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by Ian Thompson
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbiting question on 50 move rule
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Arbiting question on 50 move rule

They are designed for use as lap counters in athletics, where you only have to press the counter every 60 - 90 seconds. You can get tally counters for counting people in, and out, of places that are designed to be pressed very frequently. I saw staff using them a few months ago to count the number ...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2534
Views: 207794

Re: Cheating in chess

Mathew reckons as many as 40-50 people are on the cheat detection team. I may be wrong but my reading of Matthew's comment ["If there are 40-50 people ..."] seemed speculative rather than a statement of belief. The person from lichess being interviewed (that was linked to a few days ago) said this,...
by Ian Thompson
Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)
Replies: 13
Views: 845

Re: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)

Keith played at one of the early English Senior Championships organised by Neil Graham at Dovedale. We had a chat about golf - his handicap was 14, respectable club standard. I've never been better than 19 myself. As Keith was excellent at cricket and squash, I wonder if his handicap might have bee...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2534
Views: 207794

Re: Cheating in chess

My suspicion is that this user has been deliberately losing games in order to get back to the 1500 starting rating in order to do a speedrun back up to his usual rating. He has got back down to 1500 twice only to quickly start winning again back up to his usual standard. The concept of a chess spee...
by Ian Thompson
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021
Replies: 22
Views: 2158

Re: ECF Finance Meeting 2021 on 24th April 2021

maybe in June /July time but we need to agreed on the membership fees 1st Hopefully they will remain unchanged ,,,,but a reduction for returning members, who missed joining last year, could tempt people to join early. I thought I read somewhere that there might be another incentive to join the ECF ...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 26
Views: 2479

Re: Hansen on Nakamura

So nothing I could find evidence of, but multiple rumours of past obnoxious behaviours. As someone on the receiving end, I can say he's the only person I've ever played where the (American) arbiter thought it appropriate to apologise to me for his behaviour once the game was over. That left me wond...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2534
Views: 207794

Re: Cheating in chess

The player was breaking the rules, the system caught him and he was flagged. It was an innocent mistake and the player was unaware that they were breaking the rules. What rule do you think the player was breaking? As far as I know there is no rule prohibiting someone from playing against a relative...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 10 in 1 -a record?
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: 10 in 1 -a record?

MJMcCready wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:04 pm
Can you find the move which did it
Yes
MJMcCready wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:04 pm
can it be beaten in a single move in seperate puzzle?
No. I think it's easily demonstrated that 10 is the limit - when a piece moves it can result in at most 3 discovered checks by another piece, plus a maximum of 7 direct checks by a knight.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New West of England Chess Union Website
Replies: 12
Views: 1035

Re: New West of England Chess Union Website

The old chess Devon site usually had the WECU games available for download and I have built a probably incomplete collection of games from this and other British events. My download doesn't have either Thompson or Abbott in it suggesting they were in the second section. You're probably right. They ...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New West of England Chess Union Website
Replies: 12
Views: 1035

Re: New West of England Chess Union Website

2009 G. P. Taylor I'm not sure about that. The ECF Grading record for the event suggests MV Abbott or R Thompson won it, although it's not helpful that all sections have been graded as one. I'm assuming both players who scored 6 points, and the other two 5.5 point scorers, weren't playing in the Ch...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New West of England Chess Union Website
Replies: 12
Views: 1035

Re: New West of England Chess Union Website

Matthew Turner wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:27 pm
I think 2010 should be P. Helbig
The ECF Grading record for the event confirms this, assuming neither of Stephen Berry and Andrew Smith were eligible.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New West of England Chess Union Website
Replies: 12
Views: 1035

New West of England Chess Union Website

The WECU has a new website, created a few days ago - http://www.cornwallchess.org.uk/wecu/.

I've been in touch with the Webmaster. It's in its early days at the moment, but if anyone can help fill in the question marks in the WECU Championship records that would be appreciated.
by Ian Thompson
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2534
Views: 207794

Re: Cheating in chess

"There're programs which are designed to help people cheat in a way that evades detection. The program makes some human mistakes but still plays at GM strength." How can a computer possibly know what a human mistake is. Getting a computer to suddenly decide now is the time to slip in a human blunde...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2534
Views: 207794

Re: Cheating in chess

Yes, for the purposes of this example, player X has bridged the gap from say 1900 to 2400, to the point where they are routinely beating/and or drawing a range of GM's, IM's and FM's. Non-blitz loses are now a rarity. I wonder if players who are cheating online and getting results like this have gi...
by Ian Thompson
Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4327
Views: 472652

Re: Media comments on chess

[Picture can be seen in original post here , can anyone say what style set that is?] Home-made, poor quality, I'd say. Just look at the extra large black pawn on f7, the slightly larger white pawn on h2, the two bishops being of different sizes (for both white and black) and the abnormal sizes of d...