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by Brian Towers
Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3130
Views: 344707

Re: Media comments on chess

Further to the Dragons Den entrepreneur, dragon Piers Linney claimed to have played board 2 for East Lancashire. Can anyone confirm this? I'm guessing this would have been a junior match - nothing wrong with that, but it would be interesting to know how strong he was/is. Perhaps one place to start ...
by Brian Towers
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move claims
Replies: 26
Views: 3445

Re: Touch move claims

Well of course, the arbiters' manuals are not part of the rules! An excellent point and one I find frankly bewildering. The only possible conclusion seems to be that the Arbiters Commission takes a slightly different view of the rules from the Rules Commission. The point you make, however, is one t...
by Brian Towers
Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move claims
Replies: 26
Views: 3445

Re: Touch move claims

By any objective standard, the use of increments and computerised pairings should leave arbiters with less to do. Unless you are thinking of Junior tournaments, patrolling the room looking for illegal moves or touch move violations would be considered unnecessary, in the UK at least. I previously r...
by Brian Towers
Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move claims
Replies: 26
Views: 3445

Re: Touch move claims

I subsequently touch a piece (let's say my queen) while in check, and I realise that this would be an illegal move and I realise this before I press the clock (let's say I realise after touching the queen but not actually moving it). It is possible to move the queen , but I apologise to my opponent...
by Brian Towers
Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move claims
Replies: 26
Views: 3445

Re: Touch move claims

With the proviso, on touch move violations, that English arbiters are advised only to intervene if requested to do so by the player offended against. I assume this is old advice since it goes against the current Arbiters' Manual (http://arbiters.fide.com/images/stories/downloads/2014/Arbiters_Manua...
by Brian Towers
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move claims
Replies: 26
Views: 3445

Re: Touch move claims

And a related question. Can Player A, during player B's think, realise what has happened and say "oops, I should have moved my queen", and then proceed to take the king move back and make the queen move instead? No, during player B's turn player A is not allowed to touch the pieces on the board, ta...
by Brian Towers
Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Move Rates - Southend
Replies: 40
Views: 5836

Re: Move Rates - Southend

Christopher, I mostly agree with your points. I did point out very early on in the "discussion" that in probably at least 99% of the cases the promoter had the queen in his hand long before the pawn reached the 7th and may or may not have waved said queen under his opponents nose as he picked it up ...
by Brian Towers
Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Move Rates - Southend
Replies: 40
Views: 5836

Re: Move Rates - Southend

Let's try this one again, Ian. Perhaps a bit more slowly. Please could you define for me what constitutes an illegal two-handed pawn promotion which should be punished by the arbiter. For example, a pawn promotion involving a capture where you remove your opponent's piece from the board with one ha...
by Brian Towers
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Move Rates - Southend
Replies: 40
Views: 5836

Re: Move Rates - Southend

Let's try this one again, Ian. Perhaps a bit more slowly.

Please could you define for me what constitutes an illegal two-handed pawn promotion which should be punished by the arbiter.
by Brian Towers
Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Move Rates - Southend
Replies: 40
Views: 5836

Re: Move Rates - Southend

This is about the only time two-handed moves are legal, by the way. Please tell us which Law overrides Law 4.1 when a pawn is being promoted. It's a lot more complicated than your glib response would suggest. I'm going to demonstrate that not only are two-handed pawn promotions legal but so are 3-h...
by Brian Towers
Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Appendix G Clock substitutions
Replies: 48
Views: 5370

Re: Appendix G Clock substitutions

Roger de Coverly wrote:The threat of substitution seemed to be enough to discourage any contested Appendix G claims.
It is my understanding that G.4 does not so much discourage G.5 (former 10.2) claims as pre-empt them. You may only go down the G.5 route if you have tried G.4 and been denied by the arbiter.
by Brian Towers
Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Move Rates - Southend
Replies: 40
Views: 5836

Re: Move Rates - Southend

Michael, from the tenor of your questions / points it seems that perhaps you are not 100% familiar with the current FIDE rules as they apply since 1st July 2014 so let me point you in the their direction - http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=171&view=article. Secondly, you don't make it clear ...
by Brian Towers
Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Move Rates - Southend
Replies: 40
Views: 5836

Re: Move Rates - Southend

I know you are of the arbiting school who value the rule of thumb that a mate on the board always ends the game and no further claims are possible as you wish to get on to fix the next round pairings. There are many situations where mate does not end the game and the new rules at 1 July 2014 introd...
by Brian Towers
Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What would you pay for a title?
Replies: 56
Views: 8036

Re: What would you pay for a title?

What do people think, then, of those of us with honours degrees from Oxford University who sent off a tenner 21 terms after matriculation for an MA? Is it OK if we only did it for a laugh? I would certainly be disappointed if the holder of such a degree, made such a bad analogy :) the two things ar...
by Brian Towers
Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17774

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

You'd have to be an optimist to think that the Times remain in any way unaware of the reputation and practices of their chess correspondent. Why they tolerate it is a mystery. Perhaps they agree with Oscar Wilde - There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not b...