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by Roger de Coverly
Sat May 02, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 185
Views: 23586

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

I may be wrong, but I have the impression that a significant proportion of those who have been banned in OTB chess are of players of master strength and above. At lower levels of attainment amongst those who just pretend using engines to be strong players, I think you see "voluntary" bans. In other...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri May 01, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 17
Views: 1159

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

I've pointed out to the county that told me about it (today) that the online version is going to be run by chess.com. I'm not sure how much demand there is for on-line "serious" team chess, but I rather think the 4NCL got its feet under the table first and perhaps wisely elected to make teams multi...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri May 01, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 22
Views: 2356

Re: July 2020 grades

Agree, I played around 10 games in league and 4NCL; plenty of people would have also played tournaments (Hastings, Gibraltar and all weekenders) The grade would be based on the twelve months starting 1st July 2019, so the early finish in March won't change the category of players who exceed 30 by a...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri May 01, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Online County Championship
Replies: 17
Views: 1159

ECF Online County Championship

The ECF may be trying to launch an online version. I don't have any details.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri May 01, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 185
Views: 23586

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

[Or even 99% since, to be fair, Chess.com doesn't claim to be infallible]. Probably considerably lower. If the opportunity arises, the ECF should attempt to stamp very firmly on one of FIDE's ideas. https://en.chessbase.com/post/emil-sutovsky-discusses-fide-s-policy-during-the-covid19-pandemic We w...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3506
Views: 384096

Re: Media comments on chess

No mention of chess, but a familiar face and name in this report.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... m-confirms
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: What's this against my Sicilian
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: What's this against my Sicilian

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:00 am
Carlsen - Georgiadis, Biel 2018 went 1.e4 c5, 2.Na3 g6, 3.Nf3 Bg7, 4.c3 d5,5.exd5 Qxd5 and white rapidly got an inferior position
That's more of a 2.c3 interpretation than a Grand Prix one.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?
Replies: 46
Views: 2716

Re: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?

Simon Rogers wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:16 am
There are a number of elderly members in chess clubs that struggle with technology and look forward to an evening of social chess.
Against that, there are some veteran players who have fifty years experience of using computers.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?
Replies: 46
Views: 2716

Re: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:43 pm
Well, at least with an online event you don't have to dress up.
The requirement for "serious" chess seems likely to be video surveillance, so FIDE or whoever might overlay a dress code on top of that.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?
Replies: 46
Views: 2716

Re: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?

The technology presents some problems, of course (I got disconnected when I had just reached a winning position, à la Firouzja) That is one of the many problems. I probably first played on-line chess getting on for twenty five years ago. It's perfectly suitable for casual play, but too vulnerable t...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen vs three pieces
Replies: 26
Views: 1751

Re: Queen vs three pieces

If I *do* recall correctly - not guaranteed - this is an a6 response to the Qb3 Grunfeld. Consistent with that, the earliest examples of the position from the 1970s feature the top Hungarian players of the era, the .. a6 defence being one of their specialities. In current practice.. Nfd7 rather tha...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3506
Views: 384096

Re: Media comments on chess

Simon Rogers wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:27 am
Does anyone else remember an episode from a few years ago which featured Chess Monthly in the guest publication round.
I don't think it was Malcolm's Chess Monthly, rather it was the ECF's Chess Moves newsletter.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: What's this against my Sicilian
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: What's this against my Sicilian

1.e4 c5 2.Na3 e6 3.f4. Nc6 4.c3 Just wandering what's white plan and what's best reply. Being the Major, you presumably weren't playing Surtees. In the Grand Prix Attack, there's a system where the pawns go to c3,d3,e4 and f4 and the pieces tuck in around them. That's possibly or probably White's i...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Magnus Invitational Online Supertournament
Replies: 66
Views: 6330

Re: Magnus Invitational Online Supertournament

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:30 pm
Magnus blunders on move 7 with white and goes one down v Nepo
First 7 moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bc4 Nxe4 6. Qh5 e6 7. Bxe6 which fails to 7. .. Bxe6 8. Bxe6 Qe7

Was move 5 just a mouse slip?
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 810
Views: 98702

Re: Cheating in chess

Arbiters could be acting as a relay to send information from electronic boards, or miscellaneous WIFI signals The point is that arbiters have active electronic devices with them as a matter of course, so what is additional testing supposed to achieve? Some arbiters will not, as a matter of policy, ...