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by Tim Harding
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 206
Views: 18949

Re: Arbitration question

Sorry, what does " It is important that the arbiter does not mislead the player, nor advise him, nor advance any further" mean in the interpretation of 11.9? Good question. This relates to page 28 of the 2019 Arbiters Manual which only came into force on 1 July. Previously there was no interpretati...
by Tim Harding
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 550
Views: 43051

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Palliser has a game today! Mickey's bodyguards must have done their job...
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 550
Views: 43051

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Mr Palliser should probably have his entry fee returned. He could not be blamed if he chose to withdraw.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 550
Views: 43051

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

And, ah, are there seven-round norms? No, norm chance has sadly disppeared. Very unlucky. By the way, can he now be drawn against either player again? Yes. FIDE Handbook pairing rules~ 6 Two paired players, who did not play their game, may be paired together in a future round. https://www.fide.com/...
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 550
Views: 43051

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:04 pm
And, ah, are there seven-round norms?
In the European Club Cup there are.
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 550
Views: 43051

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Andy Stoker wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:30 pm
Another win by default for Palliser.

"Death ray Palliser"
Has Keith really forfeited? Are they playing "zero tolerance" or is he unwell?
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2190

Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

Let's not forget Nobel laureate Sir Robert Robinson (1886-1975) who was mentioned in the old thread linked from the first post of this one. Shortly after WW2 Robinson was offered the presidency of the International Correspondence Chess Association (precursor of ICCF) but declined and B. H. Wood took...
by Tim Harding
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 550
Views: 43051

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

It just might be premature to talk about it, but if he does it, I think he would be British Champion - I think if you are eligible to play in it, you are eligible to win it. Open to correction, bien sur. Surely Zapolskis (from Lithuania) could not be crowned British Champion were he to win? On what...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 550
Views: 43051

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

4.5/5. He's consistently the best U13 in an age group that has excellent depth for both male and female players. Thanks for pointing that out. Two names had been transposed on the live boards output sent to me when I was arbiting. (We had a few cases of that for some reason, but I hope I caught all...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 550
Views: 43051

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:49 pm
Charlie Storey has run over GM Stephen Gordon in 30 moves. I noticed U13 Jacob Yoon is giving Malcolm Pein fits, and has pushed him into surviving on increment.
Yoon drew. He has just come from scoring 5/5 for England earlier this week in the Robinson Cup (U14 adjunct to the Glorney Cup).
by Tim Harding
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 3594

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

It seems that Mason's propensity to get drunk was already quite well known in the mid-1880s, as Steinitz inserted a veiled reference to this in his his International Chess Magazine, July 1885, page 208: …Mr. Mason when he descends from the heights of his obfuscated philosophy into the sober region o...
by Tim Harding
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 2478

Re: The word rook and Persia

According to the Oxford English Dictionary 1752, the first edition of which there were 27 volumes, the word rook means wind from a chariot. I have seen a chess book that says rook means chariot. In the 11th edition of the OED it says that rook simply means wind. ... Since the first edition of the O...
by Tim Harding
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 5065

Re: Falkland Islands

No doubt this is the correct decision but I am still curious to know the answers to Justin's question? and whether anyone actually tried to point out to the organisers the jurisdiction problem? It would be easier to understand this breaking a butterfly on a wheel business if it were known that such...
by Tim Harding
Sat May 25, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 3398

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

b) In chess the Welsh and Scots have their own teams and organisations. As do the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. ... Not entirely correct. Northern Ireland does not have a separate chess team. There is an all-Ireland chess team (in the Glorney Gilbert e...
by Tim Harding
Fri May 24, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 3398

Re: New International Junior Chess Organisation for Great Britain

I am not surprised there has been no response to Charlie Storey's misguided initiative. What immediately struck me when I first read the above was: a) "Team GB" is a term coined by the British Olympics movement because GB (and Northern Ireland) competes as one team. b) In chess the Welsh and Scots h...