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by Alex Holowczak
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

Tim Harding wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:18 am
These results have all been reversed by the Chief Arbiter for tournament purposes but it remains to be decided how they should be rated.
Why does it remain to be decided? The relevant FIDE guidelines are clear enough as to what should happen in this case, aren't they?
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 60
Views: 3149

Re: April Council meeting 2019

But it does say "requested" rather than "required". Several federations confirmed that the specific dress code was optional. In the wake of the Kovalyov affair, they just didn't want players looking like derelicts. This does not mean that it will not become compulsory. The views of the new administ...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

An easier way to control it would of course be to say, "Chess is chess - gender is irrelevant." There are those who say that female chess players would benefit from such an approach. They are of course almost exclusively men. Dieting aside, it may be possible to have one's cake and eat it if this W...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:01 pm
Alex, can I ask if FIDE have had to handle this sort of thing as well and if they have experience with this
You can, but I'm sure this thread isn't the place to do so.
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

Michael Farthing wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:01 pm
Well the World has changed... I suspect the problem will not be long in surfacing.
The world has indeed changed, and it isn't as if the ECF hasn't had to handle cases like this already. That you haven't noticed suggests the ECF has done a reasonably good job of it.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

What does your emoticon mean here, Alex? It gives (me) the impression that you don't think this is a serious consideration. Given that the BCF/ECF has been "defining" female perfectly well for as long as we have been entering women's teams into international events, girls into girls' events, or awa...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5563

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Actually in practice people know what their rating is likely to be on the next list, and are able to act accordingly - even when planning a visit from overseas. We occasionally get entries who send a very polite email saying "My rating is xxxx, I've entered <section>, but I realise I have to play i...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5563

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

FIDE-rated events are a very small minority of English tournament chess. I don't think they are that small a minority. Over the twelve months and a bit since last Easter, my personal count is 11 FIDE rated and 9 ECF only. FIDE-rated Opens are common. FIDE-rated sections with an upper rating limit, ...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: FIDE Senior Championships 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2703

Re: FIDE Senior Championships 2019

Control + F is a very useful facility in Google Chrome to find text on a web page. For instance it finds and highlights the occurrence of 'tie' on this web page. Probably other browsers have a similar facility, but possibly not phones. Chrome on an Android phone does; if you click the three dots, o...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines
Replies: 13
Views: 1121

Re: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines

David Pardoe wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:20 pm
I can remember once getting stuck on the motorway on the way to WOLVERHAMPTON.
It could have been worse. You could have arrived in Wolverhampton.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:06 am
If this idea is considered, one also has to consider the definition of "female".
:roll:
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 111
Views: 5563

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

And tournaments, and players. You enter a tournament as you just qualify for a lower section, then go up two points, so you have to play in a higher section. The tournament organizers have to check all the gradings when a new list comes out, and players find they either have to go up a section, or ...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 60
Views: 3149

Re: April Council meeting 2019

it appears they've pulled out of arranging the numerous mostly junior foreign trips in favour of having the arrangements made by Bridge Overseas/Guaranteed Events. They didn't "[pull] out of arranging the numerous mostly foreign junior trips". Speaking with respect to junior events, there was gener...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

On the topic of pairings: you can just download the Swiss-Manager file and check for yourself that the pairings are correct. I've just done that, and it is in Baku Acceleration mode. In addition, it shows that the parameters for this are that there are dummy points for players 1-120, and not for pla...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: England's highest rated player
Replies: 9
Views: 859

Re: England's highest rated player

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:36 pm
speculation (...) is rather speculative.
That's the kind of wisdom you only gain with your years of experience. :wink: