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by Alex McFarlane
Thu May 25, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: English Rapidplay @ Liverpool 22-24 September 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: English Rapidplay @ Liverpool 22-24 September 2017

Wasn't this mentioned by Malcolm at the end of the ECF Council Meeting.

The Northumberland Congress altered its dates to avoid a clash.
by Alex McFarlane
Mon May 15, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League fixtures meeting
Replies: 26
Views: 1089

Re: League fixtures meeting

The Glasgow League has for decades had a club/captains meeting to finalise dates for matches. Teams would turn up and be given a provisional fixtures list (now posted pre-meeting on the internet). If the dates did not suit then these would be altered. The reasons for changing dates include premises ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat May 13, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stale Chess (variant idea)
Replies: 37
Views: 1459

Re: Stale Chess (variant idea)

as far as I know, 3/1/0 has never been used in a Swiss The Glenrothes Congress used this method for a considerable number of years though pairing was done on the traditional scoring method. Marymass tried this system for one year pairing on the points scored but found that for a weekend congress wi...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu May 04, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division Two 2016-17
Replies: 79
Views: 4602

Re: Division Two 2016-17

Mick Norris wrote:Manx 2 would be very welcome in Div 3N


From a conversation I had at the weekend, I am not expecting a Manx 2 to enter next season. There is a good chance that the two Irish teams will enter again.

A NE 2 or Alba 2 are only slight possibilities.
by Alex McFarlane
Thu May 04, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Players under 2050 in Opens
Replies: 59
Views: 2789

Re: Players under 2050 in Opens

Using (W-We) is an admission that the pairing scheme is unduly influenced by the exact sequence in the ranking of players in the middle and to the tail of tournaments. Or it can take account of the player who is having a good tournament and as a result meets very strong players in the later rounds ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 17102

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

MartinCarpenter wrote:Presume Alex & co will avoid doing that.


We certainly hope to avoid it. :D

Round 10 draw was (re)done to avoid that scenario.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 17102

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Gonzaga can go to 18. They can get 4 points tomorrow if they score sufficient points in the second half of their two triangular matches. That would take them to 16 with potentially another 2 points on Monday. The normal triangular matches aggregate the match score over 2 days. The exception will be ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 284
Views: 17102

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

The default was not real.

The correct pairing was published about 5 minutes later once the substitute had a FIN. Default was put in with both teams aware of the situation rather than the withdrawn player being named (a blank was not possible with the software).
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Durham Congress
Replies: 1
Views: 306

Durham Congress

Durham Congress I've just been told that there has been a problem with the proposed new venue for the Durham Congress which means that it is no longer available. The event will instead be held at the previous venue in Houghton le Spring on the intended dates. The organisers wish to apologise for any...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Durham Congress
Replies: 0
Views: 200

Durham Congress

Durham Congress I've just been told that there has been a problem with the proposed new venue for the Durham Congress which means that it is no longer available. The event will instead be held at the previous venue in Houghton le Spring on the intended dates. The organisers wish to apologise for any...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Women’s Championship 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1850

Re: European Women’s Championship 2017

And don't forget Keti Arakhamia-Grant (SCO) on 2.5 as well.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess
Replies: 100
Views: 3754

Re: Laws of Chess

The wording of the Law isn't linked with going to the toilet - the player could leave the playing area for any reason. I accept going to the toilet isn't the only reason (smoking being another common one) but it is a reason and therefore the Law is linked to that. I imagine it is seen as an anti-ch...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess
Replies: 100
Views: 3754

Re: Laws of Chess

I am surprised the following change made by the Presidential Board has not attracted more attention (and adverse comment). 11.2.4, which previously allowed a player on the move to ask the arbiter for permission to leave the playing area has been changed. It is now his opponent who must ask. The impl...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess
Replies: 100
Views: 3754

Re: Laws of Chess

The Braille Association approves that section. Some time ago (12 years would be my guess) FIDE tried to change the move announcement to English but the IBCA vetoed it. I think the logic is that things like e5 and c5 are too similar in sound. Chess Scotland submitted the changes which did take place ...
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess
Replies: 100
Views: 3754

Re: Laws of Chess

Roger de Coverly wrote:I haven't seen a line by line analyis of the changes


It appears on the Rules Commission pages of the FIDE website.

The CAA pages will also have it in a few days.

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