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by David Sedgwick
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Pal Benko (1928-2019)
Replies: 16
Views: 1074

Re: Pal Benko (1928-2019)

Whilst amicable relations between Benko and Fischer had been restored by the time of Palma de Mallorca 1970, they were on rather different terms during Curacao 1962. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=tA5iojYy8kwC&pg=PA57&lpg=PA57&dq=budapest+%22stubborn+notions+about+equality%22&source=bl&ots=nSLw...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Legitimate procedure in making a move?
Replies: 23
Views: 1148

Re: Legitimate procedure in making a move?

… so I asked the arbiter for clarification. Much to my surprise, the arbiter ruled that, as it was my opponent's move, my opponent could do what he liked with piece, so long as he eventually made a legal move with it. From the responses above, I sense that most don't share this arbiter's view. I ce...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strange happening
Replies: 19
Views: 1129

Re: Strange happening

Anyone else remember the infamous incident at Hastings when a German walked out of the tournament after an arbiter forbade him from having his mascot, possibly a stuffed teddy bear (I cannot recall), beside the board? https://beauchess.blogspot.com/ No, can you source that one for us? I can source ...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 178
Views: 12258

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

And I don't understand why so much of the criticism is directed at the former Director of Home Chess given the policies are being carried forward by his successor To my mind it is to Alex Holowczak's credit that he posts on here when other Directors do not. People criticise him and he defends himse...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 2052

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:49 pm
David Sedgwick will surely be ready with copy and paste again at 1201am on 20 August 2024, although that looks a bridge too far.
I certainly hope to be thus poised then and again at 1201 am on 20 August 2029.

My worry is that one or both will prove to be a bridge too far for me.
by David Sedgwick
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Specification for ECF LMS API ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1712

Re: Specification for ECF LMS API ?

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:13 pm
ECF want to abolish graders
There appear to be two possibilities:

1. ECF want graders to do six times as much work as they do now.
2. ECF want to abolish graders.

Most graders I know would be quite happy with the second possibility, but are up in arms about the first.
by David Sedgwick
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: New TAP
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Re: New TAP

Not about plumbing, but appointments as back room experts at Olympiads. https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11782-fide-has-appointed-a-new-technical-administrative-panel.html Not one, but two contributors to this forum. FIDE has renewed the Olympiad Technical Administrative P...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 2052

Happy Birthday, Leonard

David Sedgwick (ten years ago) wrote:Many happy returns to Leonard Barden, who is 80 years old today.
David Sedgwick (five years ago) wrote:Many happy returns to Leonard Barden, who is 85 years old today.
Many happy returns to Leonard Barden, who is 90 years old today.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5591

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

All moves in 130 minutes with 30 seconds delay throughout. Thanks. 130 minutes feels like a clumsy figure for some reason. If you treat delay as increment it adds up to 2 1/2 hours for forty moves, just like the old days. So it does, but that wasn't the reason. The players were consulted about redu...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5591

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:35 pm
What's the time limit?
All moves in 130 minutes with 30 seconds delay throughout.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5591

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:05 am
Sort of thing you often see the moment you take your hand off the piece.
True, but maybe not on this occasion. The video suggests to me that Nepomniachtchi only realised when Anand played 77 … b5.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 2134

Re: Rook Odds Rules.

Peter Sowray wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:17 am
Michael - congratulations! I’m impressed ...
I have now got it too, although I wouldn't have done without EMW's hint.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 143
Views: 5419

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Nick Grey wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:07 pm
Good luck to Shaun and any forumnites playing or arbiting.
The list of arbiters contains some familiar names and some unfamiliar ones (unfamiliar to me anyway), but no members of this Forum.

https://khantymansiysk2019.fide.com/en/ ... /arbiters/
by David Sedgwick
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 2134

Re: Rook Odds Rules.

In his Chess Praxis rules, the way Staunton worded his discussion of castling made no mention of odds play. The British Chess Association rules adopted at the Congress of 1862 deliberately varied from his rules in some respects. On pages lxx-lxxi of the Congress book in the paragraph on castling th...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 143
Views: 5419

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Nick is correct. GM Max Illingworth won the 2019 Zone 3.6 Zonal, and stated that he would play in the World Cup (as his last event before retiring from competitive chess). Up until a week ago I assumed that this was still the case, but was then informed he was not planning to attend. As the second ...