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by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2019 Aeroflot Open
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: 2019 Aeroflot Open

Chessbase are saying rounds 1 & 2 will be played tomorrow. Round 1 had already started before being abandoned. I cannot immediately think of any precedents. Would they repeat the same pairings? They could after all reverse the colours. Rest days in Swiss tournaments are now very unusual. Even the B...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Simon Norton
Replies: 0
Views: 190

Simon Norton

It appears my Cambridge contemporary, Simon Norton has died. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_P._Norton In a manner of speaking, he was Cambridge's answer to John Nunn. Whilst "the Doctor" was an undergraduate at Oxford at a very young age, Simon didn't start his Cambridge degree course until the...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Neill Cooper wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:18 am
Monthly grades will be greatly appreciated by junior players who are used to their grades on line (both chess and video games) changing after every game.
The ECF have ruled out going for continuous grades. Are they mistaken?
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Who does it really benefit ? The claim is that it benefits new players and those, like juniors, whose standard of play has changed. Congresses can if they wish, base pairings and eligibility on a more up to date rating. Those which are FIDE rated often do this anyway. It's a change of method as wel...
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Isle of Man to be one of the Candidates - what about us patzers?
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: Isle of Man to be one of the Candidates - what about us patzers?

Alan Ormsby says In the interests of winding up a regular commentator. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=31972&headline=ManxSPCA%20board%20means%20business§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017 Alan Ormsby looks after the charitable interests of the Scheinberg family and was co-opted on to the boar...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Isle of Man to be one of the Candidates - what about us patzers?
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: Isle of Man to be one of the Candidates - what about us patzers?

a 5 star hotel miles out of town? The hotel is not actually that far from Douglas and not that far off the main road which runs to the airport and the south of the island. It remains to be seen whether any side events will be organised and where they would be held, but if held at the same venue, it...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading Database offline?
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: Grading Database offline?

Adam Raoof wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:30 pm
Just trying to do some grading but unable to connect - is that a general problem?
The ecfgrading site can be reached, but there's nothing there.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1239

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

my pet hate is players who don't know the correct etiquette for offering a draw. Presumably those who don't follow the sequence, play move, offer draw, press clock? Against that it can be a relief when you are analysing a position, consider that you may be worse and the opponent makes an illegal dr...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 32
Views: 1225

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Chess tournaments attempting to tie in with an Olympics have been infrequent or never. Whilst the 2012 British Championship Congress coincided with part of the London Olympics, it was about as far away from London as possible whilst remaining in England. It appears from wiki pages about the history ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 32
Views: 1225

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

David Sedgwick wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:43 pm
• 27 million Internet users registered on the world’s leading chess game platform
That would be from the chess.com website.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 32
Views: 1225

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Usually for space and logistics reasons though. You can run a 16-team tournament within about 2 weeks. You can't run a 64-team football tournament, because it'd take too many matches. Cost as well, I should have thought. 64 teams will cost four times as much in terms of accommodation and hospitalit...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 32
Views: 1225

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

I suppose it could be an Olympiad-style event, but for Rapidplay and Blitz. If that is to be the case, then the issue with that is that we'd have to compete as Great Britain and not England/Scotland/Wales/Jersey/Guernsey etc. Surely there would be a minimum qualification standard or qualifying even...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 32
Views: 1225

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

I'm waiting for someone to show a bit of enthusiasm for this scheme ( it won't be me ). It wouldn't be likely to a particularly large event in chess terms. Could it be anything larger than say a 64 or 128 player knock out with perhaps six categories, men/women (or Open/women) and (Classical/Rapid/B...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Replies: 32
Views: 1225

Re: Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games

As reported by chessbase https://en.chessbase.com/post/the-olympic-dream The 600 million claim is back again Leaders of the International and French chess federations met with the French press to promote the inclusion of chess, a sport with a genuine global appeal – FIDE has a membership of 189 nati...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1239

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

Do the Laws of Chess envisage players who simply don't know how to do it? I believe the Laws were framed to have a rule which covered those who considered that pressing the clock and writing the moves down was "working" during the leisure time of the week and thus against their religion, even thoug...