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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1701

Re: Knight Pair

Some openings like the Exchange Spanish are more likely to give rise to a position with two Knights against two Bishops. Another such opening is the Tchigorin Defence to the Queens Gambit where characteristic ideas are Bg4xf3 and Bb4xc3. My game with Liam Varnam at the Isle of Man British was an exa...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Memories of Tony Miles
Replies: 2
Views: 826

Re: Memories of Tony Miles

I think a couple of corrections are necessary about Tony's academic record. Although in his teenage years, he was travelling the country playing in tournaments as Hort recalls, he was still at school. He would have taken A Levels with a decent results as I believe he was in the frame to apply to Oxf...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 25
Views: 2771

Re: January Grades are out

Now it seems that what happened in in the latest grading is that the software looked back to the previous period (to get at least 30 games) and included the games with a corrected date of January 1st 2019 which (in many cases) would have been unnecessary. The system was supposedly changed a few yea...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1701

Re: Knight Pair

are there any good and reoccuring reasons to try and keep both knights and use them as a weapon till well into the game? One quite famous historic example is a Kings Indian ending between Larsen and Fischer where Fischer's Knights jump all over the place, creating trouble. [Event ""] [Site "Monaco"...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3367
Views: 363938

Re: Media comments on chess

There's a new film coming to Netflix shortly.

Made in Poland, the setting is a match between a US player and a Soviet player during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Coldest_Game
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 200
Views: 20500

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: 91962

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: 91962

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: 91962

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: 91962

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: 568

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: 324
Views: 22891

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: 324
Views: 22891

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: 91962

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: 324
Views: 22891

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...