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by David Sedgwick
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Biggest winning margin
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: Biggest winning margin

As for the Counties matches - my U160 team has had 1 match so far but as the opposition were defaulting 2 boards the two joint captains (one me stood down). Should I go back to the organisers or the opposing County for my wasted costs (20 pounds travel/plus special food). For the National Stages, I...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Nick Grant
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Nick Grant

Simon Brown wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:38 am
Nick Grant, Chairman of Duncan Lawrie when they supported the English chess teams, has died. I have good memories of him from my days as BCF International Director.
As do I.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Biggest winning margin
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: Biggest winning margin

I'm a squad member of one of the teams impacted by defaults at the weekend, though not involved this weekend. Personally if I were involved in the team organisation I would have been pretty hacked off by the lateness of the notification of defaults. The evening before isn't timely. It is a nuisance...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 408
Views: 26484

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I think that lengthening the match to 24 games, as has been mooted in a number of places, is a 19th century solution to a 21st century problem. It isn't viable these days to have a 24-game match, which would presumably take place over the best part of 6 weeks, between two players. The costs of orga...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 408
Views: 26484

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I've watched a number of dull matches in knockout stages of the World Cup/European Championship. After 120 minutes they are 0-0, and you get the sense that both teams have got the penalty shootout they were aiming for. I don't think anyone has suggested that the way to solve the problem of those ma...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 408
Views: 26484

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The problem is that the two players (and I think Carlsen especially), whether because of the format or otherwise, are taking risk averse chess to extremes. Carlsen already looks like he is aiming for the tie break. I don’t buy this stuff about “highest quality chess” or how closely matched the two ...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 408
Views: 26484

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

There were eight consecutive draws in the Capablanca - Alekhine match, from Games 13 to 20. After Alekhine won Game 21, there were a further seven consecutive draws from Games 22 to 28. Under the present rules, of course, none of those games would have taken place. Had the results been the same, Ale...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2798
Views: 116337

Re: The English Language

What's the difference between 'White stands better' and 'White is better'? No difference. One of the features of English is that it has many more words than most languages. An effect of this is that there are often several ways of saying much the same thing. Consider the following three English wor...
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Search Issue?
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Search Issue?

Carl Hibbard wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:54 pm
In your example David you have something like 30 minutes to compose and send the message I think.
Thanks. In that case that is not the cause of my problem.
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Search Issue?
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Search Issue?

Carl Hibbard wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:24 pm
The search issue is the maximum timeout exceeding the 30 second limit so some maintenance will be needed sorry.
I wonder if my problem is something similar. If I go inactive for 30 seconds, am I being logged out?
by David Sedgwick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Search Issue?
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Search Issue?

Anyone having problems with the search function? I must admit I never use it myself but a problem has been reported so if anyone has seen any sort of issue then please reply with problems you are seeing with searches you are attempting. A quick test here and it seems fine so feedback welcome. Thank...
by David Sedgwick
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5023

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

I keep hearing that English adults don't like playing English juniors because the latter are underrated. This is usually attributed to their not playing many FIDE rated games compared with their overseas conterparts. I also keep hearing that, if English juniors don't do as well in World and Europea...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5023

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

I knew this excuse for underperformance would crop up, it always does, so I checked for signs of underrating. Didn't find much. Well i guess your 3 minute browse is definitive then. Everyone but you seems to agree that there are LOTS of extremely underated juniors out there, especially at the under...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: 300 ECF Grade
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: 300 ECF Grade

Did it ever get registered for FIDE rating? No, but there are special provisions for major FIDE events. The Candidates Tournament 2013, aforementioned, was only registered when it was almost over. On that occasion I offered to arrange for the ECF to do the registration and the rating if FIDE would ...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 261
Views: 12881

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:25 pm
Which ones are dumped?
That we don't yet know.