Murphy the lead going into the last round. http://view.livechesscloud.com/2b53aad0-afb2-4aa2-8ed4-8e5d622d123f Not nicely calculated, if you look with Stockfish it was a comedy of errors. Sam made losing blund...
by Tim Harding
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 135
Views: 10947

Re: Arbitration question

Sorry, what does " It is important that the arbiter does not mislead the player, nor advise him, nor advance any further" mean in the interpretation of 11.9? Good question. This relates to page 28 of the 2019 Arbiters Manual which only came into force on 1 July. Previously there was no interpretati...
by Tim Harding
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Palliser has a game today! Mickey's bodyguards must have done their job...
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Mr Palliser should probably have his entry fee returned. He could not be blamed if he chose to withdraw.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

And, ah, are there seven-round norms? No, norm chance has sadly disppeared. Very unlucky. By the way, can he now be drawn against either player again? Yes. FIDE Handbook pairing rules~ 6 Two paired players, who did not play their game, may be paired together in a future round. https://www.fide.com/...
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:04 pm
And, ah, are there seven-round norms?
In the European Club Cup there are.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Andy Stoker wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:30 pm
Another win by default for Palliser.

"Death ray Palliser"
Has Keith really forfeited? Are they playing "zero tolerance" or is he unwell?
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society
Replies: 14
Views: 1036

Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

Let's not forget Nobel laureate Sir Robert Robinson (1886-1975) who was mentioned in the old thread linked from the first post of this one. Shortly after WW2 Robinson was offered the presidency of the International Correspondence Chess Association (precursor of ICCF) but declined and B. H. Wood took...
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

It just might be premature to talk about it, but if he does it, I think he would be British Champion - I think if you are eligible to play in it, you are eligible to win it. Open to correction, bien sur. Surely Zapolskis (from Lithuania) could not be crowned British Champion were he to win? On what...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

4.5/5. He's consistently the best U13 in an age group that has excellent depth for both male and female players. Thanks for pointing that out. Two names had been transposed on the live boards output sent to me when I was arbiting. (We had a few cases of that for some reason, but I hope I caught all...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:49 pm
Charlie Storey has run over GM Stephen Gordon in 30 moves. I noticed U13 Jacob Yoon is giving Malcolm Pein fits, and has pushed him into surviving on increment.
Yoon drew. He has just come from scoring 5/5 for England earlier this week in the Robinson Cup (U14 adjunct to the Glorney Cup).
by Tim Harding
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 2737

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

It seems that Mason's propensity to get drunk was already quite well known in the mid-1880s, as Steinitz inserted a veiled reference to this in his his International Chess Magazine, July 1885, page 208: …Mr. Mason when he descends from the heights of his obfuscated philosophy into the sober region o...