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by Alex Holowczak
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Arbiter Sought
Replies: 21
Views: 925

Re: FIDE Arbiter Sought

(i) All arbiters of a FIDE rated tournament shall be licensed otherwise the tournament shall not be rated. (Ref 1, para 0.3). You wonder whether the potential change in management at FIDE might see a change in approach. I believe it is correct to say that FIDE doesn't impose any quality standards o...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)
Replies: 367
Views: 19524

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election? (Take 2)

"Our rivals publish hastily 1-page manifestos, boringly promising the same virtual "millions" that Kirsan promised. Hoping to "buy dreams" as they say themselves. Our own detailed 12-page presentation has been published two months before the FIDE elections" Which gives the impression that it was we...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess classic
Replies: 83
Views: 5328

Re: London chess classic

I know a bit more than everyone here, but it's information I don't regard myself as being at liberty to disclose. However, you're all going to be disappointed with how mundane the reason is, unless you're the sort of person who gets excited by competition formats.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

and also what about broadening the participation levels below the elite? I'm not sure that most chess clubs are good at improving players whether junior or adult which particularly in the case of juniors may lead to frustration and accelerate the speed at which they drop out. Many chess clubs are e...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

I would be interested to know if Alex has any plans to develop junior chess at `improving level' I hope he has none. It's not the business of the ECF to develop 'improving players'. That's our job, in the clubs. I agree, although I might widen it to local organisations (e.g. counties) rather than c...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Junior Director 2018 Election
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Junior Director 2018 Election

A brief comment, given I'm meant to be printing and sticking up Terafinal pairings... I only found out that Traci was standing down about 36 hours before the deadline for nominations. My big issue was that the Home Chess Directorship is busy in April, May, June and July; when I was busy with other a...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28

Alex, we did look around at other congresses before deciding what sections to offer, but not the MCCU, as it happens. We seem to have independently come up with an identical format in all details, except your Friday night round starts an hour earlier than mine and my prize fund was higher. But the ...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Surrey Chess Congress October 26-28

Mike Gunn wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:35 pm
3 sections:
FIDE rated Open, incorporating SCCU Championship
FIDE rated Major (U1900 and U160)
ECF graded Minor (U130)
That format looks remarkably like the MCCU Championship format I used. I'll take that as a compliment. :)
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:25 am
Indeed.
I can believe that.

I was obviously a bit grumpy after reading
Brian Towers wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:20 pm
A cheque in the post is probably easiest and best
But I suspect for the majority of people, this is far from easiest and best.
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:41 am
I wrote out twenty-odd cheques this evening, as it happens.
For Paignton?
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Renewing ECF membership after a year - advise please

A cheque in the post is probably easiest and best, particularly if you feel uncomfortable giving your bank details to a 3rd party. If enough people did this the administrative overhead might spur the ECF to re-institute 3 year membership which would make life easier for everybody. Easiest and best ...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8505

Re: 2019 British

I know it's early, but does anyone know when the dates of the individual championships will be announced? I am itching to book my hotel in Torquay ... Have you tried emailing the Organiser? I haven't. I would have thought the organiser would publish the details on the ECF website asap if the detail...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 8505

Re: 2019 British

Tim Spanton wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:20 pm
I know it's early, but does anyone know when the dates of the individual championships will be announced? I am itching to book my hotel in Torquay ...
Have you tried emailing the Organiser?
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 32
Views: 2577

Re: New National Blitz event

Paignton has taken place in the first week of September for 60+ consecutive years. It could therefore be hoped that the event qualified as fairly significant in dates to avoid clashing an important new event with. Actually, it wasn't. Mostly because when we put the dates in the diary, there was som...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 32
Views: 2577

Re: New National Blitz event

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:46 am
Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:26 am
Decision points for Alex's successor, assuming the event becomes a regular fixture.
Is it an ECF event?
Yes.