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by Roger de Coverly
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental Time Controls
Replies: 79
Views: 10375

Re: Incremental Time Controls

Are you really going to step in with both players having less than a minute on the clocks and say "Right, let's gets the position written down for adjudication"? It wasn't very clear what the whole proposal would say, but it might have been to declare the session over after 180 minutes and all unfi...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental Time Controls
Replies: 79
Views: 10375

Re: Incremental Time Controls

Play in the London Civil Service Chess League consists of three hour session based on either 36 moves in 90 minutes You could just propose that the adjudication cut off be moved to 60 moves. This might flush out those in the pro-adjudication lobby whose real problem is not so much quick play finish...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental Time Controls
Replies: 79
Views: 10375

Re: Incremental Time Controls

Does anyone have experience of setting or playing in evening games using incremental time controls? You could consult the rules of the Surrey Border league at http://www.borderleague.org.uk/local/pdf/constitution.pdf. I believe they've being using incremental rates in some matches for a few seasons...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "First-move advantage in chess"
Replies: 7
Views: 1356

Re: "First-move advantage in chess"

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5320 I thought when I read it that this proposal (resigns not allowed) was dated 1st April http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5060 It turns out this guy is serious and even got Karpov to play a match under these rules http://www.chessbase.c...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 12047

Re: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)

I play in the Kent League and as the husband and carer of a disabled person always have my mobile (on silent/vibrate) on when playing matches. Here's the Kent rule according to their website http://www.kentchessca.plus.com/rules.htm a) Mobile phones are permitted in the playing room but must be swi...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Abusive UK Chess Sites
Replies: 79
Views: 6373

Re: Abusive UK Chess Sites

But my understanding of it is that Prof brought his own clock to an away match (a nice digital one) a If I understand the clock rules of the Merseyside league correctly, they are 35 moves in 75 minutes plus an additional 15 with the extra time being added at move 35. Unless the digital clock was pr...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you do here
Replies: 65
Views: 6375

Re: What would you do here

Lets say you have written down all the moves legibly and have a complete scoresheet, your flag falls, your opponent's scoresheet shows 38 moves and yours shows you have completed 40. If in addition to avoid the ambiguity, lets say you completed your 40th move with more than 5 minutes to spare then ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you do here
Replies: 65
Views: 6375

Re: What would you do here

Lets say, as white, you take advantage of 8.4 and are not recording your moves; you just make the time control at move 40 and whilst thinking about your 41st your flag falls. Rule 8.4 requires you to update your scoresheet completely before making your 41st move. The word completely probably means ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you do here
Replies: 65
Views: 6375

Re: What would you do here

Before the game starts, I underline move 36 or whatever the time control move is. I also record my time after each move (to give myself a proper perspective on the game I suppose these practices all technically contravene the laws of the game, I think we established on the other thread that both no...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Rough Guide to new grades
Replies: 84
Views: 9889

Re: Rough Guide to new grades

(Assuming, that is, FIDE grades are typically more accurate than ECF ones.) Surely for most of us below IM standard, the converse is true. I doubt if more than 30% of my games are FIDE rated. FIDE ratings are based on results in selected events against a subset of opponents. One of my 4NCL team mat...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

The error in Keith's case of not recording the float would not have happened had the arbiters used computerised pairings. Perhaps we should revisit why many British arbiters have been reluctant to use their laptops for pairings.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)
Replies: 135
Views: 12047

Re: Mobile Phones (and Grandmasters)

I've found that putting the mobile phone on silent b4 turning it off solves all problems. It's alarming that the designers of modern phones have incorporated a feature where off doesn't mean off. There must be circumstances other than chess games where a phone should stay switched off. I wonder whe...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you do here
Replies: 65
Views: 6375

Re: What would you do here

and was rather puzzled at the rationale behind the rule change I could see three possible reasons. (1) arbiters Some senior arbiters particularly the Dutch one had a pet hatred of this part of historic chess culture, considering it to be taking notes. In my memory, the change was introduced to foll...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chivalry
Replies: 8
Views: 1664

Re: Chivalry

Speaking of clocks, are you guys in favour of reminding opponents if/when they forget to hit their clock, or do you prefer to spend a little extra quality analysis time instead? My personal practice is to remind my opponent on the first transgression usually by vaguely pointing in the direction of ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chivalry
Replies: 8
Views: 1664

Re: Chivalry

As a club match captain, I would expect all games in a match to start at the same time and to start once the majority of both teams (particularly the away team) were present. Possibly as a hang over from the days of adjournments, I would try to agree that clocks would be started at a time shown on a...