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by Roger de Coverly
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1399

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

There should certainly be at least one 65+ prize and attempts by organisers to encourage as many of the best qualified 65+ players to play in the main championships. It's only quite recently that there have been any active British titled players over 65. But as the 1950s years of birth become eligi...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 30
Views: 1149

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

Isn't the primary objective in holding a congress to attract as many players as possible to play satisfying games of chess? Collecting the scalps of IMs, GMs even , is a fun sport. Too many of them and you get trampled underfoot. It's only been the 4NCL Congresses and before that the e2e4 ones that...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hastings 2018-19
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Hastings 2018-19

The playing schedule and entry details are available.
http://www.hastingschess.com/events-2018-19/

Other than the Masters, they haven't said what the move rate will be. I don't think 90 30 can be assumed, as there's a history of Hastings using rates with 10 second increments.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 30
Views: 1149

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

Why not simply let such players choose which of their two ratings they themselves wish to use? That's more or less how the 4NCL does it for the 80 point board order rule. Tournaments probably need stronger rules. It's not just eligibility though, pairings get distorted when the seeding order used d...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change
Replies: 30
Views: 1149

Re: 4ncl Congress Entry Conditions Change

However, when confronted with a graph and a line of best fit, they couldn't explain why the gradient was closer to 7.5 than 8. As far as I recall, it was noted by Richard Bates (I think) that if you looked at the table used by FIDE to express rating gain against points scored, that over the range 0...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19984

Re: Director of Women's Chess

The senior prize in the Evening Standard Open used to be for players 40+ and then there were only about 3 out of 1200. Now look at the numbers. There were enough players around in the 1950s and 1960s to keep school, university, club and county chess going. Perhaps playing intense weekend tournament...
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 19984

Re: Director of Women's Chess

It's a factor, but you still can't justify one female player in the top 300. https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=8603006 It's 363 to be precise at the moment, but then there's a cluster at around 100 to 150 points worse than Yifan Hou. Does the number of women in top 500 or top 1000 look any ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Youngest ever English GM
Replies: 15
Views: 1006

Re: Youngest ever English GM

I see little point in Shreyas playing grading restricted tournaments His grade and rating may now be high enough that he isn't allowed to. The restriction for the next 4NCL tournament in Nottingham is FIDE Rated U2000: Open to FIDE rated players rated below 2000 FIDE and ECF graded players graded b...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2536
Views: 105925

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:25 pm
"to complicate"
introduce complications. It's a normal phrase in chess annotations.

You could also write "to complicate the position"
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11454

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

Wasn't the leak not so long after the draft first being written and when the defection of Leong to the Kasparov camp was headline news? It's gone quiet on the "who knew what" front. Reviewing some of the material from that period, there was competitive leaking going on with the Kasparov team obtain...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Hastings 2018-19
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Hastings 2018-19

Dates announced. Useful to have confirmation that they are taking advantage of the last Sunday to run 10 rounds. It looks as if it will be possible to play 20 rounds. 5 rounds in the Christmas over the first weekend, 5 rounds in each of the New Year morning and afternoon and then another 5 in the w...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11454

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

But not who knew them and when, which is Malcolm's point, is it not? Your blog post reminds us that the leak was in January 2014, before the elections. Wasn't the leak not so long after the draft first being written and when the defection of Leong to the Kasparov camp was headline news? Didn't the ...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11454

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

I'm interested in what facts he actually knew. The facts were fairly clear, were they not? The contract(s) between Kasparov or the Kasparov Foundation and Leong or Leong controlled organisations had been leaked. It was FIDE's Ethics Commission that placed a judgement on these facts that the behavio...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 223
Views: 11454

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

asked Nigel some "how much did you know?" questions. I expect he knew what we all knew, that FIDE insiders such as Leong expected something in return for their voting support and this was standard operating practice. We also knew that Kirsan was touring the world offering inducements with the assis...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 4
Views: 515

Re: London chess classic

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:19 am
Hi.
The 2018 event is a knock-out event? Every section is?
Schedules have yet to be announced. Assuming there's enough days, I would anticipate the supporting events to be 5 and 9 round Swiss tournaments as usual.

(as confirmed by David Sedgwick)