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by Brian Towers
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 25
Views: 2735

Re: January Grades are out

First mistake: the Northumberland Rapidplay Championships 2019 has been graded as Standard.
I would have thought the clue was in the name?
by Brian Towers
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Dvoretsky books
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Dvoretsky books

Let the buyer beware.
Sleeping with one of these books under your pillow doesn't work. I've tried it.
by Brian Towers
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 1735

Re: Birth v Rating

How many people were born in the same year as their FIDE rating? I am aware of one person born in 1954 whose rating is 1954. And that person is Foley, John P You don't specify period or rating type - standard, rapid or blitz (or online Arena for that matter). In the current period for ENG registere...
by Brian Towers
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Badge
Replies: 17
Views: 1589

Re: Badge

I assumed this was a post about a track by the popular beat combo "Cream" What badge is this ? The one that the ECF have posted to "esteemed chess colleague" thanking the recipient for "whatever organisational role they play in supporting the ECF" I doubt if I fulfill the criteria in any way. I sus...
by Brian Towers
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 8205

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Perfectly timed for Leonard's Guardian column. I predict he will also refer to the first forthcoming standard play encounter with Carlsen * and mention the recent blitz ruckus, along with widespread speculation that Firouzja might be the player who dethrones the Norwegian. Do I win £10 ? * Naturall...
by Brian Towers
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 230
Views: 20296

Re: End of an era

What does Tarzan (aka Lord Greystoke) have to do with this? Is he really still alive? What about Jane?
by Brian Towers
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 8205

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

The record broken was Tiviakov's? No-one else has claimed anything beyond 110 games have they? I saw a mention somewhere that Carlsen doesn't think that two Norwegian League games he (Carlsen) played should be counted. Can anyone confirm that? Tarjei's twitter has Carlsen says his streak against to...
by Brian Towers
Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 12280

Re: Hastings Congress

A.Kluckova wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:43 pm
Do we have any alcohol tolerance in Chess? Need to be.
The only tournament I know of that tests players for alcohol levels is the Crypt Blitz which penalizes players for being sober.
by Brian Towers
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Unable to unzip new FIDE rating lists in any format
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: Unable to unzip new FIDE rating lists in any format

A very clever arbiter (whose first name may have been Adam) once told me that before starting to use SM for a tournament I should always download and install the latest version and then download the latest relevant rating/grading lists. Still very sound advice.
by Brian Towers
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anti-doping
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: Anti-doping

The common denominator of the three classes of banned drugs for chess (caffeine, Modafinil and amphetamines) is that they keep you awake. If you have a good night's sleep the night before (and don't suffer from narcolepsy) then there are no benefits for chess players. On the other hand the one piece...
by Brian Towers
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anti-doping
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: Anti-doping

If chess is going to claim to be a sport, it might be worth trying to get an exemption for caffeine (and some other drugs), because they have no measurable effect on performance. The problem with going down that route is that there are no drugs which are performance enhancing for chess. The corolla...
by Brian Towers
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 214
Views: 17234

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

II should probably add that Kobylianskyi sent the results for rating himself and is also listed as the Tournament director and the only arbiter of all the games he has played. The FIDE Arbiters Commission is strongly against this practice. In the February 2016 edition of their magazine for arbiters...
by Brian Towers
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 12280

Re: Hastings Congress

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:19 pm
Brian Towers wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:28 pm
OK, I'll bite.

Khoo-Thwe v Butt, although Khoo-Thwe's federation is Norway rather than Oz.
Half right. The first player should be Drastik.
I'm too old. I'm the Koo Stark generation.
by Brian Towers
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 12280

Re: Hastings Congress

OK, I'll bite.

Khoo-Thwe v Butt, although Khoo-Thwe's federation is Norway rather than Oz.
by Brian Towers
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5494

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Fair point, Alex. The ECF does appear to have become a lot more FIDE-tournament-friendly in the last couple of years. Maybe there's a need for more education? Maybe more FIDE arbiters, also?