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by David Sedgwick
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 234
Views: 10227

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

So are we sure what the respective players' tiebreaks are? The TB1 column on the standings after 10 rounds doesn't appear to have updated after the round 11 draw was made, which I thought that it would. I make the order Wang Hao, Caruana, Alekseenko, Aronian, Carlsen, Nakamura, Vitiugov, Howell . S...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 234
Views: 10227

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:32 pm
NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:29 pm
Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:26 pm
I thought there was a need to be over 50% or did I just make that up?
There is a minimum requirement, but it is 35%.
Thanks. Maybe I was remembering 50% from somewhere else in the Handbook and Regulations.
Possibly that 50% is a minimum requirement for CM and WCM titles at an Olympiad.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:36 pm
Live games should appear at http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg/fes ... stival.htm

But sometimes the first round transmission doesn't work as well as hoped.
Things seem to be okay this year. (The Hebden games is a late start.)
by David Sedgwick
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: 45th Guernsey International Chess Festival

Is there a reason why the pairings do not look quite normal? Agreed; the colours for the higher rated player seem wrong on boards 15 and 18: David Sedgwick one of the beneficiaries! There were some adjustments owing to one or two players arriving late. There is no prohibition on that. It is not a t...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4882

Re: Council Papers are out

I think it should also be in the public domain that one of the bronze membership representatives did not attend and instructed no proxy, so a good number of the rank and file were disenfranchised. This should not be taken as a criticism of the representative concerned as I strongly suspect extenuat...
by David Sedgwick
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4882

Re: Council Papers are out

Did no-one raise a couple of apparent recent anomalies? These being the curious case of the late and reversing finishing order in the Grand Prix and the strangeness of the timing and language surrounding the appointment of the Development Officer? Obviously those who were at the meeting can speak f...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle of Man International Major and Minor Tournaments
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Chess.com Isle of Man International Major and Minor Tournaments

I have taken the liberty of assuming that the Major and Minor Tournaments in the Isle of Man might be worthy of a separate thread.

http://chess-results.com/tnr478517.aspx ... turdet=YES

http://chess-results.com/tnr478518.aspx ... turdet=YES
by David Sedgwick
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 234
Views: 10227

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I hope it's not like one tournament I played in a long time ago where there were two playing rooms and players on lower boards weren't allowed in the other room where the higher boards were. My understanding (which may be incorrect) is that players in play are allowed in both rooms, but players who...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 234
Views: 10227

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I wondered who were the arbiters. According to chess-results Chief Arbiter IA Holowczak, Alex R 418668 Deputy Chief Arbiter IA Eliens, Arno 1040677; IA Srebrnic, Ana 14603314 Arbiter IA Howie, Andrew 2403986; IA Atkinson, Alan 450430; IA Shulman, Alon 2810581; IA Carr, Matthew 423971; IA Clayton, D...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 234
Views: 10227

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

There is a Major and Minor as well with a few forumites in it so we should be well catered for regarding on the spot reports. I can't promise to come on here very often, but here goes ... Keith fought hard - I hope he loitered in the hall long enough to watch the end of Hess - Ponomariov. He should...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4882

Re: Council Papers are out

One suggestion I'm reluctant to make (largely because I'm sure the ECF have considered it) is whether the England teams could be crowd funded in the absence of sponsorship. 2000 supporters paying £10 each would offset the appearance fee cost and even 500 would eat into it. It also might be a model ...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4882

Re: Council Papers are out

Michael Farthing wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:14 am
What I can get excited about is the actual appointment of Carl Portman which has lifted my spirits and given me hope that my analysis was wrong. I believe he is a very good choice and I wish him every success in his endeavours.
Where is the like button?
by David Sedgwick
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4882

Re: Council Papers are out

Can you give chapter and verse for that, please? You have admitted in previous exchanges to having implemented relatively modest initiatives whilst spending much of your time defending the status quo in a manner similar to Canute. I don't have chapter and verse but I doubt my representation of your...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4882

Re: Council Papers are out

J T Melsom wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:34 pm
Indeed David has previously admitted to not implementing a significant ''policy' in his life.
Can you give chapter and verse for that, please?
by David Sedgwick
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4882

Re: Council Papers are out

The paper was written to reflect the fact that many people would be reading the paper for the first time on the day of the Council meeting ... Really? I would have thought that those Council members who haven't taken the trouble to read the paper in advance probably won't read it at all. But each t...