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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: New Grade/Age Categories
Replies: 35
Views: 2670

Re: New Grade/Age Categories

England just below mid table, immediately below Sweden - Pia Cramling country - so in good company. . Rather than the Kirsan/Agon fantasy of the number of chess players, perhaps FIDE should look more closely at its own data, namely the mix of active players as defined by players with FIDE ratings. ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 184
Views: 7244

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

A proper candidates tournament will be high profile, a more rigorous test of skill and good for chess in general. You could do top 4 from Women's World Cup, loser of the previous match and top three by rating not already champion or qualified. There would be a slight rule problem if the champion al...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 126
Views: 10979

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Illescas speculates on the impact access to AlphaZero may have on the match It ought to be important to GM preparation that AlphaZero and similar approaches should be unbiased. If you consult the evaluation of a conventional engine, the assessment you get is likely to be slightly biased by how the ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 25
Views: 1017

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

The RC did discuss, some years ago, the idea that illegal moves should lose. That was rejected. Did it not briefly wander into the Laws? Thus causing trouble to the organisers of junior events, who would have preferred more latitude. But aren't illegal moves now more wide-ranging, so that double ha...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Australian format weekend chess
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: Australian format weekend chess

There's no way they'll keep to the advertised round times. http://vesus.org/files/fliers/2018-vikings-weekender_17-11-2018.pdf It seems they will start at 10:30 am. Unlike normal practice for a British tournament, they aren't insisting that players pay when they first declare their entry. Payment F...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Australian format weekend chess
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Australian format weekend chess

Shaun Press of Canberra has details of an event he is running. http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/2018/10/2018-vikings-weekender-17th-18th.html What's unusual to British eyes is the format. Four rounds on Saturday and three on Sunday. Needless to say, the time limit is fast to match, namely 60 minutes...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 31
Views: 874

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

The actual start time, rather than the scheduled start time should be used to determine if a player has defaulted It's what you might expect to happen in practice as a player with a missing opponent would claim when the clock shows that the default tolerance has elapsed. So if the clocks are slight...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 24
Views: 1070

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:43 pm
it is from the USCF!
In the USCF context, "development" means fund raising.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 2866

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Looking at his FIDE arbiting record - https://ratings.fide.com/arbiter_hist.phtml?event=411450 (free login required to see all details) - gives the lie to the suggestion that he faced much in the way of a decision. Looking at his playing record on the other hand, shows that he played in the Champio...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Club bank accounts
Replies: 31
Views: 2407

Re: Club bank accounts

E Michael White wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:07 am
As said I am not a lawyer but saw this summary recently from people who are lawyers:-
Scottish lawyers though giving opinions about Scottish law, not to be relied on for England and Wales.
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 31
Views: 874

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

but Rules Commission did manage to slip "If the default time is not specified, then it is zero" into the version of the Laws applicable from 1.7.2017. I expect the ECF just copied that when updating in 2017, without remembering that the CAA had already imposed or promised a national exemption. But ...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Tournament Rules
Replies: 31
Views: 874

Re: ECF Tournament Rules

Paul McKeown wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:13 am
There is indeed still a default default time, as given by the CAA, but it got dropped of the ECF website?
A drafting error on the ECF site? Even FIDE have dropped zero time defaults.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 2866

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Angus French wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:25 am
For his ideas on that position
It's a mixed bag of ideas for encouraging social and casual chess along with some suggested new formats for club and Congress chess. But where does this tie in with increasing the ECF's income by getting more people paying for the permission to play graded chess?
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 2866

Re: ECF AGM 2018

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:30 am
can really grasp the depth of multi-layered corruption in Makro's 2018 campaign.
How did it compare with the 2006, 2010 and 2014 campaigns, in all of which the ECF was "on the other side"?
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 2866

Re: ECF AGM 2018

I don't see grading prizes at the British as crucial to the future of English chess myself. The question is whether the finances of the event require entries from players with little chance of winning the event. If they do, than the insult of excluding those below a particular rating from grading o...