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by Roger Lancaster
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 217
Views: 16786

Re: End of an era

[there would seem to be a connection between Ray K and Andrew G. That's already known, BrainGames named Atlantic Law as their solicitor/legal representative. Noted - just useful here to remind ourselves what the Financial Services Authority said about Andrew G and his law firm back in 2010: "Atlant...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 217
Views: 16786

Re: End of an era

What does Tarzan (aka Lord Greystoke) have to do with this? Is he really still alive? What about Jane? If I'm reading the situation correctly then Andrea Greystoke is said by JH to be a major shareholder in Tony Buzan Group while Andrea Greystoke is separately the sole shareholder of Pantheon where...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 3657

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Assuming the game was standard play, in which case there would be a record of the moves, I imagine the arbiters felt impelled to reproduce the moves on the opponent's scoresheet to see if the final move was, in fact, checkmate. Question that next crosses my mind is, if the final move recorded was c...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 3657

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

It happened to me. My opponent's flag fell, we shook hands and he filled out the slip to say 0-1 ( he was White ) and handed it in. A few minutes later he informed the arbiting team that he had in fact given checkmate with his final move and the result should be reversed. Which they did! Well, I su...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 3657

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Luckily I have never yet come across an instance where two players shook hands and then argued as to what the shaking of hands meant. It happened to me. My opponent's flag fell, we shook hands and he filled out the slip to say 0-1 ( he was White ) and handed it in. A few minutes later he informed t...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 21
Views: 2333

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

Round 3 [Saturday, 2.0] 41 The Full Ponty- - -Sussex Martlets 2 42 Warwickshire Select 2- - -Wood Green Youth 43 Fischer's Catch- - -CSC 2 44 War and Piece- - -Watford 1 45 Cambridge University 3- - MK Phoenix 2 46 Ashfield 2- - -CSC 3 47 Crowthorne 2- - -Iceni 3 48 Wessex C- - -Oxford 4 49 The Pits...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 3657

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

You jest, but didn't Wesley So get (in)famously disqualified for writing stuff on his scoresheet that wasn't about chess as such? Correct, I jested. You're also correct, and I wasn't aware of this, about Wesley So once being disqualified. A more-or-less contemporary account says An extremely unusua...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 3657

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

LOL, I can see it's only a matter of time before this thread starts to consider whether writing, "Remember to buy dog biscuits on the way home", is an offence if written on the scoresheet - and is the back of the scoresheet still a scoresheet? - but not if written on a separate piece of paper.
by Roger Lancaster
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Bye
Replies: 5
Views: 711

Re: Bye

I have a vague recollection from many years ago of the grading community becoming rather upset when it came to light that one of the English universities - and, mercifully, I forget which one - was submitting results from games said to have been played by Moggie Catt.
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grading conversions
Replies: 29
Views: 2050

Re: New grading conversions

ELO = [7.5 x ECF] + 700
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 3657

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

As to "reaching out his hand to the opponent", I'm reminded of a game I played several years ago where we reached a knight-v-bishop ending with each side having a passed pawn which was unstoppable - the question was, which queened first? This wasn't a simple counting exercise due to the intervention...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 3657

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

I was there. One knocked over their king and one said, "I resign." Both looked shocked when they realised that the other had resigned. I could hardly stop myself from laughing. I've always felt rather uncomfortable about knocked-over kings being taken as equivalent to resignation as the FIDE Laws d...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 4300

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I can't imagine too many cricket clubs saying "It would be so much cheaper if we didn't have to pay for an umpire." I accept that you do have to put some effort into ensuring there are adequate arbiting resources, but this is something English chess should have being doing for years and never reall...
by Roger Lancaster
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 4300

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? I had thought that education, particularly on the Rapidplay point, would help get more Rapidplays rated. I w...
by Roger Lancaster
Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 4300

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Keith Arkell wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:19 am
Without wanting to sound Charlie Storeyesque ...
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