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by Alex Holowczak
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Arbiter courses
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: Arbiter courses

I've liaised with Adrian, and I think the two of us are likely to run a course alongside the Junior 4NCL in Daventry in February.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 656
Views: 78449

Re: Cheating in chess

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:52 am
even with the apparent TN of using a Smart Watch
I'd love to know where that information came from.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 656
Views: 78449

Re: Cheating in chess

The 4NCL Congress case seems to suggest that they (FIDE Ethics) aren't interested in pursuing players outside of the elite, or who are not participants in elite or near elite tournaments. The FIDE Ethics Commission will normally form a judgement on any case that reaches them, which might include a ...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships

I find it a bit strange, with so many England players involved, that no one has commented on this "done and dusted" event until today. It only lasted three days! But I'm not surprised no one has commented on it. The Conference here in London wondered why so few people had commented on the Women's C...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships

The European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships are underway in Tallinn, Estonia including a large English contingent in some of the younger age groups. The Rapid Championship started today and concludes tomorrow with the Blitz Championship on Saturday. For individual and team results, plus detail...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 656
Views: 78449

Re: Cheating in chess

It appears that case was sent to the FIDE Fair Play Commission not the Ethics Commission. Isn't that the one the CAA are referring to? It's not beyond the possibility that "Fair Play" passed it on to "Ethics" who have just returned it to the ECF. It is possible though I failed to find any report on...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 656
Views: 78449

Re: Cheating in chess

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:54 pm
The 4NCL case which was handed to the FIDE Ethics Commission
Which 4NCL case was this?
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 53
Views: 4194

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Sorry if this is the wrong thread, but is there really nothing on the London Chess Classic main event? Unless I am mistaken, Carlsen has just got knocked out at the semifinal stage, after two rather unexciting standard games and some more interesting shorter ones. His victor MVL plays Ding, who put...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 656
Views: 78449

Re: Cheating in chess

The following is reported in the minutes of the Chess Arbiters Association AGM in the latest edition of Arbiting Matters Too (issue 39): "the FIDE Ethics Commission has returned the resolution of the case resulting from a 4NCL Congress to the ECF. The ECF will now have to consider forming a group t...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 53
Views: 4194

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:59 pm
I'm hoping that the computer will produce some suitably fishy pairings for Pollack, Haddock and Finn.

Jekel and Burke are playing and we haven't seen Hyde nor Hare of suitable opponents for them.
I know it's puerile, but we did have board 23 in Round 2 of the FIDE Open.
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Women’s Chess Plan
Replies: 1
Views: 327

ECF Women’s Chess Plan

The ECF welcomes contributions to the following consultation document:

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-cont ... anning.pdf

See here for more information.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2853

Re: British Knock out 2019

Haha! I wonder whether the day will comer when ageism is taken as seriously as sexism? Imagine the furore if an event invited all the best boys but ignored the girls of the same or stronger playing strength! I don't know that this is the answer, but ... Women and UK-based Under 25s get free entry t...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2853

Re: British Knock out 2019

In one of his pre-round speeches, the organiser of the British rapidplay said that he wanted to FIDE rate it but apparently the ECF said it would have cost £800 so he didn't bother. I could have misheard though as this sounds pretty unlikely but I know nothing about such things. It is wrong. There ...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2853

Re: British Knock out 2019

The FIDE ratings appear to be wrong. Rapid ratings I would think. The qualifier is after all a rapidplay tournament. Well, that was my logic when asked to set the file up... The rapid ratings for this group of up and comings are an average 142 points below their standard ratings, so the tournament ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2853

Re: British Knock out 2019

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:20 pm
Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:54 am
There's an odd number, thus creating a bye every round.
A solution to this has been found.
A 16th player has been added: https://www.londonchessclassic.com/bko1 ... esults.htm