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by E Michael White
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 710
Views: 82503

Re: Cheating in chess

Is wireless/bluetooth equipment used in transmitting information from sensory boards/clocks in the normal course of ENG events ?

Scanning wands seem to be metal detectors; why is it assumed that an information receiving device contains metal ?
by E Michael White
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 113
Views: 5623

Re: World Youth Championships

We also had a dedicated Anti-Cheating arbiter for the first time, who was checking toilets, and checking for any interactions between children and parents, for instance. I think you need more than a dedicated arbiter checking toilets; someone with skills in cybersecurity and data security would be ...
by E Michael White
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Morphy...Which Opera
Replies: 29
Views: 1260

Re: Morphy...Which Opera

Of course it wasn't Bellini or Rossini it was Beethoven's opera. The clue was in the name and Morphy's ability to look ahead.
by E Michael White
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3262

Re: Shortest game

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:39 pm
Not an organisation to be taken lightly. Decades ago I gave a simul there and the opposition was strong..
Did you play J C Thompson of Hippo fame ?
by E Michael White
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 15710

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I never understood the argument for recalibration. It was Sean Hewitt's doing and he wrote a paper explaining why it was done and I suppose I should go back and read it, but my problem is this: the idea behind the grading system is that if 2 players with grades 25 apart play a match then one of the...
by E Michael White
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Don't Understand Grading Calculation
Replies: 35
Views: 1905

Re: Don't Understand Grading Calculation

A player walks into your club and claims to be from a country you were sure was still part of Russia. You put him on board 5 in Division 3, and he easily beats a couple of children graded 38 and 49. Do you therefore let him enter the Under 100 section of your congress, because the fact that he play...
by E Michael White
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10785

Re: End of an era

You're quite right. Chess columnists seem to live to advances ages so we can hopefully look to many future Luke contributions.
by E Michael White
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10785

Re: End of an era

Paul Habershon wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:46 am
Spectator"s new chess columnist is Luke McShane who writes that it is an honour to be the third such after C H O'D Alexander (pen name Philidor) and Raymond Keene.
I haven't seen what was written but Heinrich Fraenkel (who wrote as Assiac) was the columnist before CHOD A.
by E Michael White
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2335

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:05 pm
I know it's a typo.....
It was not a typo; I was trying a pun and according to written pun convention used the spelling for the less common usage. In view of your closing comment it fits rather well. I was also alluding to a 1970s pop song.
by E Michael White
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2335

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

I refer the honorable gentleman to Delchev-Conquest in the European Team Championship all those years ago, where precisely this scenario happened, and the game was rated. I knew that game which occurred 10 years ago. However I didn't mention it because I do not know without looking it up what the R...
by E Michael White
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2335

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

Jack's original post on this arrived at the correct outcome but via incorrect reasoning. A useful skill to have. When Lorin was defaulted, does Charlie get the rating points. Just a thought. Yes, because the game had started. A game has started after White has made the first move. The FIDE regulatio...
by E Michael White
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 3078

Re: Rook Odds Rules.


Black plays b3.

Hello Peter

I think I get this.

Without wanting to spoil the puzzle for others I think it depends on which rook odds laws are being observed and backtracking the moves.

This could then be a win for Black or a draw.
by E Michael White
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 3078

Re: Rook Odds Rules.

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:06 pm
Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Hi Justin
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This thread is written at Justin odds; replies are possible even if he's not there.
by E Michael White
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40748

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

John Upham wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:59 pm
Good question !
John not very sensible to advertise dates of birth.
by E Michael White
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 14437

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Nope, overall he is likely to cause deflation in ratings while stretching the top end. This might be desirable if FIDE and next year the ECF can get their minds around a junior ratings/grading fix.