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by Alex McFarlane
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Proposed British Chess Championship Qualifying Regulations
Replies: 197
Views: 9093

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: 19935

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: 203
Views: 11173

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: 203
Views: 11173

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.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 203
Views: 11173

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

MartinCarpenter wrote:given Gonzaga's considerable strength in depth they might get another 3-3.


http://www.4nclresults.co.uk/2016-17/4ncl/3/3n/export/
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 203
Views: 11173

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Mick Norris wrote:albeit not the biggest room


It is more the shape than the size! Weird ins and outs and 4 random columns made it difficult to get the matches in a line.

Almost an hour spent this morning rearranging tables to fit.

A better shape than last week's playing hall though.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2016-17
Replies: 203
Views: 11173

Re: Div 3 North 2016-17

Mick Norris wrote:I expect 3Cs 3 have withdrawn from the weekend, and that a triangular match will be needed between the other 3 teams


That's correct. Software difficulties only allowed me to delete but not to put in a triangular match!!

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by Alex McFarlane
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Durham Congress 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 229

Durham Congress 2017

This year's Durham Congress has come up with the novel idea of being staged in ... DURHAM!!!

Date: 5-7 May
Venue: Fountains Hall, Grey's College, Durham University DH1 3LG

FREE PARKING - no congestion charge!

See ECF Calendar for further details.
by Alex McFarlane
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5663

Re: Hastings thread

Norm Seeking Chances

Subject to confirmation

For IM norms the following results are needed

Ravi Haria needs to turn up (and 1 move each played for simplicity)
Mads Hansen needs a win
Nino Maisuridze needs a win
Jesper Thybo needs a win
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5663

Re: Hastings thread

3 of the byes are actually fillers who only played for 1 round but the software takes a flaky if they are permanently removed.
3 are students
3 or 4 are back tomorrow
At least 2 were illness.
by Alex McFarlane
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5663

Re: Hastings thread

Sorry forgot to post this earlier. I disagree with Jack's calculation for Ravi's GM norm - 2234 tomorrow. Total agreement with Jacks figures (except 1776 rather than anyone - but it's close to the same thing. Hansen needs 1pt from his two games and a 2435 tomorrow (or 1.5 v 2030 or 2 v 1661) but he ...
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 4264

Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

Hi Loz,

Thanks for that but my point was also that the second claim was made correctly. The count started with Black's 92 move so when the second claim was made BOTH players had completed 50 moves and not just White as the report stated.
by Alex McFarlane
Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: International News
Topic: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 4264

Re: WORLD RAPID & BLITZ CH - DOHA 2016

I don't understand why the second claim was rejected. The last capture was on White's 92nd move. If the claim was made by Black on his 142nd move then both Black and White had made 50 moves without a capture or (non-existent) pawn move. If this was nagging on Flores mind it is easy to see how he mad...
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5663

Re: Hastings thread

He was short of time ... might explain it.

Sean is adding more.
by Alex McFarlane
Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings thread
Replies: 75
Views: 5663

Re: Hastings thread

Somewhere I read that they are using the "Baku" system of accelerated pairings. This presumably is a draft or experimental FIDE method. You read it in the Shaun Press blog you linked to. Indeed there are 25 'accelerated' pairings whereas the CAA system would have had 9. The method is not ...

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