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by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 11685

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:42 am
Peter Sowray (TPR 2320 after 5 rounds)
I think he was on the list as already qualified as an FM above 2300.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 8427

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:36 pm
Bird's Variation of the Lopez in Anand v Kovalev
There's an Evans Gambit like idea in that sequence.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Nxd4 exd4 5. 0-0 Bc5 6. b4

On 6. .. Bxb4, engines reckon 7. Bb2 is best but 7. c3 can also be played.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 11685

Re: British Championship Congress 2020

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:35 am
Tim Wall is a good player and will not dishonour the British Championship - I'm not sure why he can't have an automatic right to play in it.
The way it's currently worded, FMs need a minimum 2300 rating.
5 – FIDE Masters rated 2300 or higher on the rating list published on 1st July, 2019
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 22943

Re: World Youth Championships

I played at Hammersmith 1973 I was there as well, losing to Mestel without trouble in the first round, but eventually reaching 4/7 by winning in the last two rounds. Event "Hammersmith"] [Site ""] [Date "1973.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "de Coverly,RD"] [Black "Mestel,AJ"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D50"]...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Birth v Rating
Replies: 20
Views: 1805

Re: Birth v Rating

How many people were born in the same year as their FIDE rating? Those who play a lot of rated chess find their FIDE rating changes nearly every month. Every so often it coincides with their birth year for those broadly in the performance range 1930 to 2010. If you can recall a historic event, you ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division 4 South - 2019-20
Replies: 30
Views: 3349

Re: Division 4 South - 2019-20

Unfair to expect to avoid every clash - the extent of U150 involvement in 4NCL is variable and arguably greater with the southern bias of fixtures. It turns out that the final two rounds of the Chiltern Open clash with Divisions 1 & 2 of the 4NCL on 29th Feb and 28 Mar. That's probably down to late...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 200
Views: 20521

Re: Where did I go wrong?

Perhaps trade into the Knight v Bishop ending at move 34, park the Knight on c5 and invade with the King on the dark squares. At the very least it keeps the game under control. At around move 50 in the Rook ending, you may have to accept that it's gone wrong and take the repetition. Move 59 is an ou...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 8427

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Magnus playing the correct 4...d6. I'd normally favour the underdog but I do like to support my own openings so I might back Carlsen today. Notwithstanding the Berlin move order, they've transposed back into a Zaitsev. White lost a tempo by first playing d2-d3 and then d3-d4, but got it back by pla...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 92126

Re: Cheating in chess

It's a bit late to wonder whether anyone would bother to use a computer to cheat in a league match, since there has been at least one establihed case in London. If nothing else, cheaters need to hone their special skills by practice. Would you be able to divulge details? I recall a point being made...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 92126

Re: Cheating in chess

I'm not assuming anything, and indeed it appears that David does not know. My point is that in any particular case, until some specific form of suspicious behaviour is described, there is nothing to discuss. Leagues write rules about mobile phones, which are usually less rigorous than the FIDE vers...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 92126

Re: Cheating in chess

All very well and good, until it is pointed out that actually I am on call for my company 24/7 (the paid job, because most lower level league players play chess as a hobby) and therefore my phone NEEDS to be on, even during chess matches. So I do not really believe that banning phones from bags, co...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 92126

Re: Cheating in chess

I was not in the room when the actual chess game was taking place, so I do not know. I assume the alleged cheating was taking the form of consulting a device, rather than conversations with skilled third parties. You need an audit trail. How did the moves get transmitted to the device? How did the ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 92126

Re: Cheating in chess

2) If someone has cheated what measures/sanctions are in place should someone be proved guilty of cheating. In many cases, it might be career ending. That's if clubs declined membership, teams refused selection or tournaments refused to accept entry. That said, "casual" cheating, switching a phone ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 8427

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

I think that 6 Rg1 was first tried in the 1980s if not earlier? I didn't find anything before 1990, a Yugoslav (Serbian) player by the name of Todorovic being an early adopter. It became a bit more popular later in the decade with Ivanchuk and Conquest giving it a go. It was played in the recent Hu...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 8427

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

But 6 Rg1 is an outrage. As for 11 Kd1, words fail me. What are we Naj players to do now? Someone, possibly Fischer, wrote that 5. .. a6 was a high class waiting move. Recent years have shown that it's so much of a waiting move that White can indulge in almost any flight of fantasy in reply. 6 Rg1 ...