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by Alex Holowczak
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 65
Views: 4988

Re: Division One 2018-19

There was a recent Court case where it was ruled that Bridge and by implication Chess were not legally sports in the UK. This is the key argument, to my mind. The government can't, on the one hand, say that chess isn't a sport and block any efforts by it and games like bridge to be recognised as su...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 11
Views: 471

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:19 am
Does anybody know of any other lightning tournaments?
The Birmingham League has a lightning tournament.

Some children at a school I coach at like a variation of lightning chess. The time limit is Game/0 + 10's delay per move.
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines

It is disappointing the number of teams refusing their nomination and citing the ECF fines that they received last season as the reason for their reluctance to participate this season. I was the only person who spoke and voted against this system of fines at SCCU meeting a few years back. So taking...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tier 4 visa regulations
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Tier 4 visa regulations

I'm probably worrying about nothing, but I had this Guardian piece drawn to my attention at the weekend, the gist of which (though better read the whole thing) is that foreign students [are] being advised that they can no longer compete in amateur sport events beyond those organised by their univer...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 65
Views: 4988

Re: Division One 2018-19

And still, absolutely nothing on twitter or other chess media. The lack of general interest and writing on 4NCL has hit absolute rock bottom this year (one page covering first four rounds in CHESS, as a further example). I am not casting blame - like everyone else, I would do it if I had more time ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11354

Re: World Teams 2019

Was the team sponsored and did that help (i.e. would going have been impossible without sponsorship, and how much did the ECF fund it)? Yes, it was funded; see this thread: https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=10079 There was no ECF money for this event at all really; see the budget for ...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 90
Views: 4058

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

You can keep a personal tab on how your grade is progressing, so why is that not equally good? Do you really need the gratification of seeing the number by your name on a website? Yes, of course people do. There's huge excitement whenever a grading list is published, both for club players and child...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11354

Re: World Teams 2019

9am start on 13 March (UTC) for the penultimate round (R8). Then a start four hours earlier for the final round (R9) the next day. I can understand this for a tournament where people are travelling to get home after the final round, but surely for a tournament like this, you shouldn't have the fina...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11354

Re: World Teams 2019

David Howell was 1st equal with Mickey Adams at some point last year, I think.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 340
Views: 20268

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Where's Nigel Short? Well he's been working hard on an Expansion Tour of the Caribbean, doing what he's been doing for years and is clearly best at. This time though with the full backing of FIDE. More detail here and here . He has also been attending numerous cricket matches, in which England has ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 90
Views: 4058

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

All I know is that someone played in the Nottingham Rapid Play in mid Jan and paid his £7.50 or whatever so should be entitled to expect to be upgraded in time to enter the Nottingham Congress in two weeks time without having to pay another £7.50. Obviously I'm making an assumption that the results...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Teams 2019
Replies: 325
Views: 11354

Re: World Teams 2019

Adams accepts draw when engine shows him +2 and when McShane, the only one still going, stands worse against Grischuk. This looks to me like a variant on the "move after the time control is always a blunder" syndrome. The postion has been level for a while, but a draw cannot be agreed in less than ...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 90
Views: 4058

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

"After spending many months looking at the data, I think the hypothesis that juniors tend to improve is conclusively proved against the alternate that playing strength is constant." Are you sure? Admittedly it was many years ago, but I took a small sample of juniors (about the first 30 pages of the...
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The ECF Academy tender
Replies: 34
Views: 1863

Re: The ECF Academy tender

Given the number of people who emailed me throughout January and February, asking to know when the final document would be published, I think it is safe to assume that people who were interested in bidding knew that something of this nature was coming. I am also satisfied that those who were chasing...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: County Chess: ECF Policy of Fines

A number of counties are considering refusing to accept a nominations by their Union, such that the competition itself is under threat. Perhaps, it is time to have a proper debate as to whether the rules need to be revised so that the smaller counties do not feel discriminated against by not being ...