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by Ian Thompson
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4154
Views: 449405

Re: Media comments on chess

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:10 pm
It's not a Swiss in the chess sense if there is going to be a draw of 10 rounds of fixtures in advance (albeit that is understandable as transport logistics and TV schedules would need to be arranged)
It's not a Swiss system, full stop.
by Ian Thompson
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180595

Re: Cheating in chess

How would you prove dishonesty as opposed to, for example, incompetence or just following the recommendation of a computer program without giving the matter any further thought? So "I was only following orders" could be sufficient defence provided that the entity giving the orders is a computer? As...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180595

Re: Cheating in chess

if you named an individual within that organization and said they acted dishonestly when they banned you, they could try to sue you. With a good chance of success, I would think. How would you prove dishonesty as opposed to, for example, incompetence or just following the recommendation of a comput...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180595

Re: Cheating in chess

Neville, I don't think they make it easy for you (for perfectly good reasons) If you are that bothered, you can check the games where you lost 6 points and check the account of the opponent. I don't think that works either. I had the same thing as Neville a few months ago and couldn't determine whi...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 13100

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

It says everything must be "closed and not running". I was arbiting the ECF Junior County U18 Championship on Saturday. I didn't have any problem closing everything except Chess.com, Zoom and Slack (used for arbiter communications). You are not expected to know how your computer works and to uninst...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 13100

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

... not everyone will be able to meet them ... I think it would be more accurate to say that no-one will be able to meet them. "All Software with the exception of Zoom, the browser running Chess.com and any Anti-Virus software must be closed and not running and may not be opened during play." You w...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Power of Defence and the Art of Counterattack in 64 Pictures
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: The Power of Defence and the Art of Counterattack in 64 Pictures

MJMcCready wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:08 pm
That's been written by foreigners hasn't it?
The review does note that "The translation, while mostly making sense, is a long way below professional standards."
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1623
Views: 89163

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:31 pm
That's it a bit of a shame Tim.
The travel corridor has opened up to Israel.
Is there any events taking place there you can go to?
Unless Tim can claim citizenship or residency of Israel the answer is no.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4154
Views: 449405

Re: Media comments on chess

BBC website featuring Meet the real life women chess stars as more Queen's Gambit related content I'm curious to know whether anyone has a clue who these "real life women chess stars" are? The video reveals that one of them is https://www.chess.com/member/mobamba604 with an online rating of about 2...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF Online County U18 Championship 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: ECF Online County U18 Championship 2020

The strict Fair Play Regulations for the Championship can be found at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/online-under-18-county-championship/. It would be interesting to know the rational for some of them: What's the problem with using a tablet to play? Why can a touchscreen not be used to mak...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Skilling Open
Replies: 37
Views: 2655

Re: Skilling Open

Presumably a loss by mouse slip by Carlsen in round 1.
by Ian Thompson
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1623
Views: 89163

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Just received this from Sitges: Fortunately, the situation in our area is way much better than it was in March or April. In October and early November we had more contagions as there were in summer, but the situation has been improving and they are now starting to lift some restrictions that we had...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1623
Views: 89163

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

At the moment your chess playing possibilities in comparable tournaments appear to be: Groningen - going ahead unless something changes to prevent that. Detailed arrangements to be published in September. Groningen is now going to be cancelled unless the situation in the Netherlands has improved by...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Books and openings
Replies: 32
Views: 2691

Re: Books and openings

It was the first time playing Brett. As white he played 1.h4, I panicked and played Nf6, as you can imagine, I lost quite quickly. I was told by the controller after, the best reply is h5. By what criteria? My computer reckons 1... Nf6 is the 3rd best move, after moving a central pawn 2 squares for...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1623
Views: 89163

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Re Sitges: Spain now requires UK visitors to present evidence of a negative covid test I don't mind that, but how do I get one, given that there are clearly not enough to meet demand? Do I have to claim some symptoms? There are quite a few places that will do it for you. Boots , for example, at 37 ...