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by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 200
Views: 20236

Re: Where did I go wrong?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:01 pm
And what would 21...Nxe3 do for me?
When sacrificing a piece is incorrect, any other forcing move is OK. You reduce your opponent's control of dark squares and gain time to recapture on d5.
White's reply is forced, given that Rxe3 allows Bxd4
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90629

Re: Cheating in chess

Would you then be happy for the phone to be on but muted, provided that the muting was guaranteed to be effective? The laws of OTB prohibit external consultation. You could still observe this with a muted phone, but it's simplest to proscribe that the phone be completely off for the duration of the...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90629

Re: Cheating in chess

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:29 pm
I have never understood the obsession with phones being turned off.
It's to stop it making a noise.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90629

Re: Cheating in chess

Would you still be happy if they left the room wearing the jacket or carrying the bag? I don't really see why not. Female players have commented that whilst they could put a switched off phone in a handbag, they wouldn't want to be deprived of the handbag. (That was in a discussion about what the l...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90629

Re: Cheating in chess

Just so that I'm clear in my mind as to what happens elsewhere, what's the formula for someone arriving at a league match by public transport? What exactly is he or she expected to do with his/her phone? As a Match Captain, I would be perfectly happy that the phone was switched off and remained off...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Richmond Stars Barred
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: Richmond Stars Barred

Paul McKeown wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:22 am

Entry form can be downloaded from
You may want to revisit the file. I got a message that the pdf file was damaged and couldn't be opened.

That was from Adobe Acrobat Reader DC version 2019.021.20061

What's the tournament format? Two rounds a day?
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20609

Re: World Youth Championships

because sometimes you need a big shift in attitudes and this is one of those times. Why do you need a big shift in attitudes? It's against the laws of over the board chess to consult external sources during the game, and always has been. I agree with previous posters though that you have to establi...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20609

Re: World Youth Championships

My experience of raising the matter of anti-cheating in evening leagues is one of complete apathy and uninterest. The expectation would be that games are played in accordance with 11.3.1 11.3.1 During play the players are forbidden to use any notes, sources of information or advice, or analyse any ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90629

Re: Cheating in chess

Certainly in the Kobylianskyi case there was the issue of him sending in his own results and generally acting with multiple conflicts of interest etc Ukraine has a poor reputation. For example from 6 years ago https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5936&p=131296&hilit=ukraine+hastings#p131...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20609

Re: World Youth Championships

Could you definitely convince a court of that, absent any demonstration of the alleged method? I would rather suspect it's the case that you couldn't, even on balance of probabilities. If on the other hand, you were a selector, either for a team or for a representative competition, would you want t...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90629

Re: Cheating in chess

Suspicions regarding the achievements of Mr. Ihor Kobylianskyi (FIDE ID 14106329) and Mr. Iuri Shkuro (FIDE ID 14108836) at recent rapid and blitz chess tournaments have been reported to the Presidential Board. This seems to be about exploiting the 400 point rule in FIIDE rating to gain loads of po...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 43rd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament, 1 & 2 February 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 488

Re: 43rd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament, 1 & 2 February 2020

On-line entries have closed at a head count of 182. That's near capacity.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 22
Views: 2009

Re: January Grades are out

There is a problem for some players that we have now identified. I'm not sure how widespread it is and therefore how much work is involved in fixing it, I seem to be affected as well. Excluding the first 4 games of the 2019-2020 Hastings Masters, I played 125 in 2019 according to my personal databa...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20609

Re: World Youth Championships

You need 9 games for an official rating, It was reduced to 5 games in 2017 https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/B022017 from which 7.14b If based on results obtained under 6.4, a minimum of 5 games played against rated opponents. You need 30 games for the FM and CM titles https://handbook.fide.com/cha...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20609

Re: World Youth Championships

I don’t think the junior system has the 40 points idea. I stand to be corrected I think you are correct. The same performance every year would result in the same grade because the calculation is repeated with a clean sheet as if a new player. The ECF's monthly rating system, being Elo theory based ...