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by Neil Graham
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 28
Views: 1877

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

I hope we do not have a Season Five. Did clubs have a choice? A choice for what - clubs have a choice whether they want to play or not? I have not played an otb game since March 2020. We cannot expect otb chess until at the earliest very late Spring. The ECF calendar lists two congresses East Devon...
by Neil Graham
Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 28
Views: 1877

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Thus a team having to start at the bottom will take until 2023 to reach Division One. Two years to get from bottom to top, indeed. Now that the League structure has been announced possibly a time for comment. Although participation has increased, this seems to be at grassroots level. At the top end...
by Neil Graham
Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 28
Views: 1877

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

MJMcCready wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:52 pm
DO we know when the schedule and pairings will be announced?
Pairings out now.
by Neil Graham
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179847

Re: Cheating in chess

Neil, I don't think the 4NCL are trying to cast aspersions against arbiters or team managers, but I do think they are trying to send a message. In season 1, the 4NCL said that the majority of those caught cheating were 'youngsters'. It was therefore possible to conclude that the only people caught ...
by Neil Graham
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179847

Re: Cheating in chess

Your statement below is, though, open to misinterpretation in the way that Neil understood as it was a response to a comment about arbiters. I thought the same as Neil on first reading but then changed my mind and decided you probably meant 25 players in total suspected of cheating, not 1 out of 25...
by Neil Graham
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 28
Views: 1877

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:54 am
Final total appears to be 259, plus 186 in junior 4NCL
Although the make-up of the individual divisions have yet to be published, I see from the 4NCL website that we now have seven divisions. Thus a team having to start at the bottom will take until 2023 to reach Division One.
by Neil Graham
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179847

Re: Cheating in chess

The 4NCL Fair Play Report gives the following useful information: The statistics for Season 2 are below: - 11 players were banned due to fair play violations; - 11 other players were banned by Lichess, for whom the weight of statistical evidence did not support the 4NCL overturning results (e.g. th...
by Neil Graham
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 30
Views: 1926

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

Simon has done a fine job with notifications of English players who have passed away. At the end of the day, however, this is the English Chess Forum and death notices of foreign FMs, IMs and GMs have no place on the board unless they have a connection with this country. I note John's obituary notic...
by Neil Graham
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21
Replies: 45
Views: 3216

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21

Week 18 I'm normally the last one to moan or whine about anything. Scotty Parker (Fulham) after hearing about the rearranged match with Spurs. Perhaps after a draw he's feeling more positive! Just six fixtures; cancellations & rearrangements. Is it any wonder those managers in the know were reachin...
by Neil Graham
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 28
Views: 1877

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

Final total appears to be 259, plus 186 in junior 4NCL This assumes there were no "late entries" after 19.28 yesterday till midnight and, bearing in mind what has been said previously in this thread, that the doors are now closed. Should 259 be the final figure we are left, according to my calculat...
by Neil Graham
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179847

Re: Cheating in chess

The 4NCL has now published a Fair Play report for season 2 :- http://www.4ncl.co.uk/data/4NCL_online_fair_play_report_s2.pdf Very interesting...an ECF Arbiter under the microscope. Not a good look for the ECF. Perhaps it would be easier if the 4NCL named those players they are sure are not cheating...
by Neil Graham
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179847

Re: Cheating in chess

Very interesting...an ECF Arbiter under the microscope. Not a good look for the ECF. If I have counted correctly, there are currently 174 ECF Arbiters. Nothing has been proved against any of them, but one of them is under suspicion. I do not accept that that reflects badly on the ECF. I don't suppo...
by Neil Graham
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 179847

Re: Cheating in chess

The 4NCL has now published a Fair Play report for season 2 :- http://www.4ncl.co.uk/data/4NCL_online_ ... ort_s2.pdf
by Neil Graham
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21
Replies: 45
Views: 3216

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2020-21

Week 17 I'm delighted with the experiences I've had and I've had some experiences to say the least! Chris Wilder. Finishing with the least number of points in the Premier Division will be a new one then. 16 teams have now broken the 1,000 point barrier; whilst 4 are still to reach 700. Amongst thes...
by Neil Graham
Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 28
Views: 1877

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

after a number of e-mails telling us the closing date for entries is 6th January at midnight. Then four days later the closing date is arbitrarily changed to 14th January without a whisper. All of those emails said: Late entries may be accepted with a 50% surcharge at the 4NCL’s discretion. I am pe...