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by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 15
Views: 1739

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Relatedly Out of interest, you say you won't find any reference to The Spectator, or the notes having been previously published there or anywhere else According to the Amazon graphic, the book was published on 1st May, 1997. The two Spectator graphics you quote were apparently published on 10th May...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2019 FIDE Grand Prix
Replies: 1
Views: 204

2019 FIDE Grand Prix

From another thread. I'd much rather have a series of 16 or 32 player knockouts over the calendar year, with some sort of points system where the leader at the end of it becomes the World Champion. http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11375-2019-grand-prix-series.html It's not c...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8738

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Brian Valentine wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:59 am
The Grand Prix is not put to bed till after we have settled on the grading list.
I think his point is that the congress must be submitted within a month to count, and that deadline has been missed.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 331
Views: 18220

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

That is pretty much what I said when I questioned the value of the "Ask a Director" facility on the ECF website. If I remember correctly, you responded that many people wouldn't be capable of looking up an ECF Director's email address. I'm not sure that I said that, and I'm not sure the parallel is...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 331
Views: 18220

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

asked for there to be more online Arbiter courses in English, and queried the cost of running an arbiter seminar in Dublin. This sort of enquiry that might have been better directed to Laurent Freyd directly, rather than going via the Office. I realise the Office is the public face of the organisat...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: London Junior oddity
Replies: 20
Views: 1269

Re: London Junior oddity

What first caught my eye here was the spectacle of a lowly-rated player making a near-100% score which I originally thought, wrongly, might have something to do with an incorrect age but proves to be due to an incorrect seeding - certainly less serious although it doesn't say much for the competenc...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8738

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I've no idea how many of the key personel [sic] work at both the congresses cited, but I doubt it is more than a handful if more than one or two. It's one, but it's probably the one who is the most important cog in the wheel. I'd be surprised if there are more than 2 key personnel - one to run the ...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 201
Views: 8738

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I reported a Birmingham League Summer Competition match live as the results were coming in a few times on my phone. (I wasn't playing in the match!)
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: How Many Times ?
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: How Many Times ?

Nick Grey wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:40 am
Isn't it 100 pounds a board? Ouch.
In a word, no. See Rule 11: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/1819_rules.htm#11
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: EXCESSIVE FIDE CHARGES FOR JUNIORS
Replies: 15
Views: 1448

Re: EXCESSIVE FIDE CHARGES FOR JUNIORS

Returning to Alex's pre-election answer on this forum, I hope he won't mind if I ask - as an open question rather than through private messaging - whether he has yet had the opportunity to canvass parents' views? I can understand that he may well have higher priorities - and, furthermore, that it m...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2550

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Granted, after 74. Nf8???????? [-6.80], you might imagine Shankland stood well. But this is Wijk-aan-Zee, not the Ambleside & District Div 4. So anything can happen. And it did. A draw! Of course. The Ambleside & District Division 4 probably has adjudications, so no one has ever reached move 74. :P
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Really??
Replies: 14
Views: 819

Re: Really??

You didn't. Their match had two of the last half dozen or so games to finish. The arbiter - not me, I hasten to add - was inputting the games (which were available to download within 15 minutes of the end of the round, in both Division 1 and 2; admittedly only if you can deduce where to find them on...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1872

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

There's no Gold membership argument. What other arguments are there? Really? So, if I organise a FIDE rated rapid then silver membership is enough? The ECF website seems to be lacking when it comes to information regarding what level of membership is required for the different flavours of competiti...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)
Replies: 21
Views: 851

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 (Candidates qualifier)

Looks like there won't be. The regulations state Yes, those regulations are truly awful. While not commenting on their merits, it is interesting that: - The tie-breaks are the same as they were for the World Rapid & Blitz; except that in the case where there was a tie for 1st place, the top 2 playe...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Div 4 South 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 1872

Re: Div 4 South 2018/19

What other arguments are there? You need to check that everyone has a FIN, or if they don't that they are content to be ENG. You're right, I'd forgotten that. It's hardly a show-stopper. We've seen with FIDE ratings just how random rankings can become for players rated below 2000. Only because the ...