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by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Something more important - LCC 2011
Replies: 36
Views: 3075

Re: Something more important - LCC 2011

The addition of time is a bit like the interval in a number of sports. When chess is televised this would be the time to put on the adverts!! Then you have a suggestion for the next London Chess Classics: when the last top player completes the 40th move, bring out the cheerleaders onstage, like in ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in UFOs?
Replies: 63
Views: 4656

Re: Do you believe in UFOs?

Well, I have Niels Bohr on my side. I'm less hesitant to provide references for statements I make. :) Extending his assumption to chess, I suppose Bohr would prefer playing chess with the Black pieces :-) Reading the quoted article, the explanation is about "reacting" actions being instinctive and ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Something more important - LCC 2011
Replies: 36
Views: 3075

Re: Something more important - LCC 2011

1. 90 minutes with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from first move 2. 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move I suppose everyone has their own recipe, but I dont get the point of the time control aft...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Something more important - LCC 2011
Replies: 36
Views: 3075

Re: Something more important - LCC 2011

1. 90 minutes with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from first move 2. 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move I suppose everyone has their own recipe, but I dont get the point of the time control aft...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in UFOs?
Replies: 63
Views: 4656

Re: Do you believe in UFOs?

Any one seen one of the rash of recent UFO sightings? Yeah, I know, there are a lot of hoaxes out there, as well as a lot of gullible naivety, but is this one, for instance, a hoax? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0OzC4J94Ks&feature=related People who have seen a UFO often keep quiet about it for f...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members
Replies: 319
Views: 22254

Re: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members

You should talk with your peers at the Italian federation, they are phasing out national rating (easier for them to do a gradual phase-out since the national system is Elo based as well). My first ever tournament outside Britain was in Italy. I was seriously under-impressed by the delays to the sta...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members
Replies: 319
Views: 22254

Re: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members

Also, administrating FIDE rating costs money, which we would have to collect and administer, and our income would have to come from elsewhere. If things will go according to the FIDE plans you will have increased FIDE rating administration costs anyway. Better financially to keep the ECF grading an...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:12 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members
Replies: 319
Views: 22254

Re: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members

As scary as it looks at first sight, the option of leaving the national rating behind makes sense if you make the FIDE rating more accessible. I agree with you in principle. However if you take a closer look at FIDE you may see why it makes sense to have control over your own domestic grading syste...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members
Replies: 319
Views: 22254

Re: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members

Everything is negotiable. I would expect FIDE lowering the requirement for grading while extending the list towards the 1000 mark. I dont see many people worth 1200 Elo FIDE playing in week-long events. To make a list down to 1000 successful you need to make it easier for tournaments to be graded. ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members
Replies: 319
Views: 22254

Re: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members

Provocative quesiton: with the lower threshold for FIDE ratings getting lower and lower, does it still make sense to have an ECF grade? Would'nt it be better to work on getting as many events and leagues as possible graded under FIDE? Simple enough. Minimum standard for FIDE rating is a nominal pla...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members
Replies: 319
Views: 22254

Re: ENG FIDE Ratings must be ECF Members

The ECF grade would therefore be weakened and Game Fee less attractive. Provocative quesiton: with the lower threshold for FIDE ratings getting lower and lower, does it still make sense to have an ECF grade? Would'nt it be better to work on getting as many events and leagues as possible graded unde...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Default Times
Replies: 41
Views: 2688

Re: Default Times

Gavin Strachan wrote:It doesn't say the clock has to be working.
What is a clock then? If it does not tell the time, can you actually call it a clock?

PS: are you a lawyer by any chance?
by Paolo Casaschi
Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Chess Tips For Beginners; Building An Opening Repertoire
Replies: 2
Views: 983

Re: 'Chess Tips For Beginners; Building An Opening Repertoir

I think there is a mistake when suggesting repertoire options for Black:

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Against 1 d4
Hyper aggressive/risky: Blackmar-Diemar Gambit, Budapest Gambit
The Blackmar-Diemer gambit is indeed aggressive/risky but it's played by White. You should switch that to Benoni Defence / Benko gambit.
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Match Tie Breaks
Replies: 16
Views: 1473

Re: Match Tie Breaks

Forbidding draw offers without having Sofia rules is actually the point. Then is *very simple*: in a match of X games, for any draw by mutual agreement you deduct 1/X of the prize fund from the player's pockets, either for whoever offers the draw, or whoever accepts the draw or both, it does not re...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Match Tie Breaks
Replies: 16
Views: 1473

Re: Match Tie Breaks

It's been generally accepted that the number of draws, particularly short ones at Kazan was disappointingly high. Also that it it would be better not to decide world championship qualifiers by rapid play and blitz if this can be avoided. So instead of mad ideas like changing the laws of chess to pr...