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by Wilf Arnold
Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Side thread on British Championships 2010
Replies: 37
Views: 1918

Re: Side thread on British Championships 2010

Just a few points. The Official Arbiting Team was reduced by one when the controller dedicated to the Seniors event was no longer required as the start times became uniform. I was then forced to drop out owing to a career move, but have been replaced by Adrian Elwin who makes a welcome return after ...
by Wilf Arnold
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Alex H >My one complaint: The shower in the accommodation has a nylon shower curtain. So, whenever you turn the shower on, the curtain is drawn to the water because of the static charge. This makes showering awkward...< Sorry. David Welch and I overlooked that on our inspection visit last year. Ste...
by Wilf Arnold
Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Is finishing with 2 hours 15 on the clock after starting with 1 hour 40 a record? It's a sign of faulty equipment. Gaining 35 minutes would need 70 instantaneous moves. They only played 47 moves. No it isn't. The time control is 100/40 + 50/20 + 15, with 30s per move. By move 47, Jack had the 50 mi...
by Wilf Arnold
Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Adams - Rudd would be a nice line up. Adams seems to be doing his usual snake charmer act: spend absolutely ages on fairly ordinary moves, then outplay his lower rated opponent when he has too little time to think properly. Can't see Jack falling for that one. but if Adams, Rudd and Gormally all ha...
by Wilf Arnold
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

If accelerated pairings are so good why do players and spectators find them difficult to understand? If accelerated pairings are so good why does no other sport or game use them? Wimbledon for example does the very opposite. It keeps the best two players apart until the last game. Football does the...
by Wilf Arnold
Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Somebody asked why the 5 minute delay before transmission. That is entirely deliberate. It is to make it less likely a player can sneak away afetr his opponent's move and gain information. I am not sure this is done elsewhere than the UK and Gibraltar - but it should be. It is only 5 minutes becaus...
by Wilf Arnold
Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

JustinHorton wrote:In Pert-Haydon, hasn't Black fallen into a well-known trap because White has 9.c5?
according to me they're still waiting for white's 9th move - but both clocks have lost time?
by Wilf Arnold
Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

..also no 5 minute delay?
by Wilf Arnold
Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Looks like they're going for at least 12 boards today.
by Wilf Arnold
Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

I have yet to see a pairing program that is coupled to a language parser so that you can try to get pairings such as 'Liver' and 'Onions', or 'White' and 'Christmas'. The nearest I got was a pairing of 'Price' and 'Fisher', but the colour preferences were wrong. At a Cowley Blitz Tournament a coupl...
by Wilf Arnold
Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Jack Rudd and Lara Barnes do the pairing, the computer does the pairing, I do the pairing. If we all agree we rip it up and start again :D
That explains why Jack had an easy game in Round 1 then!

And he's given himself white in Round 2!
by Wilf Arnold
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Sean Hewitt wrote:
Wilf Arnold wrote: Only then will computer software have a chance at being more widely accepted. :wink:
Swiss Master paired Almond and Tart at Uxbridge. Will that do? :D
I would've preferred 'Bakewell', but it's a sure sign of progress!
by Wilf Arnold
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

What an idiot Mr. Croker must be, it is more important for the arbiter to have fun than do the job competently?? I think you should read what Stewart wrote again. Why would you expect somebody to spend time doing something (for free) that they don't enjoy? There is a difference between saying that ...
by Wilf Arnold
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 114517

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

I have tried downloading the games from round 1, but there were no moves. Are other people having the same problem, or is it just me? Yes - I have the same issue. Even for the games that were transmitted live. You need to download the file from the PGN files page - it is called bc2010r1.pgn - this ...
by Wilf Arnold
Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:22 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Odd one out
Replies: 84
Views: 6475

Re: Odd one out

Why is this discussion in the "Not Chess" section? You chessheads have enough of this forum as it is!