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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1818
Views: 102719

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Is that clarity that's going to be provided by the ECF, though? So if the Plods catch us, say, milling about outside a venue in a group larger than 6, we can say nope, ECF told us it was legal, go fine them £10,000 not us? i would have thought it a prerequisite for the return of "normal" chess that...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1818
Views: 102719

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Are forumites' local organisations planning to wait for permission from the Working Party to start playing again? They are probably awaiting clarity as to when a typical OTB event becomes legal again. There's also a confidence issue, that governments at short notice aren't going to reimpose restric...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1818
Views: 102719

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I do consider that I have the right to ask why it is that the testing process deemed necessary for these vaccines is so radically different from the standard previously accepted by the scientific community. Isn't it essentially because the government have agreed to pick up the compensation bill if ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What was my grade?
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: What was my grade?

Simon Rogers wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:17 pm
I've looked for my grade pre 1994 on the ECF Grading Database but can't find them.
You need the old fashioned version, namely a grading book. I see Joe or perhaps his parents had them archived.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1818
Views: 102719

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I must add that the trial would normally take about a year to get approved as the committees have to meet to approve the trial, and then nit pick over some detail and meet again 3 months later (etc.), and scheduling meetings is tricky. On the face of it, they've taken short cuts on the legal side. ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1818
Views: 102719

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Would anyone who has decided not to receive a vaccination be offended if a chess venue required them to show proof of vaccination before they were permitted to enter? You are making a couple of assumptions there. The first being that such a certificate of vaccination would exist and secondly that i...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1818
Views: 102719

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Strange he didn't report taking a Covid test or visiting a doctor at any point in his account. Visiting or at least consulting a doctor seems implied by the last paragraph. I’m waiting for a referral to a lung specialist and to a long covid clinic and I hope some progress will emerge from that.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1818
Views: 102719

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Great news Shame there are no rooms left for those dates just tried to Book Presumably "Guaranteed Events" have a block booking for the weekend on behalf of the 4NCL. The practice is or was that you enter the tournament and then Guaranteed Events would phone to confirm hotel details and take credit...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering CGM Adrian Hollis (02-viii-1940 26-ii-2013)
Replies: 19
Views: 552

Re: Remembering CGM Adrian Hollis (02-viii-1940 26-ii-2013)

Some lovely Varsity match photos there (love the 'obligatory staring at the board pose' comment!). One of the photos included Maria Eagle (is that one of the Eagle sisters who became an MP?) and one of the photos included a Ken Regan (is that the Ken Regan of anti-cheating computer software fame?)....
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GM tv performances in the 90s and a documentary from the 80s
Replies: 15
Views: 1052

Re: GM tv performances in the 90s and a documentary from the 80s

MJMcCready wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:16 pm
ok, may well be, I know it was a GM but assumed it was Adams
It may even have been when Matthew was a young chess prodigy rather than a GM. He did seem to pop up on TV from time to time. I seem to recall his participation at the Lloyds Bank forming part of a broadcast.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GM tv performances in the 90s and a documentary from the 80s
Replies: 15
Views: 1052

Re: GM tv performances in the 90s and a documentary from the 80s

Neil Graham wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:07 pm
My recollection was that it was Matthew Sadler on "You Bet" rather than Michael Adams.
I would associate that with Matthew Sadler as well, but wasn't his feat on positions from Fischer games? I think they made it relatively easy by only using games from MSMG rather than the whole canon.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1818
Views: 102719

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

But still, I am hopeful that June, July and August will months when we can play OTB. What thoughts do people have on when clubs and traditional league activity can resume? Community Centres may be able to open from April, but as with last Summer and Autumn, two metre distancing and rule of six isn'...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 185655

Re: Cheating in chess

There is literally no reference to chess in this piece but people may find it pertinent nonetheless. From the linked article Gaming is a subculture, with its own rules, hierarchy and status objects, and achieving success or a higher position within a subculture, is for many, reason enough to cheat....
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Master List
Replies: 13
Views: 810

Re: Master List

The ECF online ratings seem to be produced in a rather ad hoc manner. Players are identified by ECF membership numbers rather than grading codes That would seem a short sighted piece of design, since it appears to rule out being able to calculate online ratings on an international event, or being a...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How would a game against yourself go?
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: How would a game against yourself go?

My repertoires for White and Black are almost totally different I've had this tabiya in the English with both colours. [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r1bq1rk1/ppp2pbp/2np1np1/4p3/2P5/2NP1NP1/PP2PPBP/1RBQ1RK1 b - - 2 8"] and also the reversed version as a slightly off beat Closed Sicilian [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r1bq1...