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by Alex Holowczak
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 73
Views: 4740

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:55 pm
Got to go now, for a FIDE rated game against a junior ( which I welcome ).
Is that because your new opponent is significantly weaker than the 24-year old the 4NCL website is showing you as playing this afternoon? :wink:
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 73
Views: 4740

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

I've heard some people say "everyone is underrated" - clearly that can't be true. Well, it can , but in order to say it, you have to explicitly adopt the assumption that the rating system is not just a self-contained thing, but actually corresponds to some external measurement of a player's skill. ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 73
Views: 4740

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

I think an important question to ask in this context is "underrated relative to what?". I think that's right. I've heard some people say "everyone is underrated" - clearly that can't be true. Others have said "everyone is underrated compared to the ECF system". I'm not sure that's true; they only t...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018
Replies: 73
Views: 4740

Re: World Cadet Chess Championship 2018

I did some research on this for the 2018 European Youth. I haven't done it for the World events, because while my enthusiasm just about enabled me to do this for the 50 or so countries that entered the Europeans, the same cannot be said for the World Cadets/Youth, which will presumably have three ti...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Excelsior!?
Replies: 26
Views: 2990

Re: Excelsior!?

John McKenna wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:39 pm
Good of Jack (and Michael F) to posthumously publish how he was run through by an Excalibur pawn.
I think I know what you mean, but I suspect "posthumously" isn't the right word.
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Game-inputting & replays
Replies: 17
Views: 868

Re: Game-inputting & replays

"Playing through a database game you quite often find that the result is inconsistent with the final position." It's all too easy to hit 1-0 instead of 0-1... I hope it's not that, because in the cases I'm talking about the result carries through to the rating system! Swiss-Manager has a very helpf...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Game-inputting & replays
Replies: 17
Views: 868

Re: Game-inputting & replays

Also, when experienced players say Nd7 or Re1 and there are two possibilities, you can usually guess which is right! The one that normally draws groans of despair from the game-inputting community is when players helpfully write something like Nbd7, with the Knights on b6 and b8. More than once I'v...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Game-inputting & replays
Replies: 17
Views: 868

Re: Game-inputting & replays

With D3&4 South it will be a bit later I expect. It is not just the number of games it is also our poor writing in the south. It's more to do with the fact that the arbiters who are also able to key games in at a reasonable speed are at Division 1 & 2, and not Division 3s & 4s. So they have to be i...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Game-inputting & replays
Replies: 17
Views: 868

Re: Game-inputting & replays

It is still impressive but in the process of adding Birtwhistle - Bullen, the file for 2b round 2 now contains the Jessel - Rogers game twice and with different moves. So we have 32 games but not necessarily the right games. So hold fire on the down-loads if prepping for players in that section. No...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 99
Views: 3311

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

As I recall there are a number of legs in darts which constitute a match so this isn't comparing like with like. Wasn't the darts match in question decided 6-1 rather than 1.5-0.5? It was 4-1 in sets, there are 5 legs in a set. But surely your point is that because the favourite didn't win, even th...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 99
Views: 3311

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

So Humpy Koneru knocked out again. One loss and that's it, you wonder whether over a longer match she would have beaten Jolanta Zawadzka. I think most people think she would have done including Zawadzka herself ! The #2 seed lost to the #31 seed. In the last 32 of the 2018 PDC World Darts Champions...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Schedule
Replies: 23
Views: 1304

Re: World Championship Schedule

Just looked at the world championship schedule and I noticed that there are 6 rest days, of which 3 fall on a weekend. I wonder why they decided to have so many rest days over the weekend and why they placed the final game and tie-break on week days. It looks as if chess attracts a bigger audience ...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 99
Views: 3311

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

I haven't seen any public announcement yet but Emil Sutovsky is reporting on FB that FIDE has negotiated with the organizers 20% payment on the top of the prize fund, hence this money will not be deducted from the players' prizes. I think the consensus on that thread was that it was actually agreed...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 99
Views: 3311

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

I wouldn't, because it would block out a huge chunk of the calendar, and with the smaller fry generally going home at an early stage. There were four Grand Prix events per year until as recently as 2017. That didn't seem to block the calendar out too much. If you had 32 players, that would take 15 ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 99
Views: 3311

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Think that says it all for the format Does it? I hardly ever pay attention to the match format, but I'll pay attention to this 64-player format. I probably wouldn't watch either live for very long unless there was English interest, but I'll certainly make more of an effort to keep up-to-date with t...