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by Reg Clucas
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 39
Views: 2173

Re: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

The Leagues in which I play allow the home team to decide whether or not increments will be used. As far as I know, no potential visiting player has refused to visit a club which uses increments. Of course 30 seconds is ideal if possible, but as Roger says, 10 or 15 seconds is adequate. In most case...
by Reg Clucas
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2752
Views: 295033

Re: Media comments on chess

On an edition of Eggheads this week, one of the Sport questions had 'Chess' as one of the three possible answers. Although it wasn't the correct answer to the question, I thought it noteworthy that the quiz compilers considered Chess a sport.
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 22
Views: 1223

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

What is vital is that there must be a properly devised playoff system, with at least a full day set aside for it. Two would be better. Looks like there won't be. The regulations state- If the top two (2) or more players score the same points, the tie is to be decided by the following criteria, in o...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4671

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:46 pm

chess and football

We'd give that a go here in Bolton, but the stadium might get repossessed before the end of the tournament :roll:
Things were never that bad in Horwich when Horwich RMI played there (not even the football!) :)
by Reg Clucas
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2752
Views: 295033

Re: Media comments on chess

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:29 am
Are there 600 million people who can swim proficiently?
You don't need to be able to swim - you just need to be able to sink!
by Reg Clucas
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 27 January 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 27 January 2019

John Neely wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:24 pm
Why host this the exact same day as the Coventry one?
Why not? They're hardly likely to be competing for the same players.
by Reg Clucas
Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 14809

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

What happens far more often is that a game gets delayed by ten minutes ( time for thirty more moves ) because of a dispute, or because the analogue clock has been running slow and the players didn't notice. Or even more often, the home team hasn't exercised its prerogative to start the clocks on ti...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 14809

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Have you considered teaching the grading system how to read pgn files? It would only have to read the header and those submitting results would only have to create dummy games. The point is that software that can create pgn files is in wide use, so no need to reinvent wheels of file formats. But wo...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo
Replies: 7
Views: 709

Re: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo

Eric Gardiner wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:44 am
I can't see a chess connection
This is often the case with photos on the ECF site.
by Reg Clucas
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 19
Views: 1452

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:32 pm

EDIT: very nice.
Indeed. I got as far as the crucial promotion, at which point I thought that surely a Knight promotion is the only way to win, with a Bishop only drawing. But in fact the reverse is true.
by Reg Clucas
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 19
Views: 1452

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

There was a study in CHESS magazine some time ago which featured 3 or 4 promotions to a bishop. But don't ask me which issue!
by Reg Clucas
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 279
Views: 14809

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

"The present method of calculating grades was devised to handle batch processing of results, with each batch containing a significant number of results for each active player. This method of calculation is statistically unsound once the frequency of calculation is such that the number of results in...
by Reg Clucas
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ignorance is Bliss
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: Ignorance is Bliss

No group should feel above having the micky taken out of them, and some of what was said was actually quite amusing. But my main objection is the fact that it is the only "coverage" of the match which the BBC saw fit to show.
by Reg Clucas
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 42389

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

our current top lot of players have become deskilled in the art of clock management because we do not want the poor wee souls losing on time. If you don't use increments then sooner or later someone will lose on time, no matter how good the players are at "clock management". Chess should be decided...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 42389

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I like Seirawan's suggestion of a 17 game match, with the challenger getting an extra White, and the champion retaining the title if the match is tied.