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by Alex Holowczak
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2525
Views: 206868

Re: Cheating in chess

Unless they use delay, events like the London Chess Classic FIDE Open potentially make one part of the mechanics of cheating very easy. Live coverage and the assessments on chess servers mean that a collaborator could sit in the comfort of the refreshment area and see how the game was going and don...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 7597

Re: Brexit tea leaves

I live in West Bromwich West, which has been Labour for just about as long as suffrage has been extended far enough to give the working class the vote. The only exception was when Betty Boothroyd was Speaker. I can't imagine any "normal" scenario where Labour wouldn't win the seat in West Bromwich ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 7597

Re: Brexit tea leaves

That has nothing to do with Brexit, so I suspect had Brexit not been an issue the result would have been broadly similar. I live in West Bromwich West, which has been Labour for just about as long as suffrage has been extended far enough to give the working class the vote. The only exception was wh...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2525
Views: 206868

Re: Cheating in chess

I decided to share this unpleasant experience because I feel it's the right thing to do in such circumstances. Yup I presume this is Canadian GM, Anton Kovalyov, whom chess.com are accusing of cheating - it's not a massively common name. He's perhaps better known as the player who got told off by A...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 14240

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Even if Council votes for it, large swathes of English chess will just ignore it anyway and carry on regardless. After all, almost all of English chess has shown zero appetite to introduce their own policies so far, which they have been perfectly at liberty to do without the ECF Board being involve...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 33
Views: 4750

Re: ECF Online Chess

You mean the ones that ban players without justification; is that a good look for the ECF? They argue that they do have justification, otherwise they wouldn't have done it. If you're referring to Justin's case, he was playing correspondence chess, whereas the ECF is only doing rapid, blitz and bull...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 14240

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Alex says that "independent organisations in general would rather the ECF bugger off and leave them to it". If such a motion were carried, that would refute that as far as this issue is concerned. This is one of these wonderful motions that Council enthusiastically votes for, on the basis that it's...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December
Replies: 21
Views: 2041

Re: Women's Grand Prix, Monaco 2019, 3 - 15 December

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:11 pm
6.6 - Goryachkina
A novel scoring system :wink:
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 14240

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Do Arbiters courses cover the use of such equipment? The ECF course covers anti-cheating periperhally. The FIDE course covers the FIDE anti-cheating guidelines and how to work with those. I don't remember delivering a course where we actively scanned someone by means of a demonstration, but now tha...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 14240

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

As a matter of interest, what type of scanner are we talking about here and does anyone know the approximate cost? These were the ones we used at 4NCL, and in London and the Isle of Man: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Garrett-10051-Super-Scanner-V/dp/B00ESBDOPA/ref=asc_df_B00ESBDOPA/?tag=googshopuk-21&li...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 33
Views: 4750

Re: ECF Online Chess

There's no single server maintained by the ECF, it's just being held on the existing provider platforms. Who is providing the service can I ask? All the main ones you've heard of, e.g. Lichess. Chess.com. The internet service is based on ECF clubs And which clubs might these be? These servers have ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 14240

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

As a matter of interest, what type of scanner are we talking about here and does anyone know the approximate cost? These were the ones we used at 4NCL, and in London and the Isle of Man: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Garrett-10051-Super-Scanner-V/dp/B00ESBDOPA/ref=asc_df_B00ESBDOPA/?tag=googshopuk-21&li...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 33
Views: 4750

Re: ECF Online Chess

Add a third, obvious, question: What makes you think it will be any better than (or even as good as) FIDE's Online Arena? Which has an obvious answer to anyone who read the announcement. The internet service is based on ECF clubs which have been set up on different provider platforms and which are ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 14240

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I would suggest that most of the speculation has been extremely far from flippant. This is a serious issue. The episode demonstrates once again that the ECF are about a decade late in introducing proper Anti Cheating Regulations. If there were procedures and protocols which people could follow if t...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2525
Views: 206868

Re: Cheating in chess

"For what it is worth, given the player verbally admitted he was cheating, I expect it would be non-trivial arguing that a subsequent cheating conviction would be a "first offence"." That would help - assuming you have contemporaneous statements from witnesses to that. And he might turn up with Elo...