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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 09, 2024 12:37 pm
Forum: Rating Debate
Topic: Active/Inactive/Deceased/Merged ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1337

Re: Active/Inactive/Deceased/Merged ?

On the basis of the above can anyone explain what is meant by Active or Inactive in this context? Can one be Inactive but not deceased? I suspect that "Active" just means that the player has played a rated or graded game of chess at some time in the lifetime of the rating system and its eatlier gra...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 08, 2024 9:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 3026
Views: 337487

Re: Cheating in chess

Requiring phones to be turned off rather than on silent probably doesn't do much to make cheating harder. It may depend on the phone. I've found on Android phones that whilst reactivation from standby is usually instant, a restart from power down can take a minute or more as the phone reboots. Can ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 08, 2024 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 3026
Views: 337487

Re: Cheating in chess

David Fowler wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:55 pm
I'm very sorry to say. It doesn't help that some competitions seem determined to deviate from the simple expedient of following FIDE, thereby further complicating matters.
FIDE have a history of periodic stupidity in their rule making. Anyone for defaulting players who are 10 seconds late?
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 08, 2024 4:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 3026
Views: 337487

Re: Cheating in chess

I played a match this month where a phone kept going off. Despite everyone in the room being put off no-one did anything about it. At the point where the phone was found suddenly the bloke closest to it announced it was his and silenced it Thesse are the Berkshire rules which date from some years a...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 08, 2024 3:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 3026
Views: 337487

Re: Cheating in chess

In one fixture this season, an opposition player used his phone to check his opponents grade, a second remained sat at the board inputting a finished game into phone and a third left a phone ringing in his bag. And in another match one player put his phone on silent and picked it up to read a messa...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 08, 2024 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 3026
Views: 337487

Re: Cheating in chess

I lift the following directly from one league's website: "A Dispute was referred to the Committee in relation to a league match where it was claimed that a mobile phone had been switched on during the game. The Committee found that there was insufficient evidence to prove either that the phone was ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Feb 07, 2024 1:19 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?
Replies: 29
Views: 1977

Re: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 8:06 pm
Is that actually an official FIDE posthumous title? There are conflicting results on this.
The FIDE announcement describes it as "Honoury Grandmaster".

https://fide.com/news/2873
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 05, 2024 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 3026
Views: 337487

Re: Cheating in chess

How did chess survive for 150 years before the first time control and adjournments without digital clocks. Nornal practice was to continue the game until one flag fell if neither player was scoring. The players then moved to another board and reconstructed to prove how many moves had been played. I...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 05, 2024 1:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF meeting reports
Replies: 86
Views: 11585

Re: ECF meeting reports

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2024 11:36 pm
Pardon my curiosity but why does the Board believe that "the democratic reach" of Council will be expanded by admitting larger clubs?
There's perhaps also a question as to what counts as a "club". Would 4NCL squads qualify.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 04, 2024 7:53 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Happy Birthday GM Raymond Keene OBE (29-i-1948)
Replies: 34
Views: 4891

Re: Happy Birthday GM Raymond Keene OBE (29-i-1948)

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2024 7:23 pm
When did he claim that, then?
He was always going on about the poor ethical standards of chess and chess players and their incorrect language.

One of the earlier examples was complaining about the use of the term "Ladies Prize" that it was sexist and shouldn't be used.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 03, 2024 10:59 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Happy Birthday GM Raymond Keene OBE (29-i-1948)
Replies: 34
Views: 4891

Re: Happy Birthday GM Raymond Keene OBE (29-i-1948)

John Moore wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2024 3:51 pm
Agreed - but the obsession was less the Forum's and more one particular forumite who no longer posts.

Our moral guardian as well, self appointed admittedly.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 03, 2024 10:57 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL 2023-24 Division Four
Replies: 16
Views: 2842

Re: 4NCL 2023-24 Division Four

Surely this clash could have been avoided. Blackpool used to be mid-March and in 2020 was on the final weekend before the shutdown. 4NCL has been on or about Valentine's day for many years. So it's Blackpool who have moved. In fairness though, "southern" events are likely to be more on the radar fo...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 02, 2024 4:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Amateur/Master distinction
Replies: 7
Views: 1188

Re: Amateur/Master distinction

How exactly were players allocated to a section in the absence of any rating system? Apart from players self selecting where they thought their ability would place them there would be an organising committee to take such decisions. As well as relying on reputations, they had previous tournament res...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 01, 2024 5:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF ratings.
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Re: ECF ratings.

The questions I am looking for answers to are: You need to work through the "rating audit" https://www.ecfrating.org.uk/v2/new/robo_audit.php?player_no=155285&year=2024&month=1&domain=S You aren't treated as a completely new player, rather you are deemed to have drawn with someone of your old ratin...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jan 31, 2024 1:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Britbase Updates
Replies: 237
Views: 34858

Re: Britbase Updates

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2024 12:15 pm
The Game notes are the same and for the hat trick here
The comments date the chessgames posting to 2004. Given the game was played back in 1961, any earlier sightings?