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by David Robertson
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 24
Views: 947

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

We can but hope that Holden Davis enjoys his time in New Delhi, sight-seeing anyway. His time at the board will likely be less pleasant. Seeded 91 of 93, rated 500 Elo below the 64th seed, and a colossal 825 Elo below the top seed, Mr Davis of ENG has it all to do. Good luck to Ravi Haria as well
by David Robertson
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 150
Views: 6653

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

After Luke's frustration v. Caruana, if you have unsated appetite for further wall-banging, take a look at Arkell - Kashlinskaya. Similar frustration
by David Robertson
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Women's League
Replies: 4
Views: 467

4NCL Women's League

Well done to everyone involved here. A modest beginning - teams are not that strong yet. But 56 women took part: that's a step in the right direction.

Familiar names at the top after four rounds - Wood Green (8) and Guildford (6)

Onwards, upwards from Weekend 1
by David Robertson
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 5
Views: 697

Re: World Youth Championships

Of the three entrants proudly (and officially??) bearing the ENG flag, two in the u-14 Open are ranked #29 and #47 on the ECF's u-14 list. And our sole entrant in the u-18 Open does not rank among our best 100 u-18s (#102). Embarrassing. Ridiculous. I mean, the u-18 lad is graded 164, that's 20 poin...
by David Robertson
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer appointment
Replies: 32
Views: 2410

Re: Development Officer appointment

Carl Portman wrote:CREDO (peroration)
To all Arbiters, Board members, players and termites, I say:

"Build a bigger ECF.
As a Roman writer once said: exire atque multiplicet!
by David Robertson
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4048

Re: Council Papers are out

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:33 am
If elected I would look forward to working closely with the Board, in particular the Finance Director, building on what I believe is already the good relationship I have with them
The role requires a commitment to independent scrutiny. It's not a frigging chumocracy!
by David Robertson
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 150
Views: 6653

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:55 pm
I wonder if there is any way of "scientifically" testing this claim?
There is. If Baadur Jobava is seeded #111, it's the SOAT
by David Robertson
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12322

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

I just logged into Chessbomb to check progress in the World Cup. Brought up the position of Ding Liren - Radjabov at move 14. Asked myself, as we do, what opening had been played? I couldn't get remotely close! Just look at the position, and ask yourself: is this the product of two brilliant players...
by David Robertson
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

MartinCarpenter wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:25 pm
Any idea who J'Adoube are?
Cheddleton 2 & Holmes Chapel, in some form merged. Or not
by David Robertson
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

Yes, that could knacker things rather. But what to do? Teams have a duty of care, both to the set-up they join; and to each other, to ensure an orderly competition. If they can't manage that, no one else can manage it for them
by David Robertson
Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 3 North 2019-20
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: Div 3 North 2019-20

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:12 am
Which would make it simple if all teams were going to play all 5 weekends, but they're not, so not so easy
Easy enough, no? Two Pools again, A & B. If defaults or withdrawals come, they'll likely be in rd 8-11 and affect only Pool D. Or have I missed something?
by David Robertson
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 3338

Re: Handshakes

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:25 pm
if you are on a cruise ship, it is standard practice never now to shake hands
Fascinating. Fascinating. One learns so much in this forum
by David Robertson
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 186
Views: 13087

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Suggest you draft this as a motion, and get your delegate to move it at Council. Could be fun
by David Robertson
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 3338

Re: Handshakes

Your opponent is a laptop
by David Robertson
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5898

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

DING

Impressive. Blew Carlsen away, twice