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by David Shepherd
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: January Grades are out

Most of my games now are subject to instant grading :), with the added advantage of no travel.
by David Shepherd
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: January Grades are out

I now seem to be ungraded although I played 13 games last season and did have a 178 grade, at this point publishing the grading list twice a year doesn't seem to be great step forward :(
by David Shepherd
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 15
Views: 1651

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

The following link is to an interview with him. He mentions in the interview that he was captain of the University chess team (about 25:50) https://www.sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1131073
by David Shepherd
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: London Junior oddity
Replies: 20
Views: 1451

Re: London Junior oddity

If you look at the results in round 6 she drew with Tarini Jayawarna, who has a similar FIDE rating which would suggest that it was not unreasonable for her to be in that section based on FIDE rating given that she had not qualified for the major. There was possibly an issue with seeding but these t...
by David Shepherd
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 1963

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

Thanks Alex, apologies if that was there originally and I missed it - that makes sense.
by David Shepherd
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy
Replies: 26
Views: 1963

Re: 2019 new ECF junior selection policy

I only had a quick read through, but one thing that did strike me was that it seems somewhat incomplete for the World Junior unless I am missing something (so for example qualification by rating/title).
by David Shepherd
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4769

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

I think the main point is that overall the event does raise the profile of chess and does bring in welcome money for the top British players as well as the Chess in Schools and Communities initiative. It also provides young players with role models and the realisation that if they become the best th...
by David Shepherd
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41967

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

No I don't think it would make a huge difference but it would make mistakes slightly more likely and probably make the flow of the tournament feel better. I find the idea that people might want the two players to play bad chess quite shocking. I think the chances of bad chess are far higher in the ...
by David Shepherd
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41967

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

One of the things that could be tried is to reduce the number of "rest" days. So for example a format could be six rounds then a rest day, four rounds then a rest day, then two rounds. I can see how this would make the match shorter but not necessarily how it would lead to more wins unless older pl...
by David Shepherd
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41967

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

One of the things that could be tried is to reduce the number of "rest" days. So for example a format could be six rounds then a rest day, four rounds then a rest day, then two rounds.
by David Shepherd
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5959

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

One thing to remember when evaluating performances is that some countries publish more games of players than other countries. This gives the stronger players preparing the juniors more to work with.
by David Shepherd
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5959

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

Julia won again today and is now on 6.5/8 in 3rd place. I think next round she will be white against the tournament leader who is on 7.5/8. Both players are clearly in very good form and have similar ratings, so Julia should have a good chance.
by David Shepherd
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 3392

Re: World Youth Chess Championship 2018

The only English junior ranked in the top 40 in their event is Koby Kalavannan (No 24 in U16), and he was checkmated by a 1998 opponent in round 1. I think to be fair to Koby it is worth pointing out that his first round opponent also beat a player rated 2328 in round 2 and looking at his rating pr...
by David Shepherd
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 35814

Re: Batumi Olympiad

In the women's its worth noting that for Scotland Keti has now moved on to 8.5/9.