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by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2507
Views: 205615

Re: Cheating in chess

I've been a member of Lichess for xix and a half months and played 19 games, the majority in two Irish-organised tournaments at 45 minutes with 15 or 30 second increment. I've played somewhat more on chess.com but only because that was the platform for the ECF events at Christmas.
by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2507
Views: 205615

Re: Cheating in chess

As it happens, and to some degree contradictory to my comments above, I just played a lichess game against a player with a rating of 2112 whose FIDE rating is advertised in their profile as 1230! (I checked the rating, it's correct as stated. The player's year of birth is 2004.) Their playing stren...
by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 2216

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

LIke Paul, I really got into chess when a new teacher came to our school who revived the chess club by handing out copies of CHESS to pupils aged 11-13. He knew that young teams had an advantage in the Sunday Times Schools competition. It's possible (I don't have sources to check) that Whitby was BH...
by Tim Harding
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 2216

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

Very good piece, thank you. I especially enjoyed Bernard's contribution. I always got on very well with BH and Marjorie, especially during the few months I lived in Birmingham, and their daughter Peggy (Clarke) was also a lovely person. I never met their sons. I can imagine, though, that people foun...
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2507
Views: 205615

Re: Cheating in chess

Well yes, can't see how a mere 51% probability would stand up to any legal scrutiny for a start. What does the term "on the balance of probabilities" mean? It's the test in civil cases for a prosecution or lawsuit to succeed, as opposed to "beyond reasonable doubt" in criminal cases, so it's a much...
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 58
Views: 4693

Re: Laws of Chess - changes

Yet another "except" - if the flag drops during a promotion or capture and the arbiter is watching at that point, the laws are not clear. For example at what stage do you consider the position is established as the parts may be executed in any order ! Here is my take on your capture case. More expe...
by Tim Harding
Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 58
Views: 4693

Re: Laws of Chess - changes

Have you submitted your comments to FIDE as I requested? Or are you expecting me to do that? No I don't expect you to do it. When I have had time to read all the sections that are new in 2021, I may send in a list of comments; this could take a week or two. As the main mistake I found seems in need...
by Tim Harding
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: T Van Scheltinga vs A Alekhine
Replies: 8
Views: 807

Re: T Van Scheltinga vs A Alekhine

This incident is not remarked upon in Skinner and Verhoeven's collection of Alekhine's games (page 646 game 2236) but the editors provide the following sources, the second of which (at least) some Forumite might be able to check. The Dutch source, however, might be the most informative? Tijdschrift ...
by Tim Harding
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 58
Views: 4693

Re: Laws of Chess - changes

You might want to have a look at the recently published FIDE Arbiters Manual :wink: Ken Regan's notes start on p65 for those interested ... I hope that the Manual is of reasonably good quality. That is not to suggest that it is not susceptible of improvement, nor that it is entirely error free. Con...
by Tim Harding
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 58
Views: 4693

Re: Laws of Chess - changes

Chess.com are reporting that FIDE has decided to prohibit all draws with immediate effect. Not one of their more imaginative efforts. In the chat, a surprising number of people are admitting that they fell for it initially. Here's a link to ChessBase's dish of the day, courtesy of Carlsen and Nakam...
by Tim Harding
Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 58
Views: 4693

Re: Laws of Chess - changes

If there wasn't an increment, why wasn't the player with the Rook able to invoke 10.2 or one of its successors before the flag fell? That is indeed the motivation of my question. As Stewart says, just full information. Possibly they were playing without either an increment, or quickplay finish rule...
by Tim Harding
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 58
Views: 4693

Re: Laws of Chess - changes

What is the penalty for not being given all the information. That you cannot get a sensible answer. If you want experienced arbiters like Stewart to give up their time answering queries, then please present a complete and legal position and all relevant facts. On a couple of points earlier: a) In I...
by Tim Harding
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928
Replies: 10
Views: 935

Re: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928

Yes on reflection I think it seems that the newspapers which reported a win for Yates must have been wrong, probably due to an error in a Press Association wire report. The final reports which state the total scores of the players do add up to the correct 28 points with Mansfield scoring 2. It now s...
by Tim Harding
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928
Replies: 10
Views: 935

Re: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928

I'm holding out a forlorn hope that someone may have the score of Yates - Mansfield from the 4th WECU Premier, Cheltenham, 4th April 1928 drawn in 52 moves. It probably means scouring the local papers as a game with Yates is likely to have been recorded somewhere. Thanks for your help! Several news...
by Tim Harding
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under Statement?
Replies: 47
Views: 2240

Re: Under Statement?

Richard has written at least two chess history books Chess The History of a Game and Cambridge Chess from the 1870s to the 1970s: A History of Britain's Most Successful Chess Club Not sure if he is active these days... Yes he is. Last Saturday (20 March) there was an online international chess hist...