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by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 14406

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: 49
Views: 1737

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: 617
Views: 75631

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: 617
Views: 75631

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: 1844

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: 1200

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: 1200

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: 205
Views: 13859

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: 205
Views: 13859

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...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13859

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

However, one surely has to question the legality of having a camera installed in the bathroom? I wonder what they've done with footage of other patrons who were using the facility for its legitimate purpose. Makes you wonder. I also wonder how many arbiters/organisers thought someone might be cheat...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13859

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

How wise would it be for anyone to answer that? It would be wise to understand how many players are "being followed with skepticism for quite a while" compared with how many of them are actually caught. It's still up for debate which is more widespread, either the cheating or the players paranoia a...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 13859

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

The story is here: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/gm-igors-rausis-allegedly-caught-cheating I've also been following for a while and players have been extremely skeptical of his results. As has been pointed out it's tough for even a GM to consistently beat these 2200/2300 players. Is there any ot...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 5688

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

I think it would have been better to combine the armageddon game with a 3-1-0 score for the main game, I mean: a win in the main game gives 3 point; a draw in the main game gives 1 point each and 1 point to the winner of the armageddon. Not a big difference but it seems to me the current point syste...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 57
Views: 4470

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

There is, or was, a special FIDE Rule that where countries were at war with each other, pairings fom those federations could be avoided. The problem with Israel is that several countries believe themselves to be at war with them, but Israel does not. Palestine, UAE. Yemen., etc. It is all very well...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 33
Views: 3971

Re: London Chess Classic

As a spectator, I'm not a fan of the current format for the top event. Two games are not enough for interesting commentaires... especially as of lately with so many games drfiting to early drawish positions. Bring back the round robin tournament, out of 5 games it's more likely to have at least a co...