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by Matt Bridgeman
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 0
Views: 32

World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

The World Junior Chess Championship started today in New Delhi. England has two representatives in IM Ravi Haria and Cumbria and Lancaster University player, Holden Davis. Ten more tough rounds ahead!

http://chess-results.com/tnr479945.aspx ... NG&flag=30
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Women's League
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Re: 4NCL Women's League

It was certainly a breakthrough weekend for Kate Walker, who after doing well in Minors went 4/4 against a lot of much higher rated opposition.
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: World Youth Championships

Going off on a tangent, I see that 15 year old Declan Lovelock is currently going through the Dorset Open like a hot knife through butter! He’s got no ECF or FIDE grade and apart from a few recent local dominating blitz tournaments, he’s effectively only ever played online before. He’s definitely th...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 36
Views: 2392

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

It may be helpful if the ECF contacted the coach in question and asked them not to advertise as a ECF accredited coach anymore. If he chose to carry on he’d actually be committing a criminal offence under a banned practice found in the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. But probabl...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 36
Views: 2392

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

A clearly worded 'Letter Before Action' wouldn't hurt, outlining what is owed to who. You can find examples on the Citizen's Advice website, which effectively is the portal to all national Trading Standards organisations now. You would need to have an address for the coach in question for both the l...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: English Women's Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

Re: English Women's Chess Championship 2019

A rematch already in round 7 of the UK Open Blitz at Birmingham - Longson v Toma. (Toma won)
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74695

Re: Cheating in chess

Reading between the lines you get the sense he's lived something of a transient life. It sounds like he was not as warmly received by the Czech players and hierarchy as he hoped, and perhaps this is what set off set him off on the road to ruin in the end. I don't think you'll ever get him to say muc...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1432

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

You should go for gold and go FIDE next year!
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1952

Re: Direct correlation between ones chess grade and ones IQ?

Didn't Kasparov's originally come back at 135. Perhaps he sorted out a retest later?
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74695

Re: Cheating in chess

I stand to be (strongly) corrected, but I don't think a darn thing happened! The incident is around 10 months old now. It would be interesting to hear what went well, and what went wrong with that particular case? My take on it was that there was a very strong suspicion of round by round, move by mo...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74695

Re: Cheating in chess

Without being too controversial, isn't it a little bit of a moot point if the national federation is not in a position to take any positive action. In the case last year of the suspected cheating junior player from the 4NCL Congress last year, disqualified before the final round was played, didn't f...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74695

Re: Cheating in chess

It’s certainly an odd decision when you think about it. Perhaps because it didn’t occur in the UK, neither parties lived in the UK and it had already been widely reported, their legal departments were more confident there would be no repercussions.
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74695

Re: Cheating in chess

It would be banded in category C, the least serious I would think, but would still meet the definition of the offence. There’s also an offence of Voyeurism. Possibly the points to prove are an even better fit. Photographing someone in their underwear would be enough. And even if it was because you f...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74695

Re: Cheating in chess

I was more putting myself in their shoes and imagining someone falsely suspected and being snapped sat on the loo. In the current climate it seems only a matter of time before someone is in England.
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 74695

Re: Cheating in chess

Having carried out several hundred police arrests it personally wouldn't worry me, but I know what you mean.