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by Brian Towers
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Game-inputting & replays
Replies: 17
Views: 837

Re: Game-inputting & replays

Games played on DGT boards don't require manual input unless the technology breaks down, for obvious reasons.
by Brian Towers
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 272
Views: 19969

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

As Caruana approached the first time control I bet he regretted taking back the first move Woody Harrelson made.
by Brian Towers
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 244
Views: 12054

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:31 am
Curious location
Why on earth would the Russian president of the 2018 FIFA World Cup organising committee want to arrange a meeting at one of England's and the world's premier football clubs owned by a fellow Russian?
by Brian Towers
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 56
Views: 3861

Re: 4NCL International Congress

I think it appropriate to ask a former teacher at my school. If I had been caught cheating at chess or bridge at school would I have been expelled? I taught maths at your school when you were there and I was the master in charge of chess. No, you would not have been expelled for cheating at chess. ...
by Brian Towers
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 78
Views: 2697

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

If you have a (free) login on the FIDE ratings website then one possible route for investigation is to look at the "Individual Calculations" for a period before they got married and it should tell you. FIDE doesn't change old data. So, for example - https://ratings.fide.com/individual_calculations....
by Brian Towers
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 78
Views: 2697

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Biggest upset perhaps was Ekaterina Atalik beating Mariya Muzychuk with Black. I forget what her surname was before she married Suat Atalik; does anyone know? If you have a (free) login on the FIDE ratings website then one possible route for investigation is to look at the "Individual Calculations"...
by Brian Towers
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 4NCL International Congress
Replies: 56
Views: 3861

Re: 4NCL International Congress

usually people leaving the board...are just leaving the board. Indeed. And you may leave the board at any time, even when it is your move. Article 11.2.3.2 says you may not leave the playing area (usually just the room where the games are taking place) without the arbiter's permission when you "hav...
by Brian Towers
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 492
Views: 58782

Re: Cheating in chess

I was playing a junior in a very complicated position and he got up and left the board when it was his move and was gone for 30 minutes...I alerted the arbiter to my concerns....he probably went back to his hotel room? "Only with the permission of the arbiter can a player leave the playing venue" -...
by Brian Towers
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 492
Views: 58782

Re: Cheating in chess

FIDE refer cases to its Ethics Commission who have responded with two and three year bans. FIDE are a lot more sensible and responsible than some of the "hang 'em and flog 'em" members of the English Chess Forum. The matter has been submitted to FIDE. I suggest it would make sense to await their de...
by Brian Towers
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating level and chess skill
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Rating level and chess skill

I think chess rating is a measurement of the frequency and severity of the mistakes a player makes. Chess skill obviously plays a part affecting these but so do other factors like physical health, mental state, even time of day for some players. These other factors often play a bigger role than ches...
by Brian Towers
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Round 1 pairing rules
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Re: Round 1 pairing rules

FIDE pairing rules don't care about elective byes, in the future or the past, when allocating full point byes. Ain't that the truth. I once had a player take a first round bye, later come and tell me something had come up and he was going to have go home early and miss the last round get very upset...
by Brian Towers
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White to play...
Replies: 17
Views: 695

Re: White to play...

My mind was also drawn to the event this came from and the fact that I must therefore have inputted the game, and yet I'd already forgotten it. This past week was exhausting. Over 80 games a day for the first 2 days then over 100 games a day for the next 7. A phenomenal effort. We players owe you a...
by Brian Towers
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess references in Films
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: Chess references in Films

In Knight moves why is the name Tarakoss opening used? What does Tarakoss mean? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BfSvNsim98&fbclid=IwAR1DrmbyJZ29duyM91g-U0h2c_WLGpsgYAmF--CHRjslfiM2M1POds3E4Gw 51.40 Looking at that opening sequence (move with one hand and press clock with the other, crack knuckles,...
by Brian Towers
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 1884

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

Roger, when I said "I'm not sure how this would work" I wasn't referring to the mechanics. I was referring to the rules. The only reason I phrased it as diplomatically as I did was because I've already used up my daily quota of "bo**ocks!"
by Brian Towers
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 1884

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

Clocks don't show the number of moves, they show the number of times the clock has been pressed. It's not necessarily the same because people sometimes forget to press their clocks. With increments it becomes more important to insist that the clock is pressed even when the opponent has forgotten. I...