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by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: World Youth Championships

David Shepherd wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:55 pm
Presumably there was something about this tournament that made it unattractive for England Players?
Cost, time of year, location, the fact that it's older age groups and thus there's more focus on academia. Any more reasons needed?
by Alex Holowczak
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 142
Views: 6149

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:33 pm
Delighted to see also that the much underrated player "AN Other" is playing in the Minor.
It has been a while since 225178E has been seen in public.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 142
Views: 6149

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Chris Rice wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:36 pm
From the entry list looks like we've got around 119 players playing in this section. Interesting the way they have the rating qualifier numbers next to the names.
You appear to have missed the 39 wildcards.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 13
Views: 1187

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Richard Bates wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:42 pm
Presumably it makes a difference in “standard” UK tournaments where you can offer repairing and participants are generally keen.
Yes, that was also our view.
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 13
Views: 1187

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

The last year without registration, we had 20 defaults in Round 1. So we had to do something! Last year in the U1600 Weekender (for which no registration was required) in the first round on the Friday night over a quarter of all the games were shown as defaulted - and this figure will exclude succe...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 38
Views: 2526

Re: End of an era

or Mike Gatting's technique for making a relatively trivial catch look good for the cameras. How dare you!? I was watching it live, which I'm pretty sure you weren't, and it was a brilliant catch. I have seen the video though, which has been shown from time-to-time whenever there's about to be an A...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 38
Views: 2526

Re: End of an era

whether the game was played in Amsterdam or Rotterdam, about which the typical reader is probably uninterested? Sporting history surely. It's like writing that the 1981 test match where Willis took 8 wickets was played in Birmingham against the West Indies. It was the late ErIc Schiller who was oft...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2481

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I like tournaments that offer boxes of chocolates or bottles of wine as prizes. I don't like bottles of wine as prizes, because it's not much of a prize for someone who doesn't drink alcohol. Presumably people with allergies to dairy products would be similarly unappreciative of chocolate-based pri...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 38
Views: 2526

Re: End of an era

It's not however a context that fits this particular practice. (Also, of course, it's about much more than plagiarism - it's about all kinds of lazy, sloppy and tenth-rate journalism, of which the plagiarism, extensive though it was, was only the most serious manifestation.) There's no greater reas...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 13
Views: 1187

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

It is. You can now enter the tournament here 28th October is a date to be aware of, it's when the entry fee goes up. The other deadline is the Thursday afternoon before the tournament where contrary to normal UK practice, the organisers are expecting an email to "register" for the FIDE Open or you ...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 39th Surrey Chess Congress Oct 4 - 6
Replies: 9
Views: 1084

Re: 39th Surrey Chess Congress Oct 4 - 6

I find this lack of success a head-scratcher. An apparently well-organised event last year in its revival, advertised well in advance; with good people involved in it near to a huge population in London. It does clash with Junior 4NCL in Basingstoke, but I can't imagine that would take up that many ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2481

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I was pretty miffed that the promised prize of 7s 6d had been used to buy it. I still remember the organiser (R G Thimann) answering me with the comment, "Well I think it's rather fine, Farthing!" Maybe he said "Well I think it's a rather fine farthing!" which was actually not aimed at you, but his...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 13
Views: 1187

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

The weekday dates for this have been known for some time, but the detail schedule remains withheld information. This is what a Google search on "London chess classic 2019" discloses. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=london+chess+classic+2019 Online entry is going live ASAP, the en...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4042

Re: Council Papers are out

So, by highest number, you mean that in a 9 team league, you assign the bye as team number 10? Yes. As Berks League controller, part of the job is to build a list of fixtures and date ranges for attendees at a fixture meeting to put dates to paper. This is done using a spreadsheet powered by the Be...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 92
Views: 4042

Re: Council Papers are out

I can think of no policy more destructive to local organisations than the ECF announcing that, henceforth, "how to organise chess" is proprietary knowledge that will be revealed to a select group, in person, for a fee. Assuming that there is some great secret to running a local chess league (and ha...