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by Michael Farthing
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2252
Views: 243555

Re: Media comments on chess

Lest others are as puzzled as I was, the quotation in John Clarke's post is Mick Norris quoting Nick Patterson.
by Michael Farthing
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2264
Views: 95346

Re: The English Language

What's the difference between What was wrong with this move and What was the problem of this move and What was the problem with this move? The first one suggests the move should not have been played - it is clearly bad The second one uses bad grammar: it should be rewritten as the third one. The th...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2252
Views: 243555

Re: Media comments on chess

Thanks Stewart, that has thoroughly cheered me up! Good luck with your game.
by Michael Farthing
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 292
Views: 42220

Re: Cheating in chess

Doggers It would be nice to always go through the proper processes, the problem is that when there's a scandal the public and the media give you zero credit for going through the proper processes, if anything they penalise you. If she'd been caught cheating in a subsequent tournament, and it emerge...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Piece values

What's the basis for assigning numerical values 1-3-5-9 to pieces? Lost in the mists of time I should imagine. It seems to work as a broad rule of thumb for a basic evaluation. The earliest writings on chess theory were by Philidor and then later by Staunton. Did these authors propose theories of p...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 292
Views: 42220

Re: Cheating in chess

If you knew for a fact that the girl was cheating in the exact way she was alleged to have cheated, what would you do with that information? I would supply the proof to the authorities - in the first instance, to the chief arbiter. I wouldn't shout it all over the internet. In this case, of course,...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 242
Views: 12364

Re: County Championship Consultation

When I said "strongest team they can put out", I meant the strongest team of players available to play who want to. Quite I learnt that as a school chess captain aged 16. "Too much homework" "Can't play away" [That one's not changed] "Rugby practice that night" "Got a date" "Nah, don't feel like it...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 52
Views: 2559

Re: FIDE internal fighting

I believe it is a fundamental principle that if your opponent moves before you have pressed your clock you are still entitled to do so and your opponent must then press back. It ensures that after each move there is aways an opportunity for the flag to fall.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 827

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

Umm I remember Dr Fazekas. During the 1966 British, players could receive the daily bulletin and at the end of the fortnight also have the final results pages and a (sort of) card front and back cover. They appeared with their collected pages over the fortnight and had them stapled together. Also av...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 818

Re: Not pressing the clock

I was playing I suppose someone aged 14-15 who 3 moves into a bog standard Sicilian decided to give the position an enormous amount of thought. When I finally pressed my clock he was able to make up his mind very quickly. This not pressing has become a bit of a bad habit I never had in younger days ...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 242
Views: 12364

Re: County Championship Consultation

Not my experience: as with county chess, most clubs do only select players that have been born. More seriously, I think the "birth restriction" should be seen for what it is - an extension of eligibility for a county. While few leagues may state long rules on eligibility - maybe using phrases like '...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 216
Views: 8552

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

I wasn't wanting to imply that it's a widely held belief, but I think it probably is also not widely known that they receive nothing. When such comments do come they do get a reply (though hardly any of this time's respondents have got a reply yet - they will eventually - just to reassure any that a...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2252
Views: 243555

Re: Media comments on chess

Applies to posting in the Finance Council thread too.
by Michael Farthing
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 216
Views: 8552

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

A number of silver members have argued to us against membership fee increaes on the basis that the ECF directors were undoubtedly over-paid.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 216
Views: 8552

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

I said a while back that it’s entirely within Council’s gift to strike out some or indeed all of the international spend, or to put member contributions to international teams on a voluntary rather than a compulsory basis, or to make whatever arrangements it likes for international chess. If you an...