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Can't say when they switched back, but the last two rules updates have the write first allowance. I'm sure someone out there keeps all the update files and can find out :D
Does it not seem that an organization supposedly existing to promote and encourage chess play and competition would post their current rules online in their entirety?
I've heard that may actually happen at some point. My understanding is that it was decided that the USCF does have the electronic rights to the rulebook; the publishing rights are still with McKay.
I don't know if it will happen for sure though. Don't know what the thoughts were in the past to give exclusive rights to the printing company originally; maybe it was a cost thing. But they (and we) are living with that past decision.
I'm sure if they do make it available online they will still have a stipulation that TDs have to have the official printed version with them at tourneys.
I'm sure that there's a good reason why FIDE decided to make it illegal to write down your move first, but I've never heard it. I always assumed that the main goal of FIDE in all circumstances is for the chess officials to make the game as unpleasant and unpopular as possible
Gijsson discussed this briefly this month, at least why he came to agree. Walking the rows at a tournament, he saw a player's scoresheet that had very many moves lined out and written over. While he didn't believe that player had an illegal intent, it was impossible to distinguish this behavior from taking notes which is specifically prohibited.
The USCF allows you to put your current move in on a paper scoresheet before the move, and erase or line it out if you change your mind. It explicitly states that excessive changes are not allowed. This rule has existed for many years. After the advent of eletronic scoresheets both USCF and FIDE determined that putting the move into the electronic scoresheet was not legal because you could then see the position with the new move and change it. (therefore you are using it like an analysis board). However USCF changed there rule after deciding that a paper score sheet did not constitute an analysis board. You do have to watch as some open sections of tournaments in the US are FIDE rated and thus subject to FIDE rules. You can get a copy of the differences between USCF rules and FIDE rules on the USCF website.
FWIW, I had an awkward experience at a FIDE rated tournament in England a few years ago where this "write move after touching piece" rule was applied and in fact enforced against me (it's a hard habit to break!). What I don't quite understand is why this rule exists in the first place, except perhaps if someone is constantly scribbling on their scoresheet in a particularly distracting manner, which to me seems like a behavior that could be classified under the larger rubric of "intentionally disrupting your opponent's concentration".
bobbymac310 ~ Gijsson didn't say the writing was an "analysis board," he said it was effectively "note-taking," which is prohibited.
What possible reason does USCF have for maintaining different tournament rules than FIDE? In this particular case, it can only put players used to the USCF rule at a disadvantage when competing under FIDE conditions.
Besides, of course, the obvious answer that USCF is composed of idiots who do everything possible to screw up chess in the US.
But without the USCF who would send me such fascinating emails as:
Dear United States Chess Federation member, Your auto insurance is supposed to guard you every mile you drive ... every day of the year. But what if you're paying too much for protection that stops short if you're in an accident?
(and so forth)
yes Kxg5 looks like a clear win for HIM to me. I suspect he misinputted the game. That looks like a highly suspect move to me by white and illogical to say the least.
Yeah thats not right.
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