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by Alex McFarlane
Tue May 26, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 835
Views: 38289

Re: 4NCL Online

Unfortunately I was unable to join tonight's webinar about on-line chess. There are two points I would have liked to have had clarified which I think are relevant to this thread and recent posts on it. The stigma attached could be reduced if sites actually said that there was an error factor in thei...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue May 26, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another Congress Bites The Dust
Replies: 36
Views: 1924

Re: Another Congress Bites The Dust

I too am a member of the Hastings Committee. My challenge though is in regards to an event which with the exception of war years and CV year has been running continuously since 1884 is the Scottish Championships. As well as the Championship (in the early years called the Major but the winner was Cha...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue May 26, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Golmayo vs Sultan Khan 1930
Replies: 26
Views: 1193

Re: Golmayo vs Sultan Khan 1930

John McKenna wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 3:27 pm
Prague 1931 had 19 teams and therefore 18 rounds
Hi John,

19 teams requires 19 rounds as each team would have had a bye. The idea of triangular matches a la 4NCL was not used!! :D
by Alex McFarlane
Tue May 26, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 268
Views: 24472

Re: Arbitration question

I think this rule is questionable because it's inconsistent with the rest of the Laws. Elsewhere in the rules, when a player plays an illegal move the position is reset Agreed. The logic for it being a queen was that (allegedly) in some positions players, very short of time, were not exchanging the...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue May 26, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 268
Views: 24472

Re: Arbitration question

Normally a move is made when the piece is released on the board. When it is a capture there is the addition that the captured piece must be removed. When it is a promotion there is the addition that the pawn must be replaced by another piece. Normally the move is completed when the clock is pressed....
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 25, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 16522

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

From the ECU website on restarting chess. The full document and a Youtube link is here https://www.europechess.org/how-to-restart-otb-chess-activities/ Some of the main requirements: It is recommended to start with small scale events with limited participants (e.g. round robin tournaments). It is re...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 25, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 268
Views: 24472

Re: Arbitration question

I will not start this post by saying "With all due respect to Roger"!! :D However, the pawn can be promoted to any piece and it is mate provided the promotion is made before the fallen flag is noticed. The Rook on g8 is protected by the bishop on a2 so promotion to Q or R is not the only way of gett...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun May 24, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 16522

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

Problem solved. I have put in a bulk order with a supplier for Dominic Cummings masks. Once these arrive normal chess can resume immediately with no worries about breaking sanctions. Claims that the opponent is being distracting by pulling grotesque faces will be dismissed :D On a more serious note,...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue May 19, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2765

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

But why do chess servers make it easy for those who might be tempted by making available real time analysis of games in progress? A recent Blitz was broadcast with a 2 second delay. I've no idea if this is standard but even such a small delay impacts significantly on the possibility of getting ille...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 18, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2765

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

Does that mean they are using the flawed logic that a player is cheating by virtue of playing better than his or her rating? From what I was told it was the surprisingly high quality of the moves that flagged the player. So playing better than rating came into it but was not the exclusive factor.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 18, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 European Online Chess Championships
Replies: 54
Views: 2765

Re: 2020 European Online Chess Championships

It would certainly be impressive if they rejected any. I heard today that one such 'disqualification' was over-ruled by the arbiters in Saturday's French Blitz. The player was aged 7 and had been playing above expectation. It was investigated and because of certain circumstances explained to the ar...
by Alex McFarlane
Wed May 06, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Online Congress with Prizes? Arbiting Etc
Replies: 9
Views: 1088

Re: Online Congress with Prizes? Arbiting Etc

I could be wrong but the way I read an article written by the person behind Tornelo is that the only anti-cheating measures it has is the integrity of the participants. If correct, this does not seem to be an appropriate platform on which to offer prizes. Its pairings are also non-standard. It appro...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blue Plaques ?
Replies: 13
Views: 785

Re: Blue Plaques ?

Here's one for a former President of the Scottish Chess Association and Glasgow Chess Club.
Does that count?

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/vis ... bonar-law/
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 356
Views: 23407

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Hi Guys,

I was never in Russia but only at the end of a phone line. I was a reserve for the Appeals Panel if there had been a dispute involving Giri.

I'm pleased to say that my mobile phone, having been switched on for a record length of time, is now back in its normal dormant state.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 5908

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

I have seen players writing 0-1(or 1-0) to indicate that the opponent should resign!

Perhaps not notes as such but certainly a distraction to the opponent if he sees it and to the surrounding players when the opponent reacts to it!!!