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by Roger de Coverly
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 68
Views: 5473

Re: Director of Women's Chess

I have no doubt that had she presented a similar submission to a charitable funder or National Lottery it would not have been given the consideration that it was by Council. She was probably ten years too late in making the application. When the ECF had the DCMS grant at its disposal, there would h...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2346
Views: 100021

Re: The English Language

Regrouping and redeploying conveys more of a sense of organisation and purpose than rearranging. When GMs and IMs discuss games, they more often use the term "regroup" in preference to "redeploy" or "rearrange". Another distinction is that a regroup or a rearrangement involves multiple pieces whilst...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championship - late entry fee
Replies: 0
Views: 161

British Chess Championship - late entry fee

This clicks in after tomorrow (Friday 22nd June) I'm not sure how those who may qualify from the Grand Prix are expected to handle this, as this runs until June 30th. The weekend's North Wales Open looks to be the final chance to gain or perhaps lose points in this. Looking down the entry list, some...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues
Replies: 13
Views: 683

Re: Equitable distribution of team strengths within leagues

Five divisions with six teams in each would provide more equal opponents and smaller divisions would allow double headers during the season. Personally I think it boring to have to play the same teams, the same people and at the same away venues all the time. With 30 teams go for three single round...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 68
Views: 5473

Re: Director of Women's Chess

As a reasonable premise, there should be a majority of directors on the ECF board who aren't beholden to Malcolm in any shape or form? That means no involvement with CSC or any tournaments under CSC auspices.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 68
Views: 5473

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Angus French wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:05 pm
Was the other candidate Sue Dunham?
The short lived official forum declined to allow its discussions to be archived by Google. A search for "Sue Dunham Chess" only comes up with the mentions here and on the Streatham blog.

From memory wasn't "she" keen on advocacy of support for women's chess?
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 68
Views: 5473

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Some may wonder why a man who hasn't necessarily commanded the confidence of ECF colleagues in the past. I suppose he has from now to October to win an election fight against "none of the above", or even a named challenger. Was there a suggestion that the ECF Board had two potential candidates in m...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 297
Views: 17379

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

"Records-Input 780962 Records-Output 780962". So, Nigel underestimated by about 130,000. That's players registered with FIDE at some time in the past. It isn't the same as the number with ratings playing actively. But perhaps he's right, that there's an opportunity for commercial sponsorship. I'd i...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 297
Views: 17379

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

Should somebody tell him that there are no rating fees for blitz tournaments? I don't suppose he looks at the tail of FIDE rating list very often, but there don't appear to be 650,000 FIDE rated players. Counting active players with ratings only, it's about a quarter of that. It doubles if you incl...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 297
Views: 17379

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

Some of that got played out in public in the pages of ChessMoves For those who weren't around or don't remember, she was campaigning for a boycott of the 1998 Olympiad in Kalmykia. The players in the England teams including Nigel, were not impressed. There was a row as well about whether she should...
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: 297
Views: 17379

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: 297
Views: 17379

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: 4552

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: 4552

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...