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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Rule 10A
Replies: 75
Views: 10802

Re: Rule 10A

e2e4 have a four session for weekend games, with a scheduled one hour gap between rounds. At our next event we will be using a time control of all moves in 110 minutes plus 10 seconds per move for non-FIDE rated sections. Do you have to write down your moves at all times? My handwriting would (ahem...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is it rude / insulting not to resign?
Replies: 104
Views: 6594

Re: Is it rude / insulting not to resign?

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but when to resign and whether to play on is a fascinating aspect of chess psychology. Nearly all the times I've managed to win or draw when material down by swindling my opponent, I've considered resigning and for some intangible reason decided to play on. Sometime...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Rule 10A
Replies: 75
Views: 10802

Re: Rule 10A

You don't record the moves at all, as happens in the last five minutes before a time control now. No big deal. You get a game like the Arkell 160 mover. How do you enforce its termination without the moves being recorded? This is a practical point for leagues that might be considering 10 second inc...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Writing down the move first - and changing it
Replies: 69
Views: 3539

Re: Writing down the move first - and changing it

(One of the two pawns I'd captured was noticeably larger than the other.) Ooh I hate that. It drives me completely potty. It's only a small distraction I know but it grates on me for the whole game. If I'm playing a home match I'll make sure i'm playing with a chess set . If it's an away match and ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Counties Abolished
Replies: 94
Views: 4552

Re: Counties Abolished

So presumably there was also a local club league and never the twain? Not a healthy situation in my view. Last season the Cambridge College League featured 24 seven board teams, including three representing the City club. In contrast the Cambridge County Association has recently amalgamated with th...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Writing down the move first - and changing it
Replies: 69
Views: 3539

Re: Writing down the move first - and changing it

... juniors build castles in the air with them! Something like this? http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.com/2010/08/something-to-try-if-youre-bored-on-rest.html OMG! That looks a bit too top-heavy to actually work (without glue), but if it is possible it is pretty amazing. I wonder how many peop...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Chess Championships 2011
Replies: 577
Views: 50179

Re: British Chess Championships 2011

I just read the whole of the thread, including the posts made back in June, and noticed the question asked in June about Scottish players. I think it is excellent news (posted in August) that so many of the strongest English players will be playing, but as it is the British Chess Championships, are ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Writing down the move first - and changing it
Replies: 69
Views: 3539

Re: Writing down the move first - and changing it

... where do you draw the line on what captured pieces can and cannot be used for? I think the answer has to be that you can't use them for anything. I agree. Though you often see people arranging captured pieces in careful fashion, including trying to decide which side of the board they should be ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Discuss revised England teams for 2010 Olympiad
Replies: 300
Views: 22034

Re: Discuss revised England teams for 2010 Olympiad

Would discussing how well they are expected to do be OK here? Well, some of the major players are listed here: http://reports.chessdom.com/news-2010/chess-olympiad-2010 Germany's team is woefully understrength. Russia get three teams as hosts, and Russia 3 has a 2700+ player in it... I think we're ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Publishing ratings every month
Replies: 25
Views: 884

Re: Publishing ratings every month

I thought everyone knew that. I specifically mentioned new players and juniors as people that might not know how to calculate grading changes, but who might want to be able to track their performance. I didn't know that the grading system now treats juniors as new players. Is this specifically cove...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 110443

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

I have a feeling that a lot of people who claim they are distracted in chess are talking absolute cobblers. "I crashed the car because these seagulls suddenly started squawking." They only usually complain when they have 1 minute left and need to make 15 moves, having spent most of the last 2 hours...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Publishing ratings every month
Replies: 25
Views: 884

Re: Publishing ratings every month

Every player would then have two grades which would represent performance last season and performance so far this season. Players who really want this tend to keep track of their own performance during a season anyway. This service would be best provided to those who want to track their 'live' perf...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess etiquette when making a move
Replies: 3
Views: 531

Re: Chess etiquette when making a move

What happened was that I was in a time scramble near the first time control and was coming quite close to beating or drawing with an IM (one of the very, very rare times I have done that). At the point in the game in question, I reached out my hand to move my queen and moved it down the board to wh...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Rule 10A
Replies: 75
Views: 10802

Re: Rule 10A

You'd have to try your sacrifice to make sure you couldn't get a 10.2 awarded against you, because then you're making progress towards the end of the game! This reminds me of the situation you commonly get in bullet chess on the internet, where you sacrifice everything just to run your opponent's c...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Grading Lists: Twice a Year?
Replies: 49
Views: 3665

Re: Grading Lists: Twice a Year?

I would however like to see more junior players graded, and maybe have a separate list for such players. I agree absolutely. I remember when I was (for a few years) a junior, that internal grading lists were something that juniors could follow and track their progress with. The national grading lis...