British Championship Congress 2019

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by John McKenna » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:04 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:53 pm
Any clue as to why Lorin D'Costa resigned, if indeed he did?
Lorin's answer, above, to that question says a lot about the difficulties of playing competitive chess in the current climate.

The danger pointed to by this unfortunate incident is that the perceived threat of cheating may become greater than the actual cheating taking place,.and the inadvertent technical infringement of anti-cheating procedures more dishonoured in the observance than in the breach.
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:04 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:27 pm
I am a bit confused that somebody professionally involved in chess doesn't appear to know this.
Yes, that surprised me too (regardless of the wider rights or wrongs)
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Carl Hibbard » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:05 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:35 pm
What joy awaits us
Luckily I’m on holiday this week and watching things
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Carl Hibbard » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:07 pm

Lorin had to be defaulted in this case of course
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:10 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:04 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:27 pm
I am a bit confused that somebody professionally involved in chess doesn't appear to know this.
Yes, that surprised me too (regardless of the wider rights or wrongs)
see my post above.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:16 pm

Looks like Lorin and Adam C Taylor have pulled out of the Championship. I think Adam has been struggling to find form in this event.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:17 pm

Carl Hibbard wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:07 pm
Lorin had to be defaulted in this case of course
Yes, patently, no argument to be had.
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:19 pm

Anyway, was any decent chess played today? Most of what I looked at (which maybe wasn't much) had a certain Saturday-evening-in-a-weekend open feel to it.
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Carl Hibbard » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:34 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:19 pm
Anyway, was any decent chess played today? Most of what I looked at (which maybe wasn't much) had a certain Saturday-evening-in-a-weekend open feel to it.
It is quite a fast time limit now not sure that is helping.
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by NickFaulks » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:35 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:47 pm
I should imagine that over the last year, since the rule came into force at FIDE rated events, all sorts of very strong players have forgotten the rule.
The rule has been around for much longer than that. What has changed is that the determination of events in England to opt out of it is crumbling.

In any case, isn't there a reminder at the start of each round about what you may and may not do with mobile devices? I realise that some players evade these by arriving late, but have little sympathy in that case.

I read Lorin's comment that he may not play again in FIDE rated events in England. The fact is that in most federations it is now second nature that you do not wander around the venue with a mobile phone on your person.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by John Moore » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:56 pm

Lorin admitted in his post that he made a mistake but it seems that his major concern is about his opponent's approach. However, perhaps I'd better say no more in view of Matt Bridgeman's post on the previous page of this thread.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:59 pm

So who can guess how many moves Howell-Adams will be drawn in? I'll kick off with 18.
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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:07 pm

Adams won with Black in the British a few years ago, going back to my "1 e4 e5 works Ok for Adams when playing against a player of comparable stature" theme. Dull draw last year, though.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:09 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:19 pm
Anyway, was any decent chess played today? Most of what I looked at (which maybe wasn't much) had a certain Saturday-evening-in-a-weekend open feel to it.
That is certainly a good way to describe how Adam Taylor lost to Jack. One-sided nature of Wadsworth v Howell shows how hard it can be to suddenly play a 2700 after playing a string of players averaging around 2250.

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Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:24 pm

Another competition could be "who's achieved the longest sequence of red moves on Chessbomb?". One and two-player categories available.
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