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by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: july grades
Replies: 53
Views: 4329

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: 71
Views: 1630

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: 71
Views: 1630

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: 71
Views: 1630

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: 53
Views: 4329

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...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 31
Views: 1744

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

Anthony Taglione wrote: Now, I know I had a grade back in the '70s but I'd defy anyone to find it.


It may well have been sufficiently impressive to make it to the BCF Year Book or the chess magazines when they bothered to list all players above 175 or 200.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 31
Views: 1744

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

Would I need to join the ECF and/or Fide? You wouldn't need to join the ECF, but the entry fee is lower if you do. You will need to be given a FIDE Identification Number. This will be automatically allocated provided you want to be ENG. If you wanted a different chess "nationality", you w...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 71
Views: 1630

Re: Motions

Eligibility for the county championships is determined by rule c1.3 and all the controller can rule on is whether a violation of that rule has occurred. Presumably the link below is the latest set of rules http://www.englishchess.org.uk/competitions-plp/county-championships-2016/ (C3.1 presumably) ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does anyone play the Spanish opening exchange various 4. Bxc6?
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: Does anyone play the Spanish opening exchange various 4. Bxc6?

Interesting to hear from people who prefer to just whack of the knight and double the pawns rather than retreat the bishop. There are any number of players of this tiresome opening, including those who follow up with d4 and Qxd4. There are various ways of avoiding it, 1. e4 c5 is drastic, but you c...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 71
Views: 1630

Re: Motions

Alan Walton wrote:We have found from our archives in the MCF these documents showing the BCF indeed removed dual eligibility, see point 4iv


It says that GM would have the same status as, say, Merseyside. But what's that eligibility and does the lack of Merseyside Open team make a difference?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE
Replies: 19
Views: 1061

Re: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE

Mike Gunn wrote:In my experience any player who doesn't know how to mate with King and Rook against King is unlikely to find the method by randomly trying different approaches in less than 2 minutes!


It may well be only the defender who is down to less than 2 minutes, not the attacker.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New broadcast model for World Championship Match
Replies: 129
Views: 10578

Re: New broadcast model for World Championship Match

Though it seems to be this frivolous litigation has had effect on certain sites such as Chess24. There aren't 600 million people following online chess. I'm not sure how big the audience really is, but sites like chess24 and others keep it going by broadcasting many events, even including those of ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Motions
Replies: 71
Views: 1630

Re: Motions

John Reyes wrote: GM has it specific boundaries and these places are not in Lancashire since 1974


Worms meet can.

The alternative would be to allow open eligibility, you play for whoever recruits you.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE
Replies: 19
Views: 1061

Re: NEW LONDON LEAGUE VENUE

Then we could have all the fun of Guideline III, III.5 ( strange numbering, I know ). That is in my opinion the strongest argument for not having an arbiter. Without one the sensible III.6 can be applied. 10.2 or Appendix G for those of us thinking still in old money If Article III.4 does not apply...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: july grades
Replies: 53
Views: 4329

Re: july grades

Am I the only one unable to understand how someone graded 165 should really be under 100? The League or its grader incorrectly named him as playing on a high board when in reality he didn't play at all. The grades for the players whose results were attributed to him may also be incorrect by a point...

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