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by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 284
Views: 15904

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

David Robertson wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:06 pm
But FIDE delegates don't want things 'cleaned up'.
Unfortunately true. I think it's been the case for some while that the only certain way of preventing Kirsan's presidency being for life would be if Putin sacked him.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 284
Views: 15904

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Seems like the fourth candidate is now announced. https://www.chess.com/news/view/dvorkovich-4th-candidate-running-for-fide-president It's suggested that Kirsan will withdraw, having lost Putin's support. The Dvorkovich slate and Makro's might amalgamate, possibly dumping Malcolm in the process. The...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 3968

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

The above assumes that the rating prize is awarded on rating performance. It was the (W-We) form of rating prize. This has the feature that if two players make the same score against the same average opposition, the rating prize goes to the lower rated of the two. If you reset their rating to a min...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 3968

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

Yes, somebody could write a computer programme to achieve that objective. I thought they already had as it's the existence of tournament management software that makes possible this dubious way of awarding rating prizes in the first place. Hint, run a rating report on a copy of the existing data wi...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Intermediate chess training materials
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Intermediate chess training materials

Can anybody recommend any resources for what I would call `intermediate` students - these are players who are starting to get a good grasp of the game and play a position well when they understand it but show their inexperience when they don't How about the old Chernev book "Logical Chess move by m...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 3968

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

the first time control of 40 moves What was and wasn't programmed into the 1990s DGTs was relevant. When Kirsan demanded that chess had to be quicker, the initial suggestion was that the move rate should be 40 moves in 90 minutes with an extra 15, with an increment from move 40 to eliminate the arb...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 251
Views: 15084

Re: Why did he did so?

What's the point behind this tactic? I'm not really sure it qualifies as a tactic, just a routine developing move hitting the Rook on a2 and the pawn on b5. As to whether the pawn on b5 should be taken, that requires a bit of calculation and judgement of the resulting position, since it looks possi...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 284
Views: 15904

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Heh. Spraggett not pulling any punches and not mincing his words. He makes a reasonable point. Being named as a "dubious individual" or equivalent by a committee of the US Congress wasn't considered a problem for the 2010 election. It's topical given the problems Kirsan now has with the US. As a "t...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 173
Views: 12717

Re: Where did I go wrong?

13...Bh6 looks horrible. What on earth is the point? Threat of Bxf4 perhaps, but it just provokes Nc4. More generally, playing Modern Benoni positions passively, particularly against four pawn attack/Taimanov structures (d5,e4,f4) invariably ends up with Black getting blown away with e4-e5 as seen ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 62
Views: 2125

Re: Chess in Iran

These articles leave the impression that headscarves will be compulsory within the venue, for instance when playing. That would be unacceptable if true, but it would be nice to know whether it is true. I have asked. Was that not the case during the World Championship knock out? https://en.chessbase...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Another pointless CAS case
Replies: 9
Views: 638

Re: Another pointless CAS case

If so, would it also be fair to say (without prejudice, one way or the other, to the underlying merits of the case) that FIDE won on a technicality? It does seem so, as the decision makes reference to a right of appeal to the FIDE General Assembly. The point being that no such appeal was made, so F...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 3968

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

there are a number of players graded around 180 to 200 ECF who have FIDE ratings which are far too low. That's at least in part due to the different treatment of junior players. In the ECF system they are treated as new players each year, which minimises the impact of having players with 140 grades...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 3968

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

The British also introduced it, either at Malcolm's behest or simply following his example, but unfortunately they feel the need to cling on to their ideas as a matter of principle. It's a question that should have been raised at last year's AGM but wasn't. The London Classic ran it for one year on...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British championship grading sections in the main event
Replies: 84
Views: 3968

Re: British championship grading sections in the main event

Nick Grey wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:10 am
Sorry Roger but i'm with ECF & London Chess Classic on charging policy.
The London Chess Classic abandoned the policy of not allowing lower rated players to win rating prizes for the 2017 event. What's the ECF's excuse?