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by Richard Bates
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2017/2018 Season
Replies: 67
Views: 6064

Re: 2017/2018 Season

This is probably a good place to start looking: http://www.olimpbase.org/index.html?http%3A%2F%2Fwww.olimpbase.org%2FleagueUK%2F4ncl.html Some further info on name changes: http://www.olimpbase.org/index.html?http%3A%2F%2Fwww.olimpbase.org%2FleagueUK%2F4ncl.html Thanks. I think you mean this link? ...
by Richard Bates
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1236

Re: FIDE Executive Board

NickFaulks wrote:In other news, DGT have announced that they are going to sell their DGT 2010 clocks to ALL federations for €15 each.


Just as the London League has invested in a number of shiny new analogue clocks to accommodate the needs of their new venue as well... ;)
by Richard Bates
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya
Replies: 89
Views: 4147

Re: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya

Have the rules changed on this at some point? I have some vague memory (and may be confusing with something else) that at one time you only needed to play 2GMs or 3IMs for IM norm purposes (1GM counted as 1.5IMs or something?). Your recollection is correct, but the Regulations have indeed changed. ...
by Richard Bates
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya
Replies: 89
Views: 4147

Re: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya

IM Jack Rudd wrote:No, he'd need to play an IM in round 7, and Dardania don't have one.


Have the rules changed on this at some point? I have some vague memory (and may be confusing with something else) that at one time you only needed to play 2GMs or 3IMs for IM norm purposes (1GM counted as 1.5IMs or something?).
by Richard Bates
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya
Replies: 89
Views: 4147

Re: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya

Nigel Freeman is an avid reader of this Forum. I do wonder sometimes how widely the forum is read. I have seen some suggestions and points made about other websites, with corrections made rather quickly soon after. These sites range from the BBC to Chessbase. Maybe Kirsan reads this forum, or even ...
by Richard Bates
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Gold Member Rep.
Replies: 53
Views: 2649

Re: Gold Member Rep.

He will no doubt respond that it's an operational matter. Because it is. If there have been grumblings he should and no doubt will listen to them, but do you really want Council to make the rules for the British Championships? Fair point, but I'm just trying to describe one of the issues that excit...
by Richard Bates
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws of Chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1027

Re: FIDE Laws of Chess

The idea that a game should be decided due to a momentary incident of chess blindness* You mean like a fair proportion of games are. I'm not commenting on this particular rule, since I believe the whole concept of basing the Laws on legal and illegal moves is misguided. However, nobody has ever exp...
by Richard Bates
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws of Chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1027

Re: FIDE Laws of Chess

It doesn't "work" for players of any standard. The idea that a game should be decided due to a momentary incident of chess blindness* (let alone a silly technical infringement of the "approved" method of eg. Castling or promoting a pawn, the different examples of which in the law...
by Richard Bates
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya
Replies: 89
Views: 4147

Re: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya

Whilst my post was lighthearted, it was hiding a serious point, of which (the current) Wood Green in eg. the London League is just the most extreme example. The chess world, and particularly the professional chess world, has changed significantly over the last 20-30 years. In the current world I ima...
by Richard Bates
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya
Replies: 89
Views: 4147

Re: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya

Wood Green have often been noted for emphasising a strong "club first" ethic, frowning particularly on the paid recruitment of outside players ;)
by Richard Bates
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 105
Views: 3822

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Mick Norris wrote:Following IoM, Kramnik needs to gain 16 rating points at the Euro Club cup

So not scheduled to play any rated games until December; if he doesn't and Caruana doesn't, that puts Caruana in the Candidates by rating


Find a suitable 1200 strength player and play a 20 game match against them ;)
by Richard Bates
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Random musing - scoresheet design
Replies: 11
Views: 747

Random musing - scoresheet design

Why do almost score sheets produced* (in England anyway) still include a line for recording the "Opening". I say "still" but I struggle to see that it ever served a purpose, so the word is probably redundant to the question. Does anyone ever even fill it in, let alone do so for a...
by Richard Bates
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12042

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

Mick Norris wrote:Ok, but that's not a short draw as such; I would be astonished if the game isn't a draw though


They could rattle through 30 moves in about 10 minutes if they wanted. So pretty short, from one perspective :)
by Richard Bates
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12042

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

T&C say No agreed draws before move 30: Draws by mutual agreement in fewer than 30 moves are not allowed. There must be no prearrangement to draw games of any length. Penalties may involve loss of prize money and suspected pre-arrangement may see the players involved not being invited back! If ...
by Richard Bates
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12042

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

IM Jack Rudd wrote:If Carlsen and Nakamura agree a short draw, the arbiters might have a word or two with them. There are regulations against that sort of thing.


I don't see that there are - they (the arbiters) would be making themselves look silly.

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