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by David Sedgwick
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Information on David Foley-Comer
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: Information on David Foley-Comer

Back in the day, David Foley-Comer was a renowned captain of the Middlesex county team.

I have alerted Anthony Fulton, the Middlesex archivist.
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 30
Views: 1036

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

There is an article on the French Chess Federation website at http://www.echecs.asso.fr/Actu.aspx?Ref=11653. The "600 million" claim doesn't feature there either, but Bachar Kouatly is quoted as follows: "Bachar Kouatly a rappelé les chiffres clés des échecs: • 10% des Français savent jouer aux éche...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Re: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990

Only once have The British Chess Championships been held two successive years at the same location. That was Eastbourne. The same venue is now used for the Summer Bridge Congress. Except in 2018, when the complex was being redeveloped. The EBU have gambled on the work being finished in time for the...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Richard GR Harris
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Richard GR Harris

From the Hampshire and Isle of Wight County Bridge Association website: Richard Harris, Hants player who lived in Teddington, died 5th Feb. His eyesight became too poor to play 2014 and he moved to sheltered accommodation . He had been very poorly for some time, and in November 2018 he moved to a nu...
by David Sedgwick
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1861

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

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:04 pm
Bridge under the EBU, where duplicate bridge is played, has NO prize money.
That is not correct.

See for example the attached programme for the EBU Year End Congress in London from 27th to 30th December 2018.

The prize money is not substantial, but it exists.
by David Sedgwick
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12757

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

And besides the reputation of Surrey club and county officers for disputes has been acknowledged for decades , and has been referred to in this place by Surrey members. That is an exaggeration. It is very much a problem of the last twenty years. That is more than long enough, of course. However, th...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12757

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Roger, in the earliest versions of the Clarke system, players could LOSE gradng points even though they won the game. Hence the 40 point cutoff, again which like junior additions was a 1960s development. No, that was a later development, mid-seventies I'd say. It was 50 points when I started playin...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12757

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

If there is such a creature as a junior who is not improving.... I thought it was well established that many juniors tend to have sudden jumps in standard of play followed by a plateau before another jump. So I would expect there to be a lot of juniors, who, even though the long-term trend is impro...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12757

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Am I right in thinking that FIDE do the exact opposite? Hardly the exact opposite. I have not gone back and checked this case but If I remember it correctly, his k factor was reduced not because his results were good but because he had so many games reported in that period that k=40 whould have cau...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 16
Views: 959

Re: 2nd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 16th February 2019 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Just taken a look at the entry form and I noticed this "All players will need ECF silver, gold, or platinum membership. Any entrants without silver membership will be rejected." That seems a strange approach for a FIDE rated event. It hardly seems to encourage foreign players to take part. The Pay ...
by David Sedgwick
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12757

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

A very interesting document. Brian mentions, and it should be stressed, that this proposal is a reaction to problems that are peculiar to England and should be read in this light. My eye fell on "10. The k factor will be 20 except that in a month where a junior player has outperformed expectation, ...
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Re: Eastbourne, British Championships 1990

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:15 am
The Winter Gardens as far as I recall. The same venue was used in 1991.
Roger is correct.
by David Sedgwick
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1861

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

Matt Fletcher wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:39 am
Even if you ignore team chess / appearance fees, this whole piece is utter nonsense.
JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:14 am
Potentially, but given the standard of the research involved, it appears to be about as useful for practical purposes as you would expect from World Chess.
Exactly
by David Sedgwick
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 45
Views: 3314

Re: Division One 2018-19

ok but who is going to look up France? The Monaco team had no French players in it in Round 11. :twisted: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/top-12-french-teams-2018 True, but that is rather like saying that a Celtic Tigers team contained no English players. Six of the eight players were...
by David Sedgwick
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2055

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

I re-read the previous thread. David are you saying that because Mr Scheinberg is being pursued in respect of a bad law, his actions to evade justice including as I understand the breaking of other US laws are justified, and that this flexible approach to the legal system should not disqualify him ...