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by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Mate in 7 repeated after 40 years
Replies: 5
Views: 427

Re: Mate in 7 repeated after 40 years

by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: www.chessgames.com
Replies: 39
Views: 3615

Re: www.chessgames.com

I'm one of those that can't get on the www.chessgames.com site... but only having problem from my home broadband connection with British Telecom. Connecting using my Vodafone mobile is ok. I suspect it might be an issue with the BT network. Questions: - is anyone on a BT Broadband service able to co...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check
Replies: 47
Views: 4340

Re: A Former Loophole-The “Legal” Triple Check

The old versions of the FIDE rules of chess said that, regarding check, “The king is in check when the square it occupies is attacked by one or two of the opponent’s pieces.” This left an a potentional ambiguity-if the king was left attacked by three pieces then it was not in technically in check-i...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 106
Views: 7675

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Putting aside for a moment the serious issues which concern us all,  this thread has become an amusing study in human psychology: This thread?! I thought the whole forum was created by Carl with the sole purpose of gathering data for his psychology degree and his final dissertation about the behavi...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which is your preferred site for following the Candidates?
Replies: 4
Views: 719

Re: Which is your preferred site for following the Candidates?

I like the followchess site and mobile app: https://live.followchess.com/#!fide-candidates-2020 Very tidy games display and pointers to the live video commentaries. The chess24 live video is the most interesting, with a lot of top commentators; I'd rather watch that straight from youtube rather than...
by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 61
Views: 6587

Re: Shortest game

My favourite short game, played a few times at blitz with the Black pieces:
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 20102

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

juniors especially, but really all players, should be encouraged to enjoy chess for its own sake and not become obsessed by grades. This should really go both ways: I completely agree we should not be obsessed by grades, therefore we should let the ECF thinker with the systems as they see fit, with...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 7179

Re: Brexit tea leaves

Anyone willing to predict what might happen (or give their opinion on what should happen) in British politics (especially relating to Brexit) now Boris Johnson (or maybe Dominic Cummings) has revealed the government strategy? Very hard to predict given the players... Watching online chess games I a...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1774
Views: 155246

Re: Cheating in chess

I was more putting myself in their shoes and imagining someone falsely suspected and being snapped sat on the loo. In the current climate it seems only a matter of time before someone is in England. That is the point. Only when a cheater has been caught the "toilet photographer" boasts publicly abo...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1774
Views: 155246

Re: Cheating in chess

His visit to the toilet increased to about 15 times per game, alternating with the three available toilet blocks. He often stayed there for 5-12 minutes, sometimes standing, mostly sitting (the toilet doors allow the feet to be visible). And I don't want to know from anyone how he or she sits on th...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Britbase Question
Replies: 18
Views: 2604

Re: Britbase Question

Looks like a mis-configuration of the server: - it should not be browser specific since I get the same issue with google chrome, internet explorer and microsoft edge to name the few at hand at the moment - it should not be not related to the use of iframes since the iframe itself, loaded in the brow...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors
Replies: 22
Views: 2204

Re: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors

From that perspective, the proper chess metaphor is definitely zugzwang, even more appropriate that being a German word. Mutual zugzwang, presumably. Not really. The ball is entirely on the UK side at the moment. Once you decide to take back control you can’t keep blaming others anymore. UK to move.
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors
Replies: 22
Views: 2204

Re: Boris Johnson, chess and Brexit metaphors

Then ask yourself - can he really make the required moves to avoid, zugzwang, stalemate and checkmate? Not long ago an article on the Guardian compared different Brexit options and ranked them by how much worse they would affect the economy, compared to the baseline of doing nothing and staying in ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 214
Views: 20496

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

"The article says that it was the players who took it upon themselves to follow Rausis and take a picture in the bathroom. It was then reported to FIDE who then appeared to take all the credit for it." If that is so, it makes Garret's comments sound even sillier. It also makes the whole bathroom ph...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 214
Views: 20496

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

That the photo has made page 3 of The Sun puts the case into the public domain and a quote from Gormally -'It's amazing Rausis wasn't stopped earlier... Perhaps there will be more checking of unusual improvements. Such great news to attract more players to chess, especially youngsters and women: if...