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by Alex McFarlane
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sharjah Masters 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 2186

Re: Sharjah Masters 2017

Presumably they are using FIDE's "Baku" system I don't think so. It looks like rounds 1-3 had two separate tournaments with top half in one and bottom half in the other with everyone coming together in round 4. Baku system adds 1 pt to top half for rounds 1-3 and half point to them in rou...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Digital Chess Timer £24.95 plus p&p
Replies: 29
Views: 662

Re: Digital Chess Timer £24.95 plus p&p

I agree that you can use other modes on the DGT with settings of 0 & 0 for time and increment but if the original main time is the same then you risk using the wrong one. I think you may be able to do the same with the other clock (wish it had a shorter name :D - DCT is too close to DGT). I'm no...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Digital Chess Timer £24.95 plus p&p
Replies: 29
Views: 662

Re: Digital Chess Timer £24.95 plus p&p

Many clubs participate in two leagues or more which will have time controls both different and not pre-programmed. The DGT 2010 can cope with this It can cope only because they are different modes. It would require setting each time if one league was 80 min +10 sec and the other was 75 min + 15 sec.
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Digital Chess Timer £24.95 plus p&p
Replies: 29
Views: 662

Re: Digital Chess Timer £24.95 plus p&p

Hi Gareth, I know that the American Chronos also adds additional time on at different points but I would like to know how British players react to that oddity before i would recommend it outright. I am very happy to say that I would buy it rather than the 4 bottom of the range DGT clocks. When compa...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Digital Chess Timer £24.95 plus p&p
Replies: 29
Views: 662

Re: Digital Chess Timer £24.95 plus p&p

Are there any independent reviews of the clock? There is one on the CAA website. http://www.chessarbitersassociation.co.uk/html/reviews1.html I tried one out at Blackpool. Definitely a better option than the DGTEasy+ and 1001 It would be a better option than the DGT2010 but for one or two things. (...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 235
Views: 13282

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Yes but I was using the Mick Morris pairing method!!!! Sorry I mis-sorted after doing a provisional rd 10 Manx v Ash Bred 1 is one possibility but what I was also looking at was Mant 1 v Chedd 2 Manx v Mant 2 Gonzaga v Hounds Ash 1 v Jorvick as this allows the top 8 to be paired together. 3Cs3 and K...
by Alex McFarlane
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 235
Views: 13282

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

I will confirm in the next few days but, and ignoring colours, ... Manticores 1 (16) v Manticores 2 (10) Manx Lib (13) v Jorvik (9) Gonzaga (12) v Hounds & Bears (9) Cheddleton 2 (9) v Ash Bred 1 (8) seems much more likely. Just to try to balance colours and make sure there is a round 11 draw wi...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: USCF (and ECF) v FIDE
Replies: 25
Views: 1625

Re: USCF (and ECF) v FIDE

What took place in Baku was ordered by the current Board That's not my understanding. I've been lead to believe that various things were done by one or two individuals rather than collective responsibility being the case. You may argue that these things should have been discussed at Board level and...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Blackpool 2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1548

Re: Blackpool 2017

Wells had a tough game in the morning and only 45 minutes between rounds.

They played blitz for the plate.

Wells 2.5 Storey 0.5
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: PRO Chess League
Replies: 60
Views: 4348

Re: PRO Chess League

Surely this is going to be an ongoing problem with these type of online competitions. Incidences of cheating will likely be much more commonplace. There was another match in this tournament where the result was changed and then changed back again. This has resulted in a 12 year old being named and ...
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9579

Re: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations

What good is a GM whose playing strength had dropped so much that he never met a norm-seeker? I think Stewart is forgetting Women's titles. I've had several occasions where a woman player has had a WIM rating performance but has failed to meet enough titled players. Stands back and awaits flack. :D...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings
Replies: 130
Views: 20461

Re: ECF grades compared with FIDE ratings

Alex Holowczak wrote:wouldn't it be better to compare the FIDE January 2017 list with the ECF January 2017 list


Hastings would be in the February FIDE list. If it is in the ECF January list then FIDE Feb is the correct one otherwise FIDE Jan is the more appropriate when trying to compare like with like.
by Alex McFarlane
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 235
Views: 13282

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

3Cs 3 are currently trying hard to make sure they get a team together for this weekend Hopefully it won't be necessary but the pairing was made to allow a triangular match with Holmes Chapel, Manchester Manticores 2 and Bradford DCA Knights C if the worst happens. Round 6 will otherwise be done on ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 235
Views: 13282

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Mick Norris wrote:I assume there's a good reason why Roger Edwards is on board 1 for Cheddleton 2 today


Late substitute for ill player.

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