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by Roger de Coverly
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship Congress 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 8002

Re: British Championship Congress 2017

JustinHorton wrote:Prize money


A prize giving was scheduled, presumably Simon didn't stay late to attend.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 108
Views: 2809

Re: Motions

IM Jack Rudd wrote:It's usually not difficult to make yourself eligible for a near neighbour if you really want to.


The simplest rule is that which most other "sports" have evolved to, namely that you declare your squad at the start of the season or at an interim transfer deadline.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Has it been announced that there is going to be a 9 round Open? There's been one in every previous year as far as I recall. But if it shouldn't be assumed to take place until announced, is there going to be a British Championship next year? For that matter is there going to be an English Seniors in...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

The Festival will now take place from Saturday December 2 until Sunday December 10 at the second venue. When the schedule is published, we will find out whether the intention is to have 9 rounds in 9 days, 9 rounds in 8 with a one day rapid or 9 rounds in 7 with a two day rapid and whether the rapi...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017
Replies: 78
Views: 2806

Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Chris Rice wrote:and try his hand then with the claim.


What happens if he makes a claim before 50 moves have elapsed? Would the opponent have been awarded more time?
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Do you ever wait until you have the facts about anything before jumping to negative conclusions about it? I see your point that school activities dictate the timetable, but that puts the double round day as rounds 1 and 2, being the first Sunday, or rounds 6/7 on the final Saturday or rounds 7/8 on...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

The London Chess Classic Festival will take place from Sunday December 3 until Monday December 11 at the second venue. So the format for the supporting tournaments isn't going to be as for previous years. The convenience or otherwise of travel to the "second venue" is a likely considerati...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Alekhine with f3
Replies: 10
Views: 344

Re: Alekhine with f3

Apart from leaving a few potential holes around e3 and g3 if Alekhine players face this often and general experiences? 1. E4 Nf6 2. F3 Mike Surtees used to use a similar idea in the c3 Sicilian. 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6/d5 3 f3 . He seems to have abandoned it in favour of 1. e4 c5 2. Nh3 . Feel free to g...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2031
Views: 216515

Re: Media comments on chess

Any chess connections on Channel 4's Child Genius this year?

If the press reporting is anything to go by, it's getting too intense for its own good.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic ... ssure.html
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 108
Views: 2809

Re: Motions

If a number of Sussex U120 players had "claimed affiliation" to Surrey and played for them, do you not feel that any or all of Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Middlesex might have been entitled to object? The other side of that question is whether it is right and acceptable to bar Sussex r...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: july grades
Replies: 55
Views: 4542

Re: july grades

Not sure how extra checks on grading will help. Those of us who keep a personal database of our games can check very easily that all games are present. If you find that a League or Congress isn't present or the results mangled, that's an easy validation. With Congresses most results are now loaded ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 108
Views: 2809

Re: Motions

What was the specific dispute that occurred in the match? Did one team complain that their opponents had fielded an ineligible player? If it was the Counties Final, there were voices that Lancashire included a handful of Greater Manchester players in their winning team against Yorkshire. It's been ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 108
Views: 2809

Re: Motions

If we abandoned all eligibility requirements, what is the worst that can happen? You might end up with a county team like Wood Green in the London League or Guildford and others in the 4NCL. Twenty years ago, Cambridge University were, up to a point, fielding ex-University players in the notionally...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 108
Views: 2809

Re: Motions

Yes, personally I would tighten it slightly and say they have to have played a match for said club before able to play; the current wording seems very loose There's a general shortage of those willing to be county match captains, particularly of open teams. Those who enjoy building a winning squad ...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: july grades
Replies: 55
Views: 4542

Re: july grades

I fail to understand how this will help if I didn’t play the game(s) in question. The exact nature of the problems with the grading submission for the North Circular League have yet to be made public. Suffice it to say that results loaded to the ecfgrading site for that league have to be regarded w...

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