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by Brian Towers
Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bunratty Chess Festival
Replies: 49
Views: 6851

Re: Bunratty Chess Festival

on the 22nd of Feb I'm going to be on my way to this: http://www.schachfestival.de/world-senior-team-championship-2015/current-list-of-participants.html Scrolling through the list of participants it looks more like the German seniors team championships with a few international teams invited along a...
by Brian Towers
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gibralter and getting games graded for ECF
Replies: 6
Views: 1424

Re: Gibralter and getting games graded for ECF

Neither Gibraltar, nor the Isle of Man are FIDE federations. So, on a more serious note, no chance for any of us low-graded types to do a "reverse Cavendish" (the IoM cyclist who cycles for GB and is about 3rd on the all time list of Tour de France stage winners) and play in the Olympiads by emigra...
by Brian Towers
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess books and film (and other culture)
Replies: 37
Views: 5626

Re: Chess books and film (and other culture)

Jeremy Silman has published his personal list of "The Best Chess Books Ever" http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-chess-books-ever What do other people think of his choices? What? No MCO, 10th edition? No Terence Tiller's "Chess Treasury of the Air"? No BH Wood's "An Easy Guide to Chess"? It ...
by Brian Towers
Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Move Rates - Southend
Replies: 40
Views: 5707

Re: Experimental Move Rates - Southend

I'm not sure what should happen if say that ending that Keith Arkell had at Hastings arose at ten or fifteen second increments. That was Knight against two Bishops , the winning plan being to capture the Knight within 50 moves, the drawing plan for Keith being to prevent this. If playing on a senso...
by Brian Towers
Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Move Rates - Southend
Replies: 40
Views: 5707

Re: Experimental Move Rates - Southend

Does 90 + 10s still require you to record all your moves? yes. No, Gavin, you only have to record until you are down to 5 minutes. After that there is no requirement. If you are organizing you need to be aware of this. The relevant section from the FIDE rulebook states: 8.4  If a player has  less t...
by Brian Towers
Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Colour split in league matches
Replies: 28
Views: 2160

Re: Am I just unfortunate?

Stewart Reuben wrote: That wouldn't work well for Cavendish in the London League. We ply most of our matches at home.
Out of curiosity, is Cavendish one of Her Majesty's correctional institutions?
by Brian Towers
Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Problems Accessing the ECF Grading Database?
Replies: 135
Views: 23023

Re: Problem accessing ECF Grading Database

Clive Blackburn wrote:I suppose it might be that they are working on uploading the January grading list
Presumably one of the those wheel things that the ECF mice run around inside has broken.
by Brian Towers
Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Will chess clocks be replaced by apps
Replies: 9
Views: 1523

Re: Will chess clocks be replaced by apps

With tablets down to £80 or so new, after down loading a chess clock to my smart phone today , I was thinking that maybe tablets will get down to say £40 at some point and second had even cheaper and these will possibly replace chess clocks. They are easier to program , but not quite so good on the...
by Brian Towers
Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chessbase 10
Replies: 7
Views: 1936

Re: Chessbase 10

My email address for about the last fifteen years, if not longer, has been <three characters>@<six characters>.<five characters>.co.uk I can change what's on the left hand side of the @, but not what's on the right hand side . Yes you can. It's as easy as signing up for a gmail account or outlook a...
by Brian Towers
Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ChessBase Light
Replies: 23
Views: 8835

Re: ChessBase Light

Wanted to ask some other people their opinion on what should I do. Give up on Chessbase and try another program; Take their offer of a reduced ChessBase Light 2009 Premium; or fight for a free replacement of Chess Base Light Premium. Again, I'm rather late with this, but if anybody really does want...
by Brian Towers
Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ChessBase Light
Replies: 23
Views: 8835

Re: ChessBase Light

Too late to help the original poster but this is my approach to the problem. I have Chessbase 7 and Fritz 8, both paid for many years ago. The original computer I had them installed on was passed on to one of my kids (after uninstalling stuff they weren't interested in like Fritz, Chessbase, Visual ...
by Brian Towers
Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Player Strip Searched
Replies: 1173
Views: 96734

Re: Chess Player Strip Searched

I would be interested to know if other countries run evening leagues which are FIDE-rated. In Israel most league matches take place on a Saturday. However there are (or were a few years ago when the team I play for had a match against a religious side) league matches on a Thursday evening for relig...
by Brian Towers
Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Player Strip Searched
Replies: 1173
Views: 96734

Re: Chess Player Strip Searched

I don't think the FIDE system can be that simple as the ECF have yet to load the results for the British Championship Congress. Roger, on Monday (2 days ago) I played in my club rapid championship - Herzliya Rapid Chess Championship 2014. The results have already been uploaded into the FIDE rating ...
by Brian Towers
Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fischer Number
Replies: 138
Views: 16655

Re: Fischer Number

But what is your number for the Queen? I have met Prince Phillip, but only shaking hands. When I taught Maths back in the late 70's one or two of the teachers and a few of boys used to annoy the hell out of me by telling me I looked like Prince Charles. I was born in Jos, Nigeria in 1956. Did the Q...
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can chess game notes ever really be copyrighted?
Replies: 15
Views: 2342

Re: Can chess game notes ever really be copyrighted?

The notes in the paper were acknowledged as being based on those in Kasparov's predecessors book. It's left as an exercise as to whether "based on" is a polite way of saying "copied from". I think it's a polite way of saying "edited highlights" given the length and detail of Kasparov's annotations.