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by Roger Lancaster
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 25th 4ncl Congress!
Replies: 6
Views: 479

4NCL OTB [Individual, not team]

Provisionally 9-11 July, Leamington Spa
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Junior match being streamed live 3.0 PM tomorrow [Sunday]
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Junior match being streamed live 3.0 PM tomorrow [Sunday]

Surbiton Juniors v Watford Juniors [8 boards]

World 2020 Championship League, round 5. Two rounds of 10' + 5" games.

On Twitch.tv - presented by Chess Heroes, South Africa. Free to watch
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5288

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

I apologise if you found the wording of my post less than acceptable. Surely the players from your teams would benefit more in a lower division where they would have the opportunity to face opponents closer to their strength whereas at the moment I see many games as total mismatches. Kings Head had...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5288

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

This conveniently brings me to the question of promotion and relegation. 40 teams might have been anticipating relegation according to the spreadsheet of 06 January; six have withdrawn and disappeared leaving 34 expecting to go down. In fact no teams at all have suffered this fate; all 34 sides rem...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Patrick Ribbands
Replies: 10
Views: 1494

Re: Patrick Ribbands

I'm not sure that I ever met Patrick personally but I was in regular email contact, most recently a week or so before his death, in connection with the East Anglia Online Club Championships which he was organising. He came across as a very genuine guy. Although Patrick gave no indication of this, I ...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 79
Views: 5288

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

The assumptions made in this thread may be premature. I entered several teams before Wednesday's deadline, and have acknowledgement of same, but those teams are still coloured white rather than green on the 4NCL website. I imagine others are in the same position.
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Scott McKay RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 1167

Re: Scott McKay RIP

Simon, please don't get stressed. You reported the death and that's fine. Paul in another thread simply said "What court proceedings". That's where I think that you should have left well alone, particularly in a case as sensitive as this. But really don't fuss. I'd agree. You do a useful job inform...
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess and the Blue Laws
Replies: 11
Views: 905

Re: Chess and the Blue Laws

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Dec 25, 2020 3:33 pm
I don't know when the British Championship Congress first had Sunday play, 1970s probably, but Sunday play was already established for weekend tournaments.
In the 1960s, for sure, there were 11 rounds - 6 [Monday to Saturday] in the first week, 5 [Monday to Friday] in the second.
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185327

Re: Cheating in chess

Joseph Conlon wrote:
Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:20 pm
... its hard to imagine a site banning someone of that strength without there being a lot of human eyes on the decision.
Really?
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Dec 25, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 11713

Re: Invisible pieces

The discussion on a talented 7-year-old needs to be pursued here, because it's exactly the kind of cultural influence that makes a difference to kids. I imagine most of you are aware that World, Continental, and sub-Continental Junior and Youth events extend down to under-6 championships. These are...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess and the Blue Laws
Replies: 11
Views: 905

Re: Chess and the Blue Laws

Wikipedia, first paragraph - Blue laws, also known as Sunday laws, are laws designed to restrict or ban some or all Sunday activities for religious or secular reasons, particularly to promote the observance of a day of worship or rest. Blue laws may also restrict shopping or ban sale of certain item...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 11713

Re: Invisible pieces

A talented seven year old girl ( or boy) should be left well alone to enjoy the game and not hot-housed by suggesting that she ( or he) can be the best in the world. That is, if you want the kid to have any sort of normal life. Absolutely right. It's a slight diversion from the topic but I'd be int...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 11713

Re: Invisible pieces

David Sedgwick wrote:
Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:19 am
Welcome to the Forum, Helen.
Seconded.
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Invisible pieces
Replies: 202
Views: 11713

Re: Invisible pieces

Apropos John, above, I can make one small contribution. I once asked the father of a girl who, aged 12 or thereabouts but attending a secondary school where chess was encouraged, why she had dropped out. The gist of his reply was that it was not perceived as [his adjective] "cool".