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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2452

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Strictly, the Free Silver memberships for the GigaFinalists shouldn't have been included in the 2016-17 season since the associated games won't be graded until the Jan 2018 ECF grading list. Notwithstanding the alleged row a few years ago between an ECF Director and an ECF Manager, I thought it was...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2452

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Michael Flatt wrote:The decline in those taking out Junior Bronze membership would seem to indicate that there is insufficient benefit to continue in that class. Should it be abolished?


Relatively few junior only events are structured as leagues, most get classified as tournaments.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2452

Re: ECF Agm 2017

that is good for English chess? The context is mass participation events for inexperienced juniors. These are more often than not organised as individual Swiss events even where participants are present representing their schools. By the nature of the event, for some players it may be their first a...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: is the Vienna game sound?
Replies: 32
Views: 2083

Re: is the Vienna game sound?

LawrenceCooper wrote:Matthew Webb "7. ... h5 is a novelty I believe.


It's a move recommended by engines, but it has been played before, but probably not in any British event.

The first recorded example is from the Bavarian Championship of 1986.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2452

Re: ECF Agm 2017

ECF Summary PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP PAPER Council confirmed that it would like Platinum membership to remain in its current form; the proposal in the paper was accordingly amended such that the Board would investigate tax-efficient ways of raising funds for the Chess Trust. It appears the proposal for ...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DGT/FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highly reduced rate
Replies: 54
Views: 1761

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

If anyone was to think of, say, giving free chess sets to every school in the country the market consequences seem to have been considered containable. Perhaps you were thinking of the ECF's fiasco a few years back, as documented in the archives of this site. That failed because the capacity to pro...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 72
Views: 4727

Re: London chess-FIDE open

A woman is filling the form for me and say it Needs the address and phone number of the place of residence, what shall I do? If the "form" is the entry form for the tournament, your address in Iran. It's so the organisers can send stuff through the post, but they probably wouldn't bother ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Crewe Congress ..
Replies: 12
Views: 1027

Re: Crewe Congress ..

The critical position, it seems, is after 27.Rb5 Bd8?? which is a failure to rise to the occasion - 27... a6! would have put the question to both players. I certainly missed 27. .. a6 until an engine found it for me after the game. It goes on to suggest that I take the Knight on a5 and then give up...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Crewe Congress ..
Replies: 12
Views: 1027

Re: Crewe Congress ..

[Event "Crewe Major"] [Site "Crewe"] [Date "2017.10.15"] The Open was using duplicate scoresheets. Are the games likely to be published? The chess-results server could be used, given its capacity to store pgns. Here's my first ever win against Mike Surtees. For once I ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DGT/FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highly reduced rate
Replies: 54
Views: 1761

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

I really don't like time controls being determined by what the clock can handle. Fact of life though. The FIDE 90 30 standard was originally going to be something like 40 moves in 75 minutes with an extra 15 added and 30 second increments from move 41. The 1990s Mk1 DGT wasn't able to handle this. ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DGT/FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highly reduced rate
Replies: 54
Views: 1761

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

Another significant difference is that the 3000 tells you which session you are in. I consider that a big plus. For playing hours of four hours or less, you should probably scrap intermediate time controls and only have one session. That way you avoid the grey area where the clock doesn't properly ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2017/2018 Season
Replies: 67
Views: 6201

Re: 2017/2018 Season

What happened to Slough? Ben Purton took over the management of the squad and renamed it first to Slough Sharks and then Sambuca Sharks. A merger with Grantham followed to create today's Grantham Sharks. He also uses the name "Sons of Anarchy" for the rapidplay squad (this year's winners)
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2017/2018 Season
Replies: 67
Views: 6201

Re: 2017/2018 Season

Which teams have been around the longest in the 4NCL? Barbican were there from the beginning, but took a break in the third season when the BCF tried to set up a rival league. The initial 6 from 1993-94 were Invicta Knights Maidstone Barbican Covent Garden Slough North West Eagles Bristol Bristol (...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2078
Views: 223540

Re: Media comments on chess

Stewart Reuben wrote: 'Breaking the stalemate'?


Dictionaries give two meanings to this, one being where it is used as an alternative to "deadlock" and the other as the technical chess term.

http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/stalemate
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: DGT/FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highly reduced rate
Replies: 54
Views: 1761

Re: FIDE Offer to Federations to purchase clocks at a highy reduced rate

I have to agreed with Alan here, that we need to be looking at for the 4ncl and big british events to used the DGT 3000 They all went digital years ago. There's not a lot to choose between the DGT2010 and DGT3000 other than the display of seconds throughout the game. It's Congresses, Leagues and ot...

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