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by Alex Holowczak
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team
Replies: 13
Views: 1343

Re: Players wanted for '19-'20 season for div 3North team

I wouldn't disagree as to the effectiveness of different media, Eric, and I gave up on my local paper once I found a better way to wrap my fish and chips, but others may find their local rag useful. For those people, I suspect the issue I raised may still apply. Local newspapers are a great source ...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1597

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

A game has started after White has made the first move. The FIDE regulations state that for a game to count for rating each player must have made at least one move. This is covered by FIDE Rating Regulations (not the FIDE game Laws). So stereotypical English arbiters need not jump up and down waivi...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1249

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:34 am
Or maybe take a look at why chess might not be the same sprt of world, spare yourself the paragraphs
The same what now?
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Maybe we should ban teaching children to "capture" pieces, which is tantamount to holding them against their will. Otherwise we'll have a generation of children who grow up keeping others hostage, which must surely be a human rights violation? Should we ban the Kalashnikov Variation of the Sicilian ...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1249

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

. While initially it will benefit the top players, as the situation evolves eventually it filters down the world rankings Not at all sure about this bit Take a look at snooker and darts as recent examples of this phenomenon. Going back pre-Hearn, snooker's nadir is considered to be 2005/06, when th...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1249

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

Kasparov is right: "These guys are over-worked" Good. A full calendar is good news for chess. If you fill the calendar up, then eventually you run out of space to add more events, and so one of two things happens: 1. Players start to pick and choose their events more, and so higher fees/prize money...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

The area immediately outside the playing halls had notices requesting silence and no mobile phone use, both of which were continuously ignored. On one occasion, when playing close to the entrance, I complained to an arbiter about noise from this area - the solution was to temporarily shut the doors...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championship 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1139

Re: Irish Championship 2019

For those in need of some chess viewing after the British... The Irish Championship enters day 5 today with plenty of fascinating games over the past few days. All games are broadcast here: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/irish-championship-2019/5/1/1 Fiona Steil-Antoni will be commen...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 135
Views: 10950

Re: Arbitration question

It seems to me that the phrase “If the arbiter observes” is a strange one to include in the rules , as opposed to the arbiters’ manual. I have never liked seeing it anywhere. It seems wrong to me that the result of a game should depend upon whether an arbiter happens to be in the vicinity and payin...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:31 pm
On the commentary it was suggested that next year's event might be at Great Yarmouth, Scarborough or Liverpool.
Out of interest, do you believe it will end up in any of these three places?
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

The suggestion made in previous posts was that the arbiters would only enforce the rule if asked to do so and would turn a blind eye otherwise. That's a very different situation from not enforcing the rules because you weren't aware an infringement had occurred. I don't see where anyone has said th...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I think deep down, everyone expected the only decisive game in the top 5 (potentially 6?) boards to be Pert-Pert. :shock:
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

If the arbiters aren't going to enforce a rule saying players will be defaulted if they walk off with a bag with a phone in it unless asked to do so then either the rule, or the arbiters, should be changed. There are apparently 6 arbiters on the afternoon team according to Chess-Results. Matthew Ca...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

If the arbiters aren't going to enforce a rule saying players will be defaulted if they walk off with a bag with a phone in it unless asked to do so then either the rule, or the arbiters, should be changed. There are apparently 6 arbiters on the afternoon team according to Chess-Results. Matthew Ca...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35241

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Tim Harding wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:39 pm
Mr Palliser should probably have his entry fee returned. He could not be blamed if he chose to withdraw.
I am certain the ECF will have no problem at all refunding the exorbitant entry fee that he, as an IM, had to pay in order to take part in the Championship.