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by Joseph Conlon
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185876

Re: Cheating in chess

In terms of the UKCC, I think it's a matter of public record that at least three of those who would have qualified for the terafinal knockout stage (i.e. were in the top 4 following the first day of the terafinal) got lichess bans and were disqualified between the first and second day of the terafin...
by Joseph Conlon
Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Online British championship
Replies: 15
Views: 1213

Re: Online British championship

The restrictions on Jersey etc seem proportionate to me, given restrictions on the total numbers allowed (presumably to do with arbiters watching players over zoom?) It is also the case that, supposing every ENG grandmaster entered, not all of them would be able to play in the main event as some wou...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Thoughts on running OTB junior tournaments at the current time
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Re: Thoughts on running OTB junior tournaments at the current time

You could argue that, but the counter argument would be that children in the middle of the draw would be playing some games in one room and some games in another. If the tournament started with one infected child, even if they were always in the same room, there would clearly be a risk of it spread...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 66
Views: 5008

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

While I in no way minimise the risks of covid, I don't get why some try to depict chess as an extremely high risk activity while many participants demonstrated that the levels of safety in a properly run event is lower than a pub, hairdresser or dinner with 5 friends. Exactly this. The question is ...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Thoughts on running OTB junior tournaments at the current time
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Re: Thoughts on running OTB junior tournaments at the current time

Nick Grey wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:43 pm
Adults should not run OTB junior or adult tournaments.
I'm glad you are then supportive of enterprising teenagers setting up and running OTB tournaments. ;)
by Joseph Conlon
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Thoughts on running OTB junior tournaments at the current time
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Thoughts on running OTB junior tournaments at the current time

As promised here are some thoughts about organising OTB junior tournaments at the current time, which to me seems like the one area of chess with the clearest legal route to OTB events. It is true that even so, given the latest announcements about a national lockdown, the next actual month or so see...
by Joseph Conlon
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1839

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

I'm a bit sceptical of the idea that stronger local junior clubs are what are missing; I certainly don't remember them as a feature of the 1980s/1990s. Richmond Juniors? I am a great admirer of the wonderful work Richmond has done over the decades - and the Complete Chess Addict was my absolute fav...
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1839

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

There are many answers to this question, but one (which I have alluded to before) which seems to be missing today is something playing the role the BCF Junior Squad had in the 1980s/1990s (and also earlier in the 1970s according to Roger de C). The first big event I won was the junior squad U7s and ...
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 22
Views: 2201

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

Thanks Wadih - there were several withdrawals in advance (parents worried about the general rise in covid) and some enquiries which didn't translate to entries. And also it was clear that there is a strand of opinion (from people who I respect even if I disagree with them) that over-the-board events...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185876

Re: Lichess criteria?

In terms of (1), this household has plenty of experience of a child playing in a bedroom while an adult spectates virtually from the kitchen. Presumably these are the same IP address, but given no one has been banned (1) appears not to be a strong trigger. Is the adult able to watch the game in rea...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185876

Re: Lichess criteria?

In terms of (1), this household has plenty of experience of a child playing in a bedroom while an adult spectates virtually from the kitchen. Presumably these are the same IP address, but given no one has been banned (1) appears not to be a strong trigger. Is the adult able to watch the game in rea...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185876

Re: Lichess criteria?

Having heard of another friend (of 200+ strength) being banned by Lichess is it possible to document the criteria Lichess use to ban people? Are the following possible? 1. Having someone follow the same game using the same IP address? 2. Having another lichess window open and watching another game ...
by Joseph Conlon
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire
Replies: 22
Views: 2201

Re: U11 Junior Tournament in Oxfordshire

Tournament ran successfully (I think) today. 13 children and we played 8 rounds. 1st Reya Li 7/8 2nd = Harry Bryant, Cian Ward 6.5/8. Special mention to 5-year old debutant Ayan Pradhan with 3.5/8.

Full results will go on UTUSwiss when I sort out some problems uploading them.
by Joseph Conlon
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?
Replies: 66
Views: 5008

Re: Should the ECF try to organise more chess?

Personal opinion: if there is one thing the ECF should ensure takes place, it is OTB British championship events in 2021.| The format doesn't have to be a large seaside venue in which all events occur over a week/fortnight and likewise large Swisses are not a requirement (there was a time when the m...