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by Jacques Parry
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7777

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

If we are to be barred from wearing watches, I trust this will only happen in venues with visible and accurate clocks. I agree. There is no reason to ask why people sometimes like to know the time, because they just do. I also agree, and I'll suggest a reason. Sometimes I try to time my resignation...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7777

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Banning headgear may be racist What a very silly thing to say Perhaps Nick means that it might contravene anti-discrimination legislation, because it would affect certain groups more than others. But rules which discriminate in this way are legally justifiable if they are a proportionate way to ach...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 4442

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

I've always felt rather uncomfortable about knocked-over kings being taken as equivalent to resignation as the FIDE Laws don't mention this as a means of ending the game. The note to Article 5.1.2 (admittedly not the article itself) says: "A player may resign in a number of different ways: - stoppi...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 20011

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

"...to deal with all the alternative move orders that the reader is likely to meet. Lakdawala can't be bothered to do any of these things." Sounds like my type of guy. Slap-Dash chess writing is the new black. People who buy opening books looking for a quick fix deserve to be treated like this. Not...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 20011

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Anyone who disputes the assertion that Lakdawala is the worst chess writer currently practising needs to nominate another contender for that title. I honestly can't think of anyone who is in the same league.
by Jacques Parry
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 20011

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Looks like people, who probably never wrote any book, envy Curys as he is obviously a hard-working person. It is always easy to criticise someone else's work... As I mentioned before, I have few books written (or coauthored) by him and I do not find them bad at all. - Quite contrary! A grumpy old p...
by Jacques Parry
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 44
Views: 2723

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Do you honestly believe what you wrote says more about the publication you reviewed than yourself? To me it does. It tells me that someone whom I know to be intelligent and conscientious had trouble following what the author is trying to say. And, having read some of Rowson's earlier stuff, I can't...
by Jacques Parry
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90762

Re: Cheating in chess

So while I can see why people are looking in the direction of fraud prosecutions, my feeling is that even if it's appropriate, it's chimerical as a solution, becase there's a serious likelihood that it will never come up in that actual form. And my reason for making this point is that if I'm right,...
by Jacques Parry
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiter courses
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: Arbiter courses

Thanks, John. It would be helpful if the list of officers on the website were updated to reflect this.
by Jacques Parry
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiter courses
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Arbiter courses

The website says: "The ECF will organise a minimum of three ECF Arbiter Seminars per year... The ECF will aim to increase the number of seminars to a minimum of five per year by 2019." This year there appear to have been two, and I assume there won't now be time for a third. I emailed the Manager of...
by Jacques Parry
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90762

Re: Cheating in chess

Fines? If the prizes involved are large, and the evidence strong and readily understood by a non-technical audience, then pass the matter onto the police and the public prosecutor. A prison sentence for fraud (or whatever the current legal name is for financial gain by deception) ought to discourag...
by Jacques Parry
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Book-The Chess Scene
Replies: 18
Views: 2203

Re: Book-The Chess Scene

Yes, the Laws now permit the method you propose. Did they ever say it was mandatory? As I recall, it is the method demonstrated by Tony in his video that used to be mandatory.
by Jacques Parry
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Book-The Chess Scene
Replies: 18
Views: 2203

Re: Book-The Chess Scene

You could, but you would need to explain why the Laws say "When a player, having the move, plays a pawn to the rank furthest from its starting position...".
by Jacques Parry
Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Book-The Chess Scene
Replies: 18
Views: 2203

Re: Book-The Chess Scene

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:02 pm
Also the bit about pawn promotion (17:10) is wrong. The pawn does not go to the 8th.
Why not?
by Jacques Parry
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90762

Re: Cheating in chess

In fairness, the interruption came immediately after my opponent had made a move. I don't know whether you'd call that a non-disruptive moment: it didn't seem that way.