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by Alex Holowczak
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2078
Views: 223501

Re: Media comments on chess

In the final of the English Snooker Championship one of the commentators said: Yes you have, you've identified him as one of the finalists in the English Snooker Championship. I'm afraid I'm going to be annoyingly pedantic. He was one of the finalists in the English Open, a professional ranking eve...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Resignation
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: Resignation

Gareth T Ellis wrote:With no budget to work with


:?:

Not according to the budget here.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Manager - Help Needed
Replies: 72
Views: 2857

Re: Swiss Manager - Help Needed

I didn't realise quite the chain of misunderstanding I kicked off with my comment. I thought the write-up was about the October Richmond Rapidplay event (in hindsight, given the timescales, unlikely), which happened on 15th October, and not the August event. The 15th October event had not been submi...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 190
Views: 16696

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

Stewart Reuben wrote:A Chef Arbiter certainly

All good arbiting teams have one of them. :lol:
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swiss Manager - Help Needed
Replies: 72
Views: 2857

Re: Swiss Manager - Help Needed

The most recent issue of Chess magazine perhaps can dispel the canard that the issues raised concern the user rather than the software. A nice review of the Richmond Rapidplays was published from a Singaporean coach. He made (amongst much else) the following observation: quote regarding chess-resul...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Negros Open, Bacolod City, Philippines.
Replies: 12
Views: 1086

Re: Negros Open, Bacolod City, Philippines.

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:That must be relatively uncommon, to win an event and not gain rating points!


Keith Arkell may not agree with your judgement. :wink:
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 190
Views: 16696

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

Alex H > England doesn't host any international events< Well, that puts Hastings, the London Chess Classic and British Championships in their place! What you mean is that we haven't hosted a FIDE event since the Candidates - and just before that the FIDE Grand Prix all play all. I think what I mean...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 190
Views: 16696

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

(Are there category A and category C levels?) Yes. I skipped C because in the time it took for the 5 years to elapse, I ended up meeting the requirements for Category B too. Lara Barnes was upgraded from B to A in Antalya. If you go here, you can see them all, although they haven't been updated pos...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez
Replies: 190
Views: 16696

Re: 2nd GM norm for Daniel Fernandez

I was going to ask at what age other UK FIDE Arbiters attained those titles (though some will have been arbiting since before the titles were introduced? I became a FA and then an IA in 2012, when I was 22. You cannot upgrade from Category D until you've been an arbiter for 5 years. In Antalya, I w...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation
Replies: 132
Views: 16843

Re: Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federation

All Bulgarian players now show as unlicensed on the FIDE rating server. If you search by country you find "There are no players in the requested country" https://ratings.fide.com/topfed.phtml?ina=1&country=BUL whilst a search for players brings up: "Not Licensed Player. Extra fee...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1239

Re: FIDE Executive Board

The report helpfully explains: "FIDE Treasurer Professor Siegel proposed the following motion: “quote motion”. The members voted 37-20 in favour of the motion with 2 abstentions." :lol: That is a blunder. However, the motion is shown correctly in the pdf which follows it. And now it has b...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1239

Re: FIDE Executive Board

Having established that Nigel Freeman reads the Forum, he may read this and decide to fix the proofreading error in the report from Day 6 of the Congress: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/10439-88th-fide-congress-in-antalya-turkey-day-6.html The report helpfully explains: &q...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1239

Re: FIDE Executive Board

It was probably a straw poll of those present, rather than a strict Executive Board vote. Not necessarily, Alex Are there really at least 57 people on the EB? I too was surprised, so I looked into it. In fact there are. There are actually 20 people on the Executive Board, five from each of the four...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws of Chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1039

Re: FIDE Laws of Chess

So an illegal move should still lose in blitz. That has been my view for years. However, I go on to argue that if this applies in a blitz games when the players have four minutes each, why not at the end of a standard game when they have one minute each? What's the difference? This is a fair point....
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1239

Re: FIDE Executive Board

In fact he got 20, against 37. Are there really at least 57 people on the EB, or are there those with multiple votes? There are actually 20 people on the Executive Board, five from each of the four member continents. It was probably a straw poll of those present, rather than a strict Executive Boar...

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