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by Reg Clucas
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 28
Views: 2640

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

The ECF has announced a one year extension to the rating category periods, see https://www.englishchess.org.uk/rating-category-extensions/ . The final sentence of the article states "The extended periods are now active with player categories amended as specfied in the online rating system." However,...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 76
Views: 2771

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

This, in today’s Telegraph cryptic crossword: “Raul Sanguineti beaten all ends up for nothing.” (3) A fairly easy clue but I was surprised to see an obscure Argentinian chess GM referenced. I wonder who the setter was. As no one has volunteered an answer yet I'll say NIL. This is a good example of ...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 60
Views: 3012

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

Nick Grey wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:40 pm
Is there a dress code.
Only above the waist! :)
by Reg Clucas
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3230
Views: 167879

Re: The English Language

, and because of the seer amount of money involved, the result could be an economic crisis the likes of which we hadn't seen in our lifetimes. In this context it means "..only because of the amount of money...", i.e. not because of any other reason. It is not necessarily a reference to size when us...
by Reg Clucas
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering IM Bob Wade OBE (10-iv-1921 29-xi-2008)
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Remembering IM Bob Wade OBE (10-iv-1921 29-xi-2008)

I witnessed a mildly amusing incident involving Bob. Back in the 1970s I worked in London for a while, and turned up one night to an event at Athenaeum Chess Club, which in those days was in the vicinity of Leicester Square. There was a delay opening the venue, so a gaggle of players had gathered ou...
by Reg Clucas
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: In a hot air balloon who would you rather be left with?
Replies: 15
Views: 1428

Re: In a hot air balloon who would you rather be left with?

Not Vlad, as he might impale the balloon, causing a rapid descent. Cummings might be an option, as his excellent eyesight would be useful for navigation. But it would be very tempting to have the opportunity to heave Farage out of the basket! :)
by Reg Clucas
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3961
Views: 433390

Re: Media comments on chess

Wadih Khoury wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:21 pm
I think it's the Botez sisters. They are celebrity streamers, with big audiences. Play random games as well as Nakamura and other GMs.
The older one is a WFM with FIDE rating 2020. The younger one has a FIDE rating 1676.
by Reg Clucas
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

MartinCarpenter wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:17 pm

I'd definitely be somewhat wary of 'distorting' the winter league by finishing off several matches of it in summer.
Maybe best to use 'points per game' to decide these leagues, as was done in football by EFL divisions 1&2 and NL. But perhaps it's still too early to be discussing this.
by Reg Clucas
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 76
Views: 2771

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Joey Stewart wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:33 am
especially in this case where half the clue can simply be ignored.
The only word in the clue that could be ignored is 'fair'. It wouldn't work without any of the others.
by Reg Clucas
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1816
Views: 158529

Re: Cheating in chess

What's lacking in current rules, as perhaps illustrated in the Polish case, is a mechanism of warning players who are frequently absent from the playing room that their conduct might be seen as suspicious. Perhaps more use should be made of 11.2.4. - 11.2.4 The regulations of an event may specify t...
by Reg Clucas
Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1364
Views: 71577

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Simon Rogers wrote:
Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:32 pm
Scotland has a Tier 4
A few weeks ago there was a letter in Private Eye from a Scottish reader, saying that a joke doing the rounds up there was that if Boris Johnson declared a travel ban on Tenerife, Sturgeon would immediately declare one on Elevenerife. This seems to prove the point! :wink:
by Reg Clucas
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3961
Views: 433390

Re: Media comments on chess

I found a New York Times article about the Netflix series, which describes betting on chess to make good television as a "risky play." The New York Times highlight that Kasparov was a consultant on "The Queen's Gambit." According to the piece, Kasparov seems to be sceptical about the actual chess p...
by Reg Clucas
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3961
Views: 433390

Re: Media comments on chess

It's a MOM clock or similar with the lever at the side. It's difficult to see the relative positions of both levers. Both levers look clearly horizontal to me, so the clock isn't running. White's flag is still up. It was considered good manners to wait until the flag fell before making the first mo...
by Reg Clucas
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Nagorno-Karabakh
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: Nagorno-Karabakh

John McKenna wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:01 pm

Now the Turks say they are the Azerbaijani's "brothers".
Turkey was responsible for large scale genocide in Armenia during WW1. Diplomatic relations between the two are still not established.
by Reg Clucas
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Congresses
Replies: 9
Views: 941

Re: 4NCL On-Line Congresses

Neil Graham wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:49 pm

With no OTB chess is there a reason?
Possibly because there are more alternative online events starting up.