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by Jacques Parry
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Owen Hindle
Replies: 2
Views: 899

Owen Hindle

I believe today is FM Owen Hindle's 80th birthday. A real gent, and an inspiration to those of us who played in Norfolk when he was active. I think I'm right in saying that he was Norfolk champion in six different decades.
by Jacques Parry
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3949
Views: 432887

Re: Media comments on chess

I don't think lawyers use the notion of evidence in some peculiar, technical sense. The legal usage simply assumes that, if someone asserts a proposition to be true, the making of that assertion militates to some extent in favour of that proposition being true. It may not be much, but it's better th...
by Jacques Parry
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3949
Views: 432887

Re: Media comments on chess

Out of interest, is there any precedent here? I'm not sure what you mean. Any instance of a defendant relying on alien abduction as an alibi? Not that I know of, but then there's no reason why I would. Or do you mean a precedent for a rule that an assertion of a fact, even if uncorroborated, is sti...
by Jacques Parry
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3949
Views: 432887

Re: Media comments on chess

If it were not evidence, it would be inadmissible: that is, the judge would tell the jury to ignore it. But that's not what would happen, because it would be evidence. The judge would tell the jury to decide whether it was true (or, to be strictly accurate, whether they were sure that it was untrue)...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3949
Views: 432887

Re: Media comments on chess

The reason this doesn't reach the level of evidence is that there's nothing in it you can look at to try and determine the truth of it . It's a claim, but it's an evidence-free claim. I can, if I wish, insist that aliens tried to abduct me on my way back from work this evening. Would that constitut...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 11871

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

If we are to be barred from wearing watches, I trust this will only happen in venues with visible and accurate clocks. I agree. There is no reason to ask why people sometimes like to know the time, because they just do. I also agree, and I'll suggest a reason. Sometimes I try to time my resignation...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020
Replies: 169
Views: 11871

Re: Tata Steel 10th-28th Jan 2020

Banning headgear may be racist What a very silly thing to say Perhaps Nick means that it might contravene anti-discrimination legislation, because it would affect certain groups more than others. But rules which discriminate in this way are legally justifiable if they are a proportionate way to ach...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case
Replies: 67
Views: 6248

Re: FIDE Laws - An Interesting Case

I've always felt rather uncomfortable about knocked-over kings being taken as equivalent to resignation as the FIDE Laws don't mention this as a means of ending the game. The note to Article 5.1.2 (admittedly not the article itself) says: "A player may resign in a number of different ways: - stoppi...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 22488

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

"...to deal with all the alternative move orders that the reader is likely to meet. Lakdawala can't be bothered to do any of these things." Sounds like my type of guy. Slap-Dash chess writing is the new black. People who buy opening books looking for a quick fix deserve to be treated like this. Not...
by Jacques Parry
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 22488

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Anyone who disputes the assertion that Lakdawala is the worst chess writer currently practising needs to nominate another contender for that title. I honestly can't think of anyone who is in the same league.
by Jacques Parry
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 105
Views: 22488

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Looks like people, who probably never wrote any book, envy Curys as he is obviously a hard-working person. It is always easy to criticise someone else's work... As I mentioned before, I have few books written (or coauthored) by him and I do not find them bad at all. - Quite contrary! A grumpy old p...
by Jacques Parry
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7944

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Do you honestly believe what you wrote says more about the publication you reviewed than yourself? To me it does. It tells me that someone whom I know to be intelligent and conscientious had trouble following what the author is trying to say. And, having read some of Rowson's earlier stuff, I can't...
by Jacques Parry
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1814
Views: 158237

Re: Cheating in chess

So while I can see why people are looking in the direction of fraud prosecutions, my feeling is that even if it's appropriate, it's chimerical as a solution, becase there's a serious likelihood that it will never come up in that actual form. And my reason for making this point is that if I'm right,...
by Jacques Parry
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiter courses
Replies: 7
Views: 986

Re: Arbiter courses

Thanks, John. It would be helpful if the list of officers on the website were updated to reflect this.
by Jacques Parry
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiter courses
Replies: 7
Views: 986

Arbiter courses

The website says: "The ECF will organise a minimum of three ECF Arbiter Seminars per year... The ECF will aim to increase the number of seminars to a minimum of five per year by 2019." This year there appear to have been two, and I assume there won't now be time for a third. I emailed the Manager of...