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by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Grading List: January 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 604

Re: ECF Grading List: January 2017

Thank you for the alert. I had been pressing for the list to be updated, but I hadn't noticed that it had been.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5370

Re: Hastings thread

For the record, I offered to play him as a filler. Ollie opted to take the win by default. His father said that he had homework to do. The effect of this walkover on winning rating prizes has been mentioned above. If he had played you, would it have counted for this purpose? The mention upthread do...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5370

Re: Hastings thread

Anyway very much enjoyed the tournament and kudos once again to a magnificent arbiting team. Thank you. Such tributes are appreciated, both by the individuals concerned and by the Congress Committee. Presumably they thought it was terribly unfair on Ollie that he didn't get a game at all (because h...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1445

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2017

.... is there some actual constituted board structure?) Yes there is. "Grand Chess Tour" is a non-profit corporation registered in Saint Louis. Missouri. USA. See, for example, http://nonprofits.findthecompany.com/l/5492551/Grand-Chess-Tour. That's pretty much all I know, so I won't be ab...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1445

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2017

You're in the clear, Alex. Angus's sneer was clearly aimed at me. I won't be dignifying the sneer with a response. I wasn't aiming at either you or Alex. My reference was to the advertiser (and creator) of the URS - i.e. the Grand Chess Tour. Thanks for that, Angus. I apologise for being oversensit...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1445

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2017

"based on" doesn't imply that they were the sole criterion. It was possibly even done subjectively. Exactly. The press release issued on 3rd January, available at http://www.grandchesstour.org/press-release/gct-announces-launch-urs%E2%84%A2-and-2017-wildcard-selections, gives a short expl...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1445

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2017

"based on" doesn't imply that they were the sole criterion. It was possibly even done subjectively. Exactly. The press release issued on 3rd January, available at http://www.grandchesstour.org/press-release/gct-announces-launch-urs%E2%84%A2-and-2017-wildcard-selections, gives a short expl...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 53
Views: 8976

Re: New Year Honours List

David Sedgwick wrote:
NickFaulks wrote:Larry Ebbin is on the Bermuda list for services to chess.

Surely that should have read "for services to chess and partying". :lol:

Congratulations to Larry and to Murray Chandler.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 53
Views: 8976

Re: New Year Honours List

NickFaulks wrote:Larry Ebbin is on the Bermuda list for services to chess.

Surely that should have read "for services to chess and partying" :lol:.

Congratulations to Larry and to Murray Chandler.
by David Sedgwick
Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: International News
Topic: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 4021

Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

I don't understand why the second claim was rejected. The last capture was on White's 92nd move. If the claim was made by Black on his 142nd move then both Black and White had made 50 moves without a capture or (non-existent) pawn move. There's a Facebook comment from Adly (which I can no longer fi...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5370

Re: Hastings thread

Alex McFarlane wrote:We had a problem with Swiss Master on my computer this evening ...

I can't find any trace of Swiss Master having been used. Did you mean Swiss Manager?
by David Sedgwick
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 4021

Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

Only boards 1-15 pairings posted so far. Catching the eye: Nikolic v Carlsen Seirawan v Grischuk Agdestein v Karjakin Where did you find those? On the livestream page, but it's since been changed and Carlsen is now playing White against Ganguly. I think that the pairings which you found originally ...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 343
Views: 16819

Re: Chess history trivia

John Townsend wrote:A player claimed to have won a game and lost one against Morphy at the latter's London hotel. Morphy said he had never contested a single game against him. Name the player.

Frederick Deacon
by David Sedgwick
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election
Replies: 65
Views: 4404

Re: ECF and the FIDE Presidential election

One vice of which he cannot be accused is vindictiveness. I said the same on here three years ago and was swiftly criticised. See Ian Thompson's riposte to me at http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5936&start=120. (Second post down) For the record, I still agree with you, not Ian.
by David Sedgwick
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 343
Views: 16819

Re: Chess history trivia

John Townsend wrote:Another question:

Which English cathedral contains a monument with effigy to a man who served as President of the British Chess Association?

Lincoln Cathedral, the said President being Alfred Lord Tennyson.

(Thanks to the Yorkshire Chess History website for pointing me in the right direction.)

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