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by David Williams
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Club Lost Property Policy
Replies: 12
Views: 2690

Re: Chess Club Lost Property Policy

If anyone should be asking anyone, surely it's the chess club that should be asking the venue if they have a policy.
by David Williams
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision
Replies: 31
Views: 3198

Re: Penalty for illegal move: 2018 FIDE revision

Effectively what GM Inarkiev’s claim is that in the position after 27…Ne3+, GM Carlsen’s only legal move is to claim the game. Is claiming the game a move? Do you have to press the clock to complete the move? Of course, if it isn't a move, Inarkiev didn't need to claim the game because of an illega...
by David Williams
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should this move attract a penalty?
Replies: 20
Views: 2630

Re: Should this move attract a penalty?

If you really want to be a stickler for the rules there is the possible exclusion of the spectators from the venue.
by David Williams
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 6077

Re: To grade or not to grade

A half hour default in league chess is unusually harsh. Many leagues would set the time at an hour or an hour after the notional start time. Is that so? Surely many leagues play a three hour session, and either have, or once had, a time control after an hour and a quarter. If the default time is as...
by David Williams
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: To grade or not to grade
Replies: 39
Views: 6077

Re: To grade or not to grade

What would have happened if player B had won? If it would have been scored as a default win anyway once the rule had been discovered, then I'd be inclined to say the game was a friendly. But if, as I suspect, no-one would have been too bothered what the default rule was and it would have been report...
by David Williams
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence
Replies: 34
Views: 2885

Re: Sealed move during threefold repetition sequence

I would have assumed that a sealed move is a completed move. It's just that the other player doesn't know what it is. If my opponent announced that he was claiming a draw because he had written down a move that created a three-fold repetition I would think it rather odd that he hadn't said so at the...
by David Williams
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DGT/FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highly reduced rate
Replies: 57
Views: 6884

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

If a product is offered into a market well below its normal trading price, a secondary (resale) market will almost certainly develop . . . . True of medicines; likely true of chess clocks too I think the 'almost certainly' needs a citation. I don't think it's generally true, and it's certainly only...
by David Williams
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws of Chess
Replies: 20
Views: 2033

Re: FIDE Laws of Chess

You could have a rule that an illegal move loses unless you have an up-to-date scoresheet - in any version of the game.
by David Williams
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Behind Bars
Replies: 29
Views: 6899

Re: Chess Behind Bars

I've thrown it away now, but didn't Ray Keene give a good review of this in his column in the Times? I wasn't convinced about backing it up with one of Fischer's games, though. Possibly the least likely prisoner to be rehabilitated by being offered a chess programme!
by David Williams
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July Grades
Replies: 60
Views: 13483

Re: july grades

Am I the only one unable to understand how someone graded 165 should really be under 100? Unless his name is Michael Adams and he has only actually played half the games attributed to him.
by David Williams
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strange example of gamesmanship in play
Replies: 12
Views: 1645

Re: Strange example of gamesmanship in play

I believe the rule about not writing down a move before you made it was done on the grounds that it was making notes. For me that wasn't a problem, but I always had the distinct impression that some people did it in the expectation that their opponent would read it upside down, and they could try to...
by David Williams
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Checkmate/stalemate with the flag down
Replies: 10
Views: 2016

Re: Dave Rumens

I'm not sure I find that very persuasive. Maybe a better version would be if I checkmated someone with 20 seconds on the clock and didn't press it. As I begin a post mortem chat my opponent just sits there, and 20 seconds later claims the game. Not a big deal. Enough said. (But I still think my way ...
by David Williams
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Checkmate/stalemate with the flag down
Replies: 10
Views: 2016

Re: Dave Rumens

Stewart Reuben wrote:It seems to have worked well enough for nearly 60 years.
My original question was as to why the rule was as it was. Was there some benefit I couldn't see? If you had to press the clock there is physical evidence as to who won. Not every game has an eagle-eyed arbiter in attendance.
by David Williams
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Checkmate/stalemate with the flag down
Replies: 10
Views: 2016

Re: Dave Rumens

The real reason: mate; or stalemate; or 5 fold occurrence of position; or 75 moves without a pawn move or capture; or impossible to win by any series of moves; takes preference over the clock, is that, 'Why would you bother to press the clock when the game is over?' So the reason that you don't hav...
by David Williams
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Checkmate/stalemate with the flag down
Replies: 10
Views: 2016

Re: Dave Rumens

The question of whether checkmate was delivered before or after the fall of the flag must be quite common. Even with a crowd of people around I've seen draws agreed because no-one was really sure. Is there any reason why the rule is the way that it is? Wouldn't it be much more practical if it were t...