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by David Shepherd
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Venues
Replies: 6
Views: 717

Re: Venues

Homebase after a week if someone has a spare 10p.
by David Shepherd
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19927

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I was talking about either females in the female rankings or males (or females) in the overall rankings so the answers 1) Highest ranked Harriet Hunt (33) 2) Top five Harriet Hunt, Michael Adams, Matthew Sadler, David Howell, Jovanka Houska So relative to the rest of the female chess players in the ...
by David Shepherd
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19927

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I noticed above there was some discussion about role models - let me ask a couple of questions:

1) who is currently our highest ranked player in terms of world ranking?
2) Who are currently our top 5 ranked players?
by David Shepherd
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Club bank accounts
Replies: 28
Views: 1864

Re: Club bank accounts

https://scvo.org.uk/running-your-organi ... comparison, may also be useful although possibly more for Charities, but some of the accounts are also for clubs.
by David Shepherd
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19927

Re: Director of Women's Chess

The way the list is structured it shouldn't include Jane Richmond as she also qualifies as a former British Women's champion.
by David Shepherd
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19927

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Sarah and Akshaya already qualify though as former champions, so the positive discrimination is not so huge even if it might appear so by reading the regulations.
by David Shepherd
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19927

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Here is an example of sexism in chess from British Championship Qualifying Regulations. "5 – FIDE Masters rated 2300 or higher on the rating list published on 1st July, 2017 6 – Women’s FIDE Masters rated 2100 or higher on the rating list published on 1st July, 2017" That's positive discrimination ...
by David Shepherd
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19927

Re: Director of Women's Chess

It hadn't occurred to me, prior to this message, to seek a non-playing captain of that team and nobody suggested it to me. The event starts 7 July. It's very late. But should I contact Jovanka, satisfying everybody? The answer must surely be based on the following: 1) Would the funding be available...
by David Shepherd
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 5874

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

Kevin, no not all - I would argue that all the players at that rating are paying a higher entry fee and so deserve a shot at a grading prize. but the people that are below that don't have any chance of winning and I'm asked the ECF to either change the grading prize to include 2050 and under or do ...
by David Shepherd
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 5874

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

Kevin, no not all - I would argue that all the players at that rating are paying a higher entry fee and so deserve a shot at a grading prize.

Congratulations on qualifying and best wishes for the tournament.
by David Shepherd
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 101
Views: 5874

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

I think the point is simply that it seems wrong to people that players who are paying possibly £350 to enter are excluded from a grading prize of £250 when they outperform a higher rated person. It can be argued that the organisers are trying to discourage those people from entering. However in real...
by David Shepherd
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5234

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

It is now nearly a decade since England last had a serious candidate for medals in a world age group championship. Not sure that this is 100% true, for example in 2015 we had players that were ranked 2 and 7 based on their ratings at the start of the tournament, they should have been considered rea...
by David Shepherd
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dutch defence
Replies: 35
Views: 3009

Re: Dutch defence

Looking at your grading profile your grade has been steady over a number of years, so you might as well try it. It is fun to learn something new and it might suit your style, if it doesn't it is easy to change back and your chess knowledge will have increased. Even if you don't like it, you will hav...
by David Shepherd
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2391
Views: 261657

Re: Media comments on chess

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05y4j8k#play Time 53:30 West London Chess Club discussion/womens chess
by David Shepherd
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sport England is waste of money - claim
Replies: 14
Views: 1354

Re: Sport England is waste of money - claim

I don't have huge confidence in UK Sport :( What is the sport with the second highest participation rate in the world after soccer - answer badminton. What did UK Sport do after we won a medal at the Olympics - reduce funding to nil. At least some better news for that sport in the last few weeks - f...