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by Brian Towers
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Badge
Replies: 11
Views: 836

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: 143
Views: 5913

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: 223
Views: 17443

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: 143
Views: 5913

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: 10805

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: 473

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: 588

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: 588

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: 15725

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: 10805

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: 10805

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: 4486

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?
by Brian Towers
Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 4486

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Actually, if we submitted more of our chess for FIDE rating in England, then I think this problem would slowly disappear; so to some extent the same adults who don't want to FIDE-rate more sections are the ones who are helping to cause the problem. The ECF can help solve this 'problem' by not forci...
by Brian Towers
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1762

Re: ECF Online Chess

Add a third, obvious, question:

What makes you think it will be any better than (or even as good as) FIDE's Online Arena?
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 751
Views: 87940

Re: Cheating in chess

"For what it is worth, given the player verbally admitted he was cheating, I expect it would be non-trivial arguing that a subsequent cheating conviction would be a "first offence"." That would help - assuming you have contemporaneous statements from witnesses to that. And he might turn up with Elo...