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by E Michael White
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Don't Understand Grading Calculation
Replies: 28
Views: 1126

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: 38
Views: 3147

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: 38
Views: 3147

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: 2063

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: 2063

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: 2063

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: 2647

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: 2647

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: 39009

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: 13572

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.
by E Michael White
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 3135

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

The first FIDE Rapid Chess ruleset was produced around 1984/5 and appeared in the Chess Informator No. 40 Page 494. They were mostly used in the early days for games of 60 minutes ( I think that was per player) but rapidly became the standard for 30 mins each. They were originally known as rules for...
by E Michael White
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 1634

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: 27
Views: 1634

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: 3
Views: 447

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: 2665

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...