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by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Djerba Women Online open
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Djerba Women Online open

Was there a mix up in identities and/or player pictures?

Egyptian player Alaa Elgamal FIDE profile seems be the one in the competition; https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=10608672

English player Alaa Gamal has a different FIDE profile; https://ratings.fide.com/profile/469114
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6703

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

There’s a fair bit of money on the table in the Terra Final stage. Perhaps they should take a leaf out of Adam Raoof’s book, and have the final stage on Tornelo and Zoom?
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6703

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

I noticed the UK Chess Challenge Mega-Finals are playing this weekend on Lichess. It was a bit of shame the 2nd and 5th placers in the Under 14’s have received Lichess bans for using computer assistance post-tournament. Likewise the winner and 5th placer in the Under 12 Boys we’re also banned. There...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33733

Re: 4NCL Online

It’s certainly been a unique experience, but I think in terms of time controls people have been playing a lot of 3+2, 5+2, 5+3 and 10+5 in general. I think the challenge later in the year, if over-the-board returns, will be to slow down and think again. It would be nice to see a lot of norms achieve...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sexism in chess
Replies: 68
Views: 3258

Re: Sexism in chess

The ballet comment was a bit odd. I don’t think it’s simply a preference. The ballet world has difficulty attracting boys to dance because of deep seated stereotypes and prejudices about ballet being for woman and effeminate gay men. Boys who show an interest in ballet often meet a lot of resistance...
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sexism in chess
Replies: 68
Views: 3258

Re: Sexism in chess

Does anybody know in relation to the English Olympiad teams, in terms of support for attending these events whether the men’s and woman’s teams have equal support for paying for flights, hotels, etc?
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sexism in chess
Replies: 68
Views: 3258

Re: Sexism in chess

I think the three examples given were examples of positive discrimination. Sexism is typically against woman, and could be seen as one of the reasons for an absence of woman in chess.
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sexism in chess
Replies: 68
Views: 3258

Re: Sexism in chess

Yeah, it’s not an episode of Friday Night Dinner! (Females! Lol) I would say that being the Dad of a budding junior female player I’ve not come across any overt sexism I can think of in over-the-board tournaments. A few bad adult losers maybe, but we all know losing a chess game can be a painful exp...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 793
Views: 33733

Re: 4NCL Online

Wasn't the player a certain notorious recently demoted GM? And was it on this thread that it was mentioned the imaginative Lichess sanction of secretly auto-pairing such accounts against other suspected cheaters rather than banning them immediately?
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6703

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

I can’t say as you say it’s not necessarily foolproof. But I suppose the figures on the banned list are still rising.
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6703

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

Another reasonably well known player may have been booted from the 4NCL.
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun May 31, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6703

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

After a couple of years of no proper over-the-board chess will there be a meeting in the middle? The over-the-board players get de-skilled playing only online chess, and the online only players do more study as suddenly there are new cash prizes and rewards available for online tournaments.
by Matt Bridgeman
Sun May 31, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems
Replies: 220
Views: 6703

Re: Some thoughts on anti-cheating systems

I think I’ve mentioned before that the UK Chess Challenge, which starts with something like 40,000 kids playing at the schools stage, often throws up some players who have only played casual games or online before. I think in general come the Giga Final and Terra Final stages, the more tournament es...
by Matt Bridgeman
Mon May 18, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!
Replies: 8
Views: 673

Re: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

It’s a shame in a way some permanent infrastructure doesn’t remain from the 1980’s boom of successful English grandmasters.