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by Simon Spivack
Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 10639

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

Thanks for the pointer. One bit of this confuses me: ECF Guidance wrote: Suggestions for the Players 3) If you play for a win, you risk losing unless your opponent could not possibly checkmate you. So this saying that if one claims a draw under 10.2, one should not continue playing for a win? Or is...
by Simon Spivack
Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 10639

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

I've now worded it slightly differently. I can see the: "This is not an authoritative work to be referenced during games" This will serve my purposes. I have actually mentioned the contents of this particular web page to two others; one person stated that you are an inexperienced arbiter and agreed...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Jul 26, 2008 7:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 10639

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

some guidance is better than none at all. Unfortunately, we have to agree to differ here, some guides lead one on entirely the wrong path! You claim it is wrong, great, let's have that discussion... No, I stated that it is wrong in parts, something you do concede further in your post. IMO the error...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 10639

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

They (the match captains) should consider the claim, penalise if it is wrong, accept if valid and postpone if uncertain. Doesn't that depend on whether the league rules consider the match captains to be "an arbiter present"? Yes, however, this is the case unless the rules have changed that apply in...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 10639

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

I have updated the guidance again, based on the recent posts. Alas it has become too big to post here. I will refer readers to: http://www.westlondonchess.com/FIDE_10_2 West London are one of the clubs that I play against, it is a matter of concern to me that this guide may be used in a dispute; fo...
by Simon Spivack
Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 10639

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

It is important to differentiate between blitz games involving Fischer Controls and the slower versions. My comments below are concerned just with slower rates of play. Simon, I would be interested to know if you have any evidence to substantiate your claim that the majority of players dislike Fisch...
by Simon Spivack
Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 10639

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

It is a pity that Geurt Gijssen's name has been directly mentioned. Something I was trying to avoid. In my opinion Geurt was subjected to a lot of uncalled for abuse at the time of "Toiletgate": at all times he acted honourably and with the best of intentions. Notwithstanding this, one is perfectly ...
by Simon Spivack
Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"
Replies: 123
Views: 10639

Re: FIDE Rule 10.2 and "by normal means"

It is just as well that this thread has seen the light of day. There is an explanation of 10.2 on http://www.chesscafe.com/geurt/geurt.htm that is so bad it is barely credible. The main reason for my intervention is that a naive reader may actually print and quote from this ChessCafe article in an a...
by Simon Spivack
Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kasparov article in the Financial Times
Replies: 0
Views: 713

Kasparov article in the Financial Times

There is an article by Kasparov available on http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f3519714-4e91-11dd-ba7c-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1 equivalently http://tinyurl.com/6k8g8o . In this article Kasparov gives his perspective on the political situation in today's Russia. Oddly enough, I can't recall reading i...
by Simon Spivack
Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Trying to kill the forum
Replies: 48
Views: 6795

Re: Trying to kill the forum

... the relevant part reading: "It was stated that adverse postings on the ECF forum had caused problems with potential sponsors. It was agreed that the “ECF Forum” would be named the “English Chess Forum” and a disclaimer added." I have to say I find this almost completely implausible. Her...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 25228

Re: Resignation Rumours

In the following I shall use the initials ECF even when BCF would be more appropriate. However, large scale support for OMOV (which I suspect would exist in most places) and objection to the idea of compulsory membership are not, in my opinion mutually exclusive. I doubt that there is large scale su...
by Simon Spivack
Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation Rumours
Replies: 259
Views: 25228

Re: Resignation Rumours

Don't fall into the trap of coming up with a hotch potch revenue-raising scheme, just because you don't think some people (in this case, "the south") won't like the alternative. Peter Quite. For instance in the minutes of the 7 April meeting (see http://www.bcf.org.uk/organisation/meetings_reports/...
by Simon Spivack
Fri May 23, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess for Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 2348

Re: Chess for Schools

I'm sure there is a world record for the largest number of mis-spellings in a post; if so,it may well be getting close to being broken. Perhaps, and I am almost too embarrassed to suggest as much, this is a North Country thing. ;-) See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2010493/Does-spelling-l...
by Simon Spivack
Fri May 23, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7064

Re: John Robinson Trust

Simon Many thanks for the kind words. Penalties loom and the tension is mounting, so I thought I would slip in a quick post. It was a KID Four Pawns Attack, but I can't remember the result. I hope I won. Mike Oddly enough, our game was annotated by a Scottish farmer two hundred years before it was ...
by Simon Spivack
Wed May 21, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: John Robinson Trust
Replies: 70
Views: 7064

Re: John Robinson Trust

On the contrary, perhaps the ex-Board members were constitutionally incapable of dealing with democratic processes. Certainly, I think there was a lack of understanding of the need of the ECF for local organisations to help achieve its overall goals. This is somewhat unfair. In the tournament I was...