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by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15790

Re: Possession of Mobile Phones

The uncertainty with the new Laws of Chess from 1st July 2014 is whether you incur a penalty if you even have the phone in your possession, regardless of whether it is totally powered off, on standby, or just on. I don't see that that's in the slightest uncertain. You will. It says so. Unless the o...
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15790

Re: Possession of Mobile Phones

Because they have them in their handbags and forget to take them out, I suppose. But I was really talking about local leagues.
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should we scrap adjournments?
Replies: 220
Views: 13471

Re: Should we scrap adjournments?

Fair point. I dunno then - maybe 1 Qe4 Rd8 2 f3 followed by Kg2, Bf2 etc. Feels like White's a lot better to me TBH. But of course your computer would be a far better guide.
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should we scrap adjournments?
Replies: 220
Views: 13471

Re: Should we scrap adjournments?

Does 1 Qe4 not win the g-pawn at once? Anyway, adjudications and adjournments are both equally absurd and should be stamped out, of course, at least between non-consenting adults. If two grown men really want to go away and come back another night then fair enough, but making people play adjournment...
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15790

Re: Possession of Mobile Phones

Sure, Geoff, but equally everyone carries one and having to remember to take it out of your pocket/bag whatever is a faff, and an unnecessary one.

Teacup shrinking.
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15790

Re: Possession of Mobile Phones

I'm not sure it's so easy to clamp down on. But anyway, I'd still go with a total ban and I'd definitely not play them again. People who behave like that once will do it again, and anyway there's plenty of people to play who aren't cheating scum. In fact I rather applaud that fellow in Ireland; the ...
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15790

Re: Possession of Mobile Phones

Anyway, who cares what they do in athletics? I'd certainly not play against anyone who'd been previously banned for computer cheating, and I'd not expect most people to do so either.
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15790

Re: Possession of Mobile Phones

2 years??? You mean life, of course.
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What should we do next..?
Replies: 48
Views: 4155

Re: What should we do next..?

I dare say. My point was a short one; as NED he shouldn't have a policy and so it's absurd to speak of him being expected to resign three days after being elected on the grounds Council has rejected a policy of his. As you rightly say, he was previously acting DoMM and in that role might well have h...
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What should we do next..?
Replies: 48
Views: 4155

Re: What should we do next..?

>To be fair, Sean wasn't acting as a non-Exec when as acting DoMM

Exactly. Or, in other words, "my entire post is bo**ocks because it's based on a false premise".
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15790

Re: Possession of Mobile Phones

Well, zero tolerance default is another issue and obviously a good example of the fact that FIDE absolutely hate chess players and will do anything at all to reduce their influence. This particular provision though I don't have too much problem with. In fact actually I thought the rules already proh...
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What should we do next..?
Replies: 48
Views: 4155

Re: What should we do next..?

>2. Sean Hewitt should recognise that his policy of enforcing membership on the National Schools' Championships has been soundly defeated and should step down as a non-executive director. This is a ludicrous suggestion for at least the following reasons. 1. Sean is obviously an excellent NED. 2. NED...
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What should we do next..?
Replies: 48
Views: 4155

Re: What should we do next..?

I think we should all run around waving our hands in the air.
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Normal means in relation to quickplay finishes
Replies: 22
Views: 3252

Re: Normal means in relation to quickplay finishes

I think Roger is right. And that's why 'or' is used in the definition, to indicate that the meaning of 'normal means' is different in different places in the body of the rules. Of course, any lawyer will tell you that this sins against various elementary rules of drafting. I seem to remember having ...
by John Cox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15790

Re: Possession of Mobile Phones

It seems to me that the teacup has yet to be invented which would be small enough to contain this particular storm. All that is necessary is for any organiser of leagues or congresses to state that this rule shall not apply, if that’s what they want. Or whatever it is that they do want.