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by Michael Farthing
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 77
Views: 7062

Re: Raymond Keene new site

John Upham wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:14 pm
It's a funny old world...
Err... Square I think?*
by Michael Farthing
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2834
Views: 303181

Re: Media comments on chess

Well I suppose it would have been an even bigger blunder if only one queen had been on the wrong colour.
by Michael Farthing
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NCCU website down
Replies: 11
Views: 992

Re: NCCU website down

Surely the County Championship qualification rules do not apply at the union stage anyway? (unless a union specifically adopts them).
by Michael Farthing
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1291

Re: In addition to...

Richard Bates wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:37 am
It’s not actually as stupid as the ridicule would imply IMO.
I meant to tease, not to ridicule. If it gave offence to Steven then I apologise - it was not my intention.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1291

Re: In addition to...

That means if I were first to be offered a draw I would invariably refuse. If I went on to win, well and good. If at a later stage in the game I found myself to be losing still well and good. I would offer a draw myself and lo and behold it is guaranteed!
by Michael Farthing
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What are the safeguards ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1106

Re: What are the safeguards ?

There was slightly more at stake in the case of Dr Shipman!
by Michael Farthing
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What are the safeguards ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1106

Re: What are the safeguards ?

I think the voting register for ECF Council gives a cross reference between set of results and organisation submitting the results. It attempts to but I have to admit that the voting register remains something of a "dark art". One reason for the more detailed publication has been to give organisati...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Re: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement

No, it should not be seen as a sad day!

He moves on to new pastures and makes clear he will still be with us. Rather, we should smile, wish him well and look forward to whatever he next turns to.
by Michael Farthing
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 4 Missing knights
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

Re: 4 Missing knights

"Old" sets might have a King or Queen stamped on the Rooks and Knights. That was so you could keep track of which was the KR and KN as distinct from the QR and QN. That can be relevant to descriptive notation. Suppose you have Knights on d2 and g1 and the move is Nf3. That would be recorded as KN-B...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 39
Views: 2427

Re: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

Michael >All of Morecambe's are! EXCELLENT. Are they then all available on a website? No not currently, but they are all regularly circulated to all club members. It currently stretches back about 8 years. I have to say that the original concept, as I understand it, was that it provided a local pre...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 39
Views: 2427

Re: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:44 am
I don't know why FIDE are obsessed with keeping score anyway. Few games in local leagues are kept for posterity. I regard that as a pity.
All of Morecambe's are!
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A couple of Fide rules questions
Replies: 71
Views: 2434

Re: A couple of Fide rules questions

Lots to unpick here! 2. No, because it wasn't an illegal move. Imagine taking a photograph before Kf1 and after Kf1. If you were told only that Ke1-f1 had been played, then you'd never think there was an illegal move; and that line of thinking applies to this particular situation. What are you sayi...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Regain Control of World Championship Match and Candidates Tournament
Replies: 26
Views: 1512

Re: FIDE Regain Control of World Championship Match and Candidates Tournament

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:54 pm
I'm not quoting, I'm characterising!
Then perhaps you should not have used quotation marks. It certainly looked as if it was intended to be a direct quotation.
by Michael Farthing
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.
Replies: 39
Views: 2427

Re: Incremental controls - the `unlimited` game.

In Swiss manager from the end of the final game to posting the new pairings is about ten seconds, or if you have my printer about ten minutes! Leyland rapidplay, being a poor impoverished congress, cannot afford printer ink so just displays the pairings on large screen monitors. Of course, such a s...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1371

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

Regarding the stars on the flag, forget not that there are 15 nations that I am sure would be happy to provide a replacement. The UK is not nearly as important to the EU as the UK would like to believe it is. I can agree with you that the UK's influence within the EU is nil, and always has been. We...