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by Chris Rice
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2492
Views: 205143

Re: Cheating in chess

I've reported a couple of people for losing a thousand or so points by throwing game after game in less than 10 moves, immediately prior to a tournament in which they then play normally. Lichess seems to be ok with this rather ridiculous practice. Unfortunately I have to agree with you. In one of m...
by Chris Rice
Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118103

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

What date is it today? We've not heard from the Sniper since the end of January. I believe he was building extra wings on Troll Prison to welcome new inmates. It was getting a bit crowded. I suspect that you can forget about Charlie arranging anything in Malta. This was 5 hours ago on FB: "After ca...
by Chris Rice
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118103

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

but perhaps something will be organised before then. If he's resolved his differences with the local Malta federation, perhaps the Sniper will pop up with something. We've not heard from the Sniper since the end of January. I believe he was building extra wings on Troll Prison to welcome new inmate...
by Chris Rice
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2492
Views: 205143

Re: Cheating in chess

Peter Doggers has a very good article summarising the positions on chess.com https://www.chess.com/news/view/fide-world-university-chess-championship-cheating-iulia-osmak David Cordover is still not pulling any punches Yes very comprehensive article and a real problem for Osmak as in theory she cou...
by Chris Rice
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2492
Views: 205143

Re: Cheating in chess

Yulia Osmak with an hour long video (not in English) analysing her games which would be useful to compare with the data against her.
by Chris Rice
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2492
Views: 205143

Re: Cheating in chess

Another chess cheating scandal as 20 players are disqualified from the FIDE World Online University Championships, which uses the Tornelo playing platform, though the Fair Play Panel are not officially saying it was cheating they were disqualified for. The winner of the Women's rapid, Iulija Osmak, ...
by Chris Rice
Fri Mar 26, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 64
Views: 4050

Re: The ACO is back!

I do think ACO should make it clear in their regulations and website that their events are not FIDE-rated. They are parasitical on the FIDE (and national) rating systems in that they divide their congresses into rating bands which they expect entrants to be honest in observing. The ACO do refer to ...
by Chris Rice
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead in 2021
Replies: 21
Views: 2440

Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead in 2021

I'm not sure the Italians would consider this an obscure event. But I think we should keep the thread going until the Scottish Championship is announced so we can troll Alex. Alex scares me too much. He looks and sounds like Prince Vultan from Flash Gordon. You never see them together do you? https...
by Chris Rice
Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2021 World Cup
Replies: 8
Views: 738

Re: 2021 World Cup

Peter Doggers article on FIDE's approval of the Hybrid format for the World Cup qualifiers. Discussion on Dvorkovich's concern as to whether norms and ratings should be included. Not too shabby 30,000-euro prize fund supported by the FIDE Continental Development Fund.
by Chris Rice
Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2021 World Cup
Replies: 8
Views: 738

2021 World Cup

A FIDE press release issued on March 6th stated that FIDE had approved proposals from the four Continental Federations related to their qualification structures for the next FIDE World Cup to be held in July 2021. "As the epidemical situation remains complicated all over the World, a significant num...
by Chris Rice
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 263
Views: 13258

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

The chief arbiter, Pavel Vortruba, at Wijk aan Zee wasn't happy with the way he was portrayed by the media and states that the video footage did not tell the full story of what happened. Here is his account of what happened off camera.
by Chris Rice
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2021 Hybrid Cities Cup
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Re: 2021 Hybrid Cities Cup

Clearly Hybrid Chess is not for everybody as Viktor Moskalenko comments on FB on the tournament: Is there a link? I have never got to grips with FB. I can't see how to link the page, probably a Friend request is the only way to access it. Barcelona won it in the end results . Another player Fernand...
by Chris Rice
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2021 Hybrid Cities Cup
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Re: 2021 Hybrid Cities Cup

Clearly Hybrid Chess is not for everybody as Viktor Moskalenko comments on FB on the tournament: "Is 'Hybrid Chess' a joke or nonsense? I'll just describe my day. On Saturday, February 20, 2021, for the first time in history, we have played two rounds in the so-called FIDE - hybrid chess. But I can'...
by Chris Rice
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2021 Hybrid Cities Cup
Replies: 4
Views: 617

2021 Hybrid Cities Cup

The first ever Hybrid event kicks off this weekend. We've got four teams from Barcelona, Oslo, Tepe Sigeman Chess Malmo and the Slovak Chess Federation. Will it work or perhaps more importantly will any else see enough to want to repeat it? Here is the event website
by Chris Rice
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1875

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

So wins This was the decisive game. Black's 14th, WHAT!!???? So, Wesley (USA) - Carlsen, Magnus (NOR) Champions Chess Tour Opera Euro Rapid - Knockout 2021 round 08-01 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. c3 a6 6. Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 Bb7 8. Re1 Rc8 9. a4 b4 10. d4 cxd4 11. cxd4 Ng6 12. Nbd2 Na5 1...