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by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 4568

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Hartston wrote about a similar event in one of his humour books, although I think there one player thought he had won and the other drawn. That supposedly was based on a real incident in a Student Olympiad. You - and Hartston - were probably thinking of the incident in the game Schneider - Pedersen...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 214
Views: 16838

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

3. They'd just have to name some other licenced arbiter who was never present but ticks the box as far as FIDE is concerned, which is sharp practice that FIDE wants to avoid Arbiters who are not present have a duty to do more than just tick a box. To be fair, if there was a will, an arbiter could b...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 4568

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

I think by awarding the draw, you made a perfectly reasonable decision. I know the laws don't provide for this option, but if both players agreed that actually they didn't resign and wanted to carry on playing, then I would let them do that too. After all, the player who ends up losing can hardly c...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 214
Views: 16838

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I don't think it makes much difference whether or not he is setting out to abuse the system, but he may well not be. If he is the organiser of an out of the way club where he is by far the strongest player, what is he supposed to do? I would have thought that it would be prudent to train someone el...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pairing a Team Event
Replies: 3
Views: 477

Re: Pairing a Team Event

Swiss Manager obviously does, as it is used for many team events from the Olympiad downwards.

However, I'm afraid that I'm too much of a technonumpty to give any useful help.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11828

Re: Hastings Congress

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:29 pm
… also artistic finish from Marc Bryant (who has done immense work for the tournament over the years)
But never more so than for this one.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 11828

Re: Hastings Congress

Brian Towers wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:28 pm
OK, I'll bite.

Khoo-Thwe v Butt, although Khoo-Thwe's federation is Norway rather than Oz.
Half right. The first player should be Drastik.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2799

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

I think it refers to the Grand Swiss in the Isle of Man when two adjoining boards had identical sharp positions and the decision was made to move one of the games. I've no idea what relevance it has to Alex arbiting at the World Rapid/Blitz though. The excellent work that Alex did at last year's Wo...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5234

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:46 pm
so are we getting keith's games quality-tested or not? seems we've drifted off the main point here.
David Sedgwick wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:32 pm
This Forum has a long tradition of threads going wildly off topic and of posters making the same point in several threads.
Please don't take it personally, Danny.
by David Sedgwick
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2799

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:03 pm
… some very long games ...
… and a couple of very short ones, about which I have posted in the "boycotts" thread.
by David Sedgwick
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 69
Views: 6402

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

In Round 1 of the World Rapid Championships in Moscow, a Saudi was paired against an Israeli. The Saudi defaulted.

In Round 3, a different Saudi was paired against a different Israeli. Again, the Saudi defaulted.

Both Saudis have been allowed to continue in the event.
by David Sedgwick
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 2799

Re: World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019

Although the UK is represented there on the other side of the desk: Alex Holowczak is on the arbiting team. How do we track his progress? In two ways: 1. By whether or not the pairings on Chess-Results appear in a timely manner, 2. By whether or not he continues to find the time to post on this For...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Opportunities for Arbiters in 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Re: Opportunities for Arbiters in 2020

I should like to comment briefly. Opportunities for arbiters from outside the host country to officiate at official World and Continental events have hitherto been rare and the selection processes have not always been entirely objective. This came to a head in 2018 when the initial list of African a...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Opportunities for Arbiters in 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Opportunities for Arbiters in 2020

Alan Atkinson, the new ECF Manager of Arbiters (see https://www.englishchess.org.uk/new-ecf-manager-of-arbiters/) has published the following announcement at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/opportunities-for-arbiters-in-2020/: Opportunities for Arbiters in 2020 To: English FIDE Licensed Internationa...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 223
Views: 18724

Re: End of an era

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:12 pm
Nevertheless I wonder if the obsession with him from some quarters is or was partly motivated by the cushy job he had at the times- that perhaps others coveted?
I honestly don't think that that was the motivation of any contributor to this Forum.