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by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open
Replies: 29
Views: 4604

Re: Cheating Scandal at the Botvinnik Memorial Open

Geoff Chandler wrote:BTW the Chess Scotland site has had a re-vamp which includes
a game moving PGN thingy thing.
http://code.google.com/p/pgn4web/wiki/User_Notes_phpBB
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Funding a Grand Prix
Replies: 44
Views: 4055

Re: Funding a Grand Prix

This is all pretty easy to do, tbh, best with either Javascript / Jquery. It's basically simple form validation; there will even be ready-made solutions, e.g. a simple Joomla site with some forms. This could all be done in about a day by a good coder... It might be worth looking at what has been do...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 60003

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

Most players will look for their grades on the Internet. It might be useful to include the expiry date of their membership with the grade. Perhaps players whose membership has recently lapsed should have their details displayed in red, as a reminder to rejoin. This could help address the problem of...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 18637

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

The chess café concept has been proved commercially unviable in modern times in London and Paris. It worked in days gone by because the world was so different. People could linger, they were not connected into a global communications network, and City centre retail costs were relatively lower. The...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE World Cup 26th August - 21st September 2011
Replies: 32
Views: 3974

Re: FIDE World Cup 26th August - 21st September 2011

Mick Norris wrote:I couldn't get your link to the Pairing Tree to work, but found this:
http://chess.ugrasport.com/wp-content/u ... 250711.pdf

I assume this is the final version?
This might to be a more stable link to current/future pairing
http://chess.ugrasport.com/?page_id=261
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Special requirements/disability
Replies: 101
Views: 6332

Re: Special requirements/disability

2 ) No one has the right to refuse to play another player against whom they have been correctly paired on the grounds of race, gender, age or impairment. This is pretty strange. While the sentiments are noble, why are "race, gender, age" referred to in a document about "Chess Players with Impairmen...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Need help deciding on some openings (black defences)
Replies: 16
Views: 3627

Re: Need help deciding on some openings (black defences)

However I do like the looks of the following d4 openings (cause they look quite sharp): Grunfeld, King's Indian and Semi-Slav (Moscow & Meran varations). Time to study isn't really an issue because I have another 2 years of Uni left i.e. lots of free time, however, instead of learning all 3 I'd rat...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is their a limit on someone's chess ability?
Replies: 17
Views: 2521

Re: Is their a limit on someone's chess ability?

Paolo >True, but compare the percentage of pupils getting full scores on exams and the percentage of players getting a FIDE title...< Are you in possession of such information? I don't have statistics, just my (rather old now) personal experience and some notes from the newspapers. For instance, a ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is their a limit on someone's chess ability?
Replies: 17
Views: 2521

Re: Is their a limit on someone's chess ability?

So I am going to pose another question. What deludes people into thinking they can play chess to the point where it is an obsession. Playing year in, year out and never improving. :D Wrong question. Unless you are trying for a GM title and make a professional living out of chess, who said you need ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is their a limit on someone's chess ability?
Replies: 17
Views: 2521

Re: Is their a limit on someone's chess ability?

James Byrne wrote:In school we're taught that hard work + practice will get us good exam results, and that's true to a large extent.
True, but compare the percentage of pupils getting full scores on exams and the percentage of players getting a FIDE title...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is their a limit on someone's chess ability?
Replies: 17
Views: 2521

Re: Is their a limit on someone's chess ability?

I think mans ability is only limited by the limitations of his imagination and the effort needed to achieve a particular goal I'd love to believe that, unfortunately in my personal experience, looking at myself and at people around me, there is a "natural ceiling" to anyone's chess strength. The ac...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 20171

Re: Do you believe in God

Paul McKeown wrote:
Richard Cowan wrote:GOD is real unless declared integer. FACT
GOD is real unless declared imaginary. FACT.
Both wrong, the Devil is in the details :evil:
GOD is real unless a (non zero) part of it/him/her is imaginary :)
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 9472

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

I was determine to trade off, eek out my extra pawn and win the ending, but at one point he offered a draw, I said no, he then left me thinking at the board. He returned, saw I had not moved and offered another draw - this particularly irritated me and I could feel myself getting seriously p***ed o...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Middlesex County Chess Association: a new website
Replies: 18
Views: 2969

Re: Middlesex County Chess Association: a new website

Link to here needs to be http://www.ecforum.org.uk/ as the login cookie is set for that one Very good to know! I bookmarked http://ecforum.org.uk and my browser kept asking me to login every time I get to the forum, I was wondering what was wrong with the "keep me logged in" option :o It drives me ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Middlesex County Chess Association: a new website
Replies: 18
Views: 2969

Re: Middlesex County Chess Association: a new website

Carl Hibbard wrote:Link to here needs to be http://www.ecforum.org.uk/ as the login cookie is set for that one
Very good to know!
I bookmarked http://ecforum.org.uk and my browser kept asking me to login every time I get to the forum, I was wondering what was wrong with the "keep me logged in" option :o