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by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Out of interest was the chess.com account which only had 1 game on closed for a violation as well?
by Matt Bridgeman
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I spotted that one but didn’t realise it was closed for a fair play violation. A few weeks before his debut in the Dorset league no?
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90544

Re: Cheating in chess

A very interesting documentary on the mind boggling lengths people will go to cheat in sport can be found on Netflix. It’s called Icarus, and is particularly current as it tells the tale of the Russian doping scandal.
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90544

Re: Cheating in chess

In cycling of course it's usually drug cheating, but not too long ago Fabian Cancellera, a Swiss world leading cyclist was strongly alleged to have on occasion used an actual engine in his seat tube to help pick up a couple of his one day classic and world time trial wins. Mechanical doping they cal...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

The UK Chess Challenge would be a good one to look at. I think around 40,000 school kids start at the first tournament stage - the mega final. Then regional ‘Giga Finals’ and finally a national Terra Final (with quite large cash rewards it must be said) and a relatively small field of finalists. It’...
by Matt Bridgeman
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Yes, I noticed that too. To my mind a realistic scenario would be a person who say discovers say chess.com and immerses themselves in that for say a year, and then finds they are 140-150 strength at the local chess club. ‘You have a real talent for chess,’ they might say. If people want to make the ...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I don’t think a wand that floats mysteriously around the Lancaster and Morecambe, and Blackpool and Fylde leagues would be the end of the fun factor Michael. I suppose there’s an element of doing it for greater good of English club chess, rather than having another downside of a silo system.
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I'm reminded of athletics. If a performance is too good to be true, it probably isn't true. As to athletics, I'm old enough to remember the 1968 Olympic long jump when Bob Beamon broke the world record by almost two feet with a distance many regarded as impossible. There's no question about its aut...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

£300 from winning the Dorset Open outright in October. The two other outright wins are the Dorset blitz (£50 minimum) and the ten second buzzer competition, which may have had some money attached in September. Other than the 11 round blitz in London (December), and an unrated local junior competitio...
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Well there is a way to prove his innocence. If he could sit down and dazzle strong players in controlled conditions, I’d be happy to apologise even more loudly that I’ve got it all so wrong. I’d be very embarrassed.
by Matt Bridgeman
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Right. That’s me told again. Let me edit that sentence out as well. I know I shouldn’t be saying anything further, but who in your wider circle is playing like this? I'm happy to learn more about players I may not have heard of.
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8399

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I do apologise if I’ve become carried away and I’m quite happy to go back into the thread in question and delete any excessive comments I may have made. I wish Declan all the best for 2020. I’ll make no further negative comments for risk of getting myself in bother, and look forward to seeing all th...
by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20360

Re: World Youth Championships

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by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20360

Re: World Youth Championships

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by Matt Bridgeman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 20360

Re: World Youth Championships

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