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by David Sedgwick
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Aeroflot Open 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 640

Re: Aeroflot Open 2017

This is of course the second time recently that Babu Lalith has been the minor player in a news story. :roll:
by David Sedgwick
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships size/format
Replies: 42
Views: 1296

Re: British Championships size/format

Paul Cooksey wrote:I suppose someone already has asked the person with the 50k to donate why they don't sponsor the British.

Their opinion probably more relevant than whether the broadcast rights could raise 100 quid.

I can confirm that the question has been asked.

I must leave it there, I'm afraid.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

This is a much stronger basis for awarding a licence than the previous system, where it was basically left up to David's subjective opinion whether or not someone was licenced. Then there was the Southend incident, which resulted in significant unpleasantness: Pairing systems were changed half way ...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

The only FIDE requirement is that you pay 25 euros, so it's entirely in the gift of the ECF. I repeat my question - why do you need to be level 3 for a tournament that is FIDE rated, but not for one that isn't? Is it, like Gold membership, just an effort to deter FIDE rated events? edit : I may be ...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 FIDE Women's World Championship (Tehran)
Replies: 87
Views: 4109

Re: 2017 FIDE Women's World Championship (Tehran)

The broadcast of the tournament is about a standard of 1997. Progress." What does this sentence mean at all? He's saying that the standard is what you might have expected 20 years ago. To be fair, the comment was about the Round 1 tiebreaks. The broadcast of the Round 2 tiebreaks yesterday was...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Flower
Replies: 0
Views: 286

Dave Flower

by David Sedgwick
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

The ECF Arbiter regulations could be improved by following FIDE practice, where the Chief Arbiter at an event documents an Arbiter's performance without the need for an external assessor. However, there does need to be an external assessor, the "FIDE Observer" at FIDE Arbiters' Seminars. ...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

If it were that straightforward, surely the Open section at the Thanet Congress would have been FIDE rated for years. I expect there are other reasons for that, one being that all entrants would have to pay through the nose for a higher level of ECF membership. In response to that comment I have ma...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

The problem of the dilution of the standard of players in the British Championship is one entirely of the ECF's recent making. I feel it unfair on Congresses that those who have offered qualifying places since the 1980s should have these removed. Congresses (currently) have voices on the ECF Counci...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

So I qualify if I win a FIDE rated Open with 20 players in it? How widely do I have to advertise my FIDE Open? A low first prize, some way from anywhere, and anyone is in! Organising a five round FIDE Rated Open Swiss, attracting 20 players to it, and complying with all the requisite FIDE and ECF R...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Frodsham Congress Report and Results
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Re: Frodsham Congress Report and Results

Pat Ridley wrote:The Congress was ably controlled by Senior Arbiter Alex Holowczak

Alex Holowczak is not a Senior Arbiter. He would be, had he himself not caused the title to be closed to new entrants.

Thank you for illustrating what an appalling decision that was.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017
Replies: 362
Views: 13475

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Indeed. After my round 4 draw with him in the Challengers when he was quite clearly of 2250-2300 strength compared with his official rating of 1988, I asked the arbiters to investigate. Entirely predictably, I have heard nothing since from them. Mike, it's a matter of degree, but as you (rating 218...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017
Replies: 362
Views: 13475

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

I didn't say that you didn't try, I said you were too late making the point. This is exactly what you just said, to some extent. It was only in 1994 that the BCF came to the conclusion that bottom to top floats might not be best. The FIDE Swiss Pairing Rules, then and now, are very similar to the r...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings
Replies: 130
Views: 19935

Re: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings

How can I have a different URS rating vs FIDE rating when I don't play any blitz or rapidplay chess? As Roger has already mentioned, the two systems work on different methodologies. The following quotation is taken from the URS press release about the February list: "Commentators with a key ey...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017
Replies: 362
Views: 13475

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

This also meant British arbiters didn't engage with the FIDE Swiss pairing rules as much as they could have done, which is probably why many of the arguments about who to float where have been lost - they were several years too late getting to the table. I certainly don't accept that point. Stewart...

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