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by David Shepherd
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 50
Views: 4545

Re: New National Blitz event

Given there will be quite a few players in Paignton would it be feasible to hold an extra blitz qualifier in or near there from about 4pm (or whatever time the main open is likely to finish)?
by David Shepherd
Thu May 16, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 2610

Re: What if a player falls ill....

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 12:37 pm
Slightly off topic, but what about Fire Alarm breaks? There's little alternative to stopping the clocks and leaving the room.
One alternative I can think of is not stopping the clocks and leaving the room if you can see smoke and flames.
by David Shepherd
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3095

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

If I have calculated correctly recent World Schools results were 2018 8 players average score 4.31, 2016 no Eng players, 2015 8 players average score 3.62 2017 I think 1 player average score 4.5 but maybe I missed some as I couldn't find on chess results - only here https://chessinschool.ro/results/...
by David Shepherd
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey
Replies: 44
Views: 3095

Re: 15% markup in ECF transfer fees for World Schools Ch, Turkey

From the regulations "9.4 Each player, official and accompanying person shall pay 100 EUR registration fee for the event to the bank account listed below. Registration fee must be transferred till 17.03.2019 registration deadline. The Registration Fee includes airport transfers from/to official hote...
by David Shepherd
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 4750

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

I think there is not really any such thing as a first "really serious" tournament, other than maybe the first tournament that someone plays in. There are just tournaments appropriate to a players standard and those that are inappropriate. Whilst it may not be necessary to travel that far its like co...
by David Shepherd
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 4750

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

I think the above posts are in the wrong thread. It is worth pointing out that with a K of 40 a few under rated juniors can cause huge points loss (so for example Botswana lost 416.40 between 5 of them, Ukraine had only 2 players who lost a total of 114 points (they were seeds 1 and 4) . The pattern...
by David Shepherd
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tier 4 visa regulations
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Re: Tier 4 visa regulations

Sad, but I suppose it makes sense. It makes no sense to me unless I am missing something :(, why for example is it desirable to stop a talented sports person from doing unpaid coaching at a local junior club. It would make much more sense to me if there was a de-minimis level of earnings/income.
by David Shepherd
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12962

Re: World Teams 2019

It's worth noting David Howell is now rated 1 in England based on the live ratings and Luke McShane is rapidly rising with a live rating of 2684.
by David Shepherd
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12962

Re: World Teams 2019

Well here's a line that doesn't look so good for Adam's 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Be7 6 d3 b5 7 Bb3 d6 8 a3 Na5 9 Ba2 c5 10 Nc3 Be6 11 Nh4 O-O 12 Nf5 Nc6 13 Bg5 Bxf5 14 exf5 Qd7 15 g4 Rac8 16 Bxf6 Bxf6 17 Nd5 Qd8 18 c3 Bg5 19 Qf3 Ne7 20 Kg2 c4 21 Nxe7 Qxe7 22 Rfe1 Rc7 23 Rad1 Rfc8 2...
by David Shepherd
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12962

Re: World Teams 2019

J T Melsom wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:09 pm
Did Adams see the line would be a good question.
Did Adam's see what line?
by David Shepherd
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12962

Re: World Teams 2019

J T Melsom wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:13 pm
But if I were a chess journalist I'd be interested in what Adams was thinking at the time etc.
Leonard's article here https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/ ... ampionship
by David Shepherd
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 12962

Re: World Teams 2019

Whatever the engines say - I don't think it is that straightforward in the Adams game - I think after Rb8, Re2 it would still require black to play very accurately. Of course black is better but it would be easy to let the advantage slip, particularly as the time control approached. Overall it is a ...
by David Shepherd
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 106
Views: 7902

Re: Arbitration question

I have never been enamoured with that rule. Of course we have not been told whether White first picked up the opponent's g pawn or his own f pawn. in my opinion, if the latter, the intention was clear. If it was first the g pawn, clearly that mut be captured with the queen. e.g. White Bc3 Kc2 Rf1. ...
by David Shepherd
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 76
Views: 3933

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

12 seconds for the 100m is not "moderate" for an adult male athlete. It is pathetic. When I was 16 I was Durham County schools champion in the triple jump and wondered if my 100m time of 11.0 seconds would also get me on the Durham team for 100m. Forget it. The two boys on the Durham team both had ...
by David Shepherd
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: January Grades are out

Most of my games now are subject to instant grading :), with the added advantage of no travel.