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by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 11035

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

I apologise for implying that you were English, that was an unnecessary attack on your character :wink: By complete coincidence, I saw your post as I was looking for an embeddable .pgn viewer for my blog, and had just stumbled upon pgn4web. I think it's a brilliant resource, exactly what I was look...
by Paolo Casaschi
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 11035

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

What's a polite way of saying to FIDE "Look, we know you're trying to do what's best for chess, but we're the English and we don't actually want anyone (including ourselves) to succeed at anything, so the only way you're going to make us happy is to crawl into a hole and die"? Sarcasm aside, I find...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 11035

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

I yet have to see a clear argument why such a regulation would be beneficial to the chess world. Keep in mind, a few people making a better profit, that is not a necessarily beneficial to the chess world. Because it increases the chances of making chess tournaments financially viable in their own r...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 11035

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

For example, do you remember when the European football associations tried to limit the number of foreign players in their teams, including the ones from other EU countries? They tried adding such a rule for their members, they were challenged in court, they lost. And that's why we don't have a rul...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 11035

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

|I agree FIDE can't enforce rules that apply to everybody, but it can make up whatever rules it likes for its members (assuming it can get its members to agree to the necessary rule changes). So banning someone from playing chess is not possible, but banning them from playing in FIDE organised even...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 11035

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:27 pm
Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:25 pm
The ECF International Director has come out in public in favour of unrestricted distribution ...
Do you happen to know the link?
https://youtube.com/watch?v=gHxeI33cjJQ

Speaking as grand chess tour organiser rather than as ECF director.
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Who will win the 2018 candidates?
Replies: 22
Views: 2486

Re: who will win the 2018 candidates?

I voted second, adding my vote for Karjakinto (presumably?) Paolo's, unless someone else voted and Paolo is waiting until later. I voted for Karjakin. In the lack of a clear favourite, it's a matter of form during the tournament and experience in similar events. While the former is a big unknown un...
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Who will win the 2018 candidates?
Replies: 22
Views: 2486

Who will win the 2018 candidates?

Usual pointless guessing game about the next candidates tournaments... three days to vote, polling closing shortly before the 1st round start on March 10th.
by Paolo Casaschi
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 8151

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Indutibaly, but I rather suspect that the vast majority of the English speaking world shares the writer's opinion. The rest are contorting themselves into changing the meaning of a word because its use in one or two documents hinders their objective of raising money. The question whether “chess is ...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 6214

Re: FIDE Ratings - Part Results

I'm sure FIDE could tinker with the rules as to what happens when initial performances are below the 1000 minimum threshold, so that improving players who entered their first tournament too early don't get ratings well below their strength or be given incentives to lose or withdraw. The obvious sol...
by Paolo Casaschi
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: FIDE Ratings - Part Results
Replies: 24
Views: 6214

Re: FIDE Ratings - Part Results

Surely - at least for children - it would be better not to have this system. As it is, the logic would suggest that we should not take promising children to such tournaments until they are overwhelmingly certain to get a rating. This is true only if you care more about rating than about playing che...
by Paolo Casaschi
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 2926

Re: Post Brexit Openings

I expect a surge in populism, sorry popularity of the "go whistle" opening sequence requiring White to start the game with 1. f3 (thus damaging their own position) then leaving the chessboard, going whistling for a while, hoping for something suddenly to happen in their favor but achieving nothing e...
by Paolo Casaschi
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 31179

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

In good form, Karjakin is very well suited for this kind of event. He’s definitely my favourite, remaining undefeated and scoring points against out of form opponents. Unless an early loss in the first rounds forces him out of his comfort zone.
by Paolo Casaschi
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Pgn Files
Replies: 9
Views: 1222

Re: Tournament Pgn Files

Why is it that so many tournament pgn files are full of garbage? I enclose an example (one of many) of the junk that pads out the pgn files of many respectable tournaments. [Event "Hastings Masters"] [Site "Horntye, Hastings"] [Date "2018.01.02"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Gormally, Daniel W"] [Black "F...