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by David Sedgwick
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2138

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

When does Leeuven start? http://grandchesstour.org/2017-grand-chess-tour/2017-grand-chess-tour Event Dates Prizes Paris GCT 21 - 25 June $150,000 Your Next Move 28 June - 2 July $150,000 Sinquefield Cup 31 July - 12 Aug $300,000 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 13 - 20 Aug $150,000 London Chess Classi...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2138

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

The following year I noticed that in the FIDE rule book Stewart Reuben had actually cited that Hastings result to highlight an 'absurd' rule which had therefore needed changing. I thought the rule actually did change, but clearly not permanently judging by the Carlsen result. I would have to resear...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Teams 16-27 June
Replies: 79
Views: 2759

Re: 2017 World Teams 16-27 June

Can someone remind me how Norway qualified for this event? I assumed Tromso Olympiad for them and Turkey, but have not checked. Paul, I think that you mean Baku Oympiad 2016 rather than Tromso Olympiad 2014. Subject to that, you are correct. Seven teams tied for 4th to 10th in Baku. India and Norwa...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2138

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

Heh. I was teasing slightly there. Depends if you count them as separate events or a single event. It is a single event, but in two different formats of chess, so there are arguments both ways. For the GCT points and prize money, it is a single event. There was a minor problem relating to this last...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017
Replies: 48
Views: 3195

Re: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017

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by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2138

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

Day 1 Report: http://grandchesstour.org/blog/2017-paris-gct-day-1

I take the opportunity to mention that I am based at home this year, so anyone hoping to spot me on set will be disappointed.

I missed most of the action today owing to a routine hospital appointment.
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2138

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

Tim Harding wrote:Two points at stake per game in rapid, one in blitz I assume?

That's correct, with the standings, prize money and Grand Chess Tour points determined by the aggregate points scored over the two formats.
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2138

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

Nick Grey wrote:They ought to take their jackets off!

It looks to me as though they have.

The players are asked to wear their Grand Chess Tour jackets for the initial photographs. They are not expected to keep them on during play.
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2138

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

David Sedgwick wrote:I'll post the links to DAILYMOTION and CANAL + SPORT when I have them.

The link for DAILYMOTION is https://www.dailymotion.com/parisgrandchesstour. I have amended my original post.

The CANAL + SPORT programmes are only accessible in France.
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2138

Re: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

I too do not understand Justin's complaint about the schedule. Roger and Richard are correct.

Please note that Justin has quoted from the press release, which gives the round times in CEST. Play in the Rapid starts at 1300 BST, with the subsequent rounds at 1430 and 1600.
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Teams 16-27 June
Replies: 79
Views: 2759

Re: 2017 World Teams 16-27 June

In a few hours, the first round of the world's men and women's world championship will be held in Khanty. The tournament, which logically has to be one of the most prestigious competitions in the calendar, this year seems strange. The USA have no Caruana, Nakamura and So, Russians have no Kramnik, ...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium
Replies: 54
Views: 2138

Grand Chess Tour events: Paris GCT and Leuven, Belgium

This year's Grand Chess Tour is about to commence with the Paris GCT and Your Next Move, Leuven, Belgium, events. Schedules: Paris: Three Rapid games each day from Wednesday 21st June to Friday 23rd June and two Rapid Games each day on Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June. Your Next Move: Three R...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Entry vs registration
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: Entry vs registration

I don't know much about Asian Continental events. However, for the equivalent African Continental events, the registration fee goes to the organisers and the entry fee goes to FIDE. http://africa-chess.org/files/2017_Zone_4_4_Individual_Chess_Championships_Invitation_Revised.pdf is a recent example....
by David Sedgwick
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bridge not a Sport (ECJ think otherwise)
Replies: 33
Views: 2697

Re: Bridge not a Sport

I have experienced, and indeed suffered from, petty and small minded behaviour at training courses for bridge directors. I have never encountered anything similar at either FIDE or ECF arbiter training courses.

That is one of the reasons why I largely gave up bridge directing and went back to chess.
by David Sedgwick
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF may join with English Bridge Union in Judicial Review
Replies: 177
Views: 12187

Re: ECF may join with English Bridge Union in Judicial Review

The Contract Bridge world in the UK is organised on a far more centralised basis than the chess world, such that whilst entry fees to a typical UK event wouldn't attract VAT, those to a similar Bridge event probably would. I think that that is a distinct overstatement. Whilst it is true that EBU ev...

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