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by Alex Holowczak
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Notts Chess Congress / April 21&22 / First Prize £650
Replies: 9
Views: 680

Re: Notts Chess Congress / April 21&22 / First Prize £650

"I change "bye" to "See Arbiter" on my printed pairings. A young junior with the bye came up to me and was worried that he had to play me. He'd obviously never seen me play. " A wise precaution (the first bit). There was a chap called "Bye" who kept winning by default in tournaments... I learnt my ...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 230
Views: 9391

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

NickFaulks wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:33 pm
I believe that club players in London would generally prefer the cost of membership not to go up this year
Won't they say that every year? I've never heard anyone who prefers a cost to go up.
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Notts Chess Congress / April 21&22 / First Prize £650
Replies: 9
Views: 680

Re: Notts Chess Congress / April 21&22 / First Prize £650

Neil Graham wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:50 pm
The way I played I'm fairly certain that had the bye actually turned up, he would have beaten me!
I change "bye" to "See Arbiter" on my printed pairings. A young junior with the bye came up to me and was worried that he had to play me. :lol:

He'd obviously never seen me play. :oops:
by Alex Holowczak
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 246
Views: 12649

Re: County Championship Consultation

Looking at a grading list of eligible players tells you nothing. It tells you how strong a team has the potential to be. A good captain, trying to run a successful team, would make use of this. Captains have come and captains have gone, and they've all made use of the resource to try to run a succe...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 838

Re: Not pressing the clock

Which would be pretty distasteful behaviour even if having won a brilliancy. I'm not disagreeing, but in football or cricket it would be considered strange not to celebrate in this way. Could this be the definition of "sport" for which we have been searching? It depends though. If you were a bowler...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 246
Views: 12649

Re: County Championship Consultation

In WECU, EACU and the MCCU, the strongest team they can put out is eligible to play in the Minor. I'd be amazed if this claim was true for more than a very small number counties. You only need to look in the grading database for players who are listed as playing for their county chess associations ...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not pressing the clock
Replies: 23
Views: 838

Re: Not pressing the clock

Some juniors are taught not to talk to their opponent during a game, or to move until their opponent has pressed the clock to avoid arguments about whose move it is and to slow their moving down. These things are not necessarily unreasonable things to teach juniors independently, but the behaviour q...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 246
Views: 12649

Re: County Championship Consultation

There were two reasons really. In the Midlands, it was to do with the fear of getting mushed in the Open. Not an unreasonable fear based on past performance. In WECU, EACU and the MCCU, the strongest team they can put out is eligible to play in the Minor. So why not enter it? That's what people do i...
by Alex Holowczak
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 246
Views: 12649

Re: County Championship Consultation

This is me just coming up with ideas to reinvigorate the championship as a whole, like Alex H has been trying to do In the MCCU, counties don't enter the Under 180 at the start of the season. If any counties want nomination to the Under 180, they are invited to do so in January. Warwickshire entere...
by Alex Holowczak
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: County Championship Consultation
Replies: 246
Views: 12649

Re: County Championship Consultation

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:34 pm
Actually the Birmingham league might have been an exception.
That rule got removed from the book a few years ago.
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 230
Views: 9391

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

Oh, it's already done by a volunteer? You're telling me that the UKCC and 4NCL pay money to you so that you can keep it and then instruct a volunteer to do some work? Something about that doesn't make sense. In terms of the financial cost: - The IRO is a member of staff at the ECF Office. So you mi...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 230
Views: 9391

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

The UK Chess Challenge and 4NCL are prepared to require the players who play in their events to have membership at the relevant level (or pay the appropriate surcharge), because in their belief the above tasks contribute positively to the success of their events. They understand that many of these ...
by Alex Holowczak
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance meeting 2018
Replies: 230
Views: 9391

Re: ECF Finance meeting 2018

So tell me why, if I want to subscribe to an organisation that will use my money to promote chess, that organisation should be the ECF rather than the 4NCL or the UK Chess Challenge? The organisers of, respectively, the main adult tournament and the main kids' tournament? Why is it only the ECF tha...
by Alex Holowczak
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 4799

Re: Tournament Structures

I think I've concluded that seeding 128 players in a 128-player knockout doesn't work from a "fairness" perspective, with the possible caveat that it works if you re-seed after each round; so the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed in each round, a bit like the NFL playoffs. I se...
by Alex Holowczak
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tournament Structures
Replies: 135
Views: 4799

Re: Tournament Structures

https://stacks.stanford.edu/file/druid:qk299yx6689/TV-thesis-final-augmented.pdf "For any n = 2^r ≥ 8, there exists a set of n players with a monotonic winning probability matrix P such that it is not possible to find an envy-free seeding S for the balanced knockout tournament between these n playe...