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by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 45
Views: 4059

Re: New National Blitz event

Once you have specified that "Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice" you simply disqualify anyone who enters a second event, even if the local organisers don't spot it; so, no obvious reason not to have a qualifier (or 2, 3, 4) on the Sunday If the local o...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 71
Views: 3568

Re: Old Chestnut

I can tell you what that is as I refer to it constantly on this forum. It's a lack of volunteers for chess administrative posts. I think there are as many people prepared to captain teams/squads as there always have been. Those volunteers are just going into 4NCL captaincy rather than County team c...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 71
Views: 3568

Re: Old Chestnut

Jon Underwood wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:28 am
Well we have to ask ourselves what is the point in playing in a competition where the final venue is so massively and obviously unfair it is going to be impossible to get a competitive team together.
Because then you'd miss out on the fun of complaining about it?
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 67
Views: 3760

Re: Candidates 2019

Goryachkina has won on merit; she's far from the highest rated player here, in fact she's gained rating points in her first 11 games (she lost 0.1 in the draw that secured first place yesterday) Indeed - hence my congratulatory note on the previous page. It's an incredibly dominant performance in a...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 67
Views: 3760

Re: Candidates 2019

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:08 pm
But at least you know with round robins, you almost certainly got the right winner
Chessplayers tend to equate "the right winner" with "the highest-rated player" rather too often.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 67
Views: 3760

Re: Candidates 2019

Goryachkina should be congratulated for an excellent performance, where she has comprehensively won a tournament which on paper at the start looked to be contested by a very evenly matched field of players. I know that my grumbling about Round Robins is becoming akin to Roger's grumbling about the m...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

David Robertson wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:31 pm
Caution Tournament-related comment

Mild-mannered, softly-spoken Anand hits out at Armageddon arrangements
Was quite disappointed. Not exactly McEnroe-esque.

I side with Grischuk's view on it - they knew the conditions when they agreed to play in it...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1177

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

"In the interest of full disclosure, I strongly prefer Pepsi Max to Coca Cola. I hope that at future FIDE Congresses, I will not be prevented from drinking my preferred beverage due to the co-operation agreement. " You will probably be escorted from the building... Well, if that means someone else ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

How ironic would it be if FIDE agreed to rate games played at the above-mentioned time controls for all players and thereby finally allow "slow-play" ECF graded games to be FIDE rated. Not sure Alanis Morrissette would be too troubled by the irony. But watch this space - there has been increasing d...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1177

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

In the interest of full disclosure, I strongly prefer Pepsi Max to Coca Cola. I hope that at future FIDE Congresses, I will not be prevented from drinking my preferred beverage due to the co-operation agreement. :P Hi Nigel, clearly it's a good thing, I doubt anyone sensible thinks otherwise. Can yo...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

If more decisive games are desired while maintaining a reasonable sort of standard, then the solution is to play a rapidplay time limit. There are intermediate options. Topalov has suggested that Classic games should now be played with 90 minutes each (so G/60 + 30 secs or G/75 + 15 secs). But FIDE...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

There is a lot to be said for that. And the occasional tournament with only top players is good. Even so, whereas the 100th ranked player might get a set, frame, leg, hole etc., in the appropriate sport, and celebrate, in chess, you probably just lose. Take a look at the Chess World Cup, and you oc...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4290

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Indeed, it is fair to say this particular experiment has not been an unalloyed success. Pity, because I thought the format was a promising one. I agree with Paolo's suggested improvement but, as he said, that is a minor issue. I think the problem lies with the prize distribution. Once you accept th...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 1403

Re: How do I?

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:57 pm
As a result one Scottish Championship was apparently run by Alex H!!!
Lara Barnes has been running a lot of events in North Wales recently.
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2050

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

Torquay Chess Club ( when it existed ) did not have a paid membership scheme and the costs of playing at the club were a £2 table fee on the night. Thus, anyone could enter the club championship and were welcome to do so. If the club had a paid membership scheme then it may have been fair to expect...