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by David Sedgwick
Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 69
Views: 6402

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

"When the news of the unprecedented competition with an Israeli athlete was first publicized by the media outside Iran an official of the Chess Federation of Iran said the athletes had not been aware of the nationality of their rival, which is highly unlikely." Yes, it certainly is. I am not so sur...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 4148

Re: 4th FIDE Grand Prix, Jerusalem, 11-23 December 2019

I admit to having got lost with all this. Have MVL's chances gone now, and if not, what chances remain? (I just saw that I am not alone in asking!) So what is the situation with MVL now re Candidates qualification? If I have got things right, the situation has simplified. If Nepomniachtchi wins the...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8491

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I was wondering about, say, Terry Chapman as a possible counter-example. But did Terry improve 200 points though? Chapman was rated 2156 when he returned to active play in 2007 and he peaked at 2331 during 2013, so he improved by 175 points in his early fifties. However, I can't give chapter and ve...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4691

Re: Brexit tea leaves

I live in West Bromwich West, which has been Labour for just about as long as suffrage has been extended far enough to give the working class the vote. The only exception was when Betty Boothroyd was Speaker. I can't imagine any "normal" scenario where Labour wouldn't win the seat in West Bromwich ...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8491

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

There is of course the other common battleground in English chess, which is that independent organisations in general would rather the ECF bugger off and leave them to it, and not interfere with their events. There is no evidence to suggest that the issue is any different from all the other issues ...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8491

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

If there were procedures and protocols which people could follow if they had concerns, there would be little justification for open discussion on this or any other Forum. There should be potential for a discussion on methods. To clarify, I was suggesting that allegations against specific individual...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8491

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I would suggest that most of the speculation has been extremely far from flippant. This is a serious issue. The episode demonstrates once again that the ECF are about a decade late in introducing proper Anti Cheating Regulations. If there were procedures and protocols which people could follow if t...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Christmas Quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 1793

Re: A Christmas Quiz

"Petrosian 4-3 Hübner" Was that the one where Hübner resigned the match rather than play on two bad adjourned positions? I have always thought those games should have been scored (and rated) as losses, making the score 6-3. No, that was Hübner's match against Korchnoi in the 1979 - 1981 cycle. http...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Russia banned by WADA
Replies: 15
Views: 1003

Re: Russia banned by WADA

Chris Rice wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:48 am
Personally I think [that Dvorkovich has] done a good job so far
I presume that you are not a regular user of the FIDE website.
by David Sedgwick
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90959

Re: Cheating in chess

I'm sure Jon Ashworth could help out with suitably convincing arguments . As not everyone will click on the link. please could I make it clear that the reference is to John Ashworth the Labour politician. NOT to his namesake John Ashworth, Chief Executive Officer of Caplin Systems, the new sponsors...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90959

Re: Cheating in chess

I'm sure Jon Ashworth could help out with suitably convincing arguments . As not everyone will click on the link. please could I make it clear that the reference is to John Ashworth the Labour politician. NOT to his namesake John Ashworth, Chief Executive Officer of Caplin Systems, the new sponsors...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21387

Re: World Youth Championships

If you wish to do it, you introduce a regulation requiring players to keep their scoresheets for four weeks (say) and submit copies to the organiser on request. Supposing the game is analysed and shows an unusually high correlation with computer moves, what then? You've got evidence that cheating m...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21387

Re: World Youth Championships

So what to do about Mr Lovelock and his magic hat? I'd imagine they will be in action again this evening in a Highcliffe A v Ringwood away fixture. 17 wins, 2 draws and counting in standard play in the last 3 months. January standard rating will be over 200 for sure. Surely the first thing that you...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21387

Re: World Youth Championships

On day 1, there was a bit of worry within some of the arbiting team that the players would be upset with the scanning, but actually they all support it and were very polite and accommodating. For example, Danny Gormally and Keith Arkell are both outspoken about cheating, and so are very supportive ...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3284
Views: 357948

Re: Media comments on chess

Isn't that axiomatic, since at female only tournaments you can just get female titles? That's not right. You could get norms in tournaments with three full GMs and two other titled players, even if they were all women. More relevantly, the Women's World Champion is awarded the full GM title, if she...