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by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1331
Views: 129056

Re: Cheating in chess

I know enough about poker to know what this is: repeated success with statistically very dodgy decisions. And the situation is similar to the ones you sometimes get in chess, where a player is playing suspiciously well but there's no physical evidence to corroborate.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 166
Views: 11067

Re: Membership Renewal

The new restrictions are hardly something you need to "search" for. Of course the ECF is encouraging people to comply with the new guidelines. It can't encourage people to flout them, and offering no advice at all wouldn't be helpful. The government issues guidelines about many aspects of living, i...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A game I enjoyed
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re: A game I enjoyed

Castling queenside without playing dxc5 is usually a bad idea for white in the Steinitz French, and black can often launch a fierce attack by means of ...c4 and ...b5-b4.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3194

Re: Pedants United

It's interesting how the stress on a word changes. Does anyone now, apart from the Prime Minister, pronounce 'lamentable' with the stress on the first syllable? I do. On the subject of stress patterns, my mum pronounces "Caribbean" with the stress on the second syllable when using it as a noun, and...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Idea to boost junior ratings. Would it work?
Replies: 10
Views: 904

Re: Idea to boost junior ratings. Would it work?

If you use nonstandard pairing rules like that, the games will still be eligible for FIDE rating, but there may be issues with title norms.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020
Replies: 283
Views: 12726

Re: FIDE Online Olympiad 22 July to 30 August 2020

Withdrawing in protest from a knockout is not particularly problematic as these things go; the only participant it harms is you yourself. It's different doing it in an all-play-all or a Swiss, where your action can have knock-on disruptive effects.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen Problem
Replies: 40
Views: 1843

Re: Carlsen Problem

Ooh, this looks like a fun challenge. Nh4, Nxg6, Nd5, Ndxe7 Ne5, Nxg6, Nd5, Ndxe7 e5, exf6, Qd2, Qh6, Qxg7 Bg5, Bxf6, Qd2, Qh6, Qxg7 e5, exf6, Qd3, Qxg6, Qxg7 e5, exf6, exg7, Bh6, gxf8Q Bh6, Qd2, Qg5, Qxg6, Qxg7 Bh6, Qd2, Qg5, Qxf6, Qxg7 Bh6, Qd2, Qf4, Qxf6, Qxg7 Nh4, Nf5, Qd2, Qh6, Qxg7 Bh6, d5, Qd...
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Books and openings
Replies: 19
Views: 1356

Re: Books and openings

Usually ascribed to Richard Teichmann. https://www.chesshistory.com/winter/ext ... ctics.html
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58190

Re: Chess history trivia

It'll obviously be a name that's exactly eight letters long so that you can get the triple word score. JANOWSKI gets me 156, but I'm sure this can be improved on.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Superstitions in chess
Replies: 34
Views: 1892

Re: Superstitions in chess

The Channel 4 coverage of the 1993 match made a bit of a thing about 13 being Kasparov's lucky number.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Brooke
Replies: 5
Views: 820

Re: John Brooke

Last time I saw him was just under a year ago; he was playing in the Minor section at Paignton.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Woodruff
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Re: David Woodruff

RIP to my former team-mate.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Scarborough Congress
Replies: 20
Views: 2149

Re: Scarborough Congress

I've played three Britishes in Scarborough, but have never entered the congress. A bit far to travel for a weekender.
by IM Jack Rudd
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 273
Views: 26049

Re: Arbitration question

No.