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by Roger Lancaster
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: WCJS Shreyas Royal versus Emily Maton £500 Playoff date
Replies: 25
Views: 2352

Re: WCJS Shreyas Royal versus Emily Maton £500 Playoff date

Carl Hibbard wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:07 pm
I am letting this one stand because it is sort of funny
In a tragi-comic sort of way.
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 5743

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Was there a good reason for the somewhat convoluted pairing schemes used as opposed to a team Swiss? You could have more than one Swiss with rating restrictions on lower sections. A Swiss would have coped rather better with teams walking out in protests against players being banned. As a pairing sc...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using a ball in chess
Replies: 14
Views: 845

Re: Using a ball in chess

I had a game once where I went to the lavatory and when I got back all my pawns and pieces had been removed from the board. When I asked my opponent what he was playing at, he brought out a second score sheet showing they had already been captured earlier in the game. I wouldn't have minded but we ...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using a ball in chess
Replies: 14
Views: 845

Re: Using a ball in chess

Joey Stewart wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:47 pm
So many sports commentators like to use the expression "this is like a game of chess". But you don't often hear chess commentators saying "this is like a game of football"
Perhaps because you don't get many chess players falling over and claiming they were tripped by their opponent?
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 107
Views: 8472

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I did see the ECF bit about ventilation, think about most club venues, and start to wonder! Also, do open-sided tents (gazebos?) count as outdoors? Goodness knows formally. They probably shouldn't as they'll block the UV off - I think that's one of the really big difference between outdoors & indoo...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: WCJS Shreyas Royal versus Emily Maton £500 Playoff date
Replies: 25
Views: 2352

Re: WCJS Shreyas Royal versus Emily Maton £500 Playoff date

Carl - I've emailed you privately. Just as I feel that [alleged] cheats shouldn't be named publicly unless there's concrete strong evidence, I don't think it's correct to identify publicly others whom one believes are abusing forums such as this - it's for the moderator[s] to decide whether any such...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: WCJS Shreyas Royal versus Emily Maton £500 Playoff date
Replies: 25
Views: 2352

Re: WCJS Shreyas Royal versus Emily Maton £500 Playoff date

I had assumed the moderators had a clear policy towards consistently offensive posters but they seem to be turning a blind eye in one case.
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 4th WATFORD JUNIOR (u-12, FIDE-rated) RAPIDPLAY, 27 JULY
Replies: 3
Views: 1085

Re: 4th WATFORD JUNIOR (u-12, FIDE-rated) RAPIDPLAY, 27 JULY

Event postponed - organisational complications as result of pandemic.
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 902
Views: 105534

Re: Cheating in chess

It appears that, following complaints [including to FIDE] that their legend "This player uses chess computer assistance" was defamatory, Lichess have amended the wording [in all cases, as far as I can see] to "This account violated the Lichess Terms of Service".
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 107
Views: 8472

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Central figures for younger folk are 0.0013% between ages 5 and 14 , 0.0043% between 15 and 24, 0.029% between ages 25 and 44. These figures, and those quoted by Angus, are centralised in the sense that there's 95% confidence of their being correct subject to a 10% error [approx] in either directio...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 107
Views: 8472

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Also, as we know, the older you are the more at risk you are. Stats from Cambridge University and Public Health England currently (at 22 June 2020) give an infection fatality rate of 0.44% for those aged 45-64, 2.9% for those aged 65-74 and 17% for those aged 75+. Central figures for younger folk a...
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Online Club Championships
Replies: 10
Views: 1135

Re: National Online Club Championships

With the event having just ended, I'd like to thank the organising team from Hull for all their hard work. Having organised one or two [smaller] events myself, I can testify to the considerable amount of time and effort involved. It has been really appreciated.
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Online Club Championships
Replies: 10
Views: 1135

Re: National Online Club Championships

...started this evening. And what's that? John Nunn in the Minor ? Edit: Strange, it worked earlier. Anyway, I've changed the link to the team page. Good of John to play in the Minor - I'm sure there will be some opponents who will welcome a game against a well-known GM whom they who would likely n...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 5743

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Adam Raoof wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:59 pm
Roger Lancaster wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:52 pm
LawrenceCooper wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:36 pm


No disrespect meant to anyone on the list, it was my slightly tactless way of saying that they can't add anyone who hasn't already played.
No, my turn to apologise, I'll remember not to use irony in future.
That's sarcasm, not irony.
Oh, okay, I won't use that either!
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 5743

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

They don't have a great deal of choice: Must be terrible, having a shortage of decent players :) No disrespect meant to anyone on the list, it was my slightly tactless way of saying that they can't add anyone who hasn't already played. No, my turn to apologise, I'll remember not to use irony in fut...