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by Reg Clucas
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?
Replies: 12
Views: 525

Re: Change to Fines for Non-Members ?

I believe the £16 is not a fixed fee, but is the Bronze membership fee for the year in which the games were played. However this does not confer Bronze membership on the individual(s) affected - as Roger says, the fee applies to each league or organisation in which games were played rather than to t...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 599
Views: 70309

Re: Cheating in chess

When someone's already been caught cheating it's probably not unreasonable to assume they might continue to so in the future, in a different way. Suppose his true strength is 2400 and he's unrated. He deliberately plays badly in his first tournament back and gets a low rating, e.g. 2100. He then st...
by Reg Clucas
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1720

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

A pity this seems to be turning into another mobile phone thread. Anyway, I would just like to say that I too enjoyed the live commentary.
by Reg Clucas
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35511

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:14 pm
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:01 pm
Ah yes, early starts on the last day.

Something that I have always found abominable :twisted:
And so say all of us.
Not all of us! I'd be happier with an early start every day. And I dare say I'm not the only one who finds it harder to stay awake in the afternoon than in the morning.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championship 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1167

Re: Irish Championship 2019

But hold the praise for saying Qe2+ is a probably a draw. (I aint suddenly got good) 'probably' means it's a draw if it was anyone else but me playing Black. 'Should be' a draw might be more accurate. It must be a nightmare finding a non-losing move (50 times) in such a position on 30 second increm...
by Reg Clucas
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35511

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Lots of draws in the opening round in both Senior sections.
by Reg Clucas
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35511

Re: British chess championship

Nice thought, but there is already a thread under 'ECF Matters'.
by Reg Clucas
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 11171

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Ian Thompson wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:11 am
Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:10 am
735 and above there is no gain -which is preposterous.
The French system used to have, and maybe still does have, a variation on this - if the difference is more than 400 points the game doesn't get rated ... unless the higher rated player fails to win.
..which seems even more preposterous!
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess notation
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Re: Chess notation

It is also usual, when playing against a blind player, to announce ones own moves using both start and destination squares.
by Reg Clucas
Sat May 25, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 2489

Re: Two handed castling

E Michael White wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 10:38 pm
Well finishing on a lighter note:- when is it possible to castle with two hands, then win the game with no penalty whatsoever ?

If the castling results in checkmate as there is no need to press the clock!
Unless the player has previously already made one illegal move! :)
by Reg Clucas
Thu May 23, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 2489

Re: Two handed castling

That's straightforward but how about this one? A player castles two-handedly but, before pressing his clock to complete the move, realises it was illegal (but only by reason of the two hands) and decides to correct it. In the situation where he touched both pieces simultaneously, or the arbiter can...
by Reg Clucas
Thu May 23, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 2489

Two handed castling

Of course we all know, or should know, that castling must be performed with one hand only, with the King being moved first. Two handed castling is an illegal move (rule 7.5.4) and is penalised accordingly. But does the move still stand? In a recent conversation someone claimed that an arbiter had to...
by Reg Clucas
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 3072

Re: ECF Supporter

The current version of the membership list (dated 26 Jan) has 11,046 members of which 4 are of the category ECF Supporter. Any update on this? I noticed that the paper on membership counts presented to the Finance Council meeting didn't mention this category. The 4 has now shrunk to 1 on the latest...
by Reg Clucas
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greenlandic Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 2180

Re: Greenlandic Chess

John McKenna wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:52 pm
I think it's a good ice breaker/conversation piece.

And, it has already served as a timely reminder that high-grade chess has reached Greenland at least twice.
Indeed. Though maybe Francis should have waited till tomorrow before posting!
by Reg Clucas
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greenlandic Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 2180

Re: Greenlandic Chess

Do you have a link for the "Greenlandic Chess Federation website"? There is no mention of a Greenlandic Chess Federation on the FIDE website.

Another (old) reference to chess in Greenland - http://faroffchess.blogspot.com/2008/11 ... nland.html