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by Roger de Coverly
Tue May 21, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hampstead Congress ALL FIDE RATED from August 2019?
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Hampstead Congress ALL FIDE RATED from August 2019?

I'm sure we are all in favour of the idea, but something concrete would help design. It occurred to me that a feature of the FIDE site could be useful. That's where the expected rating change is shown where results have already been received and calculated. In practice though, FIDE make little use ...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon May 20, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2019-20 Season
Replies: 9
Views: 953

Re: 2019-20 Season

Alternatively (because the above suggestion doesn’t cover a serious player shortage on Feb 29th) I suppose it would be possible for this exceptional circumstance to waive the 80pt rule entirely for split teams in weekend one, with the only absolute restriction that no player can play both weekends....
by Roger de Coverly
Sun May 19, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6522

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

And how is that different from already happens? It is slightly different. In FIDE rated tournaments, with the exception of the Hampstead series, there's invariably an Open section. So if the second section is under 2000 say and your rating in the relevant list comes out at 2001, you can still trans...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun May 19, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 121
Views: 6522

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 calc...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat May 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 170
Views: 5147

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

Well lets say there are 100 Opens in UK this year. Please tell me how many as a percentage will be 'higher' than this Mallorca event? Let me tell you less than 10 per cent. Are you including rapidplays and Blitz in that? It wasn't your original claim that Mallorca was a stronger event than those in...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri May 17, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dom
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: Dom

David Sedgwick wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 10:23 am

I was struggling with "Dan", until I realised that you were just making a point.
Daniel Johnson, author of a book about chess.
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/ ... andleisure

In his youth in the 1970s a 170s-180s player.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu May 16, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/
Replies: 170
Views: 5147

Re: https://greatbritainjuniorsquad.com/official-partners/

More than 168 official Open Victories in a mixture of Standard Play / Rapidplay / Blitz / Bullet. That's what your sig should say, not plain "Open" because that's misleading. In fact the word "Open" shouldn't appear at all. Given that a large part of the count is guess work anyway, why not just rou...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu May 16, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 1906

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

Slightly off topic, but what about Fire Alarm breaks? There's little alternative to stopping the clocks and leaving the room, but is anything actually written down describing best practice? I'm thinking possibly of measures to prevent players having conversations about games in progress. I don't thi...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu May 16, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What if a player falls ill....
Replies: 32
Views: 1906

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

A more interesting question that occurs to me is, if a player is bleeding, or has a nosebleed or something, should the clock be stopped while that's being sorted out? Or if they fell asleep, should they be woken up? https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/sep/04/vladislav-tkachiev-drunk-kolkata A mo...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 15, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7440

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

My other point remains valid; we know what bronze and silver members don't want their money spent on but we seem to be no nearer finding out what they might like it spent on. I daresay a fair few are worried about the long term future of their club or league. How about that the ECF finances itself ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 15, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7440

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

The question of how the money saved should be reinvested remains unanswered. The context of the motions by the Bronze, Silver and NCCU representatives was that the money should NOT be collected in the first place. So there would not have been anything to reinvest. The Bronze representative has expl...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 15, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7440

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

Andrew Zigmond wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 9:01 pm
And I'll add that I am yet to see one positive proposal as to how ECF members' money should be spent.
It's already spoken for to finance the Office and International teams.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 15, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF
Replies: 162
Views: 7440

Re: Think not what the ECF can do for you, but what you can do for the ECF

The essential point here is that how much it is appropriate to spend on appearance fees is not an issue of micro management but an issue of principle. I understand that the appearance fees were disclosed in aggregate, split only by event, not by team. A reasonable conjecture would be that nearly al...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 15, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3026
Views: 125967

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 12:40 pm
What's an "executive document"?
You may need to place it in context, but a likely meaning is "Summary"
by Roger de Coverly
Wed May 15, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four
Replies: 23
Views: 1247

Re: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four

Do ambitious players look to join strong and successful teams, or do some players have a reputation for being fiercely loyal to the team they play for? I would have thought a mixture. Ambitious junior and female players may look to play in a squad with a team or teams in the top 2 divisions and may...