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by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184769

Re: Cheating in chess

What's lacking in current rules, as perhaps illustrated in the Polish case, is a mechanism of warning players who are frequently absent from the playing room that their conduct might be seen as suspicious. I agree. It is at a minimum unsettling to the opponent when a player leaves the playing hall ...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The importance of coach accreditation
Replies: 6
Views: 478

Re: The importance of coach accreditation

"I'm tempted to say a rating over 2200" I know teachers who would probably be rated nearer 1200, who would be good with beginners, partly due to crowd control skills. Obviously, a stronger player is needed for the stronger pupils. But then you end up with different titles of coach, and who is going...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4212
Views: 457698

Re: Media comments on chess

Kasparov seems to be sceptical about the actual chess positions in the series, but more positive about the authenticity of the chess tournament atmosphere. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/arts/television/queens-gambit-chess-netflix.html The photo at the start of the NY Times article doesn't look...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: How to develop England Juniors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1827

Re: How to develop England Juniors?

Is the explanation partially due to almost all England juniors having low FIDE ratings relative to their ECF grades/ratings in which case, if the ECF figures are the more accurate indicators of their playing strengths, the FIDE ratings consistently under-estimate those playing strengths?
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184769

Re: Cheating in chess

Carl Hibbard wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:44 pm
A post was removed in order for me to live a quieter life.
Carl, I assumed you must have renounced all thought of a quieter life when you started this forum.
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184769

Re: Cheating in chess

The providers have a pretty good idea of whether you are losing focus to see the football results, check E-mails or cheat. It isn't rocket science, nor is it infallible, but it is based on a vast level of experience and it is very good. Matt - Are suggesting that, if I open another window to look a...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184769

Re: Cheating in chess

I hope not Roger; the ECF told us that for the online County Championships, we were ok to have the ECF LMS open to check the ongoing score, whilst playing on chess.com, although they did say no other windows open Thanks, Mick, that's interesting. However, if it means that the mere act of having oth...
by Roger Lancaster
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184769

Re: Cheating in chess

Thanks, that's useful. What are "blurs"? The opposite of focusing a window - switching to a different active window. So am I correct in thinking that, if I'm playing in a team competition and before offering a draw want to check how the other players in my team are getting on, that's liable to be s...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2172
Views: 184769

Re: Cheating in chess

However, it is also true that they would have lots of extra data in addition to the moves. I've largely given up on this discussion as neither side is going to convince the other through debate. However, it's hard to avoid observing that the most useful piece of "extra data" would almost certainly ...
by Roger Lancaster
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 285
Views: 13422

Re: Pedants United

I used to tell junior beginners that if they called a rook a castle it would show they were not a proper chess player. LOL, whereas, in many European [French = tour, German = Turm] countries, it would seem odd to call a tower a black bird. Such eccentricities are, however, expected of the British.
by Roger Lancaster
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Local Online Leagues
Replies: 33
Views: 3417

Re: Local Online Leagues

Five Counties Online League is on League Management System at https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/60543/home.

Currently 25 teams in three divisions, 45' + 15" and rated, Lichess, second season ends 22 December and it's open to approaches from new teams.
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1706
Views: 97541

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I think those are guidelines for Tier 1. In Tier 3, I believe wedding receptions are out and children’s activities such as soft play areas are closed among other things. Not so, Matt. See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high. Of course, these are baseline restrictions and t...
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1706
Views: 97541

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:39 am
Expect an ECF website announcement later today clarifying the somewhat different position as regards supervised junior chess activities.
https://www.englishchess.org.uk/covid-19-update/
by Roger Lancaster
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 3220

Re: Future of EPSCA Schools Competition

Carl Hibbard wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:37 am
I am not sure I want to moderate a handbags incident :roll:
One might rather hope that respected forumites such as Andrew and Paul can resolve this privately between themselves.