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by Paul McKeown
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: To whom is she referring?
Replies: 12
Views: 681

Re: To whom is she referring?

Nobody would say such a thing to a 'Chess Life' reporter (and brag about it after wards) unless they were trying to be smart-assed outdoing each other with bravado (the American, New York insults came just one year after 9/11 so these were they designed to shock.) She should have named them, then t...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: To whom is she referring?
Replies: 12
Views: 681

To whom is she referring?

In Chess Bitch, Chapter 11 Playing for America, Jennifer Shahade writes: Not all of my memories from Olympiads are positive. In the 2002 event (held in Bled, Slovenia), in addition to playing, I was writing about the Olympiad for Chess Life (the national chess magazine). I wanted to interview two of...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1414

Re: Levon Aronian statement

Good luck to Levon Aronian. And to hell with the government officials who have disrespected him and his profession. He is right, chess is one of the few areas in which Armenian excellence brings that country to a world stage.
by Paul McKeown
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Online Ratings and the Cheating Conundrum
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Online Ratings and the Cheating Conundrum

Hi, On several occasions I have been on the verge of having Richmond Juniors online events rated, and have given thought to re-starting the Richmond Rapidplays online. However, on each occasion, I have come quickly to a halt, as (and again it is quite possible that I haven't paid attention in class)...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Master List
Replies: 13
Views: 795

Re: Master List

The masterlist in its old form is no longer available. While I don't know exactly what you are using it for, there are a number of ways of extracting data here: https://www.ecfrating.org.uk/v2/help/help_api.php Very nice to have an API. And very nice to have some thought given to GDPR - it's of cou...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:24 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Master List
Replies: 13
Views: 795

Master List

Hi, with the old system, as a grader, I used to get a link and password to the 6 monthly master list and intermediate updates when they were available. However, I am not aware (possibly own fault for not paying attention in class) of a similar arrangement for the new ratings. Is there anyone who can...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Peter Markland

Only once this century, in 2003. Which brought me to this wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmaster_(chess)#Honorary_grandmasters . Quoting from that: From 1977 until 2003, FIDE awarded honorary Grandmaster titles to 31 players based on their past performances or other contributions t...
by Paul McKeown
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Peter Markland

The good news is that the title application has now been passed on to FIDE. Efficient work by the IRO, Dave Clayton!
by Paul McKeown
Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Peter Markland

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:39 pm
Paul McKeown wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:02 am
I know that FIDE occasionally awards an Honorary Grandmaster title.
Only once this century, in 2003.

"very occasionally" then...

What are the circumstances that have lead to this title being awarded to a few players?
by Paul McKeown
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Peter Markland

I will always remember Peter's fine performance against Karpov. Ok, he lost - no surprise there. It was a great fight. I was reading about Hugh Alexander in another thread. He wrote brilliantly about that game. He knew talent when he saw it. Yes, it was a great fight, and PM still remembers it with...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Peter Markland

Is there an equivalent Honorary International Master title? I do not think so, any application would have to be for a straight IM title one suspects. My question was rhetorical. If there had been strong grounds based on PM's international playing career to apply for the IM title for him, then I wou...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Rik Thomas
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Re: Rik Thomas

And as a mark of respect, Rik's biggest scalp: [Event "BCF-chT2 0203 (4NCL)"] [Site "West Bromwich"] [Date "2003.03.08"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Thomas, Richard Huw"] [Black "Arkell, Keith C"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A46"] [WhiteElo "2204"] [BlackElo "2527"] [PlyCount "119"] [EventDate "2002.11.??"] [Eve...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Rik Thomas
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Re: Rik Thomas

A tribute from Rik's professional life: https://www.transportxtra.com/publicati ... homas-rip/
by Paul McKeown
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Peter Markland

I will always remember Peter's fine performance against Karpov. Ok, he lost - no surprise there. It was a great fight. I was reading about Hugh Alexander in another thread. He wrote brilliantly about that game. He knew talent when he saw it. Yes, it was a great fight, and PM still remembers it with...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Peter Markland

Can we not apply for an IM title for him, Nick? He is certainly worth it in today's money. I think it would be entirely appropriate, as Markland's play was certainly at that level. I know that FIDE occasionally awards an Honorary Grandmaster title. Is there an equivalent Honorary International Mast...