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by E Michael White
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 15
Views: 449

Re: Swiss Pairing Systems

ah what I meant was that 5v6 rounders would produce the same pairings for either ECF or FIDE, not necessarily ECF=FIDE.
by E Michael White
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 15
Views: 449

Re: Swiss Pairing Systems

Is it not the case that, excluding random pairings, most if not all, ECF and FIDE approved pairing methods will produce the same first round pairings for the same group of players whether the tournament is 5 or 6 rounds? Information and probability theory would say otherwise if the objectives are th...
by E Michael White
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 3rd WATFORD JUNIOR (u-12) RAPIDPLAY, 29 JULY
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: 3rd WATFORD JUNIOR (u-12) RAPIDPLAY, 29 JULY

Hello Roger, From the entry form:- The international laws of chess shall apply except that, contrary to said laws, a first completed illegal move will result in an Arbiter’s warning but no time adjustment. A second such move will result in the loss of the game except in the limited circumstances (in...
by E Michael White
Sat May 25, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 1884

Re: Two handed castling

Well finishing on a lighter note:- when is it possible to castle with two hands, then win the game with no penalty whatsoever ? If the castling results in checkmate as there is no need to press the clock! Unless the player has previously already made one illegal move! :) Not according to the curren...
by E Michael White
Thu May 23, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 1884

Re: Two handed castling

Well finishing on a lighter note:- when is it possible to castle with two hands, then win the game with no penalty whatsoever ?

If the castling results in checkmate as there is no need to press the clock!
by E Michael White
Thu May 23, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 1884

Re: Two handed castling

Yes, but there is quagmire here. If the player uses two hands and plays the pieces to the correct squares he has made the castling move by illegal means. To avoid it becoming illegal he cannot press the clock. Neither can he take it back as he has made a legal move by illegal means. A simple tidy up...
by E Michael White
Thu May 23, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two handed castling
Replies: 22
Views: 1884

Re: Two handed castling

If I'm an arbiter observing this, then my ruling will be: (a) the player must castle on the side indicated (b) the player has almost certainly wasted so much time compared with castling in a legal manner that no advantage can possibly have been gained, and there's no reason to penalize any further ...
by E Michael White
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Bourne End one day Sunday 28th April
Replies: 1
Views: 426

Re: Bourne End one day Sunday 28th April

Hello Roger Are you connected with the organisation of this event; I know Bourne-End is your chess club? I had been considering entering as I would be in the area but my other commitment now requires more time. Whilst looking through the entry form I noticed one of the helpful FIDE notes is about 5 ...
by E Michael White
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clock adjustment for not keeping score
Replies: 10
Views: 1258

Re: Clock adjustment for not keeping score

Law 8.1.6 now stipulates that the clock is not adjusted in the case of a player with a disability. David has given a correct answer but to a different question. 8.1.6 applies where an assistant writes down the moves. JT's original question related to an adjustment where neither he nor an assistant ...
by E Michael White
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this a win?
Replies: 34
Views: 2186

Re: Is this a win?

A move is completed only after you press the clock. So no move was made prior to pressing the clock. That's not quite right. The move was made prior to pressing the clock, but it was not completed prior to pressing the clock. David's comment is not quite right either. Illegal moves are never made t...
by E Michael White
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 39
Views: 2249

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Hello Stewart If you need to check the BCF Lightning tournament rules the last set I know of was included in the BCF yearbook for1970-71. They definitely included the announcing check rule. If a player failed to announce check and as a result the opponent left their king in check the opponent could ...
by E Michael White
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 39
Views: 2249

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

In 1970 or thereabouts the BCF lightning rules had two rules which might be considered unusual now:- a. check had to be announced b. the arbiter had to default a player for any second rule infringement, none of this wishy washy 3 or 4 strikes and you're out. Players and arbiters were expected to kno...
by E Michael White
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 123
Views: 8454

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Hello Brian

I've only just started reading this stuff.

If you are going ELO type, how do you plan to ensure consistency across junior grades where some play a high proportion of adults and others play a much smaller proportion of adults?
by E Michael White
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 106
Views: 7893

Re: Arbitration question

The practical effect, as noted by Jack, is that an illegal move can directly lose by virtue of the requirement to substitute a move involving the touched piece. At the other extreme it is also possible under FIDE laws, for you to complete an illegal move, it is pointed out and the only other legal ...
by E Michael White
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 106
Views: 7893

Re: Arbitration question

soheil_hooshdaran You mention that this game was a Women's National Championship played under Blitz format. How many arbiters were running the section and how many players took part ? What was decided and how did the game proceed ? The replies on this forum assume that Black's immediately preceding ...