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by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Draw Croatia
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Grand Chess Draw Croatia

At the last classical Round Robin in the series, the Sinquefield Cup in 2018, 37 out of the 45 games were drawn. The tournament had no single winner, with the players opting out of the tiebreak. Zagreb has 12 players rather than 10, so there are 66 games. It will surely be another drawfest, but how ...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 48
Views: 4438

Re: New National Blitz event

Once you have specified that "Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice" you simply disqualify anyone who enters a second event, even if the local organisers don't spot it; so, no obvious reason not to have a qualifier (or 2, 3, 4) on the Sunday If the local o...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 71
Views: 3683

Re: Old Chestnut

I can tell you what that is as I refer to it constantly on this forum. It's a lack of volunteers for chess administrative posts. I think there are as many people prepared to captain teams/squads as there always have been. Those volunteers are just going into 4NCL captaincy rather than County team c...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 71
Views: 3683

Re: Old Chestnut

Jon Underwood wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:28 am
Well we have to ask ourselves what is the point in playing in a competition where the final venue is so massively and obviously unfair it is going to be impossible to get a competitive team together.
Because then you'd miss out on the fun of complaining about it?
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3957

Re: Candidates 2019

Goryachkina has won on merit; she's far from the highest rated player here, in fact she's gained rating points in her first 11 games (she lost 0.1 in the draw that secured first place yesterday) Indeed - hence my congratulatory note on the previous page. It's an incredibly dominant performance in a...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3957

Re: Candidates 2019

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:08 pm
But at least you know with round robins, you almost certainly got the right winner
Chessplayers tend to equate "the right winner" with "the highest-rated player" rather too often.
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3957

Re: Candidates 2019

Goryachkina should be congratulated for an excellent performance, where she has comprehensively won a tournament which on paper at the start looked to be contested by a very evenly matched field of players. I know that my grumbling about Round Robins is becoming akin to Roger's grumbling about the m...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

David Robertson wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:31 pm
Caution Tournament-related comment

Mild-mannered, softly-spoken Anand hits out at Armageddon arrangements
Was quite disappointed. Not exactly McEnroe-esque.

I side with Grischuk's view on it - they knew the conditions when they agreed to play in it...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1263

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

"In the interest of full disclosure, I strongly prefer Pepsi Max to Coca Cola. I hope that at future FIDE Congresses, I will not be prevented from drinking my preferred beverage due to the co-operation agreement. " You will probably be escorted from the building... Well, if that means someone else ...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

How ironic would it be if FIDE agreed to rate games played at the above-mentioned time controls for all players and thereby finally allow "slow-play" ECF graded games to be FIDE rated. Not sure Alanis Morrissette would be too troubled by the irony. But watch this space - there has been increasing d...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1263

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

In the interest of full disclosure, I strongly prefer Pepsi Max to Coca Cola. I hope that at future FIDE Congresses, I will not be prevented from drinking my preferred beverage due to the co-operation agreement. :P Hi Nigel, clearly it's a good thing, I doubt anyone sensible thinks otherwise. Can yo...
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

If more decisive games are desired while maintaining a reasonable sort of standard, then the solution is to play a rapidplay time limit. There are intermediate options. Topalov has suggested that Classic games should now be played with 90 minutes each (so G/60 + 30 secs or G/75 + 15 secs). But FIDE...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

There is a lot to be said for that. And the occasional tournament with only top players is good. Even so, whereas the 100th ranked player might get a set, frame, leg, hole etc., in the appropriate sport, and celebrate, in chess, you probably just lose. Take a look at the Chess World Cup, and you oc...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Indeed, it is fair to say this particular experiment has not been an unalloyed success. Pity, because I thought the format was a promising one. I agree with Paolo's suggested improvement but, as he said, that is a minor issue. I think the problem lies with the prize distribution. Once you accept th...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I?
Replies: 24
Views: 1507

Re: How do I?

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:57 pm
As a result one Scottish Championship was apparently run by Alex H!!!
Lara Barnes has been running a lot of events in North Wales recently.