World Youth Championships

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:44 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:39 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Have we reached the point where players shouldn't be allowed to wear hats or headgear at all?

This might be relatively simple advice for the ECF to give to leagues and congresses
That would be a simple enough measure, apart from the problem of whether or how to make exceptions for those wearing head coverings for religious reasons.
Good point

Although explaining it to Mike Surtees wouldn't be trivial :wink:
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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:49 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:39 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Have we reached the point where players shouldn't be allowed to wear hats or headgear at all?

This might be relatively simple advice for the ECF to give to leagues and congresses
That would be a simple enough measure, apart from the problem of whether or how to make exceptions for those wearing head coverings for religious reasons.
Well, there are also sometimes good non-religious reasons why people wish to wear head coverings (chemotherapy comes to mind) but other than that, yes it does seem an area that might require some thought.

I wouldn't see any problem just issuing an exemption to anybody who asks for one though.
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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Matthew Turner » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:06 pm

I don’t really know how you could use a baseball cap to win a blitz tournament? How could moves be Inputted/received?

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:13 pm

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Matthew Turner » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:19 pm

Tkachiev had an earpiece and a friend transmitting moves - I agree that that is easily possible. How does a baseball cap help with this? Only as a distraction. For the Tkachiev method to work for Declan, he would presumably need a friend sat close to his board or with incredibly good eyesight. I am surprised nobody has noticed 🤔

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:23 pm

Maybe he is raising money for Children In Need?

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Roger de Coverly » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:23 pm

Matthew Turner wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:06 pm
How could moves be Inputted/received?
There was the Bulgarian who was suspected but his exact method never fully established. He was a bit useful at fast time rates as well. That was speculated to involve shoes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borislav_Ivanov

Another guess might be a concealed camera which could read and decipher a chess position from normal three dimensional pieces, coupled with an extremely miniature device in the ear which would speak the suggested move. They would communicate with a hidden phone sized device by wireless.

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Re: World Youth Championships

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Carl Hibbard » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:52 pm

Please see the following formal statement so for the time being no further Declan speculation will be considered appropriate here.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Tim Spanton » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:52 pm

This exchange of comments on my blog is rather interesting. I do not know the people involved, but it seems there is a claim it was not Declan Lovelock playing in London.

Pete Heaven8 December 2019 at 20:47
He scored 1/10 at the London Chess Classic blitz today with a TPR of 1057 FIDE. Ever since I saw Rfd1 in the game above, together with his speed, I have had my suspicions about how good he really is. Assuming it was him at the LCC today, I think we now have our answer. Others on the EC Forum are of the same opinion.s

Natasha2 January 2020 at 04:16
Rather rude of you. You are utter baggage, and a burden to the chess community.

Pete Heaven4 January 2020 at 23:54
Hi Natasha, I hear what you say in this and your posts below. In that case, are you saying that the games in the London Chess Classic blitz were played by someone else? If that were the case I'd be happy to delete my post above. All the games are available on chess24 and are of near-beginner standard.

Natasha12 January 2020 at 13:57
He did not play in the London Game. We have got evidence for that.

Full post: https://beauchess.blogspot.com/2019/10/blitzed.html

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:04 am

Tim Spanton wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:52 pm

Natasha12 January 2020 at 13:57
He did not play in the London Game. We have got evidence for that.
Against that, the organisers and arbiters at the London Chess Classic seem to think he was correctly identified. If there was an imposter in London, it would seem expedient on family and local organisers to make the case.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Nick Burrows » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:12 am

His appearance at the LCC was an imposter. The banned online accounts were imposters. "His methods are completely different"

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Alex Holowczak » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:24 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:04 am
Tim Spanton wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:52 pm

Natasha12 January 2020 at 13:57
He did not play in the London Game. We have got evidence for that.
Against that, the organisers and arbiters at the London Chess Classic seem to think he was correctly identified. If there was an imposter in London, it would seem expedient on family and local organisers to make the case.
In the immediate aftermath of the Blitz, I spoke with administrators in the Dorset/Bournemouth area. These pre-dated the posts on the blog. They spoke to their Declan Lovelock about his performance in London, and said to me that the explanation they were given by him was that the time limit was too fast for him. On that basis, I am prepared to stand by my comment on here that he was correctly identified.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Ian Thompson » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:23 pm

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:24 pm
the time limit was too fast for him.
That seems very plausible. What's odd is that the effect of lack of time apparently resulted in playing games of "near-beginner standard" (Peter Heaven) when a more common consequence for a player strong at slower time limits would be a generally high standard of play interspersed with occasional blunders and/or losses on time.

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Re: World Youth Championships

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:59 pm

Ian Thompson wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:23 pm
What's odd is that the effect of lack of time apparently resulted in playing games of "near-beginner standard" (Peter Heaven) when a more common consequence for a player strong at slower time limits would be a generally high standard of play interspersed with occasional blunders and/or losses on time.
A time limit of 3 minutes with 2 second increments seems to be getting popular. The logic is that it's 5 minutes to move 60.

There was a rated Blitz evening tournament at Hastings with this rate. I didn't enter, not having ever played any games at that speed. But thinking about it a bit more, it's 4 minutes to play 30 moves, so if you can put your opponent away quickly, time isn't so much of an issue. It's just equivalent to winning a traditional 5 minute game with at least a minute remaining.

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