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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2624
Views: 281689

Re: Media comments on chess

Without increments that could not happen. Are you unfamiliar with rules allowing players to claim a draw because their opponent isn't able or isn't trying to win by normal means? These proved necessary for the several decades during which most UK tournament games were determined by quickplay finish...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2624
Views: 281689

Re: Media comments on chess

No extra hours after the last one. I said I want 40 moves in 2 hours, 1 hour for 20 then 15 minutes added on to finish the game. That is 7½ max for each game. It was the 1995 conditions, (maybe they had 30 minutes....but 15 minutes is my choice.) You then run the risk of the World Championship bein...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2624
Views: 281689

Re: Media comments on chess

You are fearing extreme cases. I cannot recall any pre-increment W.C. Matches where players are bashing out K&N v K&N to see whose flag falls. Of course not, because they didn't have quickplay finishes. It's a simple enough trade off. If you abolish time controls that specify the game goes on forev...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 59629

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Andrew Martin wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:55 am
Speaking of memories ,whatever happened to Bob Pentecost?
He kept the initials, but changed his surname.

http://ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php?f ... de=114272A

No games though.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 297
Views: 15173

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Well, according to posts on the previous page, all who want to participate in the relocted event can go - though it remains to be seen how much they'd be going for. The new FIDE President was able to arrange trouble free visas for football fans attending the World Cup. Presumably the same connectio...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38712

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Paolo Casaschi wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:36 pm
Consistently, the number of active games is about 1/3 of the number of online players.
A minute or two ago, lichess was hovering around 13,000 games. That's on one of the more popular servers. Perhaps around 100,000 games across all servers then as a top estimate.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 38
Views: 2475

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

I don't know whether it would yet be classified as a main line, but there's an article in a recent NIC Yearbook about the sequence which runs 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 a6 5. cxd5 exd5 6. e3 Be6 The idea of 4. .. a6 or even 3. .. a6 goes back a century, but it's recently been played a bit m...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38712

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Where do you get the 35,000 number from? 75,000 divide by 2, take off a bit for those between games or just watching or browsing. Perhaps it's something FIDE should coordinate. Contact all known servers, nominate a 24 hour or 7 day period and ask them to record activity both by headcount and games ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38712

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I have written to ask chess.com quote statistics on their home page. As of a UK Sunday morning Members 25,507,866 Games Today 3,060,922 Players Online 75,428 Titled Online 187 So that's probably around 35,000 games taken place presently. That's one of the top 5 in terms of numbers, so it might be a...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ignorance is Bliss
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: Ignorance is Bliss

Reg Clucas wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:28 pm
But my main objection is the fact that it is the only "coverage" of the match which the BBC saw fit to show.
It was on the BBC News channel the day of the playoffs. Did it make News Bulletins on BBC1 or BBC2?
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38712

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

It was, but I thought we were wondering whether it had ever been applied in a WC match. Apart from the forgotten Kamsky v Karpov match for FIDE's title, that was the last proper match for some years, during which faster and incremental time rates became established. The isolated Braingames match in...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38712

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The time control was 2 hours for 40 moves, 1 hour for the next 20 moves, and sudden death in a half hour. That was a standard time control for the period, used in one round a day events such as the British Championship, Hastings and the 4NCL. Digital clocks were available by then, so the switch to ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38712

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:15 pm
Hi Roger,

Off the top of my head. 2 hours 40 moves. 20 moves an hour thereafter no adjournments.
Do you and the watching public really want 10 or 12 hour games in one sitting?
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38712

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:00 pm

It's increment clocks we should abolish
What move rate would you recommend then?
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is it legal?
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: Is it legal?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:31 pm
So what are the possible penalties?
The national Federations are the gatekeepers for FIDE rating. One obvious penalty is that the tournament doesn't get rated.