British Senior Championships 2016

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Michael Flatt » Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:44 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:It's a poor show when the list of today's events fails to mention a national championship event in which numerous distinguished and long-standing dedicated British chess volunteers are taking part.

I agree with Tim, the vacant live boards should be used today for the over-65.

The British Championship website doesn't appear to have been updated to show which tournaments began today. It is only advertising the U8 and the three Rapidplays which started yesterday.

Missing are mention of the Juniors U9, U12, U14, U16 & Seniors +65.

To keep track of when a particular event runs one has to refer to the schedule which has to be downloaded as a .pdf document.
http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Schedule-2016.pdf

Otherwise, one has to cycle through each of the events on chess-results.com on which the events do seem to be kept up to date by the respective tournament controllers: http://chess-results.com/tnr231043.aspx?lan=1&art=0&flag=30&wi=821

It is disappointing not to be able to follow the moves in any of the games despite having the technology to do so.

We can't blame the webmaster since he can't personally manage the site 24/7. Should he, perhaps, have a deputy when he takes Sunday off?

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Leonard Barden » Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:55 pm

It would not seem rocket science for somebody to take a few minutes this afternoon to update the list of events, even if live games are technically impossible.

There's a similar scenario at the turn of the year when the ECF office shuts down for a fortnight to coincide with Hastings.

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Michael Flatt » Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:01 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:It would not seem rocket science for somebody to take a few minutes this afternoon to update the list of events, even if live games are technically impossible.

There's a similar scenario at the turn of the year when the ECF office shuts down for a fortnight to coincide with Hastings.

Exactly, but nobody else seems to have access to the system or authority to undertake a task when the person responsible is unavailable.

Too few people are trusted to fill in, even though there are many who are suitably qualified and capable.

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Leonard Barden » Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:20 pm

Three hours since Tim Harding first raised this matter, but, Southern region style, narry a whiff of an official response. I must say I am surprised at that, given that web problems were by far the most negative aspect of the 2015 ECF congress. One would hope that this year there would at least be a designated troubleshooter with a brief to react promptly to any online issues.

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Tim Harding » Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:29 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:Three hours since Tim Harding first raised this matter, but, Southern region style, narry a whiff of an official response. I must say I am surprised at that, given that web problems were by far the most negative aspect of the 2015 ECF congress. One would hope that this year there would at least be a designated troubleshooter with a brief to react promptly to any online issues.


Are they down the pub or on the beach?

Meanwhile most results are up in the 65+ with five games still ongoing after about four hours:

http://chess-results.com/tnr231043.aspx ... =30&wi=821

Either Roger Emerson couldn't make it or thought the event began tomorrow, so one player unnecessarily received a bye. I hope they can sort this out tonight so that there is no bye tomorrow if he's not coming.
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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Michael Flatt » Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:37 pm

I recall seeing a brochure, which I can't currently locate, in which the names of a three man 'technical team' were given. I imagine it is their responsibility to sort out these glitches.

Failing that the Championship website gives contact details for the Event Organiser, Kevin Staveley, and his Deputy, Alex Holowczak: http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/contactfaqs/

Update:
The link to the brochure slid off the front page as the new posts were added. It is here: http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/BOURNEMOUTH-PROGRAMME-2016-2.pdf

Similarly, the information on parking got 'lost'. It is here: http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/car-parking-at-the-british/

From the Brochure:
CONTROL TEAM
Congress Manager: Kevin Staveley
Congress Treasurer: John Philpott
Chief Arbiter: Peter Purland
Principal Arbiters: David Eustace, Dave Thomas, David Welch
Arbiters: Matt Carr, Russell Dodington, Geoff Gammon, Alex Holowczak, Tony Tatam, John Wickham
DGT Boards: David Clayton
Games Inputters: Arnold Lutton and team
Commentary at Pavilion: IM Andrew Martin
On Line Commentary: Chess24
Coaching: Tim Kett
Web site: Andrew Walker
Administrative Support: Gary Willson
Technical Team: Matthew Carr, Alex Holowczak, Dave Thomas
Front of House: Jane Kremer, Traci Whitfield

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Ian Thompson » Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:25 pm

Tim Harding wrote:Meanwhile most results are up in the 65+ with five games still ongoing after about four hours:

http://chess-results.com/tnr231043.aspx ... =30&wi=821

Either Roger Emerson couldn't make it or thought the event began tomorrow, so one player unnecessarily received a bye. I hope they can sort this out tonight so that there is no bye tomorrow if he's not coming.

What pairing system is being used? The player who was paired with a bye today is ranked no. 28 of 39 entrants. Wouldn't a bye normally be given to the bottom seed?

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Roger de Coverly » Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:35 pm

Ian Thompson wrote:What pairing system is being used? The player who was paired with a bye today is ranked no. 28 of 39 entrants.


His name isn't on Friday's list of entrants, so one could presume a late entry after they had published the pairings.

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby IM Jack Rudd » Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:47 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:I agree with Tim, the vacant live boards should be used today for the over-65.


There were no vacant live boards; they were being used for the under-9s.

(And the game-inputters are most grateful for this.)

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Jonathan Rogers » Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:11 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Leonard Barden wrote:I agree with Tim, the vacant live boards should be used today for the over-65.


There were no vacant live boards; they were being used for the under-9s.

(And the game-inputters are most grateful for this.)


:lol:

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Mick Norris » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:38 am

I see Ken Norman won the over 65

Well done Ken

The over 50 is underway, with the Forum's Chris Rice & Paul Bielby among the competitors
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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Paul Habershon » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:45 am

Yes, Ken Norman has previously been joint champion but this is his first outright win. The tournament felt so much better for returning to its 7-round format after last year's 6 rounds.

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Mick Norris » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:05 am

Paul Habershon wrote:Yes, Ken Norman has previously been joint champion but this is his first outright win. The tournament felt so much better for returning to its 7-round format after last year's 6 rounds.


Interesting - will it be 7 rounds next year too?
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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Paul Habershon » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:33 am

Mick Norris wrote:
Paul Habershon wrote:Yes, Ken Norman has previously been joint champion but this is his first outright win. The tournament felt so much better for returning to its 7-round format after last year's 6 rounds.


Interesting - will it be 7 rounds next year too?


Yes, it was reduced to 6 only to make it possible to play in the 65+ and 50+ consecutively. The compromise this year is to allow a 1/2 point bye in Rd 1 of the 50+ thus restoring both tournaments to 7 rounds. It did mean starting the 65+ on the Sunday before the main congress. From next year, of course, the 9-day format will allow entry to only one of the senior events.

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Re: British Senior Championships 2016

Postby Kevin Thurlow » Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:12 pm

Yes, well done Ken. Stewart did well also.


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