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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: SCCU bulletin archive
Replies: 9
Views: 836

Re: SCCU bulletin archive

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:13 pm
so you can't rely on finding all instances of a person's name (for example), but it would help.
Beware the numerous misspellings or mistypings though.

In the era of Richard Hadrell, the bulletin did learn the spelling of "Niedzwiedzki". Earlier years had numerous variants.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: SCCU bulletin archive
Replies: 9
Views: 836

Re: SCCU bulletin archive

Some fascinating stuff there, particularly old (junior) team lists from the 1960s.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20201

Re: World Youth Championships

Natasha12 January 2020 at 13:57 He did not play in the London Game. We have got evidence for that. Against that, the organisers and arbiters at the London Chess Classic seem to think he was correctly identified. If there was an imposter in London, it would seem expedient on family and local organis...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Senior opps 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 1150

Re: English Senior opps 2020

It's about time we hosted an international Senior event. Matching prices available elsewhere in Europe is a likely stumbling block. A benchmark from the forthcoming European Seniors in Poland for example 10. Accommodation packages in the official hotel All packages includes accommodation for 10 nig...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: If Magnus Carlsen....
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: If Magnus Carlsen....

A couple of clubs around here ran time handicaps, and actually it seems that time may not make much difference. It's a little easier for the higher rated player than one might think. The point being that even 18 minutes v 2 minutes is still 20 minutes in total. So the higher rated player uses the o...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Doppelgangers
Replies: 9
Views: 716

Re: Membership Doppelgangers

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:25 pm
It's the line of least resistence and the quickest way of getting a membership number.
People usually know what their grading code is. They might even remember the email address they used last year. What password they used for a site they last used a year ago is likely to have been forgotten.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 4311

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:37 pm
Assuming the game was standard play, in which case there would be a record of the moves
That wouldn't necessarily be so unless there was an increment of at least 30 seconds, or with a shorter or no increment, that the remaining time was at least 5 minutes for the player not having a flagfall.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 83
Views: 17328

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:53 pm
Hang on, have they just ripped off the FT's piece uncredited?
I get the impression "businessfast" is an FT brand name. Direct links to the FT have a high failure rate, because they usually provoke a paywall.

https://www.businessfast.co.uk/best-of-ft-money-2019/
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation
Replies: 83
Views: 17328

Re: Chess and Pension Fraud - allegation

Piece in the FT Also at https://www.businessfast.co.uk/chess-body-pressed-to-drop-grandmaster-in-pensions-row in which “Once this issue has been drawn to their attention, the ECF should cease to have any business arrangements with grandmaster Simon Williams,” said Mick Norris, past president of the...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7613

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Smart technology is to chess what drugs were to athletics, in some ways even more so. It isn't though, because it's totally legal to use performance enhancing devices outside of competition. A clockwork powered watch isn't a smart device, and a ban makes no sense unless it's security theatre for th...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7613

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

If they're away from the board then you wouldn't think anything of it On the contrary, you can be suspicious if your opponent is absent. That's particularly the case at some of the 4NCL venues when there's an area where support teams can lurk. Was that not the problem with the Smart Watch in Telfor...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New grading conversions
Replies: 29
Views: 2559

Re: New grading conversions

1850 is madness for a first result. Get the starting point right at 1150 please. :D I suppose the idea is to ensure a minimum rating for new players. I would be more concerned about under rating new players from outside England. But perhaps their FIDE or other Elo based rating would be imported as ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7613

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

This conversation has made it clear to me that actually, you don't know what these devices are. If I played against you, I could use a smartwatch to cheat quite easily and you'd be none the wiser until you ran the game through Stockfish afterwards. You would be looking at your watch more frequently...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7613

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:42 pm
I may be missing the point, but some players will be taking medication at fairly specific times.
Younger generations may have given up on watches because they carry phones all the time. But if you are in a phones banned environment like a chess tournament, that doesn't apply.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 7613

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

. Alex’s point was that sometimes organisers will opt for a solution (not allowing any watches as an alternative to having to check all of them) which allows them to concentrate on other things. It’s hardly an unreasonable position. That's where we disagree. I consider it unreasonable. What is the ...