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by Stewart Reuben
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292266

Re: Media comments on chess

Thank you Bob for finding that. I was too young to have ever known Alekhine or Flohr.
I only knew Elaine by her married name, Pritchard. She told me she remembered sitting on Vera Menchik's knee.
by Stewart Reuben
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990

I am in Tenerife and have only just come across this thread. Only once have The British Chess Championships been held two successive years at the same location. That wss Eastbourne. The same venue is now used for the Summer Bridge Congress. I came upon Luke McShane wandering around. He was 6. 'Hello...
by Stewart Reuben
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Richard GR Harris
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Richard GR Harris

RICHARD GR HARRIS born 29. 7. 1950 died 5. 2. 2019. His last grade in 2009 was 152. He held a doctorate in Maths and taught at Hampton School 1974, where he ran the chess club, until his retirement in 2009. He was a member of Hampton CC 1975-1984 and then Kingston CC 1985-2009. He played many season...
by Stewart Reuben
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1913

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Dvid Sedgwick I had never before seen that. At the moment I am in Tenerife. The biggest prize is £20, to be redeemed against a future bridge holiday. The EBU Year end Congress does indeed quote prize money. But it does not say what th entry fee is (or I missed it). Surely it isn't free entry? What s...
by Stewart Reuben
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1913

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

I read somewhere, some years ago, that only about 100 tennis players made a living solely from ompeting in tournaments. Of course some of these players made mega sums. The expenes are higher than for chess of course. The tennis players, like chess players have other sources of income from their spor...
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12773

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Nick .Wasn't the original choice 350, later changed to 400?< Yes, that is correct. There was indeed a 50 point cutoff in the BCF system. That meant it was possible to win the game, but gain no points against somebody graded 50 points or more below you. But if you drew or lost, it was a catastrophe. ...
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12773

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Roger >FIDE one with a 400 point cutoff<

I chose the 400 point cutoff to encourage stronger players to play in Open Swisses. The late Mikko Markulla wanted it to be 500 points.
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12773

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

For those who find have difficulty finding Brian's paper on the ECF website (like me) it is https://www.englishchess.org.uk/grading-consultation/ For those who don't know: If 700/k is exceeded by the number of games in a period, then the player's rating will be distorted. This does not just hapen wi...
by Stewart Reuben
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

PEOPLE PLAYING IN RHODES I have UPDATED this information 18 February. A private donor, the ECF and the Friends of Chess are enabling us to send a strong 50+ first team to the WSTCC. In addition we have a strong 65+ team. There are four senior events taking place in Rhodes in April. In addition there...
by Stewart Reuben
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2060

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

Nick Grey >ECF ought to agree sponsorship with anyone.<

The BCF decided NOT to accept, or seek, sponsorship from cigarettes companies. I thought it better to have the debate BEFORE any specific offer was made.
by Stewart Reuben
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1021

Re: In addition to...

It has previously been suggested that: A draw offer cannot be retracted for 5 moves A draw offer can only be retracted afer making a positive declaration, presumably after moving and before pressing the clock. Recently I was offered a draw and laughed. Unfortunately I later blundered and it was even...
by Stewart Reuben
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12773

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Initially the FIDE cutoff was 2200 and the ECF one 200.
by Stewart Reuben
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292266

Re: Media comments on chess

Geff, that is real find. Thank you. How old-fashioned to use English descriptive in 2002.
by Stewart Reuben
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 75
Views: 3499

Re: How many casual players?

Roger, Try reading my four line posting.
by Stewart Reuben
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 75
Views: 3499

Re: How many casual players?

The 600 million is a worldwide count. Chess is not particularly popular in England, by comparison with Russia, or Spanish speaking countries. Try Washington Square. Union Square or Central Park in NY and you will see large numbers of casual players. We have virtually no such culture in Britain. 600 ...