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by David Sedgwick
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 190
Views: 16662

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

I believe (though David and others in this thread who are well-versed in this can add more) that Sector Arbiter refers to being in charge of an area within a large team event such as a Chess Olympiad (which is absolutely massive, and has more arbiters than you can shake a stick at). This time the d...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17
Replies: 18
Views: 959

Re: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17

Forgive me for being dim but do we know the reason for the 1-0 in the game Sedgwick - Dilleigh ? Black looks to have a minimal edge where the result is given as 1-0. Is this a mobile telephone default or fire alarm incident of some nature ? It is neither of those, but a simple case of the wrong res...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 190
Views: 16662

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

It wasn't intended to be dismissive. I have great respect for the achievements of English (and Welsh and Scottish) arbiters. I was trying to be humourous about how arcane some of the lesser known aspects are, but ended up causing offence. Sorry. Thank you. (Are there category A and category C level...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 190
Views: 16662

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:Category B and Category D levels for IA? Who ever knew that?! *eyes glazing over* (sorry!)

You take considerable interest in the titles and norms achieved by English players.

Why are you so dismissive of the corresponding achievements of English arbiters?
by David Sedgwick
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1236

Re: FIDE Executive Board

By the way, Kirsan is back today, occupying the President's perch but seemingly just an observer. In fact not. He just spoke about someone he has run into who might wish to host an Olympiad. Superficially this is ok, but it is starting to sound like an attempt to wrest 2018 away from Georgia. That ...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya
Replies: 89
Views: 4147

Re: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya

?? 4 Title holders, that's enough, no? For some reason I've never understood, all women's titles count for the purposes of non-women's title norms. Alhtough clearly no issue anyway with WGM given that a WGM has met the criteria for FM by default. I think that you are correct on this point. 3 IMs an...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya
Replies: 89
Views: 4147

Re: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya

No, he'd need to play an IM in round 7, and Dardania don't have one. Have the rules changed on this at some point? I have some vague memory (and may be confusing with something else) that at one time you only needed to play 2GMs or 3IMs for IM norm purposes (1GM counted as 1.5IMs or something?). Yo...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1236

Re: FIDE Executive Board

It was probably a straw poll of those present, rather than a strict Executive Board vote. Not necessarily, Alex Are there really at least 57 people on the EB? I too was surprised, so I looked into it. In fact there are. There are actually 20 people on the Executive Board, five from each of the four...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17
Replies: 18
Views: 959

Re: 43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival 15-21/10/17

I travelled to Guernsey yesterday, expecting to be the first player to get there. Within minutes of my arrival, I had met five Dutch players and one other English player. All of them were familiar and welcome faces. I don't think that Kevin's recollection is quite right. The great storm was on the n...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya
Replies: 89
Views: 4147

Re: European Club Cup 8-14 October, Antalya

You forgot to mention your dearly beloved FIDE. I would be surprised if FIDE officials are paying much attention to your posts, but I suppose I could be wrong. Nigel Freeman is an avid reader of this Forum. A few years ago a typo in a post of mine made it appear that I thought that Brussels was in ...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!
Replies: 71
Views: 4166

Re: Peter Hornsby for ECF : Tomorrow's Candidate Today!

I further suggest that the difficulty, in this instance, lies with the lack of communications within the ECF. Alex Holowczak graciously accepted responsibility for that. That would have been the end of the matter had Andrew Zigmond not decided, months later, to make the matter public with the bizar...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 62
Views: 4496

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

NickFaulks wrote:
LawrenceCooper wrote:So it may, or may not, apply in this case.

The ECF knows, of course.

I doubt that. I don't think that the ECF has any record of when delisting requests were made.

Voluntary officers come and go, so that sort of thing can happen.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess people talking down to you
Replies: 17
Views: 1722

Re: chess people talking down to you

You can find a fair number of examples if you look through this Forum.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 62
Views: 4496

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

Roger de Coverly wrote:I happen to know why, but I had thought that particular piece of ECF vindictiveness had been abolished.

It has, but not all former victims have yet been reinstated.

I have said many times that it's more a problem for organisers and arbiters than for affected players themselves.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 12042

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

It appears the fiasco at Gibraltar happened because she was ignored, or felt she was being ignored. That is her contention. It is strongly disputed by the Gibraltar arbiters. I have been a trenchant critic of Hou Yifan's behaviour in Gibraltar, but I am pleased to have the opportunity to give a dif...

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