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by Mark Ashley
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 544
Views: 65273

Re: Cheating in chess

I've just read that Igor Rausis has been caught red handed with a phone. I thought he had just been mopping up much weaker players in tournaments, but i guess that may have just helped him cover up how he was doing it as people would expect a stronger player to outplay lower graded players. Is this...
by Mark Ashley
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 544
Views: 65273

Re: Cheating in chess

I've just read that Igor Rausis has been caught red handed with a phone. I thought he had just been mopping up much weaker players in tournaments, but i guess that may have just helped him cover up how he was doing it as people would expect a stronger player to outplay lower graded players. Is this ...
by Mark Ashley
Tue May 14, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 206
Views: 11545

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

On the appearance fees breakdown, I wasn't aware that Malcolm Pein had said: The effect of the resolution, if passed, would probably lead to England fielding an open team of 1 grandmaster and four young amateur international masters. I am not sure if I mentioned it when it was first brought up, but...
by Mark Ashley
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 41
Views: 3429

Re: GRENKE Classic

Nimzowitsch getting a right pasting from Aronian and Vallejo Pons. By coincidence, either the same day as these comments, or the day before, i followed a link on another site that took me to Spraggett's old website to look at book reviews and the page i started on was an explanation by him as to wh...
by Mark Ashley
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 2251

Re: US Championship 2019

So loses and ends his unbeaten streak at 45 one short of Fisher's record Nakamura wins a 5th championship Amazing performance from Yu; gain of 96 rating points according to Chess Mind ; as she's already a WGM, I assume IM is the next target I think i read that she has the norms already so is presum...
by Mark Ashley
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 19
Views: 1596

Re: Piece values

I was listening to the perpetual podcast with Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan as guests which included a discussion about Alpha Zero. It was interesting to hear that AZ wasnt programmed with a numerical value for the pieces, raising the question as to whether or how that affected the way it played ...
by Mark Ashley
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2918
Views: 316841

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:17 pm
Mark Ashley wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:03 pm
Just saw on Twitter that Alexander Arnold Trent, a young promising right back for Liverpool
You may mean Trent Alexander-Arnold
hahha yes, i always make that mistake, thanks for picking me up on it.
by Mark Ashley
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2918
Views: 316841

Re: Media comments on chess

Just saw on Twitter that Alexander Arnold Trent, a young promising right back for Liverpool is a keen chess player and the Daily Mail have interviewed him. He's due to play Magnus Carlsen next week and is being mentored by Shreyas Royal and Kyan Bui! https://twitter.com/TarjeiJS/status/1048203873603...
by Mark Ashley
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2918
Views: 316841

Re: Media comments on chess

David Llada just posted the following tweet, which i thought was pretty funny take on the current Nike campaign. Unfortunately I dont know how to post it.

https://twitter.com/davidllada/status/1 ... 6849967116
by Mark Ashley
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 11956

Re: 2019 British

I would also imagine that there is a difference in the space taken up by competitors, and the audience - who when attending the darts are likely to be spending big on beer and sundries...not quite the same at the chess i would have thought which prefers a quieter spectator.
by Mark Ashley
Sun May 27, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 392
Views: 24505

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Steven DuCharme wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 11:24 pm
UPDATE TIME! Forget my previous post. After your first year in BCF your subsequent yearly cost would be reduced by a percentage equal to FIDE rating/100 rounded up or down to a whole number. Cost reduction could also include games played or be based on games played alone.
Sounds complicated.
by Mark Ashley
Wed May 09, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: ULU Chess Club late 1980's
Replies: 6
Views: 1472

Re: ULU Chess Club late 1980's

I was there mid 90's and helped run the club. I dont recall anyone named Mike being involved then (or just before i arrived). While i was there i did notice some old match scores in the club's locker that might have helped you identify the name you are looking for, although as that was 20 years ago,...
by Mark Ashley
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: "The Art of the Tarrasch Defence" by Alexey Bezgodov
Replies: 3
Views: 1619

Re: "The Art of the Tarrasch Defence" by Alexey Bezgodov

'That, of course, is only an opinion, as Bezgodov readily admits, and you can agree or disagree with it all you want.' How on earth can anyone justify purchasing a book when its author says things like that? I'm unclear from the review whether the latter part was a comment from the author, or simpl...
by Mark Ashley
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players
Replies: 48
Views: 5128

Re: Refunding Entry Fees to Withdrawn Players

There was a related incident in the 1991 Masters Final. Mike Hallett was 7-0 and 8-2 up against Stephen Hendry, and needed pink and black to win 9-2. He missed the pink, and from there contrived to lose 9-8. Hallett's mood presumably didn't improve when he returned home to find his home had been bu...
by Mark Ashley
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 97
Views: 10523

Re: London chess-FIDE open

lol