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by Brian Towers
Wed May 27, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you think - is this game for real?
Replies: 31
Views: 1774

Re: What do you think - is this game for real?

If an error-strewn game like that disturbs you so much, Jonathan, then why do you play online? And if you are going to play online why choose what is pretty much the optimum cheat's time control? If you want to see some really dodgy online play then check out Simon William's YouTube channel for game...
by Brian Towers
Sat May 23, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 150
Views: 12809

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

Iceland is restarting.
by Brian Towers
Thu May 07, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Will FIDE consider extending the 26 month limit for new players qualifying for a rating?
Replies: 0
Views: 331

Will FIDE consider extending the 26 month limit for new players qualifying for a rating?

More generally, given the current hiatus in over the board chess (with the possible exception of Sweden), will / should FIDE look at extending time limits / deadlines for other things?
by Brian Towers
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 911
Views: 106164

Re: Cheating in chess

It's pretty much intrinsic to most if not all traditional board and card games that you don't have someone whispering suggestions in your ear You've clearly never played in front of a drunken crowd on one of the outdoor sets at Muenchner Freiheit. The suggestions aren't so much whispered in your ea...
by Brian Towers
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 25
Views: 3361

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: 1075

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: 2168

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: 1978

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: 9916

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: 253
Views: 26587

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: 9916

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: 161
Views: 13861

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: 772

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: 1031

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: 1031

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...