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by Michael Farthing
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3238
Views: 354437

Re: Media comments on chess

What's going on here just illustrates that the forum is a "Natter Amp".
by Michael Farthing
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7597

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

There was no mass walkout on my behalf when the chief arbiter at a congress a week ago suggested to me that my hearing aids should be electonically scanned :-(

PS It did happen - but he was joking.
PPS I suppose it is a genuinely feasible way of cheating.
by Michael Farthing
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1203

Re: Knight Pair

[Event "British Major"] [Date "1990.??.??"] [Round "8"] [White "Spanton"] [Black "Baptie,J"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d4 exd4 6. Qxd4 Qxd4 7. Nxd4 Nf6 8. f3 g6 9. c3 c5 10. Ne2 Bg7 11. Bf4 c6 12. Be3 c4 13. Nd2 b5 14. O-O-O Nd7 15. Bd4 Ne5 16. Bxe5 Bxe5 17. f4 Bc7 18. Nf3 Bb7 1...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ChessCube shut it's doors
Replies: 10
Views: 1496

Re: ChessCube shut it's doors

My memory of the clock problem was that if I made a move the opponent's clock started decreasing immediately but this was being calculated locally on, I assume, a Java script. If I had lost connection to the server then my opponent and the server were still waiting for my move and they were running ...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.
Replies: 17
Views: 1495

Re: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.

I would be very alarmed if Paul had not been tongue-in-cheek there!
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 2511

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

John Henderson reminded me of another candidate game, which he plans to use in a future obituary. It may be better quality than the three mentioned above, although the occasion was less significant: [Event "Ilford Premier"] [Site "Ilford"] [Date "1960.06.03"] [Round "1"] [White "Barden, Leonard Wil...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Submitting events to the FIDE calendar
Replies: 9
Views: 674

Re: Submitting events to the FIDE calendar

David Sedgwick wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:14 am
However, like Alex, I don't care.
An historic moment of unity!
by Michael Farthing
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 4273

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:05 am
Obviously we're to some extent in the realm of pedantry here, but not completely.
Indeed, my post that brought this into play was intended to be jocularly pedantic.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 4273

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Richard Bates wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:39 pm
Writing an (=) sign on your scoresheet is confirmation of offering a draw...
Indeed, a confirmation - you should actually offer it before writing it!
by Michael Farthing
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 4273

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

I disagree! Writing on ones own score sheet is not indicating anything to the opponent and therefore cannot constitute a resignaton. It is necessary to publicly declare a resignation before recoding it on the scoresheet - otherwise you would be using the scoresheet to make notes during the course of...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Bye
Replies: 5
Views: 807

Re: Bye

I was greatly relieved to read the contents of your post, Tim.
The title strongly ressembled something coming from those about to desert the forum in a huff!
by Michael Farthing
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 4273

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Surely, unless the players resigned exactly simultaneously the loss is to the person who resigned first? That immediately ends the game and the other player is not then able to resign because there is no game to resign from.
by Michael Farthing
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4603

Re: Brexit tea leaves

You speak of JC as if he's already dead, at a time when he's given himself a stay of crucifixion despite his cruel betrayal by the Judas Mann. All the Pharisees & Sadducees of the Labour Party have been out to get him since his disciples ushered him into the English equivalent of the Temple of Jeru...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8344

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Even if Council votes for it, large swathes of English chess will just ignore it anyway and carry on regardless. After all, almost all of English chess has shown zero appetite to introduce their own policies so far, which they have been perfectly at liberty to do without the ECF Board being involve...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nominations sought for post of Chairman of Council
Replies: 5
Views: 731

Re: Nominations sought for post of Chairman of Council

Nick, Should you wish a vote there are currently three* unrepresented organisations whom you could approach (though they might tell you how to vote). * as listed on the base voting register document of the Council papers on the ECF website. PS For the avoidance of any suspicion, I have requested tha...