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by Joey Stewart
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 50
Views: 4545

Re: New National Blitz event

I liked the format of this years event happening on one day (even if it were, probably, a herculean effort of logistics to accomplish) - it meant a lot of players made it through to the finals that would have not otherwise had the opportunity. With a "choice" of dates you would have ever increasing ...
by Joey Stewart
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 21
Views: 1894

Re: Quit Stallin'

I'm guessing the stalls must still make a bit of money - there are many players who still love them and collect avidly. Even I have a pile of books I bought in the past collecting dust on shelves somewhere, not that I ever really got anything much from them, most of the time I'm lucky if the opening...
by Joey Stewart
Sat May 18, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 123
Views: 8457

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

I know this is a bit of an old topic now but I just had an idea that is the best of both worlds - why not do monthly grades for under 18s and leave the rest to be 6 monthly, then we could also do away with the guesstimate ratings for juniors and be able to use whatever their current rating for calcu...
by Joey Stewart
Fri May 17, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com
Replies: 31
Views: 2999

Re: Harassment and Toxic Behavior on Chess.com

There seem to be tons of things you see in online chess that would never happen over the board, these are a few of the most common: 1. DEMANDING an opponent resigns a losing position immediately, presumably so the time doesn't get too short and it becomes hard for them to continue using their engine...
by Joey Stewart
Fri May 17, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Message from CJ de Mooi
Replies: 24
Views: 3400

Re: Message from CJ de Mooi

I don't see how CJ can be short of cash- there are pub quizzes pretty much every night of the week and he would be a one man army in all but the most elite events
by Joey Stewart
Thu May 16, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 2610

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

I would like to think I would be reasonably sporting with my decision if an opponent was suddenly and unexpectedly taken ill at the board (though if they dropped dead, if it not like they really need those rating points anymore....) What bothers me more is when people knowingly turn up with massive ...
by Joey Stewart
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: 300 ECF Grade
Replies: 9
Views: 1739

Re: 300 ECF Grade

I was looking at the top players list on the ECF grading list and noticed that Ian Nepomniatchi has an ECF grade of 299. Has anybody ever surpassed 300 ECF grade? If I had 5 years, 30 novice opponents, and traded away all respect as a chess player I'm pretty confident I could get a 300 rating....
by Joey Stewart
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 5461

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

I totally agree with chess being far too 'top heavy' in its monetisation - people might draw the parallel with football and the millions their top guys make, but three big difference there is that the guys in lower leagues are still recieving very respectable salaries (in almost all leagues football...
by Joey Stewart
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Rapidplay Entry Requirements
Replies: 2
Views: 666

Re: British Rapidplay Entry Requirements

Only one 190+ at that grading boundary surprises me - I would have expected multiple 200+ players in the 1900 range these days when you consider how broken the fide ratings are now. Would have been better to just not use fide rapid at all (aside from rating calculation) and base it entirely on the m...
by Joey Stewart
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess 2018-19
Replies: 36
Views: 4815

Re: County Chess 2018-19

just like Lancashire and Yorkshire!! Lancashire loves getting the bye to the national final, as every year at there AGM, they always say that they are the only team to field all teams in the national sections I guess at least you guys know they you have every chance of winning the national final wi...
by Joey Stewart
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess 2018-19
Replies: 36
Views: 4815

Re: County Chess 2018-19

WECU county chess is on its last legs now, with both Somerset and Gloucestershire no longer entering teams it is just Devon and Cornwall left holding the fort.
by Joey Stewart
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 62
Views: 5238

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Does the idea of moving players around between teams to balance things up kind of make the assumption that everbody is mercenary and will willingly abandon any previous affiliations for the sake of getting some new games?
by Joey Stewart
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 1st Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 3rd February 2018 (ECF & FIDE rated)
Replies: 5
Views: 1810

Re: 1st Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament, Saturday 3rd February 2018 (ECF & FIDE rated)

Shame I only just saw this, I probably would have turned up if I knew about it sooner.

Good effort getting everything organised, it looked like a successful tournament, if you are planning another one it would be good to know so I can try and get up to play it this time.
by Joey Stewart
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 28
Views: 5325

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Right now the only people who will care about these super computers "solving" chess are correspondence players, unless the future brings some sort of technology which allows us to interface our brains with machines then there is no worry about anybody human being able to use this to their advantage ...
by Joey Stewart
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Pgn Files
Replies: 9
Views: 1058

Tournament Pgn Files

Why is it that so many tournament pgn files are full of garbage? I enclose an example (one of many) of the junk that pads out the pgn files of many respectable tournaments. [Event "Hastings Masters"] [Site "Horntye, Hastings"] [Date "2018.01.02"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Gormally, Daniel W"] [Black "Fi...