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by Pete Morriss
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Fever
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Chess Fever

Presumably the title is an allusion (or homage) to this Soviet-era film, featuring Capablanca?
by Pete Morriss
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Galway Chess Congress 2020: 20th to 22nd March
Replies: 0
Views: 425

Galway Chess Congress 2020: 20th to 22nd March

Entries are now open for the 2020 Galway Chess Congress , which will be held on 20th to 22nd March at the Menlo Park Hotel, Galway . We have a prize fund of €2500, and we will even pay your prize to you in sterling should you wish. There are three sections: over 1800 (approximately 150 ECF), 1200-18...
by Pete Morriss
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 14904

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:57 pm
Kovalev's clock though
Yes: now 0.00 at move 40.
by Pete Morriss
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 298
Views: 14904

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:13 pm
Magnus in serious trouble against Kovalev, Sesse +2.56, 93-game unbeaten run in danger......
Sesse now +14.
by Pete Morriss
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 2234

Re: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019

The Women's 65+ has 11 entries so that looks like a round-robin; no Nona Gaprindashvili this year. Now 17 in the Women's 50+. No British ladies have entered (unless you count Helen Milligan). http://chess-results.com/tnr449485.aspx?lan=27&art=0 Nona Gaprindashvili is now shown as entered. There are...
by Pete Morriss
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3251
Views: 356229

Re: Media comments on chess

Just seen a particularly overblown chess metaphor in a report on Sunday's Arsenal - Spurs match, by Barney Ronay in the Irish Times. (It credits the piece to the Guardian, but I can't find it on their website.) David Luiz was ... a man playing a game of slapstick defensive chess three moves ahead an...
by Pete Morriss
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4661

Re: Brexit tea leaves

At the moment governments on both sides are reconciled to the idea of no deal but are keen to make it look as though they tried really hard to get one. Agreed, in the main, which is why I thought that maybe Parliament, a majority of which seems not to be so reconciled, might still take the least-ba...
by Pete Morriss
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4661

Re: Brexit tea leaves

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:40 pm
Pete Morriss wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:22 pm
Why not?
Because the current deal combines the disadvantages of leaving with the disadvantages of not leaving.
That doesn't answer my question, which was: Do more MPs prefer leaving with no deal than leaving with the current one, given that the UK will be leaving one way or the other?
by Pete Morriss
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4661

Re: Brexit tea leaves

Would there not be a majority in Parliament for the deal, once all delusions about renegotiating it or having a second referendum or whatever have been removed? That would certainly be the perfect outcome for Ireland, and the reason nobody is talking about it is that it isn't going to happen. Why n...
by Pete Morriss
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4661

Re: Brexit tea leaves

As an outsider, it seems to me that the most likely outcome is one I haven't heard mentioned in the last few weeks: that the UK leaves the EU on 31 October with Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement. I am assuming that Johnson fails to renegotiate the deal, and that the anti-Johnson forces fail to cobb...
by Pete Morriss
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 206
Views: 18805

Re: Arbitration question

The alternatives are: - The arbiter never does anything unless prompted to do so by players - You have enough arbiters to ensure that they can "see" everything; then you'll need an Olympiad-type number of people watching There is a third alternative, which is what often happens in practice and what...
by Pete Morriss
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 206
Views: 18805

Re: Arbitration question

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:20 pm
75 move draws and fivefold repetitions also need arbiter observation.
But there is no need to include "if the arbiter observes" in the rule, and it isn't included.
by Pete Morriss
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 206
Views: 18805

Re: Arbitration question

This discussion has reminded me of an issue that arose recently when I was running a rapid event (not FIDE-rated, but FIDE rules applied). It concerned the interpretation of (the relatively new) rule A 4.4: A.4.4 If the arbiter observes both kings are in check … he shall wait until the next move is ...
by Pete Morriss
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 2467

Re: The word rook and Persia

For the record, my copy of the OED (published 1979, copyright 1971) has this statement regarding the derivation of the chess sense of rook: "The ultimate source is the Pers. rukh , the original sense of which is doubtful". I don't have access to the 1752 edition, for the good reasons already mentio...
by Pete Morriss
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 2467

Re: The word rook and Persia

John McKenna wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:24 pm
Francis may have meant Samuel Johnson's famous dictionary, which he has mentioned before -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Diction ... h_Language
Johnson's Dictionary is available online. There is nothing remotely resembling Mr Field's claim in the entry for 'rook'.