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by IanCalvert
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article
Replies: 17
Views: 1039

Re: Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article

Justin,

Thanks very much for the link to your criticisms and to the 4NCL Online posts on this topic. The Holowczak article in "Chess" was posted on the 4NCL website and provoked much interesting discussion there over recent weeks .

D'oh! seems an appropriate final word from me.
by IanCalvert
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article
Replies: 17
Views: 1039

Cheating; Holowczak's Chess Article

I have just read Alex Holowczak's "Anti-Cheating in Online Chess" . Broadly I think it is a good read and a praiseworthy contribution to an important issue. However my worldview is that of only a player not an arbiter or official in addition. Among many other matters of interest to others, It raises...
by IanCalvert
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 68
Views: 5434

Re: July 2020 grades

D'oh! July grades are out!
by IanCalvert
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 68
Views: 5434

Re: July 2020 grades

Given that grading is arguably the most valued ECF service to ordinary club members , the lack of ECF communication is very strange. Will there be a July list around the end of next week? What are the current plans for monthly 4 digit grades? I trust Brian Valentine and others are well even with fac...
by IanCalvert
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 147
Views: 7483

Re: ECF Online County Championship

I do wish this initiative well : online chess may well be a great opportunity for chess. Indeed I hoped to play for a Middlesex team. My recent internet chess experience of losing repeatedly and quickly in the opening (after 1. b3 which I have been playing for 40 years) is that the "live" use of eng...
by IanCalvert
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Posthumous GM FIDE Title For Sultan Khan
Replies: 12
Views: 1284

Posthumous GM FIDE Title For Sultan Khan

I am slowly reading Danny King's excellent new NIC book On Sultan Khan. I understand from page 367 that Vishy Anand has a similar book project nearing completion. I gather Danny King has raised the question of a Fide posthumous GM title for Sultan Khan. Maybe the good and the great such as ECF offic...
by IanCalvert
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sportsmanship in Chess
Replies: 5
Views: 949

Re: Sportsmanship in Chess

Thanks David ( and Roger). On , Surrey born, Napier Wiki says "Napier called a game he lost to reigning World Champion Emanuel Lasker at Cambridge Springs 1904 the best of his career. The game showed great tactical skill by both players. Napier was particularly impressed by how Lasker kept his compo...
by IanCalvert
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sportsmanship in Chess
Replies: 5
Views: 949

Sportsmanship in Chess

Capablanca v Yates, Barcelona 1929, is the only loss included the collection of Yates' best games. The much maligned Reinfeld described this, inclusion of a loss in a best games collection, as an unusual example. I guess such games are of exceptionally high quality. Hence are their other such exampl...
by IanCalvert
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2827

Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

"Bill", W.T.Tutte of Bletchley Park and University of Ontario, the great graph theorist and code-braker, gives Bletchley Park at least 2.

Historically has any other organisation done better?
by IanCalvert
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 5781

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Maybe a novel , "Chariots Of Fire" image might help to get support via spectator interest: team blitz (or rapid) with an average grade constraint??
by IanCalvert
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 46294

Re: Batumi Olympiad

What’s wrong with just using game points? Richard I agree: simple widely understood systems have much to commend them. If complex tie-breaks are really needed for the OLympiad then I think screens in the playing hall should show the LIVE position. Of course some simple projection method with robust...
by IanCalvert
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 46294

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:51 am
I find myself somehow supporting China v USA. Do others feel the same way?
I don't.

Doubtless the Chinese have the more effective President but Wesley So ( and NiC) produced the best 1 b3 video ever!
by IanCalvert
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 46294

Re: Batumi Olympiad

How are ENGLAND TIGERS doing against RUSSIA HEFFALUMPS?
by IanCalvert
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 39064

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Nick are you sure about Israel? For me and i guess many other ECF members attempts to expel israel, contrasted with title issues, crosses a redline worthy of ECF abstention in a second ballot. (For the avoidance of doubt i very much hope the Israeli voters change their government sometime very soon.)
by IanCalvert
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 582
Views: 39064

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Supporting a "slate" that becomes wickeder and wickeder is a bad thing! Does anyone agree? Yes, very much Mick, since Ian won't tell me, perhaps you will. What are you agreeing with? Which campaign do you believe is getting wickeder and wickeder? Both, perhaps? I'm asking because I don't know. Nick...