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by Brian Towers
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 214
Views: 19613

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

II should probably add that Kobylianskyi sent the results for rating himself and is also listed as the Tournament director and the only arbiter of all the games he has played. The FIDE Arbiters Commission is strongly against this practice. In the February 2016 edition of their magazine for arbiters...
by Brian Towers
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 161
Views: 14432

Re: Hastings Congress

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:19 pm
Brian Towers wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:28 pm
OK, I'll bite.

Khoo-Thwe v Butt, although Khoo-Thwe's federation is Norway rather than Oz.
Half right. The first player should be Drastik.
I'm too old. I'm the Koo Stark generation.
by Brian Towers
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 161
Views: 14432

Re: Hastings Congress

OK, I'll bite.

Khoo-Thwe v Butt, although Khoo-Thwe's federation is Norway rather than Oz.
by Brian Towers
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 8530

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Fair point, Alex. The ECF does appear to have become a lot more FIDE-tournament-friendly in the last couple of years. Maybe there's a need for more education? Maybe more FIDE arbiters, also?
by Brian Towers
Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 75
Views: 8530

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Actually, if we submitted more of our chess for FIDE rating in England, then I think this problem would slowly disappear; so to some extent the same adults who don't want to FIDE-rate more sections are the ones who are helping to cause the problem. The ECF can help solve this 'problem' by not forci...
by Brian Towers
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 3801

Re: ECF Online Chess

Add a third, obvious, question:

What makes you think it will be any better than (or even as good as) FIDE's Online Arena?
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1305
Views: 127558

Re: Cheating in chess

"For what it is worth, given the player verbally admitted he was cheating, I expect it would be non-trivial arguing that a subsequent cheating conviction would be a "first offence"." That would help - assuming you have contemporaneous statements from witnesses to that. And he might turn up with Elo...
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1305
Views: 127558

Re: Cheating in chess

I'm sure Jon Ashworth could help out with suitably convincing arguments . As not everyone will click on the link. please could I make it clear that the reference is to John Ashworth the Labour politician. NOT to his namesake John Ashworth, Chief Executive Officer of Caplin Systems, the new sponsors...
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development News (ECF website)
Replies: 21
Views: 2780

Re: Development News (ECF website)

Mick Norris wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:49 pm
For obvious historical reasons, I'm really against threatening to sue people involved in chess
99% of them don't have any money, so it isn't worth it?
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1305
Views: 127558

Re: Cheating in chess

"Just my view." I agree. I quite accept what Alex says and it is understandable, but if the player does return and does something wrong, it will be a "first offence". If there had been some sort of investigation, the verdict on the previous case could affect that. Agreed For what it is worth, given...
by Brian Towers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 161
Views: 14432

Re: Hastings Congress

Entries to the Masters now exceed 100, so according to the entry form accelerated pairings will be used Probably, but there is still the (small) possibility that enough players take first round byes that they aren't used. Why on earth do you think that first round byes have anything to do with it? ...
by Brian Towers
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3722
Views: 407434

Re: Media comments on chess

According to this website:
In a 4-dimensional-chess move no one saw coming, the People’s Vote campaign have written to the Electoral Commission asking that they be investigated over apparent dodgy donations
by Brian Towers
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 48
Views: 5270

Re: General Election 2019

I wonder if Jonathan Rowson (who takes a keen interest in political matters) might stand for election one day? Fishing for a definition of unelectable? A bit harsh. Here in the North of England there are still many places where, were he to staple a red rosette to his forehead, he would have a 10,00...
by Brian Towers
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Any chance of more cheap clocks for clubs from FIDE?
Replies: 0
Views: 961

Any chance of more cheap clocks for clubs from FIDE?

This document on the FIDE website recently caught my eye. It is an invitation to tender for a clock contract. 1. Invitation to Bid (ITB) FIDE is opening a bidding procedure for the following purposes: 1.1 to grant a right for certain models of chess clocks to be designated as a “FIDE Championship C...